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JM and John ate a ham and pepperoni pizza with root beers.
Nichole ate the butternut squash soup with Fat Squirrels.
The bill was ??? - thanks, John!
JM and Nichole gave Greenbush Bar an A; John gave Greenbush Bar a B+ (see our grading rubric).
Greenbush Bar has gotten some well-deserved attention in the major papers in the last year or so. As well it should, being a Madison landmark in the basement of the Italian Workmen's Club.
Inside, warmth and hospitality immediately envelops you. Standing under the holiday lights on the ceilings, waiting for a table, John said he felt like he was having lots of good, little ideas.
It was a bit of a wait, but we weren't surprised that there was a crowd. It was Friday night of homecoming weekend. Plus, the bar was there to lighten the wait - and although we didn't take a seat, choosing to mill about the coat rack, Nichole did avail herself of its services and got a Fat Squirrel to sip on while peoplewatching.
We started off with the peasant bread and roasted garlic. It was fun. The bread was soft yet full of flavor, the olive oil was very high quality, and the herb-roasted garlic cloves squished out of their papery skins so smoothly that we ate the whole head between us.
The pizza is everything it's cracked up to be. The crust was light and totally "inobtrusive," and JM just loved it. He noted he'd not had a pizza with as good a balance between crunchy and chewy crust and the toppings were added perfectly.
John, too, liked the pizza. He noted that Greenbush Bar is a nice date locale with fine home-style food, which is very welcome. He'd easily come back.
The squash soup Nichole had was everything you could want in an autumn soup: rich and thick, satisfying, and warm. The waitress said the soup-of-the-day was a new thing, and if this bowl was any indication, it will be a hit.
We weren't surprised to see Greenbush Bar on the list of Farm Fresh Atlas supporters and Just Coffee servers - the quality ingredients are obvious. Our only regret was not having room for dessert: cannoli, key lime pie, tiramisu, and caramel creme all looked lovely, but as so often happens, we were too stuffed.