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Fish Type: Trout     Price: $16.00

Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: This isn’t a “Fish Fry.” Well, I mean it is fried fish, but this isn’t the traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry we all know and love. The fish is trout and trout is not your typical Fish Frying fish. Of course, you can fry trout, but then again you can fry anything… Snickers, Twinkies you name it. Still, Frieburg calls their Friday special a Fish Fry and for what it’s worth it isn’t all bad.

The trout “schnitzel” runs a hefty $16 and is focused around one huge piece of trout. The fancy fillet comes full skin-on with a light breading that’s crunchy and delectable. For starters, the fish was fine, but trout is clearly not meant to be a frying fish. It got a little mushy and didn’t keep a ton of the inherent flavors, but was at least plentiful. Luckily, the coating was perfectly crispy and balanced the lackluster texture out as best it could.

Two nice potato pancakes sit shotgun and are well-shredded but lack seasoning. While the texture and consistency are spot on, the onion-y undertones are sorely lacking. Regardless, the homemade cakes still disappeared from our plates quickly and made for a welcome change of pace from the basic crinkle-cut fries.

Such a massive slab of fish needs plenty of tartar and we had to ask for a backup. The homemade mix picked the fish up a tad with its thick, chunky texture and plenty of pep.

The last piece of the plate was the slaw which looked raw and nasty, but was surprisingly supple and tasty. It had a nice vinegar base and a great balance which really threw us for a loop. It was simply great, no doubt about it.

Before anything else comes, Freiburg provides a bountiful basket of bread and a couple different kinds of mustard. The pretzel rolls were particularly enticing and the dense white only further added to the abundance. In addition, the mustards really made them pop. I know, mustard on bread seems weird, and maybe it’s just a German thing, but they totally worked. The hot one featured a nice horseradish punch while the other was smoother but still had plenty of flavor…even on bread.

Not every Fish Fry is traditional, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth eating. The Freiburg Fry is a tough one though since it’s so unique. The trout was alright, but in the end just isn’t meant for frying. Luckily, the sides were all pretty stellar and brought everything up a notch. Overall, we barely recommend this Fish Fry based on the respectable sides and adequate fish. Despite the trout being atypical I think there are a lot of people out there that will like what Freiburg has to offer and we may well come back on a Friday again.
2612 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 204-2755