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Valentine's Weekend in Madison: Magnus

Christina | Feb 20, 200402:24 PM

First, thank you to those of you who posted replies to my debate between Magnus and Tornado Club! Joey in Madison, you were especially helpful!

My boyfriend and I proceeded to Restaurant Magnus for dinner on Friday night. We had to wait 30-40 min despite having reservations. Also none of the hosts offered to check our coats even though they offered this courtesy to everyone else! Hmph! However, we lucked out with a very knowledgeable young waiter. :-) The chimi-churi dipping sauce and the bread were so amazing! It got better and better with each dipping of the bread! :-p The lentil soup was yummy as well. However, we didn’t particularly enjoy the salad – although we are not very fond of salad in general. I was being boring that night b/c I was craving chicken (which I rarely order!) so I had the (roasted) chicken evita which definitely surpassed my expectations! It was perfectly juicy, lots of meat, and only 1 small bone! The only bad thing was that my potatoes were overly drenched with the demiglaze. My boyfriend ordered the pork tenderloin, which unfortunately, was dry and tough.

For the rest of the weekend, I had combed through the Chowhound archives to find our destinations:

Breakfast at Lazy Jane’s – baked goods looked so yummy, but we opted for the “Works” – 2 eggs, toast, potatoes, and ham/bacon/sausage (sausage wasn’t very good, so stick w/the ham or bacon). It was definitely a very cute and cozy house that I would’ve never found on my own

Lunch at Ella’s Deli – we dined here since it was near our hotel. I didn’t realize that the State St original went out of business until we arrived in Madison and checked the phone book. My fault for not being thorough enough. We weren’t impressed and didn’t like our sandwiches either.

Essen Haus – fun decor and environment, good beer, very good service. Pleasantly surprised by the few number of smokers.

Doty Dumpling’s Dowry – Very yummy burgers! Definitely worth dining at! Next time I will definitely try their cornbread and chili since the aroma made us salivate!

All in all, it was a good weekend with good food (most of the time). Oh well, you gotta try to it to learn! :-)

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