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JM ate the chicken tenders with coleslaw with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Cottage Platter breakfast with a coffee.
The bill was $16, or $8/person, plus tip, but you could do much cheaper.
JM and Nichole both gave Cottage Cafe an A (see our grading rubric).
We've gotten more and more partial to the cheaper end of the Madison dining scene. Portabella mushroom sandwiches and espresso beverages lose their lustre after a while and one gets to longing for some down-to-earth cooking. In this, Cottage Cafe is the latest place to excel.
Nichole's Cottage Platter (scrambled eggs, sausage, cheesy hashbrowns and toast) was tasty, though next time she'll be sure to ask for Swiss or cheddar cheese as the American default was a bit of a letdown.
JM's chicken tenders were more chicken than tender, but good nonetheless. The cole slaw was crisp and but the dressing lasted to the end (a tough mix to match) and the lemonade was quite good.
Other things to love about Cottage Cafe:
- The waitress offered salsa for the eggs, without being asked.
- Raisin toast.
- Cheddarwurst is a breakfast meat option. On Wisconsin!
- The bathrooms were the cleanest ever.
- Excluding steak dishes, nothing on the menu is over $5.89, and that's the half a fried chicken (so tip generously).
- Spicy carrot cake (eat your veggies):