Eddie's Alehouse and Eatery
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JM ate the brat basket with a lemonade.
JonMark ate the fish fry with an Oscar's.
Nichole ate Danny's burger with a Madtown Nutbrown.
The bill was ??? (thanks, JonMark!)
JM and Nichole gave Eddie's Alehouse an A-; JonMark gave Eddie's Alehouse a B+ (see our grading rubric).
Our visit to Eddie's Alehouse was enriched by a talkative table neighbor who told us a brief history of the place - how Eddie is the new owner, how he rehabilitated the bar by losing the drop ceiling to reveal gorgeous painted pressed tin, how every item on the menu is good. While she was clearly a fan, Eddie's stood tall on its own, offering 100+ beers and friendly, knowledgeable service. The fact that they still allow smoking out in Sun Prairie did lower each of our grades by half a tick.
JonMark got the fish fry, which was about average for pub fish fry, in his experience. JM's brat came loaded with kraut and on a very tasty bun. The fries were crispy, just like JM liked them. The slaw was common though not memorable. Nichole's "Danny's burger" did well according to Kate's burger rating guide:
- Bun: toasted white.
- Meat: handmade, well-seasoned.
- Bun/meat ratio: good.
- Cheese: n/a.
- Misc.: served with secret sauce and fried mushrooms. About a 7.3 of 10 overall.
The friendliness of our neighbor, though, bespoke a lack of swivel factor that's appealing in a place like this that otherwise is far from unique. But when the owner himself comes to your table and tries to find a beer that matches your palate, it is truly a sign of excellence and care. Sun Prairie's newest gastropub is worth a visit.