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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $9.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: It’s not that I didn’t like this Fish Fry, it’s just that there wasn’t enough of it to like. Long ago we attempted to get a Fish Fry at 608 when they were on State Street. Their sandwich board said “FISH FRY” so we figured there would at least be cod or something. It turned out the board was advertising a tilapia sandwich (or some such nonsense) so we swiftly removed ourselves from that situation. After that they promptly fell off our radar only to reemerge with a new theme and at the new location on Fordem Ave.

608 is now a sports bar and a nice one at that. On Friday, they have a 2-piece cod special for $9.00, and I must admit, it looks nice on the rectangular plate. The façade quickly fades however, once you realize how small the portion actually is. Two pieces that are maybe a couple ounces each make up the entirety of it and they disappear in a flash. It does have a nice batter with a little crunch (kinda fried chicken in that regard), but no seasoning to speak of. It essentially has a good consistency, but since there isn’t much of it, it’s a letdown in the end.

A batch of McDonald’s style fries come along, but miss the McDoanld’s level of satisfaction. It’s a hearty portion for sure, but it lacks any sort of allure. The tartar also doesn’t draw much affection with its lemony sweetness and slightly runny consistency.

Most places are phasing out the bread all together thanks to this gluten-free craze, but 608 doesn’t seem to care and brings a big old slab of marble rye to the party (with pre-applied butter no less). It’s a big win and one that salvages the integrity of this Fish Fry in some regard.

Of course, when integrity is saved, some is bound to be lost and 608 doesn’t serve any slaw with their lunch special. Weird, I know…

While this Fish Fry has some good things going for it, and I would like to recommend it, the portion of fish is just too small and there just isn’t much to draw one back in. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry although there is a solid base to work from.
1738 Fordem Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 286-1644