Thursday, September 29, 2011

Back on Track at the Oakcrest Tavern

It took a silent auction to get us back on the right track!

The company I work for holds an annual auction, with proceeds to benefit a fund for employees going through hardship. It's a great cause, and it has already helped people in ways they did not expect.
For the Silent Auction, my friend Rich and I put ourselves up for bid: A lunch at the Oakcrest Tavern in Madison, Wisconsin, along with a blog post of our experience. Here we go:

The auction was won by Greg, who happens to also know Rich from a "previous life" when he was a line-cook at the Come Back In in Madison. Rich was a weekend AM bartender in those days. We reminisced about some good old days, but mainly about some really screwed up things that also made them some "borderline" old days.

Burgers were ordered: Greg and Rich ordered Bacon Cheeseburgers and I ordered a Cheeseburger with Cheddar. First impressions were generally favorable - a typical tavern burger, as expected.

The bun was a bit slight for the beef that it was holding. Because of the juices from the burger, the bun bottom was quickly soggy and messy to hold. Greg (being a baker by trade) cited the bun as his first suggestion for improvement.

The beef was of good quality, seemingly a ground chuck for good fat content. All the burgers were cooked exactly as ordered. The meat was excellent, although it was not seasoned at all. Condiments added any additional flavors.

Overall, I rated my burger a 7 1/2, Rich rated his burger an 8 (with high marks due to the quality of meat), and Greg gave it a score of 7 (with his lowered marks for the bun).

Aside - my daughter Leah had the grilled cheese, which she gave a score of 9 1/2!