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  • Lola’s Cafe

    December 17th, 2017

    20171129_115136Lola’s Cafe is a small but uncozy diner that opened quietly this summer. I only noticed it because I was having lunch at Gloria’s, which is in the same strip mall on the far west side.

    The restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Capriotti’s has a large, two-sided menu that has about 80 percent breakfast items, and the rest being sandwiches and salads. However, if you inspect the menu closely, you’ll see it’s mostly the same few items repurposed in different formats.

    For example, there’s not much difference among the omelets, frittatas and scrambles here. I chose my frittata with kale, goat cheese and red peppers, and a similar version exists as a scramble. This frittata was very fresh tasting and pleasing to the eye, but it was bland enough that I had to add salt and pepper to get through it.

    I also ordered a skillet dish. The ultimate ($9) is best described as hearty. The onions, mushrooms and green peppers are lightly sauteed, and there’s plenty of chopped bacon, ham and sausage. They are all resting atop hash browns that I would have preferred to be crispier.

    I’m a sucker for grits, since you don’t see them on many menus in the Midwest. Lola’s version is solid enough that it holds together when you use a fork; in other words, I appreciate that they weren’t soupy. The biscuit, another side, is crumbly but dry, so get some jam or butter.

    20171205_111812As expected at a diner, you’ll find pancakes and French toast on the menu.

    French toast comes in two (“short”) or three (“full”) pieces. The ones in the banana, strawberry + Nutella ($7 for two, $8.5 for three) were flat, not fluffy, but they had a good eggy and buttery flavor. You get plenty of fresh strawberries and bananas but only a small smear of Nutella.

    In case you don’t want breakfast items, you will find a few traditional American lunch items such as a burger and chicken sandwich. I was craving a Philly cheese steak at the time, and Lola’s version ($8.50) didn’t disappoint. The bun was soft but firm enough to hold the contents, the diced onions and peppers were cooked through, the right amount of cheese whiz was slathered on and the steak was tender.

    Lola’s Café is open every day for breakfast and lunch.


    See more photos in our Lola’s Cafe Flickr album.

    Lola's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Nauti Norske

    December 10th, 2017

    20171126_114413Looks can be deceiving. The run-down exterior of the Nauti Norske in Stoughton is actually quite pleasant inside, with a surprisingly large outdoor patio space on the river. Think of this place as a destination to hang out with friends over a drink, with standard bar fare on which to nosh.

    What I mean is that you’re not coming here for the food. For example, the pretzel braids ($4.95) were bland despite their buttery sheen. The ground mustard helped a little, but it, too, was bland.

    Other appetizers include the usual suspects: onion rings ($5.95), cheese curds ($6.95) and chicken wings ($6.50).

    For something more substantial, you’re left with sandwiches and pizzas. The former is served with chips or greens, or you can upgrade to steak fries or sweet potato fries for $2.

    The patties in both burgers I tried were tiny and buried in a mountain of bread. In Odin’s burger ($10.95), you’ll mostly taste the bleu cheese crumbles, which mask the onion strings and chopped bacon.

    20171126_112719The spicy burger ($9.95) did not live up to its name, despite the jalapenos, spicy cheese and Sriracha ranch sauce. That sauce was too heavy on the herbal flavor instead of the Sriracha flavor, and consequently, it detracted from this burger.

    Pizzas include meat lovers and vegetarian. I ordered the Kraut pizza ($18 for 16″) and was pleasantly surprised. The thin crust is homemade and topped generously with cheese. I could have done without the onions, which were slightly undercooked, but the Canadian bacon added a nice saltiness, and the sauerkraut provided the crunch.

    The patio space that I mentioned has its own bar, a fire pit, tables for two or more and deck chairs. It’s a nice place to listen to live music, and the owner will even give the occasional ride on his pontoon boat that’s parked on the pier.

    The Nauti Norske serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday and lunch Friday-Sunday.

    Nauti Norske Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Holiday parties, shows, races and events 2017

    December 2nd, 2017

    We sure like to celebrate the holidays here in town. Following is a guide to some upcoming holiday parties, shows, races and events in Madison:




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