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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $7.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Fair
Potato Score: Fair
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Fair
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: Once in a while you really do find a diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, most of the stuff in the rough is there for a reason, especially when it comes to Fish Frys. At this point, I feel like I’ve heard of almost every bar in the greater Madison area (specifically those with fish), but for some reason I’d never heard of Crapp’s Tap in McFarland. When I realized Crapp’s had a Fish Fry special the thought of those elusive diamonds crossed my mind.

The $6.95 3-piece comes with all the standard trimmings, although all of them turned out to be substandard. Since our small group was the first of the day to order food we got it in no time. The fish came pre-battered, straight from a big Ziplock bag, and was extremely mediocre. The pieces were practically perfect parallelograms with a Glass Nickel-like look and flavor. It had a thick, crunchy batter which served only as a cover for the mushy fish underneath. While it didn’t taste terrible per se, any fish that can be tessellated simply isn’t for me, and while I’ve always been a fan of Geometry, I’d appreciate it if the trapezoids were confined to text books and not on my dinner plate.

The fries were the standard crinkle-cut freezer-to-fryer jobs, which are usually acceptable, except when served in a portion this small. Our baskets contained a mere half a handful each, and they were a little under-fried to boot. The tartar was your standard food service sauce, but is actually really tasty and houses a potent relish pop that covers up boring fish, and douses dull fries. So, sorta score one for the tartar…?

The roll was stale and uninviting which paired it (un)perfectly with the coleslaw. The loathsome slaw was zesty (but not in a good way) and a little bit snotty looking. Blech.

It turns out there was a reason why I’d never heard of the Fish Fry at Crapp’s – because no one in their right mind would ever recommend it. Overall, I don’t recommend it either, and unfortunately, like most stuff in the rough, this Fish Fry is there for a reason – it’s kinda crappy.
5915 Exchange Street
McFarland, WI 53558

(608) 838-6012