George's Chop House
Last Friday my wife and I had dinner at[url='http://www.georgeschophouse.net']George's Chop House[/url] on Madison's west side and it was very good. We started with a sesame-crusted ahi tuna appetizer (4 slices served rare with a small ball of potent wasabi on the side) and salad for her and clam chowder for me. For our entrees I had a 12 oz. piece of prime rib (sells for $1.50/oz on Fridays and Saturdays; I asked for "as rare as you have" and was given med. rare) with rice pilaf and she had pot roast in a port wine sauce with mashed sweet potatoes. The prime rib had good flavor and was quite tender, and my wife said the pot roast was excellent. Even the bread was good; flavorful with a hint of asiago cheese in the crust and accompanied by whipped butter in a pool of garlic olive oil. In fact, I could've made a meal out of the soup and bread alone, and judging by the amount of beef I took home that's about what I did...
It's right next to a Holiday Inn so it has a bit of a captive audience, but if the rest of the menu is as good as what we had I have no doubt it could succeed on its own merits. My wife had a glass of wine and I had soda and we skipped dessert, so after tax the bill came in just under $52 but I had a $50 certificate that I'd purchased for $25 so dinner was really
reasonable. Plus then I tipped just on the $2 that came out of my pocket...OK, I'm kidding about that.
It's tough for me to think of a steakhouse as roadfood but I guess since it's next to a hotel it provides food
for a lot of people who've just gotten off the road