In a word: Maybe put it on your to do list.
Latest Knuckle Down Saloon news and reviews at del.icio.us
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.
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.
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.