Restaurant Review: Madison Sourdough

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It’s no secret that brunch is the best meal out there. It has the best of everything– sweet, savory, richness, big portions, and bacon. Always bacon. Me and Sam go out for brunch fairly regularly and we definitely have a few favorite spots. Today, we hit up Madison Sourdough Company. We got turned on to this place a couple of years ago when we lived just down the street.It’s a local favorite because they make all of their bread in house, and you can actually see the whole process!

The ambiance inside is airy, and the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel so open. You are greeted by the smells of fresh bread (with daily samples available at the counter) and you can see on the wall what the bake of the day is. They display all their loaves on the wall and have a calendar for each day to show you what they will be baking next. The full loaves tend to sell out pretty quickly, so it’s always a good idea to get there in the morning if you’re hoping for bread.

IMG_6947As for their menu, they offer breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and brunch on the weekends. The menu has a few staples that are always there and some that rotate. They also offer a delicious assortment of baked goodies in the front case. I am a particular fan of the butter croissant. It is a laid back style restaurant, and you order up at the counter and then they bring it to you. I highly recommend getting the Rishi Chai Latte. Sam is something of a chai expert, and it is one of his favorites in Madison. I would agree. It’s the Rishi tea that really does it.

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While sipping on your drink, peruse the menu for some of their classic-with-a-spin dishes for brunch. I am a huge fan of the biscuits and gravy, and would even dare to say its my favorite in Madison. The biscuit is crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, so it doesn’t get soggy in the gravy. The gravy is super creamy and has nice chunkys of meat and bacon in it. And on top, the pouched egg and arugula make a nice texture contrast. Sam got that for his entree today and as always, was one happy customer. I ordered the Bacon & Egg Firratto, which was a first for me. Similar to a thick grits, the farro was cooked in bacon fat and then mixed with a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce.  It also had a pouched egg and arugula on top, which I quickly stirred into the farro. This dish needed a little more texture (maybe some pine nuts or crunchy croutons) but the flavors were delicious.

Another personal favorite is the potato hash. Cooked in duck fat, the potatoes are well season and fried crispy. I’m always a huge fan of fried eggs, which top the potato cake. Steer clear of the Eggs Diablo. The tomato sauce tastes like it’s straight out of a can. And if you’re a sweet breakfast person, the french toast is an absolute must. Made with their bread, it is fluffy but crispy and the seasonal compote is always bright and sweet.

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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