Knuckle Down Saloon

In a word: Maybe put it on your to do list.

The specs: #00932   
2513 Seiferth Rd., 53716
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JM ate the BBQ burger with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the CBR with a diet Pepsi.
The bill was $17, or $8.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave the Knuckle Down a B (see our grading rubric).

We would never have gone to the Knuckle Down without this project.  It is completely invisible: south of the Wendy's at Pflaum and Stoughton Rd., right next to nothing and local to no one.  Other than lots of live music, it doesn't seem to have anything going for it on paper.

This led to a lot of nice surprises for us.

First and foremost, it is a friendly and oddly inviting space. Sure, the TV was blaring a reality TV show about repo men and women, while the pinball machine looks like it gets not enough use. The bartender was nice.

The food was also pretty good.  Nichole's CBR had good chicken and bacon that added flavor without a lot of greasy excess sandwich weight. The amount of ranch was  in balance with the chicken and the roll was nicely toasted.

CBR

JM's burger came out a perfect medium rare, another nice touch. His bun, too, was toasted and stuck to the meat like glue once sandwich fusion had been achieved, though it never disintegrated.  The BBQ sauce was decent and the bacon, again, OK.

BBQ burger

The sides, though, really shone.  The fries are almost worth a trip back for.  Perfectly done with a crisp outside and yummy potato flavor.  Further, a good and hearty pickle accompanied both sandwiches.  Of course, you will also find the prices here above those of your standard bar food, which in some way speaks to its above standard quality.

If you are near, or can find the Knuckle Down, it may be worth your time, especially if Antlers is really busy for some reason.

Klassik Tavern

Klassik TavernIn a word: Didn't thrill us like Michael.

The specs: #00931   
410 W. Verona Ave., Verona 53593
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JM ate the steak and eggs with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the quiche.
The bill was $23, or $11.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Klassik Tavern a B-; Nichole gave Klassik Tavern a C+ (see our grading rubric).

This was our second visit to the pillared structure on Verona Road. What was once the Cozee Inn is now Klassik, and in a lot of ways it's gotten nicer - this time we were seated on the ground floor, near a window, but even the cellar seating is more inviting - the basement, before:

Dining room at Cozee Inn

After - brighter, sportier and the retro chairs are still there:

Klassik basement

Breakfast was decent. Of the steak & eggs: the sirloin was acceptable and of good proportion, the scrambled eggs were gently done and were creamy. The unbuttered, burnt-on-bottom English muffin was less than good. Sort of a southern-Algerian muffin in terms of excessive dryness and heat.

Steak and eggs

Hearty whole wheat (ostensibly) buttered toast went well with the somewhat heavy, "crust less quiche" with egg, chorizo, and cheese and a bit of green onion. It was more like an egg bake, in a way that pleasantly suggested church basement brunch. Cheesy 'tatoes did, too.

Crustless taco quiche

It would be hard to argue that Klassik Tavern is a must hit for anyone.  Even in Verona, there are better places for most of its fare.  Still, with a coupon...


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