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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $10.00

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: I’ve been touting the City Bar for a while now, and why wouldn’t I? They have a really good Fish Fry and it only costs ten bucks. Yeah, $10…that’s like one mocha-frappa-choco-barfo-latte at Starbucks. You can’t beat that price, and when you consider you’re downtown it only sweetens the deal.

It goes without saying that the City’s digs aren’t the most attractive – it is a basement after all, and making yourself descend the staircase a on beautiful Friday afternoon would be damn near impossible if not for the lure of freshly fried fish. Unfortunately for us, our fish, while freshly fried, was not up to snuff this Friday. It was super greasy and leaked onto everything in its path. The fries were soaked. The tartar and slaw were swimming. And the rye…the rye was fortuitously spared due to the high ground on which it sat. You see, we were literally the first diners of the day and I presume the fryer hadn’t been started before our arrival. When fish is fried in lukewarm oil it tends to harbor grease which leaks out during the course of the meal and that is exactly what happened here.

Fortunately, the breading was still flavorful (although it couldn’t cling as it normally does), and salvaged the slick cod to some extent. The fries, save for those on the bottom, were still plentiful, crispy, and well-seasoned which buoyed the Fry to some extent.

The cups of slaw and tartar, while lubed up, had contents intact. The diced, creamy slaw had the welcomed zip we expected, and the tartar packed the punch the cod craved. The rye was pristine as it sat perched atop Fry Mountain, and added an aridity that was sorely needed.

This is our first less than stellar Fish Fry at the City and while the greasiness was a big problem it’s partially our fault for arriving so damn early…unfortunately that is how we’re forced to roll these days. Overall, we still recommend this Fish Fry as the price is just too good not to. Rest assured we’ll be back in due time and I’m sure the next round will be everything we expect it to be if not more.
636 State Street
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 250-2489