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Keystone Grill

In a word: We had our Philly.

The specs: #00927   
206 W. Main St., Cambridge 53523
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JM ate the mac and cheese burger with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the chicken Philly.
The bill was $23, or $11/person, plus tip.
JM gave Keystone Grill a C+; Nichole gave Keystone Grill a C- (see our grading rubric).

Keystone Grill is a Philadelphia-themed bar just this side of the Jefferson county border. Now that we keep our own "wheel" of eating, we stick to Dane County; it turns out that Google Street View, while creepy, has been really helpful to us when we have to pinpoint what's in or out in border towns like Cambridge and Blue Mounds. (Which, by the way, lost a real gem when Hazelnut Cafe burned.)

Anyway. Keystone is spacious, a rambling building with many different rooms. It seemed like a solo server was working them all this Sunday night, while a bartender read the paper between orders. So dinner took a while.

Mac and cheese burgerChicken philly

If Pennsylvania-themed means "not very much cheese," then Keystone was right on. Sadly, in Wisconsin, this is not a plus. The chicken Philly came out fine but was lacking in a certain product as was the mac & cheese burger, which should have been a JM-favorite, but instead ended up being extra starch calories on a slightly better-than-average burger.

Keystone offers bottomless fries, and the ones they served were battered and pretty good.  The floor on the bottomless fries came from the overworked server, who at no time asked us if we'd like more - and a meal that should have taken 40 minutes was stretched to almost 90. 

Most good meals are simple. But if you remove a keystone from an arch, the whole thing tumbles. Metaphor!


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