We will certainly return - Bret and Shelby - 04/05/2010
My wife and I were drinking margaritas on State discussing dinner and, having overheard us mention seafood (and making sure we had a car), our bartender referred us to Joey\'s. We couldn\'t have been happier with our experience.
First off - drinks. My wife had a bloody mary overflowing with a garden of celery and olives and a couple of shrimp curling over the rim of the glass. Beautiful presentation. I had a Mexican martini that packed a serious punch, reminiscent of those served in Austin. Still, the sweetness happily belied the true potency of its contents.
Not being able to decide between the halibut fish & chips and the chipotle salmon I settled on both: the former as our appetizer and the latter as my entree. The halibut had a lightly breaded crust that didn\'t take anything away from the flavor of the fish itself. It tasted healthy, if that makes any sense - so often fish & chips retain too much oil from the frier and the breading is akin to a cheese stick or an onion ring. These were flaky; the halibut moist. I was wishing I\'d ordered them as my entree, until...
The chipotle salmon. Wow! Sweet, tangy, spicy, and yet it didn\'t overwhelm, I could still taste the salmon. It was served on a bed of mashers and a vegetable medley featuring yellow carrots. I\'d never had yellow carrots so that made it even better (even though, I soon discovered, they taste the same as the orange variety). The fish was also really hot temperature-wise, which doesn\'t always happen. Unbelievably tasty.
My wife had some type of seared Ahi tacos that were good but I was happily in my own little \"salmon\" world and unfortunately paid them little attention. Delicious. Tragically there was no room for dessert, which apparently Erin (one of the owners) makes in house. Next time.
The entire meal found me eating at first too fast in my excitement and then excruciatingly slow as I savored the final morsels of food. We will certainly return when we find ourselves in Madison again!