Old Feed Mill
In a word: Get your feed on.
JM ate the queen cut prime rib and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the cider chicken and a coffee.
The bill was $35, or $17.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Old Feed Mill an A; Nichole gave Old Feed Mill an A- (see our grading rubric).
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Old Feed Mill, as quaint as anything in Mazomanie, is on the way to American Players' Theatre from Madison and is definitely worth a stop. We were impressed by the character - rural but not saccharine, with a candy counter, gift shop and quilts balanced by slightly funky mismatched wooden furniture. Housed literally in an airy old mill, they still grind their own grain for the bread. The food was a great value (even if you account for a comped dessert - more on that later) and offered reasonable portions of comforting classics.
Dinner started with a sweet, soft and nutty loaf of warm whole wheat bread, the kind that is ephemeral in its many charms and therefore disappears quickly. JM's salad included the first really delicious cherry tomato of our year, even if it wasn't from around here.
Nichole's cider-roasted chicken came from the "lighter appetites" menu, which served smaller portions of favorites. In this case, two pieces of lightly sweet and apple-infused chicken came with vegetables and potatoes, instead of a half bird, still an ample meal. The dark leg was very juicy, while the breast was rather dry.
JM's prime rib was cooked to order and served with a peppery jus. The garlic mashed potatoes had large quantities of fresh garlic (so much they almost tasted hot), with the skin in. The mixed vegetables on both our dishes were a bit softer than al dente but not overbuttered.The whole meal was a robust sensory experience, warm and delicious.
The only drawback to our meal was the hectic service - we were greeted by three different people, served by a fourth, and got uneven refills. While we didn't see this as a huge problem, our server seemed to think so and offered us a dessert (something that never happens in Madison, even with far worse service), which is how we ended up with a brownie cheesecake a la mode. A sweet yet dark and very moist chocolate brownie foundation supported a layer of tart, sticky cheesecake. Oddly, the brownie was smoother than the cheesecake. The accompanying ice cream served in a martini glass was vanilla plus chocolate, nuts, and caramel.
While Nichole was pleased with Old Feed Mill, she wasn't as thrilled as JM. His excitement rubbed off, however; anywhere that isn't BK that JM gets excited about eating at is worth returning to, in Nichole's opinion. And so we hope we haven't jinxed yet another good restaurant.