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Madison's Cafe, West Seattle

AJL | Mar 2, 200508:12 PM

Ok, so we've been out in the last two days...decided to try some new places.

Madison's is just off Delridge, near the W. Seattle bridge, you've probably seen the name on the brick bldg. just south of the bridge. This place has been bought and sold several times in the past several years, most recently in October. They just received their liquour license in December. What the heck, we went for lunch.

H had a reuben with the house tomato soup and me the blue cheese burger and fries (choice of fries, soup or salad). Both sandwiches were huge. The rueben was acutally open faced, and very good, but a bit too much cheese overpowered the other flavors. H liked it and would order again with cheese instructions. The soup was great. A creamy tomato with a touch of a spicy red pepper. My burger was enormous. No way to finish it. It came on a ciabatta bun (yum) which held up to the burger fantastically. Perfect amount of cheese - not to overpower the wonderfully grilled burger. Tasted like it was bbq'd on a charcoal grill in my backyard. It was cooked to regulation, but he said he would cook them to any done-ness by request. I would order med-rare next time. I forgot to ask if they used organic beef...The fries were standard frozen steak variety, but crispy and well drained. Good that all the condiments came on the side so I could build my own. We both had drink I a well Cuba Libre and H a good vodka tonic. Both were well mixed, with a bit too much ice. Next time we'll request less ice and see what happens. But at $3 a drink, does it really matter?

Decor left something to be desired as the floral chairs didn't quite match the more modern booths and painted walls. But it worked. It was comfy and quiet and they do need a better selection of music...light 80s didn't cut it for us. But that was minor. Get rid of those plastic tablecloths! ;-0

They had a suprisingly large menu and we'll be back for brunch to see if it may be a new brunch option in W. Seattle. Huge brunch menu too. The owner was taking orders, serving, cooking and making drinks (we were there about 2:00 pm so he could easily handle it) and he was quite friendly and open to questions. If we go for brunch, I'll let you know. Anyone else been lately?

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