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Reviews from Madison, WI

Danna | Jul 30, 2002 02:02 PM

Magnus: Highlight of the trip. Nice wine list, lots by the glass, was able to select at leisure on their website, delicious White Meritage at a reasonable $6.75/gl. Bread with dipping sauce was unbelievable. Dip was, i believe, olive oil, sherry vinegar, honey, cilantro, shallot, loads of other herbs. Followed by yellow gazpacho. My shrimp and scallops in a dark sweet/sour sauce( what is aigre doux?) was fab. Husband's zarzuela (similar to cioppino) also fantastic. Dessert merely adequate.

Jolly Bobs: REally nice outdoor patio dining. Loud music. Tons of interesting tropical drinks. I liked the Mojito. Food was not great. The best appetizer was some kind of coconut shrimp with a fruity, sweet dip. Plantains bland, mussels so-so. Jerk not terribly flavorful, but hot. Other items on menu seemed kind of old-hat, but perhaps that's where I went wrong...I just assumed jerk to be the specialty. Interesting sweet potato side dish. The verdict: If you want to go somewhere fun with a crowd of friends and drink too much to remember the food, this would be a good spot.

Paisans: The pizza was worse than most I have had here in the South, and believe me, that is a serious insult.

Harvest: Did not order from menu here, had a private party. Very attractive dining room, good service, food was excellent although TINY portions, I fear guests may have left hungry. I wonder if the regular dining room is similarly affected.

L'Etoile: The breakfast croissants are unbelieveable. This pastry is on a plain far above other pastry, I did not get croissants this good in Paris. Coffee also excellent.

Opus: What a swanky bar! We returned the next night. Huge selection of champange cocktails and girlie drinks in martini glasses. For a person like me who rarely goes out to bars, i loved having the huge menu of drinks to decide among.

Cheers!

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