Fish Type: Ocean Perch (AYCE) Price: $10.90
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: It is quickly becoming tradition to start the bachelor party weekend with a good old Friday Night Fish Fry. We have done Quivey’s Grove (Jonny Bluegill) and The Avenue Bar (Hull) in the past so precedence has been set. We needed to represent in a big way for Bitz and when I heard the Stamm House recommended I quickly seconded it. The Stamm House always puts out a great All You Can Eat Fish Fry and I had a feeling that they would actually take a reservation for our party of 17 (and they did).
We made the reservation and told everyone to be there at 7pm. We arrived a little early with the Bachelor and got a couple drinks at the bar. The bartender knew something was up and joined right in as we poked and prodded Bitz from every angle (his weekend was just beginning). By 7:15 or so everyone had trickled in and we were led our massive table upstairs. Our waitress quickly noticed that this was no ordinary group of 17 but was relieved to hear that everyone was getting the Fish Fry which would make her life a lot easier. She grabbed some more drinks for those in need and brought out slaw and bread (no chowder option for a group this size it seems). The slaw was just fine, but unpopular overall and the bread loafs were good but not quite as warm as they usually are.
Within 15 minutes the first round of fish, tartar and fries hit the table only to disappear onto individual plates within seconds. I made sure to grab two generous sized filets and a handful of fries. The tartar was also drained instantly and a refill requested. The fish was fantastically hot and tasted damn near perfect when combined with the tarter and a swig of Spotted Cow. I put the first two pieces down, along with slightly above average crinkle cut fries and waited for round two.
Our waitress knew this crew was here to eat so she just kept the fish coming at a plateful every 4-5 minutes for a good 20 minutes or so. I eventually wound up on my 6-7th piece and reached satiety but not before truly having All I Could Eat. Every piece was fresh from the fryer and hot as can be. The Ocean Perch flavor is fantastic when mixed with their homemade batter. There were a couple minutes where we did have to wait on a tartar or French fry refill but even they were short lived and everyone wound up getting plenty of hot, delicious Fish Fry.
Normally eating with a group this size can be difficult but the Stamm House handled it with ease. Our waitress did a great job and controlled the crowd with her only weapons, fish and booze. As soon as the perch was gone there was more on the way, aside from a couple minor delays everyone had what they wanted all the time. Drinks came quickly and fish flowed freely. Overall I would have to say that the Stamm House met and exceeded my expectations this trip. All members of the bachelor party were happy and had a good base with which to work with for the remainder of the evening. If you are looking for a consistently great Fish Fry, the Stamm House never seems to disappoint.
6625 Century Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562