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.

Willalby's Cafe

   You will be seeing a lot of divvy places with bland, heart attack food on this blog. They're my guilty pleasure. Even thou I may be well aware they aren't the best place I will still at some point show up there to try it out myself. While I also love to eat at places where I have to get all dolled up, eat well seasoned and beautifully plated dishes. There is also something about a place where you can go after being up for 24 hrs and just care about getting cheap solids in your stomach.

    Luckily for bland food I love ketchup. So it's a good excuse for me to dose a plate with it, so I end up not minding it as much, as I did here in that case. The hash browns had an excellent crunch factor. The gravy was thick but tasted like a very yeasty bread had been turned into a gravy. If only Willalby's Cafe was still open till 4am as it was in 2010 I would probably show up again but unconsciously if you get my drift.

  Vegan Biscuits and Gravy - a mushroom gravy topped with broccoli and diced tomato with hash browns

Vegan Biscuits and Gravy - a mushroom gravy topped with broccoli and diced tomato with hash browns

  Fair Oak Skillet - fried potatoes, sausage, green peppers, onion, mushrooms, and swiss cheese,

Fair Oak Skillet - fried potatoes, sausage, green peppers, onion, mushrooms, and swiss cheese,

Mexican For Brunch

    Chilaquiles ("chee-lah-KEE-lays") come in many variations and sexy to say once you got it down (haha). A traditional Mexican dish that is close to huevos rancheros. Typically fried or stale tortilla chips, meat, chile sauce, eggs, cheese then any additions toppings your heart desires. It's truly mexican comfort food that is in my way better in my option then those Tex-Mex loaded nachos you see as an appetizer every where. Part crunchy and part sort from soaking up the spicy flavorful sauce. Besides the point but anything topped with a fried egg I'll eat.

   Graze  -  forgot to get the description but my favorite so far. Every chip was covered in the deep red spiced filled sauce with braised pork and queso fresco I believe.

Graze -  forgot to get the description but my favorite so far. Every chip was covered in the deep red spiced filled sauce with braised pork and queso fresco I believe.

   Monty's Blue Plate Diner  - Berkshire pork simmered in a tomatillo chili verde, served over crispy corn tortillas; with two eggs, pico de gallo, and feta cheese. 

Monty's Blue Plate Diner - Berkshire pork simmered in a tomatillo chili verde, served over crispy corn tortillas; with two eggs, pico de gallo, and feta cheese. 

   Bassett Street Brunch Club  - Corn tortilla chips topped with braised chicken, guajillo chili sauce, queso fresco, avocado, jalapeños, cilantro, radish, and two eggs over-easy.     

Bassett Street Brunch Club - Corn tortilla chips topped with braised chicken, guajillo chili sauce, queso fresco, avocado, jalapeños, cilantro, radish, and two eggs over-easy.