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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $11.00

Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: Sometimes a Fish Fry is just a Fish Fry. It’s not fancy, or trying to do too much, it’s just straight-forward fried fish with a few sides. Some people love this kind of Fish Fry…which explains why Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant is so busy every Friday.

Murphy’s has three fish on the menu – each of them sharing the same beer batter. Since beer batter goes best with cod, that’s what we’ve stuck with (sorry lake perch and walleye). It goes for $11 and comes plenty quickly as long as you’re there before the rush. The cod is flaky and sports the aforementioned batter proudly. The coating is every bit of basic and while there’s not much flavor to be found a rich and creamy sensation comes through. Texture-wise it falls somewhere in the middle – not too thick, but definitely not thin, which allows the coating to hold some grease. It’s every bit of average, but in these parts inoffensive clearly sells.

There are plenty of sides to choose from at Murphy’s and after seeing the waffles fries on a fellow diner’s plate we just had to try ‘em. The spicy spuds were a very good rendition and while the portion was petite each individual was hearty so even a handful sufficed. While they weren’t Dexter’s Pub good, they weren’t too far behind.

Thick and creamy tartar is a prerequisite with rich cod and Murphy’s plays the right tune here. It had all the thickness you want to go along with plenty of pep. The fish soaked up every last drop and a second cup would certainly have come in handy.

Murphy’s homemade tartar kept the train rolling with a hint of horseradish and a little sugar to spice things up. A dinner roll on the side was a dinner roll, and that’s that.

Murphy’s has a pretty good thing going on and we’re happy to see them doing so well. It’s literally one of the closest restaurants to our house and it’s nice that their Fish Fry is consistently good. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and while we’d like it to be a little better sometimes good is good enough.

5344 State Road 113
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 249-0505