Fish Type: Cod Price: $17.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Over the past year or so a lot of Fish Frys have popped up thanks to the pandemic. You see, Fish Fry was one of the things Wisconsinites were willing to seek out despite the risks involved with take-out, and once this realization came to light many restaurants glommed on as a means to stay afloat. Some of the new Frys were from places you might not expect (like Eno Vino), while others seemed a more natural fit (like Youngblood Brewing Company and Right Bauer Brewing). Since things have started to cool down we've taken the opportunity to put some of these newcomers to the test and this week we found ourselves on Main Street in Sun Prairie for the RB 2-piece.
As is becoming the norm, our family started things out with an order of cheese curds (which is a no-brainer at Right Bauer). The Bauer's cuboid shaped curds have an appealing geometry and come with a side of spicy homemade aoili that adds some sweet heat. They are undeniably delicious and became instantly-legendary when they hit the Madison curd scene a couple years ago. And yes, I believe that Madison does indeed have a legitimate "curd scene"...
We were about half way through the basket of fried cheese when the entrees started pouring in; first came the mac-n-cheese for kid, then the wife's chorizo tacos, and finally my 2-piece cod. Each looked quite splendid in its own right which forced us to put our game of Uno on hold and get down to business. The Friday special is really more of a fish-n-chips affair, which is to say there is no slaw or roll served with the holy trinity of fish, fries, and tartar. With only three of the five usual cards in our hand each really needed to be trump, and thankfully the trio was just that - enough to take the hand even without both Jacks...having the off-suit Ace in he curds take a trick didn't hurt matters either.
Breweries or brew pubs will usually take the opportunity to bathe their fish in a burly batter featuring their richest beer which can make eating it feel like a chore. RB seemingly took the high road here, and while they do beer batter, it was a light coating which made the firm and flaky fish easy to eat. The matchstick fries were also pure munching satisfaction as they were fried to ideal crispiness. After sampling the exquisite aoili with the curds, the tartar wasn't quite as intriguing, but it did it's job by making each bit of fish slightly more enjoyable.
Right Bauer has a really relaxed vibe which seamlessly compliments their comfort foods. The Fish Fry, while not otherworldly, fit right in with the space in that regard - it's smooth, easy, and enjoyable. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and will come back any time we're craving intriguing IPAs and fine FFF.
239 E Main St
Sun Prairie, WI 53590