Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ

    The one thing I had yet to have in Madison was BBQ at a place that it is all they do. It was really hard not to go to a place that serves burgers with a egg on it. As that has all I been eating as of late on Sundays after some crazy long Saturday nights. But really all it is I want is some meaty rich, stick to your ribs food. So what better then actual ribs!.

     Smoky Jon's has limited parking and space in the restaurant. On a Sunday night around 6:30 the place was busy but with mostly a lot of people picking up Take-Out.  The food came out about 10 minutes after ordering it. I ordered 1/3 Slab and Smoked Chopped Beef Brisket sandwich, which comes with two sides of your choice. I got the skin-on fries and bakes beans. I also got a order of fried sugar biscuits. Which I thought would be the biscuits you get in the plate Biscuits and Gravy. But they actually where the chinese fried donuts you get on buffets. When you take Pillbury biscuit dough from the can and fry it up then dust it with sugar. Going home afterward I looked upped "fried Sugar biscuit"  on Yahoo thinking they used the wrong wording, but no I was wrong and Smoky's was right.

    I liked how the sandwich came non wet meaning no sauce on it, but rather on side. So you can much as much on as your liking. The bun was fluffy but strong enough to hold the meat and soak up the sauce. The ribs were not fatty, had not too much sauce on it and had crispy edges. Win, Win, Win.  Talking about winning. The barbecue sauce has won multiple awards and just won again. It's sweet, smokey and chucks slightly chunky. Also got good potions of the beans and fries.

    I surely needed some wet wipes afterwards. I didn't lick my plate clean since I was in public, but did with my fingers. Couldn't waste any that sauce.

  1/3 Slab and Smoked Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich with a side of beans and skin in fries.

1/3 Slab and Smoked Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich with a side of beans and skin in fries.

  Fried Sugar Biscuits

Fried Sugar Biscuits

The Nitty Gritty

    I remember the first time I went to the Nitty Gritty. It was at their Middelton location after shopping on a Friday afternoon at the West Towne Mall, my sophomore year in High School. A tradition with my grandma when we were off from school or summertime. Back then I was a "picky" eater when we ever went out. I always ordered a bacon cheeseburger if it was on the menu. Put surprisingly this time I ordered the Monte Cristo. Must have been the play on sweet, savory, breakfast and lunch. I don't remember way I changed it up, but I'm glad I did. Would ordered it every time I returned or at any other restaurant I saw it on the menu. Sadly it is no longer on the menu. 

    Since it's been taken off the menu. I've only eaten here twice and both times at their downtown location. Once for a burger at dinner when I first moved to Madison last fall. From what I can remember it was good, but nothing out of the box. I Remembered the vide being "collegey" fun. This last time it was for brunch. Been wanting to try the Brunchzilla. A fully loaded Bloody Mary, which has been the craze lately. With all the toppings, being one liter plus a pint of beer of beer(I got New Glarus Moon Man) on the side it was obviously filling but was just heavy on the black pepper nothing much more in flavor. For food I ordered the Biscuits and Gravy. The gravy was your average sausage flavor and the biscuits were more like buttermilk buns. Having no outside crust. They were too soft for my liking. The whole dish had not much texture contrast, just mush. The side of potatoes were the highlight, having sweet potatoes included in the mix. I sadly also couldn't get a side of sunnyside egg. Didn't know if I will return to the "Official Birthday Bar' even for my birthday. Only, maybe, if I see the Monte Cristo make an appearance.

 

  Brunchzilla - "   This monster is one liter of our house Bloody Mary with Three Olives Vodka, garnished with a sausage link, slice of thick cut hickory smoked bacon, cheese curd, pickle and olive. We top it off with a mini version of our Famous Gritty Burger and serve it with any pint beer chaser of your choice."

Brunchzilla - "This monster is one liter of our house Bloody Mary with Three Olives Vodka, garnished with a sausage link, slice of thick cut hickory smoked bacon, cheese curd, pickle and olive. We top it off with a mini version of our Famous Gritty Burger and serve it with any pint beer chaser of your choice."

  Biscuits and gravy with a side of breakfast potatoes.

Biscuits and gravy with a side of breakfast potatoes.

Jamerica Caribbean Restaurant

    I haven't eaten much Jamaican food. But jerk chicken, oxtail and fried plantains come to my mind right away along with colorful tropical drinks. When I first saw Jamerica's menu I was surprised to see curry and BBQ on it. After some looking into the cuisine. Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the native people on the island of Jamaica, and the Spanish, British Africans, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island.

    Mango Rundown was cabbage and carrots stewed in coconut milk with  yellow curry on a bed of beans and rice. The rice perfectly soaked up the sweet sauce. The jerk chicken and BBQ(not sweet kind) chicken were fall off the bone tender, A chill night out with Bob Marley of course playing in the background.

  BBQ Chicken with rice and beans and stir fry cabbage

BBQ Chicken with rice and beans and stir fry cabbage

  Mango Rundown Salmon

Mango Rundown Salmon

  Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

Ha Long Bay

    Loss something and gain something so much better. Well thats what happened when Ha Long Bay opened after the owners left China Palace in my hometown. Which I had mentioned in a couple post back about Beaver Dam grub.

    With a six page menu it has become apparent that it's going to be hard to taste the whole menu, when most of everything I want to order again sooner then later. Every time I've got to order either the papaya salad or AP10(spring roll with a fried egg roll inside. What!).  If you like food with strong aromatic components like fish sauce and a spicy edge then Thai food is there for you. With most dishes hitting up to four or five fundamental taste senses in each dish too: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. My nose and mouth is just watering thinking about it. Plus they've got that amazing sesame chicken on the menu.

  LS4. Tum Som Gai Yang

LS4. Tum Som Gai Yang

  LS3. Laab w/ Pork

LS3. Laab w/ Pork

  VS3. Banh Cuon Thit Nuong

VS3. Banh Cuon Thit Nuong

  SL7. Som Tum (papaya salad)

SL7. Som Tum (papaya salad)

  TS4  Suki-Num

TS4 Suki-Num

  TN3. Pad See-Eew

TN3. Pad See-Eew

  LS7. Nem Khao Tod

LS7. Nem Khao Tod

  TN6.Pad Wun Sen

TN6.Pad Wun Sen

  AP10.      Goỉ Cuốn Chả Giò  (Spring Roll Wrap over Vietnamese Egg Roll)

AP10.  Goỉ Cuốn Chả Giò (Spring Roll Wrap over Vietnamese Egg Roll)

  TN1 Pad Thai

TN1 Pad Thai

  TN4. Pad Kee-Mao (Drunken Noodles)

TN4. Pad Kee-Mao (Drunken Noodles)

  AP14. Spicy Chicken Wings

AP14. Spicy Chicken Wings

  Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

  TC8. Triple Delight Curry

TC8. Triple Delight Curry

  PH8. Pho Ha Long ac Biet (rare beef, beef flank, soft tendon, tripe, and meatball)

PH8. Pho Ha Long ac Biet (rare beef, beef flank, soft tendon, tripe, and meatball)

  HS2. Xao Thom

HS2. Xao Thom

  AP8. Chicken Dumpling Steamed

AP8. Chicken Dumpling Steamed

  Banh Xeo - Vietnamese Crepe (available only on Saturday & Sunday)

Banh Xeo - Vietnamese Crepe (available only on Saturday & Sunday)

  AP9 Dynamite Shrimp - Japanese mayo

AP9 Dynamite Shrimp - Japanese mayo

Inka Heritage

    I've known of Inka Heritage for sometime now. Never had a reason to rush their until a coworker told me that they went there and were quite surprised.

    I've never been to a Peruvian restaurant before, so I wasn't sure what to order. But when I see raw meat and fried egg anywhere on the menu my eyes are drawn to those items.

    I've only ever had ceviche before at Frontera Grill. Now it's hard to do better then Rick Bayless, but Inka did good. Not dangerously spicy, mostly all seafood rather then having a equal amount of fillers to deceive your eyes. There was Peruvian Corn (choclo or cuzco corn) in it also. Nutty flavor rather then sweet like your typical American corn and added crunch to the dish.

    Next I ordered Lomo Inka Heritage aka Meat and Potatoes in a way. When I ordered the dish I asked for the meat to be rare cause that how I like my meat. She had an odd confused look on her face and then ended up coming back to the table asking if I meant medium rare. I just said "sure, yeah" thinking that they where afraid to cook meat that way and just hoping that I wasn't about to receive a dog toy of a meat. But I was happily surprised when I received the dished that the beef was not rubber. Was unevenly cooked thou with parts being rare and others being medium rare. After rereading the menu online I saw that the dish was also to have a creole sauce that wasn't present but wasn't needed with the liquid gold of a yoke from the egg. The taco taco pancake wasn't sweet, you get that from the plantain, but was well seasoned with garlic and onion. 

    Now you can't skip dessert when it's made in-house. So, very surprisingly I have never have had Tres Leche before. Which you would think cause I love bread pudding which is what this reminded me of. Not too sweet, obviously moist. Got a corner piece which I think is the always the best specially with brownies.

 

  Ceviche - raw fish marinated in lime juice, yellow chili pepper, garlic, ginger and other herbs with sweet potato, onion, and Peruvian corn.

Ceviche - raw fish marinated in lime juice, yellow chili pepper, garlic, ginger and other herbs with sweet potato, onion, and Peruvian corn.

  Lomo Inka Heritage - beef tenderloin with "taco tacu", rice and canary bean pancake grilled, served with fried egg, sweet plantain and creole sauce.

Lomo Inka Heritage - beef tenderloin with "taco tacu", rice and canary bean pancake grilled, served with fried egg, sweet plantain and creole sauce.

  Tres Leches Cake - sponge cake covered with three milks, touch of pisco and topped with chantilly cream.

Tres Leches Cake - sponge cake covered with three milks, touch of pisco and topped with chantilly cream.