Señor Peppers

In a word: Rations: Filling.

The specs: #01046  
108 Janesville St., Oregon 53575
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Anne ate the crab and shrimp chimichanga.
JM ate the steak burrito with a lemonade.
John ate the Sinaloa (shrimp) enchiladas with an horchata.
Nichole ate the mole-smothered chicken.
We tried the flan.
The bill was $29, or $15ish/person, plus tip.
Anne and John gave Señor Peppers a B; JM and Nichole gave Señor Peppers a B+ (see our grading rubric).

Nestled right in the square of downtown Oregon is a better than expected Mexican place. Señor Peppers is not the Madison area's best Mexican by any stretch of the imagination, but other than Palenque in McFarland, Dane County south of the beltline (once past Madison and Fitchburg) fails the south of the border test in most cases. Sr. Peppers meets the challenge and, when we're in town, makes for one of the better meals we've had.

The place could only be described as hopping on this mid-spring evening. Tables turned quickly but were rarely empty even on the front stoop where diners were enjoying one of the first nice days of the season. 

John and Anne were eager try the place out; we all noted the variety of chicken and beef options on the menu, which featured a paucity of pork.

Crab and shrimp chimichanga

John got his traditional horchata which was standard, if maybe a little thin. They both opted for seafood as well and the experience was a mixed bag. Anne found that her crab and shrimp chimichanga was a little too large to finish, while John's Sinaloa enchiladas were good but maybe not the best combination to sample here.

Sinaloa enchiladas

Nichole had about half of her mole-smothered chicken because she was saving room for flan.  It reheated nicely and was a nice take on the mole experience. 

Mole-smothered chicken

JM had a steak burrito, which is a good standard metric.  This one was one of the better ones he'd had but he wished the saucing were a touch more generous.

Steak burrito

If you want chips and salsa and Park St. is too far away, Mister Peppers awaits. And wouldn't you like to eat at Peppers, too?

Flan

Sconnie Bar

In a word: "Everybody's Somebody's Bar" - Sconnie Francis.

The specs: #01045  
1421 Regent St., 53719
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JM ate the Sconnie Burger with fries and a lemonade.
Karen ate the grilled cheese with waffle fries and a beer.
Nichole ate the grilled cheese with tomato bisque.
The bill was $32, or $11ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Sconnie Bar a B-; Karen gave Sconnie Bar a B; Nichole gave Sconnie Bar a C+ (see our grading rubric).

Sconnie bar took over the space where Lucky's on Regent was when it moved down to 1313. In other words, this is another campus sports bar with campus sports bar quantities of TVs and beer specials. It is not, per se, known for its food.  This is not to say that Sconnie Bar doesn't have some good food ideas, but their heart is in keeping people entertained during televised sports ball events and Badger football game days.

Burger

JM tried a specialty of the house, the Sconnie burger. This is a bacon cheeseburger with an additional split brat.  The brat was quite good, the cheeseburger was not. It ended up just being a lot of food without really having much raison d'etre. JM also got fries which were quite nice and potatoey. Very thick planks of potatoes fried to a nice yellow-brown, and paired well with ketchup.

Grilled cheese

The librarians both got that night's special: the $1 grilled cheese. Nichole paired hers with a rich tomato bisque. Karen added waffle fries with a side of jalapeño ranch that was the true highlight of the meal. Thick and bold, the sauce was put together by someone who cares. The grilled cheese themselves were standard, if a little on the light side. But for a dollar, what did we expect? One could have eaten them by the basketful.

Waffle fries

If being Sconnie means needing access to quality beer over quality food, well, this place has earned its name. That said, many other places nearby are better able to thread the needle (thinking here of Jordan's Big 10, but there are others) between supper, sports, and suds. And we're sure on Badger game day it could never be as bad as Grid Iron was.

Bonus, apropos of the name "Sconnie" - did you know the big heads at Library of Congress has given thought to whether the term "cheeseheads" is pejorative? They sure have. They think of everything!

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