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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: Max’s deserved a second chance. While our first visit wasn’t all bad, a few things fell flat which left a bad taste in our mouths (pun only partially intended). We knew we had to come back, and the opening day of the Mad City Pond Hockey Championship turned out to be our chance.

Previously we tried the cod, and while we liked it a lot the service was off which painted everything in a strange light. Luckily, the fish didn’t suffer much which gave us a glimpse into all that Max’s had to offer. This time around we picked the $15 perch and everything seemed to go much smoother.

Like the cod, the perch has a dark brown breading that is extra crispy. The crunch is satisfying, but as the breading doesn’t have a ton of seasoning the flavors of the perch what remains. While that is a good thing to some extent, perch is mild and always benefits from a bump (usually in the form of salt). Regardless, the five fillets were quite tasty and went quite fast.

Some truly excellent homemade tartar had plenty of pop, and paired really nicely with the perch. It created a dichotomy of delectability against the fish’s crispy coating, which might be exactly what they were going for when they kept the breading demure.

House-cut fries are always preferable and Max’s minions are thick and hearty. This bunch was fried to a point of supple attraction without being soggy. These are some truly top-notch spuds, and if you can’t finish the generous portion feel free to pass the rest my way, I’ll gladly gobble them up.

Max’s slaw is some of the craziest out there, but that isn’t necessarily the worst thing. The fruity fusion is loaded with dried cranberries and apple slices. It’s clearly made with thought and while I don’t love it I bet there are many out there that would. It’s odd, but all that sweetness doesn’t make it unappealing.

A little glistening bun glowed under the lights and was a welcome departure from the prepackaged yeast roll. It was fresh and warm and just makes you feel good. Kudos to Max on this one.

Kinks cane be hard to work out, but it looks like Middleton’s newcomer is finding a serious groove. Everything this time around ran much smoother and everyone in our crew was happy (even our resident vegetarian who got a hearty salad this time around). Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think it fits well on the Middleton landscape. We’ll be back to max this baby out, you can bet on that.
2831 Parmenter Street
Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 824-0114