In a word: Comes together real good.
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JM ate the cheddar burger with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Swiss burger with a Capital Amber.
Paul ate the pulled pork sandwich with a diet 7-up.
Sara ate the cranberry chicken breast with sesame noodles with a diet 7-up.
JM and Nichole gave Harmony Bar an A- (see our grading rubric).
February's cold snap had subsided just enough for us to leave the house again when it was time to try Harmony Bar. We would have braved even colder weather for this Madison institution, a friendly neighborhood bar with lots of character.
We started off our dinner with the bleu cheese chips. You could go to the Harmony just to eat these, they were so good. Fried to a perfect golden brown, most were crispy on the outside but had a tender spot in their centers. The sour-cream-and-bleu-cheese dressing (which is closer to sour cream in consistency) made the thin potato slices disappear fast.
The pizzas come universally recommended, but this time we tried the Harmony's other offerings. The bottom line seemed to be that Harmony has great buns - any dish served on a toasty heel was a hit.
Paul described his pork sandwich as being as good as any in town. It was served very hot, with tasty, fresh coleslaw on the side, and was large enough to share.
This was good news for Sara, since her chicken dish was just ordinary. The cranberry-pear sauce was not as good as memories of it were, and the sesame noodles, while a nice twist, were just OK.
JM and Nichole's burgers were about exactly perfect bar fare:
- Bun: As previously mentioned, perfect. Over-sized white bun topped with sesame seeds and toasted, and not too thick.
- Meat: Generous hand-made patty, moist and tender, done on the rare side of medium.
- Bun/meat ratio: 1:1. Over time the bun squished down but held its own against the meat and toppings.
- Cheese: Melted into the meat, tying it all together.
- Misc.: The big, ripe tomato slices were tops; the too-thick, pale iceberg lettuce, not so much. Still, an 8 of 10 overall.
Though the burger may have left a little to be desired from JM, he knew that the Harmony supports local improv and great pizzas so he gave 'em the benefit of the doubt.
All in all, we enjoyed our meal and our conversation which the casual and mostly quiet back room of the Harmony Bar only made the more comfortable.