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Tully's II

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JM ate the breaded chicken sandwich with curly fries and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the chicken rice soup.
The bill was $14, or $7/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Tully's II a B+ (see our grading rubric).

JM's work has its holiday parties at Tully's II, the Monona bar and grill that seems to be the standard in the hamlet that is Monona.  The first question, and for many the only question, about Tully's II is "Where's Tully's I?" Our server informed us that it was on the Broadway frontage road over by Stoughton Road, though we were not entirely sure if both Tully's ever existed simultaneously.

For dinner, we had regular pub food at an extraordinarily early hour. The elderly did not arrive until we were almost finished. JM got a fried chicken sandwich that was tender and juicy without being messy. All he wanted for was a few bites more but, at the cost he paid, he could not even complain too much there either. The sandwich was served with pickles, pickles and a side of pickles. He also had the curly fries which he preferred to the standard and wedge variations.

Nichole found another soup to join the League of Bar Soup Heroes (so far populated by the black bean at Echo Tap and the chickens noodle at Alt n Bach's and McGovern's).  This chicken rice soup was homemade with a milky base. It featured a basic carrot/onion/celery mirepoix, mushrooms, white rice, and white and dark meat. It was the perfect thing for the day, as she had a cold coming on.

The bartenders are nice; the reggae music cheesy. The menu puts over a ton of appetizers that should satisfy even the pickiest, provided they like frying medium.  There are even salads, though the salad bar is not always available and some food items are listed with "salad bar when available" but no availability is given.

Tully's II seems like the sequel to your favorite dive/out-of-town bar.  It may not be quite as good, but you'll see references to things that you remember liking from before.

Soup and sandwich

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