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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $14.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. These are words to live by, yet so few of us actually subscribe to this simple philosophy. Buck & Badger sure didn’t, but certainly should have.

The first time we went to B&B it was exemplary. From the food to the service, everything blew us away and we could hardly wait to come back. This time around it was a totally different story, and we left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed.

Instead of the haddock we were expecting our $14 went towards cod and while it arrived quickly it wasn’t scalding hot like it should have been. White it wasn’t cold or anything like that it definitely wasn’t in the zone. Like the haddock we enjoyed previously the cod came as one large piece, and while it was flaky for the most part, there was some slickness between the fish and the batter. The batter itself was on the thick side, but since it was substantial it actually held up to the chunky cut of cod.

The skin-on fries were also not as impressive this time around as the portion had a lot of nubs and not as many full-cuts. It lead to a lot of pinching instead of plucking, which doesn’t mean the world, but when I’m paying $14 it’d be nice to at least get a continent or two. The tartar was also disappointing as the mix was on the thin-side and lacked the zip we were expecting. It was good enough to make the fish more palatable, but simply couldn’t take it over the top like it did on our last visit.

On our previous trip the rye was grilled to perfection, but this time around it was all over the place. Some parts were charred while other corners were still raw. It was somewhat strange and certainly not the righteous rye we remembered.

We were also expecting more from the slaw based on our previous experience, but this scoop missed the mark. It was more bland than anticipated, but at least had the same consistency as the old slaw. So there’s that…

We really don’t have any explanation for what happened on this visit to Buck & Badger and would definitely not have been back if this is what we would have gotten the first time around. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry, but will likely come back for the rubber match at some point to see if they rebound. Hopefully this Fry was just a bad showing, and the haddock we had the first time is the rule and not the exception, but at this point we’re not really sure what to think.
115 State Street
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 230-7999