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Badger Bowl

In a word: Come for the bowling.

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JM ate the grilled chicken sandwich and fries with a Mountain Dew and worked the Pencil Pointers in the 9/04 issue of Games Magazine.
Nichole ate the cream cheese and black olive burger (on the ticket as "Wolf").
The bill was $14, or $7/person, plus tip.
JM gave Badger Bowl a C+; Nichole gave Badger Bowl a C (see our grading rubric).

Our first apartment in Madison was just a couple blocks from Badger Bowl. To us the names of some of the bands playing weekend gigs sounded like names Dave Barry would come up with.

JM has had lunch there with coworkers a few times, and the homemade soup is lauded by the Isthmus as well. So the mediocre sandwiches we had were something of a disappointment. You get what you deserve when you order the cream cheese and black olive burger, though - a patty of low-grade beef, a slab of lukewarm cream cheese, and a scoop of sliced black olives on a decently toasted bun. The chicken sandwich fell apart when JM tried to pick it up and the fries were "school lunch standard."

So we're sure it's tasty while bowling, drinking, or getting out of the office, but we wouldn't make a special trip.


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There's a place in Champaign, IL (Courier Cafe) that made a fantasic cream cheese and olvie burger. Don't think it's on the menu anymore, but I loved it.

I'll have to remember that! Since Badger Bowl I've learned cream cheese isn't always bad - the Weary's beloved Bad Breath Burger (nice pics) uses it. Someday we'll get to the W's, sigh.

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