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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $11.00

Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: We came to Christy’s Landing back in 2009 and really enjoyed their Fish Fry. The service was good, the atmosphere was cool, and we liked pretty much everything we had. When we came back in 2011, everything was a little off and a little less great.

Back in ‘09 Christy’s Fish Fry cost $11. In 2011 it still costs $11, but instead of three large hunks, you only get two average sized pieces.

The cod in ’09 was delicate and delicious. In ’11 it was just okay as the once light and flaky beer batter was much thicker. It was overly crispy and hid a soft, mushy under side. It still had a good flavor, but withheld some excess grease which compromised the flakiness of the underlying fish. Rather than a distinct fish/batter division, a strange convergence zone appeared between them resulting in a sort of gooey membrane.

In ’09 I chose curly fries, which turned out to be a mistake. In 20011 I recalled the folly and instead picked the battered French fries which were much better. They came in a large portion and were fried to a perfect crispness. I also got my hands on a few of the homemade chips which were fine, but a little over-fried for my taste. Of the three tater options the battered fries were the clear winner.

Carrying over its excellence from year to year was Christy’s super thick, homemade tartar. The superb sauce bolstered the rotation with lots of mayo and just the right blend of relish.

When presented with the soup/salad/slaw option in ’09 I selected the salad and was unimpressed. In ’11 a wiser me chose the slaw, and could not have been happier. The slaw, which came before the fish, was clearly homemade and had a uniquely delicious flavor. It was creamy and enticing and really kept me coming back for more.

The rolls rolled over from ’09 to ’11 and were well above average. These are not the standard tear-off dinner roll, but real individual buns. The basket housed two different kinds: one pumpernickel-rye and the other a plain white. The pump-rye was especially desirable.

In 2009 the service was pretty good, and the adequacy carried over into 2011. While she was sporadic, our young waitress was reasonably quick about everything and even apologized for her one major lax is service by comping us a rather expensive strawberry margarita.

Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry as highly was we once did, and while we may come back again at some point, won’t be chomping at the bit to do so. In the land of Fish Fry a couple years can make a whale of a difference apparently.
2952 Waubesa Avenue
Madison, WI

(608) 249-1000