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Regent Street Retreat

Cheese curdsIn a word: Not much call to muster your troops.

The specs: #0547  
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; reviews at Ultimate Madison Bar Tour, Madison Fish Fry, listing at Eat Drink Madison; official web site (lots of lorem ipsum and Pat McCurdy); Regent Street Retreat/Annex on Urbanspoon

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JM ate the Canadian burger with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Reuben.
We split some cheese curds.
The bill was $13.50, or $6.75/person, plus tip.
JM gave Regent Street Retreat a B; Nichole gave Regent Street Retreat a C+ (see our grading rubric).

Canadian burgerRegent Street Retreat is a pretty typical campus-area bar. Their beer selection is comparable to their small collection of board games - serviceable, but no surprises. The menu wasn't very exciting, either, but the bartender was friendly - make that downright ebullient.

The cheese curds came with a cup of ranch dressing and a short, sweet rendition of the Bubboon's "Cheese Song." In all other respects they were just average.

JM's Canadian burger on ciabatta featured tender, thin slices of ham (hence the Canadian appellation), Swiss cheese (another Francophonic place, like Canada) and mushrooms (#47). It was quite tasty, with a lightly toasted bun and a fresh leaf of lettuce.

ReubenThe Reuben was made of a single, thick slice of brisket that wasn't bad, but wasn't great, either.

Hmmm, what else... we got a nice view of Indie Coffee's new, somber paint job from our seats in the front window. Other than the view, and the collection of truly funny-awful fake IDs in a huge poster frame, there wasn't much to make us ReTreat.


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Ah, the Retreat. When you're craving greasy bar food, it hits the spot. Also, Pat McCurdy. And I did meet my husband there so it will always hold a special place in my heart!

I tried the RSR today. It was ok, nothing special. Had the Reuben and it was ok, but for some strange reason, they put the Russian dressing on the side and gave you no utensils to load in onto the sandwich, which was pretty sealed with melted cheese. So, I guess you were supposed to pour the dressing on the top.

But the dressing would not pour and without utensils, I had to scoop it out with my finger.

Then there were all the flies!

There was nothing to make me want to go back and enough (flies) to make me not want to return.

You still can't beat Dottie Dumpling's. Why do I stray?

This place was not good at all. I got a cheeseburger there and in my burger I found a strand of hair. Of course I wanted to speak to the manager. Instead, to my surprise, I spoke to the General Manager. He was arrogant and rude. Worse place to dine or to hang out. Bartenders are not friendly. The place also stinks and the bar and kitchen looked filthy.

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