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Aldo's Cafe

Aldo's CafeIn a word: Look before you Leopold.

The specs: #00781  
330 N. Orchard St. Madison, WI 53715
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JM ate the grilled ham and cheese with a Sprecher's Gorilla Grape.
Nichole ate the grilled cheese sandwich.
The bill was $10, or $5/person, plus tip.
JM gave Aldo's Cafe a B; Nichole gave Aldo's Cafe a B- (see our grading rubric).


CheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeseAldo's Cafe is a cafe, lunch, and early dinner/snack spot in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Their food's Fight, and is mostly simple fare brought in from other kitchens. 

We went for an early dinner and just got snacky sandwich things. At lunch there's also soup. The coffee, tea, and bakery choices are quality.

JM's grilled ham and cheese was semi-industrial-shaped meat slices pressed with cheddar. Nichole's grilled cheese was Cheddar and provolone done to an amazing stretchiness. Both sandwiches had Texas-toast-sized slices of fresh white bread and just the right amount of greasiness.

Gorilla Grape

The food here is a little expensive for what you get, but the portions are right-sized and the student population seems to be willing to chill here as anywhere. It certainly holds down its corner well.


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Stop by sometime between 11am and 3pm for our full lunch menu that goes beyond the afternoon snack menus meat+chese paninis as well and daily lunch specials and house-made soups. Recent specials have included an awesome wild rice salad with red pepper and dried cherries and braised short ribs with horseradish creme over toast. All of our cooking is done by our sister kitchen, Steenbock's, across the building.

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