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Dairyland Family Restaurant

In a word: Solid.

The specs: #0117
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; reviews at Yelp, by McBeth, at The Daily Page, 77Square, Dairyland Family Restaurant on Urbanspoon

JM ate the chicken sandwich with french onion soup and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the fried scallops with chicken and rice soup, salad, and a coffee.
The bill was $16, or $8/person, plus tip.
JM gave Dairyland Family Restaurant a B; Nichole gave Dairyland Family Restaurant a B+ (see our grading rubric).

We picked a good time to come to Dairyland: on our way home from a long road trip. The grogginess and road fatigue made the hominess of this family restaurant all the more enjoyable. But like any family place, the cuisine is more serviceable than remarkable.

Nichole's meal was hit-or-miss. Its low point was a none-too-appealing salad of damp iceberg lettuce, carrots, and the biggest slab of cucumber ever. The coffee was average. The chicken and rice soup was pleasantly peppery, and the side dish of canned peas was reminiscent of home. The stars of the meal were the scallops themselves: tender, yummy, irreproachable, they reminded Nichole of Louie's in Milwaukee.

JM found the soup oniony but quite good.  JM's sandwich was a bit on the dry side (made worse by small beverage glasses), but was overall OK.  The fries were just decent, but JM really dug the rolls.  Yum!

There's not much we can add to recommend or discourage Dairyland except that they are smoke-positive, if that matters to you.

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I'm not sure if it was senior's night, but the average age of the clientele on the night I went was about 68. There were two patrons with oxygen tanks. The average weight of the patrons was approximately 200 lbs, I would guess. It was depressing.

I went because I had a milkshake craving and it was on the way home. The milkshake (strawberry) was OK, but the milkshakes at Monty's are much better.

The menu is filled with amusing misspellings, which, when juxtaposed with the menu's midwestern-style attempt at creativity, make for good unintentional amusement, e.g. "Hamburger Horizion's".

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