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JM ate the chocolate chip cookie and the sourdough roll.
Nichole ate the cinnamon bun.
We also got a loaf of sourdough.
The bill was $8.50, or $4.25/person.
JM gave Madison Sourdough Company an A-; Nichole gave Madison Sourdough Company an A (see our grading rubric).
"Best bread in Madison" is a recurrent online forum topic. Madison Sourdough often floats to the top of such discussions, and it certainly impressed us. The only downside from a consumer's POV is that the store only does bakery now - no sandwiches, no seating, not even coffee (for which we popped over to the Citgo next door, a satisficing move if ever there was one). We trekked back across the street and enjoyed our breakfast in the shade of Hooter's and Qdoba.
The cinnamon bun, nut roll, and chocolate croissant at Madison Sourdough all seem to use the same pastry, so when buying a treat at a farmer's market or the store on Mineral Point Rd., just pick the filling that appeals most to you. The dough is a heavenly, tender creation that comes apart in gossamer layers if pulled gently. The cinnamon roll is understated, with edges that are caramelized but not sticky. It's not overly sweetened, either, and almost had a note of banana flavor to it. You won't find this one hiding under lumpy buttercream frosting or gooey glaze. This stands on its own merits.
Nichole's ready to say Madison Sourdough makes her favorite chocolate chip cookie in Madison (chocolate fire from Cress Springs is a close second, but only if you're lucky enough to get one they haven't frozen yet). They use lots of high-quality chocolate, plenty of butter, and just the right ratio of whole grain wheat to lend a crunchy mouthfeel. The aroma is good; the spectrum of flavor and texture from crunchy edges to tender, chewy center is always interesting.
Likewise, the roll is the closest to brötchen we've found. It has the perfect crusty sourdough exterior and a soft, open crumb. JM found both it and the bread a little too crusty for his tastes, and though Nichole was either too cavalier or too enraptured to notice how hard she had to chew, her mandible felt the effects the next day.