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The 20 most recent comments, in reverse chronological order.

1 Apr 1, 2014 7:48:11 PM
Marsha K on Grampa's Pizzeria

I'm not sure I've ever seen you equivocate so much in a review. It almost comes across as if you had some serious issues with this place but were afraid to simply say so. I sincerely hope that's not the case and that I'm off base here for some reason. I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth (intended) and more reason to not set foot in this place.

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2 Mar 12, 2014 8:08:49 PM
Marsha K on Free House Pub

Went in for a beer (husband) and something to eat. It was my first time there and I was surprised by how big the place is - but it is rather rabbit warren-ish. Our chips, salsa, and guac were mostly good. There were lots of very fresh chips and plenty of guacamole, but the salsa fell short - the cup held a lot of liquid and the salsa didn't have a lot of flavor. It would be easy to fix this if the kitchen would simply allow tomatoes to ripen - a misstep most restaurants make but could fix if they planned ahead. We split the ABLT (+ avocado). The bacon was perfect and plentiful, the bread held up, the avocado was perfectly ripe, and the lettuce was lovely leaf, but sadly there was more pale, flavorless tomato. The matchstick sweet potato fries were just warm but the deeeelicious smoked ketchup made up for that. I'd go back if only for fried anything with that ketchup!

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3 Mar 3, 2014 8:48:12 PM
Marsha K on Ernie's Kettle Korn

I just read that the corn kettles will be back. I sincerely hope that's correct.

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4 Feb 26, 2014 4:42:49 PM
JSE on Gloria Jean's

Simple business model: this is where you get coffee while you're waiting for your repair to get done at the Apple Store.

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5 Feb 26, 2014 11:18:41 AM
Kyle on Gloria Jean's

As a once-upon-a-time mall employee (R.I.P. Waldenbooks), I can confirm: mall employees LOVE mall coffee. But to further undercut the profitability, I think I was probably not alone in having a friend who worked at the Gloria Jean's in my mall who would give me freebies.

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6 Feb 21, 2014 12:38:01 AM
turdo on Get Some Burritos

flauta nuff said

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7 Feb 16, 2014 5:15:48 PM
Ernie Krumme on Ernie's Kettle Korn

Thank you for your support and comments over these past 12 years. It is with great sadness that I must let you know that Ernie's Kettle Korn will no longer be popping at Dane County Farmers Market, library mall, or Concerts On the Square. All the kettle korn poppers were voted off capital concourse. We really have no sound reason for why we are off. If you would like more information contact
Whansen@city of Madison.com
608 261-9171
Fax 6126

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8 Feb 6, 2014 12:11:05 PM
Lindsey on Contact us

Hi guys, great blog! My husband and I use it as a regular reference.

Just saw that your post for Lane's Bakery says it's closed and I have a correction: they reopened recently at a new location further south on Park St (2304 S. Park St).

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9 Jan 18, 2014 6:45:03 PM
Marsha K on Dexter's Pub

Popped our Dexter's cherry - finally!!! - today. Service was incredibly friendly - it was a late lunch (2PM) and we were nearly the only people in the place so we had two smiling, helpful gals at our beck and call. Nice beer selection but with all that variety, only one Scotch ale was available and that was a "Christmas" something, so I wonder what they'll have next month, say. Anyway, my sweetie enjoyed his brisket sandwich. The bite I had was excellent - very lean and juicy, not fatty-greasy. My burger was good, too, with sauteed peppers and pepperjack, but the habanero/pineapple glaze, which I was looking forward to, was either absent altogether or applied very, very sparingly. The stars of the show, however, were the delights that came out of the deep frier. Dexter's curds are among the best I've had in Madison and the chile-garlic fries are now served (unlike when you had them with a dry "sprinkle") with house-made garlic-chile sauce. HEAVEN!! Next time we go back, all I'm having is beer and those fries, and maybe my first Dexter's stout-battered O rings, too.

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10 Jan 12, 2014 11:39:52 PM
catwoman5 on Firefly Coffeehouse

we went over there yesterday morning because of this review. And we went back there again today. Amazing place! Our new favorite coffeehouse! We'll be regulars there for sure.

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11 Jan 11, 2014 1:17:54 PM
Marsha K on Gamers Grill

In a word: blech. I was forced to eat here recently because there was no other on-site choice when I joined friends for a day (well, a few depressing hours (how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm once they've seen Vegas?)) of "gaming." Our party included some otherly-abled folks for whom leaving for a meal and then returning would've been a big hassle, so we were stuck. That my overriding memories of the plethora of dishes we all shared are "greasy," "room temperature," "help! my tongue!," and "old oil smell" is all you need to know about consuming anything here. No one but dedicated bloggers (you two are so brave) or the trapped should choose to eat here.

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12 Jan 5, 2014 7:17:43 PM
Alcimeire on Barriques Market

I wonder which location this was. My trips to the ones on Park and Old Sauk have found fairly generous sandwiches, if a bit pricey. But considering the $7 sandwich includes a side, I wouldn't exactly call it "gourmet" pricing. Subway's sandwiches are $5. The breakfast egg sandwich (had some sort of name I believe) is also pretty good and is $2 and some change. If that's gourmet pricing you guys don't get out much.

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13 Dec 28, 2013 11:33:50 AM
Amanda on Free House Pub

I don't love Free House, but I end up going there for work sometimes. My favorite thing on the menu is the vegetarian chili.

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14 Dec 19, 2013 9:49:06 PM
EiMAtZ on Contact us

Yes, just "unofficially." We heard about it on a podcast, went and had the chicken and fish.

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15 Dec 19, 2013 7:59:54 PM
Bob D. on Contact us

Heard good things about Melly Mell's and the fried chicken. Checked your site to see if you had been there, hopefully in the near future.

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16 Dec 10, 2013 12:38:10 PM
Nicholas on Quivey's Grove

So JM got the same thing I did at Quivey's. My favorite part of the meatloaf was how it was prepared--the medallions. It was tasty, but not extraordinary. Awesome place!

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17 Dec 9, 2013 11:01:01 AM
Matt on Mojo's Pub

The meals I've had at Mojos have been mediocre to bad. Unimaginative dishes that are poorly prepared. Would much rather go to Dexter's or Alchemy.

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18 Dec 3, 2013 1:23:00 AM
article for nfl on Eating Like a Badger: Indie Coffee

Soy milk is an option for all beverages. And grab a pound of beans to go; they’ll grind them for you if you like.

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19 Nov 22, 2013 11:52:08 AM
J2 on Forequarter

I loved reading your review of Forequarter because it perfectly captured why it's such a great restaurant...the relaxed not rushed vibe (even when the place is packed), the feeling that everyone who is there (diners and employees alike)is happy to be there, and the incredibly delicious, seasonal, and artful food.

The first time I dined at Forequarter, we sat at the bar. When it was time for dessert, the bartender poured some custard in a mixing bowl, added some liquid nitrogen, and whisked up our dessert of fennel ice cream right in front of us just like he was mixing a drink. It was delicious, inventive, and not at all pretentious. I was sold on Forequarter from that point on, and have never been disappointed since.

Forequarter has received a lot of national attention lately, and all of it has been richly deserved. This place is not over-rated. It's everything everyone says it is and more.

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20 Nov 21, 2013 12:08:53 PM
catwoman5 on Fountain

If several people ordered burgers, and only one got sick, it most likely wasn't the burger.

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