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Jacobson Bros.

In a word: The corner deli (in the Wisconsin sense, not the NYC sense).

The specs: #0269
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; review at Badger Herald.

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JM ate the BBQ pork sandwich with Doritos and a fruit punch.
Nichole ate the roast beef and cheddar with a chocolate milk.
Sue ate the ham salad sandwich and got some beef bacon to take home.
The bill was $18, or $6/person.
JM and Nichole gave Jacobson Bros. a B+; Sue gave Jacobson Bros. a B (see our grading rubric).

The strip mall holding this Jacobson Bros. deli on Raymond Rd. is getting a facelift. This made getting there (and elsewhere in the strip mall) difficult. All in a day's work.

Jacobson Bros. under construction

Once inside, we realized the interior could use a makeover too. The stained walls had seen better days, and it seemed all the electrical outlets were in the ceiling. This made for some fun, jury-rigged extension cord action. To us newcomers, it was unclear what was available for ready-to-eat meals. Other than the specials board and some butcher paper posters behind the counter, there were no visual cues; however, the counter staff were patient as we figured out what we wanted.


But on to the food. We each tried a different kind of sandwich. Nichole's roast beef and cheddar on a wheat roll with mayo, tomatoes and brown mustard was decent. The beef was tender and chopped into small, tender pieces.

JM's BBQ pork was a mess and a half, though the meat was tasty and freshly-prepared.  The bun seemed to only exist as an excuse to call it a sandwich.  It was completely digested by the meat later in the meal.

Sue said her ham salad sandwich was average. She liked the many options of ingredients, though, and the pickle, which was freshly fished out of the jar and sliced into mouth-friendly pieces.

The deli cases held a huge variety of meats, cheeses, and salads, and we could see popping in for a fast takeout dinner or picnic, or a quick lunch. Jacobson's may not be stellar or a foodie paradise, but Madison needs places like it.


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On the picnic tip, try the potato salad and the corndogs. Very worth it.

The potato salad is the best! Even better than my mom's and that's saying a lot! When we have friends over for grilling, we get brats, chicken, and lots of potato salad from Jacobsons.

More importantly, how were the Doritos?

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