Karma Bar & Grill is located on Milwaukee's east side on 600 E. Ogden Ave. and offers a wide range of bar eats including burgers, chicken and wraps. I had walked past this spot numerous times and decided to check out this place's Friday fish fry, which I had scoped out while doing research on venues near me!
But first, walking into Karma felt like home, as there were televisions everywhere showing NBA and MLB games. There was even a large scoreboard up on the walls that reminded me of a decrepit high school gym in small town America. (much to my chagrin this scoreboard did not actually turn on) There were long wooden booths and high chairs, which is normal, but when I went downstairs I was thoroughly surprised to come across what I saw-a lounge-like seating area that reminded of a place where jazz music is bursting through a saxophone amongst a well-dressed crowd. After further investigation, a waiter told me that the spot is called the Sutra lounge, a place where people host banquets and other upscale events. It was a nice touch to this otherwise typical American bar (other than some unique lighting fixtures and scoreboard) and seems like a revenue generator to supplement slow days for the bar area.
Once I got back to my seat, I decided to go for the cajun panko breaded fish fry with waffle fries. (I should mention they do have baked and beer battered options.) I did not know what to expect, but I knew the breading was going to be very crunchy, a wonderful contrast to an otherwise flaky fish, which happened to be cod. (typical of fish fries) The seasoning that was used on fish was paprika, cumin, garlic powder, among other spices according to our server. The waffle fries were crisped to a perfection, and paired with rye bread and coleslaw made for a tasty meal. The pieces of cod were extremely large, and filling, and the panko breaded exterior was absolutely phenomenal and will have me back for more in future. Karma lived up to its own name and provided me with good eats, good energy, and great service. (I asked the server at least 7 questions and she answered them all with no attitude.) I have returned the favor with this post and hope I receive some more eats with the same flavor in the future. Peace and grub!