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Green Forest

In a word: Variety that respects the Central Limit Theorem.

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Address, hours & details via Isthmus; Green Forest Family Restaurant on Urbanspoon

JM ate the pizza burger with onion rings, cheesy broccoli soup and a lemonade.
John ate the patty melt with onion rings, vegetable beef soup, and a strawberry shake.
Nichole ate the BLT club with mostaccioli, french onion soup, and a chocolate malt.
Rose ate the spaghetti and meat sauce with cheesy broccoli soup and a diet Pepsi.
The bill was $39, or $9.75/person, plus tip (thanks, mom and dad!)
Nichole gave Green Forest a B+; JM and John gave Green Forest a B-; Rose gave Green Forest a C+ (see our grading rubric).

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Green Forest menu

Green Forest is a family restaurant in the idiom of Copper Top, American Family Table, etc., where you can pick a huge meal from a lengthy menu for cheap. At that, it does pretty well - our experience was pleasant. And we hear there's a Green Forest II in Evansville run by the same family.

Green Forest French onion soup

One of the best features of this kind of place is the variety of homemade soups. Nichole's meal started with fragrant french onion soup. John thought it was odd that the vegetable beef soup was made with hamburger, but otherwise he found it tasty. And JM and Rose both wished for a little more flavor in their cups of cheesy broccoli.

Green Forest BLT

Nichole's BLT club was decent but unexpectedly came on buttered toast, with a shortage of mayo.

Green Forest burger

JM's pizza burger was very good, a real burger, but the onion rings were just enh. Overall he thought the meal was quite average.  He also appreciates pickles with his meal.

Green Forest patty melt

The patty melt, on dark rye, was better than John expected, even though he was disappointed to have gotten American cheese when he asked for Swiss.

Green Forest spaghetti

Interrupted mid-parmesan-sprinkle for a photo, Rose opined later that the spaghetti with meat sauce (surprisingly hard to find in Madison) was good comfort food, but that the sauce tasted a bit burnt. Nichole agreed - her mostaccioli side had the same sauce - but both appreciated the rich, if smoky, flavor.

The malts and shakes had great presentation. The sauce drizzled inside the tall glasses was a nice touch (though lurid in the photo). John's even came with a strawberry slice on top. They were a tad thin and milky, but we were so stuffed with the rest of our meals that we really can't complain.

Green Forest strawberry shake


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We went to the Green Forest II in Evansville, and weren't impressed. The food didn't seem to have much flavor, and the waitress was really rude. We live in Evansville, and haven't been back since.

We eat breakfast at GF as often as possible. Nick and Nancy are great, along with the 'kids'. The food is good too!
Best Meat Lovers skillet around!

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