Fyfe's Corner Bistro
In a word: Fine dining for any circumstance, without the pomp.
JM ate the filet mignon with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the salmon with a raspberry lemonade and a slice of key lime pie.
The bill was $65, or $32.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Fyfe's an A (see our grading rubric).
Recently, we were on vacation and we went to KFC in Bloomington, IL. The location was difficult to reach and we ended having a pretty bad meal. This provided us stark contrst to Fyfe's, which was also difficult to reach, due to road construction, but provided us with one of our favorite Madison dining experiences to date.
The bread was excellent (so good, in fact, we downed 2 plates, yikes.) The fresh, simple butter made it too hard to resist.
JM's wedge salad, while not a choice he would have made (just the optimal one given the choices he had), turned out OK. He wouldn't discourage others from trying it, especially those who like bleu cheese.
When Nichole ordered the salmon, the server pointed out that the textures of the dish were what made it special, and she was right on. The snappy coleslaw, firm fish and crunchy sweet potato fries were an amazing combination.
JM's steak, while obscured behind the side dishes here, was quite good. He was a little concerned when he took his bite since the sauce was a little overpowering. It settled down toward the end and since he hearts filet mignon, he was ready to go easy on it. The sauce did work out on the potatoes, which were mashed to near perfection.
JM gave most of his vegetables to Nichole. They too were good, though June's asparagus seemed a little long in the tooth.
Key lime pie was a perfect conclusion, one Nichole got to enjoy all by herself. Our server laughed when Nichole told her the secret: she only ever gets desserts JM doesn't like. His loss!
One of the most appealing aspects of Fyfe's was the wonderful energy, which we felt the moment we walked in. The place is positive, relaxed, and confident. The staff played a big part in this. They had great rapport, and obviously liked each other. They were pretty funny, too, but not spazzy or faux.
Fyfe's has definitely made it onto our special-occasion list.