Friday's Walleye is $14.50 (there are other fish choices like perch). July '13 review in Madison's Isthmus made it more crowded -- so being early (starts 4:30 p.m.) beat the crowd just barely and late dining might also work. Servers know their jobs, are welcoming+attentive but can be run off their feet as evening goes on. Despite some complaints elsewhere that walleye and perch are pricey here, I've seen Madison area supper clubs charge as much as $19-22. If you need all-you-can-eat to feel you've gotten a good value, dine elsewhere. Three of us had the Walleye as first-time diners and were pleased at the flavorful tenderness of the fish and light crispy (freshly HOT!) coating; one big piece of fish; plain baked potatoes were huge and french fries good. Drink service excellent, fast, servers check back frequently; good gin & tonic, lots of microbrews stocked beyond ho-hum standards (dining companion liked his Hopalicious). Plain puffy white rolls and creamy slaw are brought before the meal.
Villa Tap (now Chico's Villa Tap) has been around for years and it shows. This is not a fancy spot and seems to have been expanded in stages -- between rooms the floors are uneven, restroom entry for women is cramped and carpet is worn. Bar area can get loud with chatter and high tech juke box; folks at the bar were enjoying 80s hits like Van Haelen and Rock Classics like Layla but many other eras and music picks. (Might be $5 for 13 songs.) Besides bar area, there are a few dining tables in adjoining room with pool table and more in another room beyond which is better for conversation and/or senior diners. Note that many of the tables are high with tall stools, although there are a couple of longer rectangular tables for groups in the room off the pool table.
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