Fish Type: Bluegill Price: $11.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Toby's Supper Club is as polarizing as they come. People either love the hustle and bustle, the family-run, family-focused service, and the dimly lit atmosphere, or they hate it. Very rarely do you hear someone say it was good not great, or just so-so. You can put us squarely in the love it camp, as evidenced by our dozens and dozens of visits.
Now, when most people think Friday Fish Fry they think Friday NIGHT Fish Fry, and if you've ever been to Toby's after 4:00 on a Friday you know what that means. Night time at the teeming club is no place for a toddler, and that's the way we roll these days, so for use it's Friday AFTERNOON Fish Fry all the way. Also, you'll find bluegill on the lunch menu and unless something has changed over the years, the sunfish doesn't show up after the real sun goes down.
I told myself I was going to get cod this time around since I haven't had it forever and it sounded good, but once I saw those gillys on the board, for a mere $11 no less, I just couldn't help myself...I know, I'm weak. The eight fillets fried in the blink of an eye and came out of the kitchen steaming hot. These buggers were as plush as they come, and had no fishy flavor whatsoever despite the skin that shone through the paper-thin breading. Not only did the breading have a light texture, it was a little light on the seasoning as well. A bit more salt in the mix would certainly set things off but I'm really splitting hairs here. This stuff is great any way you slice it.
Usually my hankering for Toby's hash browns can't be denied, but today I wanted the steak fries and stuck to my guns on that one. These babies have a satisfying crunch and come in droves so there is no danger of running out before the fish does. Toby's perfect supper club tartar is also as pleasing as the come and really caps the fish off with a bang.
The slice of French bread on the side was meh, and the finely-chopped slaw was missing its sugary goodness, making both merely placeholders. Luckily, dessert is always included with your meal at Toby's and the single serving of Schoep's vanilla made dad and junior plenty happy.
If you've never been to Toby's be sure to "check in" at the bar first. If the sun is up they'll just tell you to take a table, but if you're in at night be prepared to grab a drink, place your order, and wait for your table to be ready. That's just the way it works, and if you don't like it, there are plenty of others that do. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will keep coming back during daylight hours until we can stomach the alternative.
3717 S Dutch Mill Road
Madison, WI 53718