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Brocach's all-you-can-eat fish fry is $15.

Brocach features rare all-you-can-eat fish fry


The all-you-can-eat fish fry is a dying breed. Whereas once upon a Friday night, fish fry feasters could send their plates back to the kitchen for seconds, thirds, even fourth helpings, these days, most restaurants cut you off at a single serving.

Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant, however, still offers the all-you-can-eat fish fry, and not just on Friday nights. In fact, it's available every night of the week for $15.

The fry features long, thick pieces of haddock deep fried in a Harp lager batter. Sides include crispy, seasoned fries, hunks of grainy rye bread and butter, and a unique cole slaw made with cabbage, a light dressing, raisins and curry.

The white fish is fresh and flavorful, coated in a mild batter, and deep fried to slightly greasy perfection. We appreciated the double serving of tartar sauce and multiple lemon wedges.

The fries are crispy and delicious, and we were surprised how much we liked the non-traditional cole slaw. The dressing and raisins made it slightly sweet, and the touch of curry contributed an exotic flavor.

Our only complaint about this meal was the first plate was so large, we didn't have room for a second helping. This seems like a waste in an all-you-can-eat situation. We noticed there is a "fish & chips" meal on the menu for $13, which is the same meal only it isn't all-you-can-eat. We would order this next time.

Brocach opened Dec, 4, 2007, and features an Irish and American menu. The space formerly housed the classic 5 and Dime restaurant that also featured a beloved fish fry.

Brocach general manager Adam Boldt says his fish fry stands out for a few reasons.

"We use quality ingredients -- like the haddock and the Harp for our beer batter -- and we pay close attention to details," says Boldt. "Our fish size is a cut above, too. The pieces are very large."

The fish fry is available for lunch upon request.

During our recent visiton a Sunday evening, we enjoyed the live music -- an Irish trio -- but the best part of our meal, however, were the taps of Guinness. The Guinness is noticeably fresh and deliciously thick and creamy, which reminded us that the stout we sometimes drink from bottles or cans can't hold a candle to this tasty tap.

"Being an Irish pub, we go through a lot of Guinness, so you're guaranteed to have a very fresh beverage," says Boldt. "And I clean the lines all the time. In fact, I was just doing it."


Talkbacks

moe | June 10, 2010 at 2:07 p.m. (report)

I went to the five and dime as a child with my Grandpa after St. Hedwigs Sunday Mass. They had they best burgers ever. The bar was beautiful. I was sad when it closed and I looked through the window to see the bar was gone. The all you can eat fry is a great idea and it sounds like the new owner is doing well. Does anyone know if there is still a bar in this place or is it all tables now? The five and dime had a supurb chicken fry too. The lines were long, outside and down the block. Great ice cold beer and a jukebox with good songs. I miss it but going to try the new place.

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college_dave | Nov. 14, 2008 at 9:29 a.m. (report)

Does that big guy from the Newport still tend bar there? Like a clown - he's a funny guy.

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Bee Tee | Nov. 14, 2008 at 7:37 a.m. (report)

You're right the all you can eat is getting harder and harder to find. The restaurant at the ICC in the Third Ward still has one and it's only $9.50 and best of all, you can get potato pancakes!

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MKE Guy | Nov. 13, 2008 at 2:51 p.m. (report)

THAT'S all you can eat Molly -- what's in the picture? Psshaw, lightweight. ;-)

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