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

Weary Traveler

     When Sunday rolls around, I'm more then less likely to be physically and maybe even mentally exhausted too. So heavy rich food is always on the mind when waking up. So I knew just by the name the Weary Traveler would fit the bill.

     Bob’s (Organic) Bad Breath Burger a half pound of hand-packed fresh ground Lange      Farms organic Wisconsin beef* with cream cheese, green goddess dressing, caramelized onions, garlic, tomatoes and Pickapeppa Sauce (mild) w/ a side of Yukon Gold potatoes & mixed greens. (10.75)

   The burger doesn't come with a fried egg but i was feeling brunchy and been craving a egg on my burger as of late. If you follow me on Instagram you would have already known this. The patty was cooked perfectly rare and the egg was runny! There wasn't any ketchup on the table so I had to ask. The server came out was homemade ketchup, which was perfectly sweet and tomatoy. The Bloody Mary was an amazing $5.50 and an extra .75 for a chaser. Didn't have room for dessert but they make it all in house. This is where Calliope Ice Cream started and still available also.

  Bob's Bad Breath Burger

Bob's Bad Breath Burger

  The cut down the middlr

The cut down the middlr

  Bloody Traveler aka Bloody Mary 

Bloody Traveler aka Bloody Mary 

  Calliope Ice Cream available at Capitol Centre Market

Calliope Ice Cream available at Capitol Centre Market

Mickey's Tavern

    The first bar I every went to in Madison was Mickey's Tavern. I had been reading only good things about their Bloody Mary and Sexy Fries. So was in town in the evening for an event, This was six months before I moved to Madison. The thing got done earlier then expected. So I headed to Mickey's. The deal thou with myself was if there was open stale in their parking lot. Which, only has about 6 stales. Then only will I go in. Well there was an open spot. That night was a turning point for this introvert. I had never been in a bar by myself before. That night I meet a couple of food industry people. From then on I started to go out to see those people again, I got more involved in the food and beverage scene and decided I wanted to move to Madison. 

     Now let me stop talking about my life revolution and get on to the food and beverage. All the times I have had their Bloody Mary it has been excitedly seasoned and a standout in the Best Bloody Mary in town. The fries are like none I have ever had. Thinly sliced and tossed with white truffle oil, parmesan cheese, chives and crushed red pepper. Recently stopped in on a Sunday for brunch. Was going to sit out on their patio but it was packed but it was slightly humid out too. So happily sat in one of the many air conditioned room. I ordered the biscuits and gravy with a sunny side egg and a side of potatoes.  My go to bunch meal. The biscuits were perfectly dry and moist with them being made with cornmeal and buttermilk. Great to scoop up the love handle making gravy and runny egg. Is it odd to say a bar brought out the best of me with no regrets involved? Nay

  Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

  Biscuits & Gravy - cornmeal and buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy and side of potatoes. Topped with an egg

Biscuits & Gravy - cornmeal and buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy and side of potatoes. Topped with an egg

  Air Conditioned Room

Air Conditioned Room

  Sexy Fries

Sexy Fries

  The main room

The main room

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