No sign outside. No advertising. They don't have a phone. They don't accept credit cards. But they are always crowded. Why? Because it is a great place and the food is fantastic.
One of the more unique venues in downtown Madison, it's hip, dark, and very friendly. Sit at the few small tables outside in summer, or inside any time. There are a handful of wooden tables and booths, a bar, and a small backroom that is sometimes referred to as "The Hobbit Hole" because of its rounded entrance and tree-truck stools. DJ music later in the evening. Happy-hour crowd after work.
The menu is not long, but everything is fantastic. Mostly nipple-type food but enough to fill you up: small wood-fired pizzas, cups of soup and stew, appetizers, sandwiches, and dim sum.
The folks that own this place have a number of well-regarded restaurants and bars around town, and they know how to both serve great food and also create a unique atmosphere. If you can find it, and find a seat, it's well worth it.
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