Have eaten several times since they opened. Ups and downs with service - but mostly ups. No reservations, so on busy nights plan on putting your name in and grabbing a drink. Highlights abound on the menu. Brunch is also nice. A few things to consider:
1. Graze Burger (haven't had the Pub burger) - you'll hear people call it the best burger they've had. You'll hear people call them crazy. But it is pretty darn good. Definitely a $19 burger. "we suggest medium-rare." "yes please."
2. Mac and Cheese (w/ or w/o the pulled pork) - great little dish. Filling. Rich. Cheesy w/o being overpowered by slop. The pork is very good, too. Could stand on it's own.
3. Pretzel - they make their own. 3 kinds of homemade mustard. Great cheese sauce. I've had one bad one - too dry - but a dozen that I would put up against any I've had.
4. Pickled stuff - forget what they call it. But they pickle a bunch of stuff and serve it to you. Neat!
5. Deviled Eggs - who DOESN'T like deviled eggs?
I feel like this place is a reason for it to rain. A reason to get hung over. A reason to have a bad day. Or, you can just enjoy comfort food when you're happy.
Try the brunch - not particularly great with a lot of other really good breakfast places nearby - but they have a few things that stand out to me. Namely the seasonal fruit pancakes. Limited egg choices but those you can get elsewhere. French Toast is an interesting take with nutella - but was dry when I had it and seemed to be a french loaf sliced the short way... so just didn't have that soft feel that you like to have with a nice french toast.
For those who enjoy booze with their food, there is plenty. Inventive drink menu heavy on the drink part. Seasonal punch is great depending on the season. So-so other times. During berry season last year they would frequently run out. Fresh-squeezed berries and rum? yum. Desserts are created by the same pastry chef who serves the fancy version next door. I suspect that isn't the only thing the kitchen shares and it shows. One morning for brunch, Chef Tory came around the corner into the restaurant with two overflowing wagons. They had just hand-picked piles of stuff from the local farmer's market for that week's meals. That's pretty neat.
Tables are tight. If you are looking for privacy look elsewhere. Big parties are also tough given the lack of reservations... but if you haven't given it a try, do so this weekend. The view of the capital on a nice night is also a great Madison experience.
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