Monday, September 23, 2013

Alchemy - Madison, WI

Alchemy has an almost palpable local down to earth real people feel compared to some of the more central Downtown Isthmus eateries where an air of wannabe and pretentiousness pervade.

I like that it's off the main drag so to speak but Alchemy and the other eateries on this small strip were well attended.

No, not Cock N' Bull.  This was a first time trying this brand. This had notably less kick and felt a tad less sweet.  Expensive stuff.

Stuffed Grilled Cheese.  Filled with cheesy goodness yet without being overly heavy or overbearing. The vegetables especially the carrots were little on the under cooked side but not that that's a bad thing. The package was just down right comforting like home cooking but only better.

Tinshack Smokehouse Burger

It was ordered medium and arrived medium. That's actually kind of tough to do with a thin patty, to have a decent char on the outside yet still have pink middle. With the first bite, the name Smokehouse became understandable.  It had a great heavily infused smokey flavor that made the appetite explode.

  • Bun: Soft roll with a tiny sprinkling of sesame. It was on the verge on disintegrating with the last bite. It was a roll I didn't think detracted from the whole.
  • Toppings: Smoked and carmelized onions, tomato, green peppercorn aioli, bacon, mixed greens 
  • Cheese: Wisconsin Muenster
  • Meat:  Northstar Bison, 1/4 in thin patty.
  • Cost: $10
  • Rating: 9.3.  The burger worked extremely well as a whole, with no particular item outshining the others.  It would have rated higher if it had more bison and a bottom bun a little more substantial.

The wasabi green beans were fresh and well prepared but didn't smack the senses.

As Arnold said, "I'll be back."

Restroom Rating:  Didn't use

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