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Gold Nugget Bar & Grill

Gold NuggetIn a word: Somewhere between gold and the Denver Nuggets.

The specs: #00890  
109 E Main St., Waunakee, 53597
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JM ate the chicken cordon bleu sandwich with a soda.
Nichole ate the Chico burger.
We split some fries.
The bill was $13.50, or $7ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Gold Nugget Bar & Grill a B-; Nichole gave Gold Nugget Bar & Grill a B (see our grading rubric).

We sometimes learn stuff eating places. Today's lesson was that Waunakee was a popular train stop in the 19th century because it was "wet" where its neighbors were "dry." Gold Nugget, on Main Street, is now in a very old building which once operated as a bar and meat market called Hilgers & Bernards.

Chicken cordon bleuBurger

Most of the time, though, we just blog for the sandwiches. Both of these were ham-themed. JM broke a New Year's Day tradition and got chicken. It was worth it. Juicy and tender, the chicken breast was topped with mild Swiss and a generous slab of ham, on a very lightly toasted bun. The Chico burger was distinguished - on Accidental Hedonist's burger rubric:

  • Bun: lightly toasted, sturdy white roll. Like Wando's.
  • Meat: thick patty of hand-formed ground beef. Ordered medium, served medium.
  • Bun/meat ratio: perfect.
  • Cheese: Melty American.
  • Misc.: Ham was there for heft and salt, and didn't add much more. Served with pickle rounds. About a 6.5 of 10 for its style.

People-wise, swivel was high and so was the mood during a big f-ball game. Service was awesome - one bartender directed us to an empty table that we didn't notice at first; another brought the side of perfect crinkle fries fresh out of the fryer; and they checked on us midway through the meal.

So, yeah, a nice spot in Waunakee. Not the oldest establishment on Main Street, but we may get there someday.

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