Argus Food and Spirits
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JM ate the "Exploding pig" (ham and cheese) and fries with a lemonade and worked the November 1981 Atlantic Monthly cryptic crossword.
Nichole ate the "Yankee" (grilled turkey, bacon, swiss on marbled rye, hold the dressing) and a cup of potato soup with a Pepsi.
The bill was $14, or $7/person, plus change for parking.
JM gave Argus an A-; Nichole gave Argus an A (see our grading rubric).
We learned that Argus is in the oldest commercial building in Madison. It's got a slightly crowded serving area, a shady patio sheltered from traffic, and what looks like a gorgeous tin ceiling. The building has a challenging layout, but apparently management has found a way to speed up orders by using wireless point-of-sale technology - pretty slick, and we did get our food fast.
JM's sandwich and lemonade were good. He gave it an A minus only because they aren't open for dinner and we had to make a midday field trip. Nichole's sandwich was superb: warm, toasted perfectly, and very tasty even sans the 1000 Island dressing. The soup was also excellent and almost certainly from scratch. It arrived a bit cold on top, but that could be attributed to the efficiency of the server. The pickles were crunchy.
The menu is short, with few or no vegetarian options, but what they did they did really well. If you're a government cube monkey, it's definitely a good spot for the occasional sublime pub sandwich.