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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $9.25

Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: We’ve been to Bridges (or Plata’s, or whatever incarnation it happens to be now) a number of times and have had basically the same experience at each so we’re just going to stick with calling it Bridges. This is just a good solid Fry at a fair price with no real bells and whistles. It’s straight to the point and straight-up recommendable in our book.

At lunch golfers (and the general public) can swing away with a 4-piece lake perch or 3-piece cod for $9.25. This Friday we were the first customers of the day despite the fact it was already after the noon hour. As such, our food came alarmingly fast and looked crisp. For starters the lake perch is the real deal yellow perch, and has the light texture you’d expect. It’s home to a wispy beer batter that matches the texture of the fish just right. It also tastes of celery salt and cumin which is something we can definitely get behind. Of course, for only $9.25 the portion is going to be on the small side but that actually makes for a good lunch. The cod is also conservatively portioned and shares the same batter as the perch. The crunchy coating seems to work equally well on both which is a hallmark of good batter…like Frank’s Red Hot, you can “put that $hit on everything!”

Curly fries and regular fries are available and we sampled both this time around. While they undoubtedly come from big brown freezer packs they are tasty and fried to perfection. The inherent seasoning on the curlies are reminiscent of the best of Hardee’s, while the regular had a little salt sprinkled on them fresh from the fryer so it stuck. We liked both just fine, and would recommend either depending on our mood.

The tartar was somewhere in the middle consistency–wise, kind of like a 4 Iron or some other middling club. It had a strong flavor but didn’t spread out on the palate and didn’t shoot for the green. It was solid, but not special.

Similar to leaving a putt short, there is a noticeable absence of bread with this Fish Fry. Oh what might have been with a little more oomph, or a little more starch. Luckily, the slaw was good enough and, like everything else, came in slightly under par.

While we’re not going to tell you have to run right out and get this Fish Fry it’s certainly a nice one to have in the bag. Sometimes you need to pull that one club that no one else is using and see what it can do. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry, and will keep it in our arsenal for instances when we don’t want to battle the crowds but still want some solid fish.
2702 Shopko Drive
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 244-1822