The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010!

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BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
2010/02/21 14:54:32
New Contingent member starlady recently started a thread here, asking questions about our tours and get togethers.  Her questions were answered and then the thread evolved into a discussion of a future tour of Madison, Wisconsin.

Since the last couple of Eat & Greets (the WTMJ tour and the Mykonos dinner) were missed by several members due to misplaced and mis-titled threads, I thought it appropriate to start a fresh thread in the right forum with a title that will alert all members that something is going on.

So, here's the skinny: Contingent member Brad_Olson has expressed an interest in putting together a tour of Madison.  Those of us who have already chimed in on starlady's thread have suggested May 2nd as a strong potential date for the tour.  Suggestions were also made for possible stops on the tour.  Now that more members of The Contingent will (hopefully) see this thread, let's nail down the date and pick our stops.

Brad, I started the thread but this tour is your baby.  We're putting our Roadfood fates in your hands.  We're all counting on you.  Don't let us down.

But no pressure, dude.

Buddy
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/21 15:27:50
You just might get a Minnesota gate crasher to this one. May 2 falls right between our first RV trip to Texas Hill Country mid April and setting out for Indianapolis and east Mid May. It should be warm enough to do a little bit of RV camping in south central Wisconsin.
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/21 15:42:52
I don't mind helping out when possible but I'm not exactly sure why my name's on the masthead:

JRPfeff

So I will hijack this thread and suggest a late April Eat & Greet for THE CONTINGENT somewhere other than Chicago.  Which leads me to Brad_Olson's righteous dining experience at Doug's Soul Food in Madison.  I think Madison would be a great change of pace for us and I can think of dozens of place to eat.  The Farmers Market may be running by then, too.

Are you in?


JRPfeff

Brad_Olson
I was stumbling around the Web and came across this blog:

http://www.madisonatoz.com/

I admire their determination!

Brad

After going to the great blog Brad linked to above, I knew we had to get JM & Nichole to join us for our May Eat & Greet in Madison.

MadisonAtoZ.com
What is it?
They say Madison has the most restaurants per capita of any city in the U.S. JM likes lists and Nichole likes to eat, so we decided to eat at (nearly) every restaurant in Madison in alphabetical order.

Here's our method: from Isthmus' (a local free weekly) "Eats" list, we print the list of restaurants beginning with the next letter, and go to each place in order, one time.


How Roadfoodie is that?  I contacted them by e-mail with an invitation to join our Eat & Greet and received an enthusiastic response.

I also asked N & JM for advice on our stops on May 2.  Here are their thoughts.
Now for some recs. We saw these places in your discussion and heartily second them:

Vientiane
Chautara
Doug's Soul Food
Cottage Cafe
Papa Bear's BBQ
Poppa Coronofoulos

We'll throw these into the ring, as well - though we haven't checked hours of operation:

Corner Store (crouching grocery, hidden curry)
Curve (best greasy spoon in town)
Greenbush Bar (Italian workingman's fare with a little more style and no pretension)
Luckenbooth Restaurant (a bit far afield, in Blark Earth, but great pie and Scottish breakfast)
Lucky Seven (divey homestyle Mexican OMG good)
Mediterrranean Cafe (cheap, fast, and line out the door most weekdays)
Michael's Frozen Custard (small local chain, in 4 rehabbed gas stations)
Mickey's Tavern (half off drinks Sunday afternoons if you're playing board games)
Nick's Restaurant (legacy downtown bar/diner)
Pat O'Malley's Jet Room (apparently we wrote so highly of this place that the local paper picked it up, and wrecked the secret for the regulars)

And here are some we haven't posted on yet, but know are good:
Anna's Pizzeria (Sun Prairie but dang good pies)
Carnival's (new soft-serve and hot dog place, they win the ballsy award for opening in the middle of winter)
The Haze (as fancy as we're going to recommend - lunch $8. Asian fusion BBQ, most value-driven of local culinary star Muramoto's ventures)
Smoky Jon's No. 1 BBQ (self-explanatory)

This is a great list to start from (Corner Store - Can you say Dining ala Trunk?), but we can keep looking. 

I would also like to include at least one stop at a Madison A to Z review location.  N & JM expect to be in the R's by early May and they think Rising Sons Deli is probably the best bet.  We'll keep in touch as the tour gets closer to finalize this stop.

If you haven't yet, go to Madison A to Z and explore. 


Brad
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/21 18:19:46
Davydd, it would be a real treat to have you and Nancy join us in Madison.

Brad, I didn't mean to thrust anything on you that you didn't want, it's just that your posts on this subject indicated a desire to take the helm on this one.  Plus, Madison is your territory, so I just assumed (rightly or wrongly) you would be our tour guide.

JRPfeff has also taken some steps toward structuring a tour.  I don't know what JRP's intent was and I certainly didn't mean to take away his leadership role if that's what he wanted.  I also suggested some Madison stops, but I promise, I don't want to be the team leader on this one.

My sole intent in starting this thread was to make sure that as many Contingent members as possible would be aware of this tour and could participate in same, both by providing their input and joining in on the actual trip.  Whoever ends up organizing and leading the group, I will be there to follow.

Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/21 18:40:12
Good chance I'll be there. 

JRPfeff's schedule, due to recent events, may be bolloxed, and he may not be able to lead a tour, let alone join us. 
He's on a nice vacay right now, and probably unable to access the 'net, so we'll let him chime in when he gets back.

On that list, I'd say that Doug's Soul Food, and/or Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ and/or Papa Bear's BBQ look like places I'd want to try.


carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/21 22:15:38
May 2nd?? Good grief, you folks are sure putting me on the spot. That's the weekend that I'm supposed to be in North Carolina ( yeah, I know... I was there just last week. ) Now I've got a decision to make. The Tarheel State or the Dairy State? What to do, what to do. Actually, there's no reason why I can't postpone the NC trip by a week, so I guess you can count me in for the MadCity event. BTW, I had a very good lunch at Smoky Jon's last summer, and I recommend a stop there.    
post edited by Carolina Bob, ex-nocarolina - 2010/02/25 10:14:59
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 00:09:32
Brad_Olson I don't mind helping out when possible but I'm not exactly sure why my name's on the masthead:


Soooooo many places to go with this.

1) I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. (X1 knows).

2) It's your punishment for skipping McBob's.

3) Um, because you live in the 608 & we don't? Trust me, if I made up a Mad City tour, we'd all get our cars washed by a blue octopus, followed by a lunch of macaroni & cheese & make your own fruit salad in the basement of the UW Hospital. Then we'd eat Chinese food at a gas station & go to the video store downtown that has...uh...films...mixed in with the regular movies. *cough* Not that I wouldn't enjoy it, but those are the only places I know in Madison besides Ella's Deli. I have never actually eaten there, I know it because that is where we turn left to get to the Hospital.

Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 08:54:45
Well, it's true about 608 but there's more to it than just Madison!

The problem is that in the 20 years I've been here I've actually spent very little time in Madison.  I work on the southern edge and almost never venture northward; I'll bet I can count on 1 hand the number of times I've eaten in the city.

Now if people want to look at the A-to-Z list and come up with possibilities I might be able to help with non-downtown logistics, and if someone mentions a place where I've actually eaten I can give my opinion.  But there aren't going to be many!

Brad
Tastytoo
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 14:06:31
Is there a deadline on when you need to know if someone can make it? This is too far in advance for me. Thanks.
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 14:12:40
That sounds reasonable.

Contingent: How many places do we want to try & hit? I think we should shoot for 4 because YOU KNOW there will be 2 more added by the time the day actually comes. Don't forget we need to sprinkle in some ethnic grocery stores or sightseeing to make sure everyone's tummies have time to recover before the next stop. Unless we agree NOW that we are doing a tasting, not an actual meal, at all the places we go? (Like a progressive dinner? Yes? No? Maybe?)

Who are the top 4 contenders for where we want to go?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 14:19:13
Tastytoo,

No worries.  Contingent affairs are very casual.  Other than to confirm or challenge the tour date, I don't think anyone who has responded so far is absolutely locked in.  Life happens and people's plans change between the announcement and the actual tour.

We don't make reservations at any of the places we visit and we don't count on specific numbers.  Our ranks for our tours can range from six or seven to twenty plus.  We've had people make or break commitments right up to the moment a tour starts.

We've had some members join us in the middle of a tour.  Some will even start a tour, leave in the middle and then join back up with us at the end of the day.

One caveat: If you're going to be providing your own transportation you'll have complete freedom to stay or break with the group at any time.  If you're relying on someone else in the group for getting around, you'll want to make a commitment about a week or so before the tour and make contact with whoever you're hoping will drive.

Buddy
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 15:05:03
I have trouble if there is more than one stop...
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 15:42:55
If CSD comes along perhaps we could do an Oscar Mayer tour.  I'm thinking a photo of him inside the Wienermobile would be a good thing.

Brad
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 23:22:10

I like the idea of doing 4 (or so) places with some grocery/other activities thrown in for good measure.

My four top contenders? Well, I'm flexible, of course, but I can envision something like this:

Doug's Soul Food
One of the BBQ places
Whatever is on the schedule from the A-Z site
Something "ethnic" (Asian? Latin American?)

I ate at Vientane once and had an absolutely amazing Squash Curry there--perhaps even Buddy, our resident curcubitophobe, would like it.

But there are many ethnic places in Madison that I haven't been to--I hear there's a really good Peruvian restaurant near campus, for example.

I like the idea of doing the A-Z thing with N & JM. It sounds like a fun way to try something kind of random, and to talk to Madison foodies.

What non-meal stops to make? Dunno. There are some artisanal cheese shops around there. There's also a chocolatier (or two) in town that makes nifty flavors. We could always stop at the Great Dane for a beer..... A stop for custard somewhere seems more than reasonable....
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/22 23:59:13
I've been called a lot of things in my time, but never a curcubitophobe.  Gotta say, that one hurts.

I am a big fan of Vientienne Palace although I've never had their Squash Curry, apparently because I am that thing quijote called me.

I did write up a list of Madison suggestions on the "other" thread which I will copy and paste below:

I just got home and checked my Madison folder and found a couple of menus ( I keep records of every place we visit when traveling for Roadhouse and save as many menus as I remember to grab) for places that might be worth checking out.

First up is Vientienne Palace, describing itself as a "Lao-Thai Valley Restaurant".  Dad and I have eaten at Vientienne a couple of times and had excellent food both times.  Plus, this place is just shabby and run down enough that, if they served Barbecue, it would be an instant Roadfood classic.  Huge portions, almost dirt cheap prices and wonderful flavors make Vientienne Palace a worthwhile stop

From another corner of Asia is Chautara, a slightly upscale Nepalese restaurant.  This was the first place that Dad and I had ever tried goat.  Very tasty, a bit like lamb, but slightly gamier.  Nepalese food is influenced by Indian cuisine, although there is no prohibition on beef here.  Lots of wonderful finger food apps served with a smorgasbord of dipping sauces.

What's interesting about Chautara is that it is owned by the children of an older couple who own
another Nepalese restaurant, Himal Chuli, just a few doors away.  The parents' restaurant is a real Roadfood find.  Looking in the front window you'd think you were looking at the all-American malt shop.  1940's style fixtures with a handful of low slung booths, a soda fountain area with classic counter stools; even neon signs in the front window, although, instead of showcasing triple thick shakes, they glow for momos and samosas.  Himal Chuli is a true vegetarian joint, unlike Chautara which is aiming for a more middle of the road patronage.  We haven't eaten at Himal Chuli but would love to give it a try.

There is Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, one of Mad City's best known burger joints.  I have to admit that we haven't been there since they relocated, so have no idea if the burgers are still any good or if the atmosphere is the same.

Finally, for dessert, there is The Daily Scoop located in the UW/Mad Student Union (a building well worth visiting even without the promise of ice cream).  Ice cream served at The Scoop comes from the UW agricultural program and is hand crafted on campus.  Yup, this is university ice cream made with milk from educated cows!

Just my suggestions.  I'm sure there are others who are more familiar with the city who can build on this.

Vientienne Palace

151 Gorham
Madison  WI  53703
(608) 255-2848

Chautara
334 State Street
Madison  WI  53703-2021
(608) 251-3626‎

Himal Chuli
318 State Street
Madison  WI  53703-2021
(608) 251-9225‎

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry

317 North Frances Street
Madison  WI  53703-1970
(608) 259-0000

The Daily Scoop

Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
First Floor Commons Area
Madison  WI

I just spoke to a Chicago friend of mine who was familiar with both Chautara and Himal Chuli and says that Himal Chuli serves up a more interesting menu and more flavorful food.  The thing about both Himal Chuli and Vientienne Palace is they're both fairly small.  Depending on the size of the group, we could easily knock them for a loop if we walked in without giving them a heads up ahead of time.

If the Daily Scoop is open it could be the Madison equivalent of our "end of the tour" Kopp's stop in Milwaukee.

Buddy
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/23 07:17:48
Buddy, just razzin' ya; I hope I didn't misrepresent your take on the squash family. Perhaps you like some of them, but not all of them.

In any case, I mistyped the word: should be "cucurbitophobe." Maybe that means you're off the (squash) hook.

Any of the choices you listed sounds good, especially the ones that can accommodate a group our size.
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/23 09:49:12
quijote

I like the idea of doing 4 (or so) places with some grocery/other activities thrown in for good measure.

My four top contenders? Well, I'm flexible, of course, but I can envision something like this:

Doug's Soul Food
One of the BBQ places
Whatever is on the schedule from the A-Z site
Something "ethnic" (Asian? Latin American?)

I ate at Vientane once and had an absolutely amazing Squash Curry there--perhaps even Buddy, our resident curcubitophobe, would like it.

But there are many ethnic places in Madison that I haven't been to--I hear there's a really good Peruvian restaurant near campus, for example.

I like the idea of doing the A-Z thing with N & JM. It sounds like a fun way to try something kind of random, and to talk to Madison foodies.

What non-meal stops to make? Dunno. There are some artisanal cheese shops around there. There's also a chocolatier (or two) in town that makes nifty flavors. We could always stop at the Great Dane for a beer..... A stop for custard somewhere seems more than reasonable....


Some logistics:
 
Doug's Soul Food is located in what's basically an industrial park but it does have the Mexican restaurant right next door.  Plus I can give you a tour of the Caterpillar dealership where I work, and if you're nice I'll let you sit on a machine and make engine noises while you pretend to steer.
 
If Doug's winds up on the itinerary then the logical choice for barbecue is Fat Jack's in Monona, as it's just north of the Beltline and everyone will be coming into town that way.  Plus it's next to a Japanese steakhouse (the name escapes me) and a Mexican market.
 
Heading south on Fish Hatchery Road from Greenway Cross takes you the shopping plaza at Post Road, where there's a little Hispanic market run IIRC by Tomas, the former owner of La Paella.  There's also a very good liquor store right next door if anyone wants to buy some craft beers or wines not found in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas.  One of the Pizza Extreme locations is also right here and Buddy will undoubtedly want to get a foot-long chili-cheese dog from the Dairy Queen.
 
Going further south leads to Casa Del Sol, which used to be the "other" Casa De Lara (the original's on State).  I've eaten there and the food's OK, but I also know very little about authenticity when it comes to Mexican.  There's also a "fast sushi" kind of place and one of the Great Dane locations, but once you get to McKee Road you're just a stone's throw from Liliana's, which is one of our favorites (Abita Turbodog on tap - yay!).  However, it's also more upscale and it's frighteningly easy to spend a lot of money there.  Further down Fish Hatchery is The Continental, which is another classy place.  2 places that aren't really Roadfoody but if anybody's ever looking for more of a "dining experience" while in Madison they're definitely worth considering.
 
Brad
post edited by Brad_Olson - 2010/02/23 10:28:12
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/23 10:18:10
I do a mean engine sound with my new and improved gravely voice!
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/23 10:46:40
It all sounds good to me- we will try and make it, although it is a little early for me to commit Mr. Irisarbor to anything...
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/23 13:55:30
Brad_Olson
Doug's Soul Food is located in what's basically an industrial park but it does have the Mexican restaurant right next door.  Plus I can give you a tour of the Caterpillar dealership where I work, and if you're nice I'll let you sit on a machine and make engine noises while you pretend to steer.

Doug's sounds like a good option to me.  Plus, how can you pass up an opportunity to act like a five year-old and make vrooming noises in front of a large group of your friends.
Brad_Olson
Buddy will undoubtedly want to get a foot-long chili-cheese dog from the Dairy Queen.

You bet!  Because everybody knows it's not what goes into a Hot Dog that makes it good, but how long it is!
 
Buddy


post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2010/02/23 13:56:32
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 07:54:56
Asian Midway Foods
301 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53715-1514
(608) 255-5864
should certainly be considered for a stop.
I've been at this pan Asian grocery several times and always found something neat and new.
It has a central location and a fairly good sized parking lot.
For those unfamilar with Madison, it is at the intersection of Park Street (Hwy 151) and Washington (Hwy 30) not far from both the State Capitol bulding (great visit stop too) and the beltline xway.


post edited by MilwFoodlovers - 2010/02/24 08:43:56
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 08:11:20
I'd be down with Asian Midway Foods.
Yay, shopping!
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 08:38:57
A few blocks south of Asian Midway Foods is The Curve, which is probably about as traditional a Roadfood place as any you could find in Madison.  Poking around on the Web turns up some wildly varying reviews, though, and it's only open until 1 on Sundays.  And it's a small place.

I forgot that MFL is (like JRPfeff) a Madison native.

Brad
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 08:44:55
Brad, I'm a Milwaukee boy but both my mom and my sister live in Madtown.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 08:47:48
For not knowing anything about Madison, Brad, you're doing just fine.
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 08:57:22
MilwFoodlovers

Brad, I'm a Milwaukee boy but both my mom and my sister live in Madtown.


Aha...that must be why I thought you grew up here.
 
I have a fair idea of where things are and how to get to them (excepting downtown) but actually having personal knowledge of a lot of them...not so much.
 
Incidentally, the Meriter Hospital cafeteria is within walking distance of The Curve if Stricken_Detective wants to compare it to UW.
 
Brad
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/24 21:43:52
I'm still in. Love the idea of shopping at Asian Midway Foods. BBQ and Soul Food. Yup. Also that liquor store, yeah, craft beer I can't get at home? So there.

What do you guys think of stopping at Taj Indian Restaurant? It won best ethnic restaurant on Madisondining.com for 2009 (not sure what that is worth, really). Looks really good to me.

I'm open for just about anything, not picky at all just want an adventure.

I really just want to pretend drive a Caterpillar! I love machines. I can crawl up on it!? *faints* Should have been a farmer: animals + big machines = :-)  Wait, rising before the sun? Actually working before the sun is up? Oops. farming is out.
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/25 09:33:14
Looks like the actual name is T A J.  It's on S. Park St. and just north of it is Oriental Food Mart, and I know nothing of either.

If you like machines we have plenty of new and used ones available.  Perhaps a nice skidsteer (think 'Bobcat') to impress your friends and neighbors and make earthmoving and snow removal a breeze?

Brad
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/26 22:16:39
BR & The Contingent - Thanks for getting this rolling without me.  Looks like a great start.

One place on the Madison A to Z list that caught my attention is The Corner Store.  From their report:

We're glad Linda reviewed Corner Store for her Cheap Eats column, because we might never have stopped in otherwise. We certainly wouldn't have known they serve such good Thai food, and that you can even eat in the minimalistic dining area if you'd rather not let your curry get cold on the way home.

Corner Store is essentially a convenience store with a slightly larger-than-average line of groceries...

It felt good to eat at a family-run place that's so comfortable being itself, yet somehow feels like it's been transplanted from the east or west coast. Now, we're still curious about what Corner Store's take on burritos and tacos is, but the mixed-up menu just seemed authentic in its own funky Willy Street way. If Madison is ever going to rival Milwaukee, we need more Corner Stores.  A lot more.


The Corner Store has a lot of things going for it.  Family run.  Ethnic food as a sideline to a grocery.  On Willy Street.  And most importantly, a prime opportunity for Dining ala Trunk.  Unfortunately, I read in comments that they are moving and becoming a stand-alone restaurant, which loses some of the charm.  We can play it by ear as May 2 approaches.

Regarding my availability, I expect to be around for the Eat & Greet.

Jim
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/26 22:32:40
All of these sound great--the Corner Store, T A J, whatever....

And I'll be delighted to sit and pose in a Caterpillar vehicle, as long as it's not moving!  I can barely drive a car properly.

Sitting in--or beside--a caterpillar. Kind of like "Alice in Wonderland"!
Gyp
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/27 21:22:22
Sounds like fun. I'm definitely in.
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 12:23:36
A little Googling turned up this contender for dining ala trunk.

http://www.madisonorientalmarket.com/

Madison Oriental Market  
2119 Fish Hatchery Raod
Madison, WI  53713
BUS (608) 310-4288


http://www.madisonorientalmarket.com/charles%20lor/steam%20rolls.jpg
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 12:38:28
Sounds like a great adventure. I agree with most of the places selected and would like to add two special places I really like. IMHO, the best burger in town is at The Blue Moon on Old University Ave. Just a big juicy ball of select ground chuck cooked to order. There is also a great little Mexican place called La Mestiza that I really love. In fact, so good they just opened a new location on Main St. just off the square. It's a door or two down from Haze. Their other location is out on Odana Rd. across from Russ Darrow. I think hands down it's the best Mexican food in town and I've tried them all.  That squash curry mentioned at Vientiene is fantastic. There is another one (same owner) on Park St. Not as shabby and same fantastic curry.
http://www.lamestiza.net/
post edited by Pancho - 2010/02/28 12:39:53
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 12:45:12
Pancho,

I agree with you about La Mestiza.  Fantastic food.

Jim
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 13:01:51
MilwFoodlovers

Madison Oriental Market  
2119 Fish Hatchery Raod


FYI, this is right on the edge of the UW Arboretum and if the weather's nice it might make for a good place to take a break.  Also, it's right by an interesting little neighborhood (look at the "ladder" of nearby streets on a map) that was part of a planning experiment back in the 1920s.  I don't know if there are any architecturally significant houses in the area, though; the State Journal had a story about it a number of years ago and I've forgotten a lot of the details.

And taking the good with the bad, just southeast of here is the Badger Road area.  To say it nicely, it's a "troubled neighborhood".

Brad
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 13:13:08
Brad_Olson

MilwFoodlovers

Madison Oriental Market  
2119 Fish Hatchery Raod


FYI, this is right on the edge of the UW Arboretum and if the weather's nice it might make for a good place to take a break.  Also, it's right by an interesting little neighborhood (look at the "ladder" of nearby streets on a map) that was part of a planning experiment back in the 1920s.  I don't know if there are any architecturally significant houses in the area, though; the State Journal had a story about it a number of years ago and I've forgotten a lot of the details.

And taking the good with the bad, just southeast of here is the Badger Road area.  To say it nicely, it's a "troubled neighborhood".

Brad
That's a great idea. The area you speak of is known as "The Lost City". That section is in a flood plain and supposedly all the houses sank into the muck. There is a significant house back there you may have seen. A light tan colored stucco bungalow. It's the oldest house in the Arboretum.



Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 13:33:25
Thanks for the help; you hit the nail on the head.  From what I remember from the newspaper article I believe the master plan called for a tree-lined boulevard all the way to the Capitol.

Will you be joining the group on May 2?

Brad
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/02/28 13:53:01
Brad_Olson

Thanks for the help; you hit the nail on the head.  From what I remember from the newspaper article I believe the master plan called for a tree-lined boulevard all the way to the Capitol.

Will you be joining the group on May 2?

Brad
I'll see what I can do...my daughter may be coming home from college in Oregon that weekend. Hey, thought of a couple more...Big Red's Steaks on University Ave. Best cheesesteak this side of Philly and I've had both Pat's and Geno's. Also, the Coconate's Hot Dog cart if she is around on weekends. A lot better than Papa Cornonofulos or whatever it is. Last time I was at O'Malley's at the Jetport, it was mediocre at best. The Curve is far better.  Last (probably not), but not least Gotham Bagels...downtown or on Park St.  Best bagels ever and I lived in NYC. Try an onion with lox, caper cream cheese, and watercress. Scrumptious.....http://www.gothambagels.com/


post edited by Pancho - 2010/02/28 15:05:49
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/02 20:32:30
Pancho

Brad_Olson

MilwFoodlovers

Madison Oriental Market  
2119 Fish Hatchery Raod


--snip --- Also, it's right by an interesting little neighborhood (look at the "ladder" of nearby streets on a map) that was part of a planning experiment back in the 1920s. -- snip --

And taking the good with the bad, just southeast of here is the Badger Road area.  To say it nicely, it's a "troubled neighborhood".

Brad
That's a great idea. The area you speak of is known as "The Lost City". That section is in a flood plain and supposedly all the houses sank into the muck. There is a significant house back there you may have seen. A light tan colored stucco bungalow. It's the oldest house in the Arboretum.


Oh! Fantastic. I want to visit an "interesting little neighborhood" where "houses sank into the muck".  That makes it as much fun as food :} I vote for that being a must stop.  Even if it is around a "troubled neighborhood" I have all you strapping strong young men to protect me!
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/02 20:52:35
Strapping?  Maybe...  Strong?  Perhaps...  Young?  Not sure who you're talkin' about.

Buddy
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/02 22:42:14
Yeah Buddy, you know....those strong strapping young men that will escort those voluptuous buxom young women.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/02 23:09:55
I'm in!

Buddy
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/03 09:18:38
BuddyRoadhouse

I'm in!

Buddy

 
Confusing...are you in as the escort or in as wanting to be escorted?

BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/03 13:52:39
I'll decide when I see what the other parties involved look like.

Buddy
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/03 23:52:13
MilwFoodlovers

Yeah Buddy, you know....those strong strapping young men that will escort those voluptuous buxom young women.


**blush**

Look what I started! LOL, although I don't deserve the "young" any more than Buddy claims to Oh, wait, you obviously weren't talking about me.  I believe I met many of you at the Contingent get together last fall, the one with the Frank Lloyd Wright houses. I knew MilwFoodlovers, Mrs MilwFoodlovers, X1 and ChuckL50 before that, but that was my first Contingent meet.
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/12 14:18:31
After reading this thread I thought it worth mentioning that Madison proper is smoke-free in case it's a concern for anyone.  And this includes bars as well as restaurants.
 
Brad
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/14 10:55:56
Hi,
I'm told our plans may include some kind of Moosefest the day before in Appleton, WI, so I am wondering if any of you have any good hotel or B&B recco's for either Appleton or Madison for Sat nite?
Thanks!
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/14 11:12:33
Appleton!!
You MUST eat at Victoria's at 503 College Ave.
Old-style Italian in a mafia-like setting. It's awesome. 
Some of the best Gnocchi I've had, ever, anywhere.
http://www.victoriasitalian.com/


As far as hotels - Paper Valley (I think that's a Radisson now) is very nice...there are several on College Ave (the main drag). There's a bunch of La Quintas, Best Westerns, Holiday Inns and Hampton Inns in the area. Predictable, but familiar.

Also - go to Vande Walle's Candy - homemade chocolates and treats. It's near the mall. http://vandewallecandies.com/cart/ 
OR (and?) to Wilmar's Chocolates on Superior http://www.wilmarchocolates.com/zc/index.php

If you want fresh cheese and milk, a visit to Lamers Dairy or Simon's is mandatory. In nearby Omro, there's The Colonial Cheese House, which has sausage and local specialties, as well.








BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/14 17:02:06
Appleton?  Moosefest?  Is this a Facebook thing or did I miss a post up above?

If you do go to Appleton on Saturday it is likely we will only be able to join you in Madison on Sunday.

Happy Moosing!

Buddy
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/15 14:20:34
No- It's a husband thing- he is invited to play some music at this Moosefest in Appleton, and I said oh- we could combine it with Roadfood on Sunday in Madison...
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/24 14:06:49
I didn't realize it until today but as of this past January 1 Doug's Soul Food is now closed on Sundays.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
 
Brad
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/03/27 22:13:21
Brad_Olson

I didn't realize it until today but as of this past January 1 Doug's Soul Food is now closed on Sundays.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
 
Brad

More bad news. The Oriental Food Market appears to have cut back on their fresh ready to eat food items. A visit there today found the fresh spring rolls MIA. The clerk said they must have been out of them but there were not enough other choices to merit a stop.
We did however dine at Doug's Soul Food. It was an excellent overall experience. We had BBQ Beef short rinbs, Southern fried chicken, fried cat fish, collard greens, blackeyed peas, hush puppies, corn bread and Miss Edna's lemon cake. There were no duds in the lot. Near the end of our meal Doug came out and told us how it all came about. It seems that Doug left Birmingham Alabama for Madison Wisconsin for love and his future wife's birthday. If you ever visit, he can tell you the particulars. It's a sweet story. Open for 18 months, business is OK but could be better. He holds down a position at MATC besides his restaurant. Ask for his home made vinegar pepper sauce to dress up your greens. I look forward to returning to this lovely but out of the way located restaurant.
ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 07:36:36
I'm afraid I'm going to have to take a pass on this one since I'll be out of town that weekend.
On the bright side, the town I will be in is Memphis...now taking recommendations for "must do que". 
Enjoy! Looks like a great trip.
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 11:25:34
Roadfood reviews
 
My two favorite BBQ stops are the Cozy Corner (not open at night) and the Interstate.
Payne, A & R and of course the Rendezvous are highly recommended.
Not listed but a place you want to stop for breakfast is Bryant's where you can feast on great biscuits, grits, country ham and other great choices. www.bryantsbreakfast.com
There's blues at the ersatz places on Beale and then there's Wild Bill's. However, he passed and I'd make sure it's still open.
Just about my favorite town.
Have fun.
ALLGOOD
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 11:56:14
One stop worth making would definitely be The Essenhaus.  Great German atmosphere.  Boots of beer are available instead of mugs.  A huge variety of beer, and the food is most excellent.  They have a pub attached, the "Come Back Inn".  Really good time.  If you dig spaetzle, this is the place.....
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 12:11:59
Spaetzle and beer. Mmmmmm
ALLGOOD
Cheeseburger
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 13:03:15
At least I THINK the spaetzle was good. 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 13:14:09
I'll second Payne's in Memphis.  Make the pulled pork and BBQ'd bologna sandwiches your priority.  Order 'em the way they serve 'em; with slaw and sauce already on the sandwich.  That slaw is a total killer!  And don't worry, they don't overdo the sauce at Payne's.  Also, make sure you go to the original location if you like your greasehouse ambiance meter set to maximum grittiness (no really, that's a good thing).

So, while I certainly want to help a fellow Contingent member in his quest for good Memphis 'Que, the question now stands, how far away from the original intent of this thread will we get before taking it back on track?

Buddy

Payne's

1762 Lamar Avenue
Memphis  TN
(901) 272-1523
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 15:46:42
Speaking only for myself, if I can just ride or sit in a big Cat, I don't need no roadfood for a successful day!
I can show folks a nice Jamaican restaurant if they need more than spaetzles and beer. I also think the Asian store on Park and Washington would make a fun break but I'm up for most anything except Mexican. I'd even do that if it had some unusual things like bugs or spores.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:The Contingent will invade MadCity on May 2, 2010! 2010/04/01 19:16:18
Since it is April 1, I'm assuming ChuckL50 is pulling our leg.

I checked the Madison AtoZ review (usually easy graders) of Essen Haus and they slammed it.  Consider that Milwaukee has the finest German restaurants in the Western hemisphere, I vote for skipping Essen Haus.
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