In a word: In the bar burger world, it’s not the Nitty, but it’s close.
The specs: #0039
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; reviews by Dennis Getto, Ultimate Madison Bar Tour, Yelp, B^2, Madison Fish Fry, collected at del.icio.us; conversation with the owners at Isthmus; Blue Moon web site;
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Emily ate the Blue Moon Burger and a margarita.
JM ate the Best Cheeseburger with pepperjack cheese and a lemonade.
John ate the Pile Driver and a Pepsi.
Kayla ate the veggie burger with pepperjack and a Pepsi.
Monica ate the grilled cheese with pepperjack.
Nichole ate the Best Cheeseburger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato and relish.
We shared some cheese curds while we waited for a table.
The bill was about $60, or $10/person, plus tip.
JM, John, Kayla, Monica and Nichole gave Blue Moon an A-; Emily gave Blue Moon a B (see our grading rubric).
We’d heard from our friend Emily that Blue Moon had great burgers, so we made sure she was along on this meal; oddly enough, she gave Blue Moon a lower grade than the rest of us (even Monica, who was recovering from having all four of her wisdom teeth pulled). Comments follow.
Emily: Out of soup, out of bacon. Encouragement of use of blue cheese. Great burger, great margaritas.
JM: Good sizeable burger. Descent [sic - decent? (ed.)] service. Loud bar atmosphere. All in all a good burger at an OK location.
John Sams: Great burger, okay ambience if it’s your thing: half-bar/half-balcony with food. Friendly staff, good prices, great every once in a while.
Kayla: Seasoned gardenburger seemed like a slightly lighter choice and seeing Nichole’s massive burger made me feel like I made a good choice. Actually like that fries are a separate order so it’s easier not to eat them. Though I’m not usually into fried cheese curds, these were good with the ranch sauce. The open kitchen/grill was kind of neat. Frattish looking crowd, kind of like a toned-down “Le Metro” [a defunct (?) club in Eau Claire] - subtle, swanky.
Monica: Enough cheese on the grilled cheese. Good as usual.
Nichole: There are more menu choices to be had on Friday, including grilled salmon (sounds yum). HUGE burgers. Brown mustard a plus.