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Mad House Cafe - Pawtucket RI

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Mad House Cafe - Pawtucket RI

Jane | Feb 22, 2006 08:57 AM

Based upon the review in the Providence Journal, and prior excellent experiences at the owners other restaurant (Crazy Burger in Narragansett) I stopped in last night after work.

We split an appetizer of sweet potato-risotto fritters, w/an onion-gorgonzola dipping sauce. I had a 'burger' of grilled tempeh, black rice, sweet potato, roasted sunflower seeds w/rosemary-pumpkin seed pesto. Accompanied by bean salad and sweet potato french fries. My friend had a real beef burger that had carmelized onions in the meat, and a 'burst' of gorgonzola inside, w/slaw & sweet potato fries on the side. We were both more than happy - everything was excellent. Service was perfect - not just attentive & efficient, but you got the feeling these young girls really cared about this new restaurant.

Only odd thing (and it's not bad, just odd to me) I thought the wines by the glass were pretty pricey for a basically casual place. For both red & white, a couple of offerings at $7/glass, but about 2/3 of the selections were $10/glass. They were nice wines properly priced (from what I could see) I just thought the choices were a bit high end for the type of restaurant it is. I'm not a beer drinker, but the beer list looked really interesting. But that's not even a speedbump, I'm already planning my next trip back.

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