Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I made a nice shredded pork carnitas taco on a soft corn tortilla with rice, pinto beans, and handmade salsa. YES!
Friday, May 21, 2010
The menu is quite diverse, and tacos can come in several ways - American style with lettuce, cheese, and sour cream and Mexican style with chopped onion and salsa. There is a wide variety of tortilla, too: soft corn, fried corn, soft flour, and fried flour. I haven't seen a fried flour shelled taco since Taco Bell had its infamous "Taco Lights" in the mid-1980s. It piqued my interest enough to get one.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Open the door, and you have the bar with stools along the left and video poker/slot machines along the right. For a tavern, it seemed to be a bit brighter than expected. Even so, it fit the stereotypes. And it's a pretty comfortable place to go.
This time, it was me, Steve, and Rich. Steve has a history with "the Bou," for sure. It was great to get some of the old stories. That, and be served by the same bartender who used to serve him when he was in college many years ago.
For the test, we got "Bou Burgers." This is a 1/3 pound patty of ground chuck (or, more likely, a lesser mix of ground beef) served on a pillowy, fresh bun. With or without a fresh slice of white onion. Steve went "with." I went without. Rich got cheese instead.
The bun gets the highest possible marks. Soft and airy, but the crust was firm enough to not become a sloppy mess in your hands. It is really the right combo of greasy grilled burger and a bun that can hold it up.
The beef detracted a bit from the sandwich in quality. It was properly cooked, but it didn't match the flavor and quality of the last two burgers we tasted on this blog.
Order it up with a cold Old Milwaukee, though, and you'll be dreaming about how good it was long after you left.
Our ratings on a scale of 10:
Me - 7.5
Steve - 8.5
Rich - 7.5
Worth the trip. And super-handy if you have some laundry to do. A coin laundry is conveniently next door!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
First on the Taste Test List is Tex Tubb's Taco Palace. We visited their restaurant on Atwood Avenue on the near east side of Madison, WI.
Designed to look like a hole in the ground, this is a clean restaurant with terrific service. We had a great server today, and we shared tips on what kind of treats we're planning to make for Valentine's Day (she's making cookies).
I'm always in the mood for a fish taco, so I ordered their 2-taco lunch special, which is around $6. You can choose two of many different kinds of taco. I picked a blackened tilapia and a carne asada taco.
The blackened tilapia was served on double-corn shells with cabbage slaw, pico and onion. The flavors were terrific, although not super-spicy for a blackened fish. I poured some of the hot sauce from their salsa bar, and the taco was terrific.
The carne asada was a seasoned and marinated strip sliced ever-so-thin and grilled off for the taco. It was really terrific, and it was served on a flour tortilla topped with pico, red onions and guacamole. I would have chosen a corn tortilla, but it was nice nonetheless.
My girlfriend ordered the fried avocado taco and something called "Elisa's Choice," which is fried avocado, mushrooms, black beans, tomatoes, onions, and feta. Elisa's Choice has now become my lover's choice, hands down. She raved.
The lunch was served with rice and beans. It promises to keep you full and happy until long after dinner time!
Tex Tubb's is highly recommended. It's a fun place for lunch, but I'd rather be having happy hour there now!
Overall, I give it a 8 out of 10. My lady gave it a solid 9: "It was really good."
Friday, February 5, 2010
Our mission: To seek out the best burger in Madison, Wisconsin.
Background: For years, we have seen signs posted throughout the community: "Best Burger In Town." We have often thought one of two things: 1) Oh yeah? Sez who? and 2) How can YOU have the best burger if that shack over there has the same claim on a sign!
So we set out to test a different burger each month (hey - we're all over 40 and don't want to speed up our inevitable heart troubles). On the first Friday of each month, we will try and review a burger from a different restaurant/pub/bar/cart/dive in Madison, Wisconsin.
Today, we're starting out with a hotel restaurant - The Dayton Street Grille. It's located in the Madison Concourse Hotel. (Full disclosure - I work there, so it made for a real easy choice since I was too lazy to go elsewhere this month. Even so, this won't influence my review. I don't care if this is the best burger or not - I just want to find which one IS the best burger!)
I brought 4 buddies along for the test, although one guy opted for the grilled cheese. Hrmn.
The burger here is advertised simply - Grilled Burger, made with aged Highland Beef (from the local Fountain Prairie Inn and Farm). It came out well presented and straight forward. I took this photo before diving in. (Click on the photo for a closer look - you can almost smell it!)
I had ordered it medium rare, and it was a little more on the medium side. Steve ordered it the same way, and got it a little more on the rare side. In any case, both were within reasonable range.It looked to be about a third-pound patty, and there was very little seasoning. Maybe some salt and pepper, and maybe not. The beef was certainly the highlight - real high quality, as you'd expect from a local farm. If anything it was a little lean for my tastes, although my compadres thought it was terrific. Very good beef flavor that came through right with the first bite.
The bun was fresh, toasted on the inside, and soft under the crust. A very nice combination in the burger, and makes up at least a third of my score.
Here's how it rated:
Me (John) = 8 out of 10
Steve = 8
Chris = 8
Rich = 9
Adam = Grilled cheese (what can you do?)
Quotes in support:
Rich: "The nice thing is that you don't have to throw a lot of crap on it for it to taste good."
Steve: "Good burger"
So, we start off with a success. We're trying to only review successes, so we do recommend this one!
Next month - The Caribou Tavern on East Johnson for a Bou Burger!