Selecting just a few favorite Madison dishes is like choosing a favorite child. It’s an impossible task. Though their redeeming qualities may differ greatly you love them all the same. My top dishes are the ones that withstand the test of time, leaving me dreaming of them late at night, early in the morning, after a few drinks, or after a few months. They highlight the diversity of great food offerings, local sourced ingredients and talented chefs we have here in Madison. And even as we head into 2017, I can assure you these picks stand the test of time.
1. Heritage Tavern Roasted Beet Salad
Maybe it’s the creamy macadamia nut butter that gently sweeps across the plate, or the tart pickled pears that flirt with the sweet figs. Regardless, the impeccable mix of those flavors with the roasted beets, greens, goat cheese and a hint of dark chocolate is sheer perfection.
2. Alchemy Cafe Stuffed Grilled cheese and Sweet Potato Fries
Imagine this: Two thick pieces of Madison Sourdough bread, smeared with a cilantro pesto sauce, heaped with roasted carrots, tomato and broccoli, red onion and Wisco cheddar, grilled until golden and melty. Yep, I just described a grown-up grilled cheese that perfectly compliments one of Alchemy’s superb adult beverages. The sweet potato fries are the best in the city, twice cooked, hand cut and served with a jalapeño blackberry jam and a house made aioli.
3. Monsoon Siam Andaman Noodles
Seafood lovers, this is your dish. Mussels, hearty scallops, large shrimp and squid are quickly pan fried with crunchy red bell pepper and onion, a secret savory sauce, a hint of curry and heat and wide rice noodles, topped with fresh crab. It’s like comfort food on steroids.
Read other local foodie picks in the full blog post on Hankr!