Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walleye Alley/Wisconsin Part 1

We have returned from our 10 day driving trip to Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Chicago area. Things went very well with beautiful weather, good visits with family and friends, lots of nostalgia and of course our normal interest in food on the road.
The first day, July 6, we left around 9;30 AM, with a full cooler of leftovers,( our lunch the next two days) and after a stop to pick up ice cream at "Graeter's", for a present, we headed to Madison WI. Madison is usually our first stop, heading to Northern Wisconsin, and we stay at the Hampton Inn East, exactly 500 miles from our front door.
I was searching for German food, especially sausage, for dinner, however we were out of luck in Madison as the recommended German restaurant is not open on Monday nights. The very nice women, working the hotel desk gave us her copy of a Madison food guide which we perused careful as we cleaned up for dinner. We chose "Greenbush Bar", 914 Regent St,-608-257-2874. The desk clerk got directions, from her computer, and sent us on our way.
"Greenbush" is a great "dive" in the basement of an old building which once served as an Italian working mans club. The have a flourishing business, quite mixed age clientele, and a wonderful bar and a mix of 4 and 2 top tables, which they put together for larger parties. Unfortunately it is not handicap accessible as one must negotiate narrow, fairly dark stairs.
The Pizza, thin crust, looked wonderful but I settled on an excellent, in house, prepared Gazpacho, seasoned perfectly, and a home made Italian Sausage covered with well grilled sweet onions and peppers on a toasted bun. What else but Italian beer to wash it down. Marilyn, who is more mundane, had a house salad and a grilled veggie and cheese sandwich. "Greenbush" was not known to the Hampton Inn1 staff but was well know to the staff at camp, especially those who are attending the University of Wisconsin. They heartily approved of out choice as did we.

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