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JM ate the Monona meatloaf with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Riley Reuben with an Old Fashioned.
The bill was $29, or $14.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Quivey's Grove an A (see our grading rubric).
We'd been to Quivey's Stone House long ago (think: wedding gift) and had come to consider it a special-occasion place. Now that we've tried the Stable Grill, we're resolved to make it back more often (if we ever finish the List, naturally). Good service, warm atmosphere, and simple Wisconsin food at a painless price added up to a fine experience; it reminded us why we we're doing this in the first place.
The lemonade was good, if a little watery, but the Old Fashioned was robust and not overly sweet. Airy slices of sourdough with soft butter were not only delicious, but the bread basket itself was a gracious touch, perfectly suited to the surroundings.
Each menu item is named after a local town or historical figure, which anywhere newer than Quivey's would feel far more contrived. Here it fits. The Riley Reuben was stacked with smoky corned beef, good Swiss, and a mild housemade apple-cherry kraut on grilled dark rye. Nichole doubts she will have a better Reuben anywhere.
The Monona meatloaf was really tasty and filling. The small, firm medallions provided lots of surface area for the gravy and were a treat to eat. The spices in the loaf went all the way through without losing the star of the show: the savory, delicious meat. The skin-on red smashed potatoes needed salt, an easy DIY fix, but were otherwise well-prepared.
Quivey's is a treasure.