Monty's Blue Plate Diner
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JM ate the ham and cheese omelet.
Nichole ate the salmon hash with poached eggs and cheddar jalapeño toast.
The bill was $18, or $9/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Monty's Blue Plate Diner an A- (see our grading rubric).
We really don't have much to say about Monty's other than it's a Madison institution, probably one of the best of the nine Food Fight restaurants, it's a little pricey and a little overhyped, but that comes with the territory.
JM's ham and cheese omelet (not really a sandwich, so not his ham and cheese #41) was standard, made with average quality ingredients - though it did cohere. The biscuit was good if not flaky enough. And the potatoes were adequate, with some sort of powder that didn't really change their flavor.
Nichole's salmon hash, a new menu item, was roughly 96% hash - the kitchen seems to be capitalizing on the strong flavor of salmon to skimp just a bit on the protein. Though the order arrived with the wrong kind of eggs and bread (and pineapple instead of melon, yum) at first, our server quickly corrected the error with a smile. Which was nice, because the cheddar jalapeño bread was much better than the biscuit, and the poached eggs were pretty good.