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Froth House

In a word: What you'd expect from a good near-west coffee shop.

The specs: #0291
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; reviews at Dane101, Isthmus 10/19/2006 and 8/24/2010, WiSJ; nice pic by Sikori; The Froth House on Urbanspoon

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JM ate the chocolate croissant and a hot apple cider.
Nichole ate the pumpkin scone and a macchiato.
The bill was $9, or $4.50/person.
JM gave Froth House a B+; Nichole gave Froth House an A- (see our grading rubric).

Froth HouseHere we have another resurrected, reinvented coffee shop. Froth House is on Allen St., where Dancing Grounds used to be. The new folks have filled the schedule with music and dance events, cleared out all but one of the troublesome stone-topped tables, and decorated the place in dark reds and browns for a cozy-bordering-on-boudoir feel. Or maybe we were unduly influenced by the hinder-centric art on display when we went. JM thought they might be trying in vain to recreate a more hip, eastside vibe, which is just tough in this part of town.

BreakfastFroth House has 10 or 12 sandwiches on their lunch menu, which we unfortunately didn't get to try. Breakfast was quite good, however. A pumpkin scone from La Brioche was generously portioned and each bite dissolved into a sweet, nutmeggy paste. The chocolate croissant suffered a bit from having 95% of its chocolate in one bite.  It was tender throughout, however.

The drinks were excellent. Nichole's macchiato was well-made and kept her alert the whole morning. (Maybe because she's been cutting down on the caff.) JM was very glad to see such a wide selection of non-coffee and -tea drinks. The apple cider was real, but not very mulled though there was a cinnamon stick in the bottom of the cup, which brought to mind some unpleasantry. Maybe the cider hadn't had time to steep, as we were there pretty much first thing after they opened.

At any rate, for Y.E.T.A.N.O.T.H.E.R. Coffee Shop, we liked Froth House quite a bit.


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