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D ate the chopped liver with a bag of Tabasco potato chips.
JM ate the triple decker with 2 root beers (Baumeister & Point).
Nichole ate the Weisswurst with a side of beets and a Riverwest Stein.
Skip ate the roast beef with a side of potato salad.
The bill was about $12/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Stalzy's Deli an A-; Skip gave Stalzy's Deli a B+ (see our grading rubric).
The call for a "real" deli in Madison has long been a drum beaten in our ears. (Some folks feel that, with its touristy trappings, Ella's only somewhat qualifies, Jacobson Bros. and Jim's never seem to get any respect, tiendas apparently don't count, and Artamos is long gone.) With the arrival of Stalzy's, Madison can see if it feels the same about hearty, meaty sammies as it does about brats. And yes, these sandwiches are very, very meaty.
Skip said the roast beef sandwich on chewy Madison Sourdough Company bread was good, but needed more horseradish mayo. The potato salad was "nice'n'bacony" with good smoky flavor, but lacked any kind of vinegar bite.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the Bavaria Sausage Co.'s weisswurst on a toasted, buttered roll with tender, mild sauerkraut and a pickle spear - except maybe that a malty, not-very-effervescent Riverwest Stein was not as good a companion as a tall, foamy Weissbier would have been. But it also wasn't breakfast time.
JM vanquished the triple decker with turkey, roast beef, Muenster cheese and two kinds of slaw (one creamy and one vinegar-based). This, according to the server, was a feat in and of itself. Though he claims to have been "just hungry."
The chopped liver and pickled beets that Jennifer and Nichole ordered were not as good as our respective families' recipes, but that's a less than fair way to evaluate restaurant food. We're just glad both are available in a local restaurant.
Stalzy's, from our experience, is a great place to get a good sandwich and sides (plus their drink selection is quite vast, as JM was able to choose from five different kinds of bottled root beer). Their prices are maybe a little higher than what you'd pay elsewhere, but the meat rises to fill the bill and the menu is sure to have some gems.