Klassik Tavern

Klassik TavernIn a word: Didn't thrill us like Michael.

The specs: #00931   
410 W. Verona Ave., Verona 53593
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JM ate the steak and eggs with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the quiche.
The bill was $23, or $11.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Klassik Tavern a B-; Nichole gave Klassik Tavern a C+ (see our grading rubric).

This was our second visit to the pillared structure on Verona Road. What was once the Cozee Inn is now Klassik, and in a lot of ways it's gotten nicer - this time we were seated on the ground floor, near a window, but even the cellar seating is more inviting - the basement, before:

Dining room at Cozee Inn

After - brighter, sportier and the retro chairs are still there:

Klassik basement

Breakfast was decent. Of the steak & eggs: the sirloin was acceptable and of good proportion, the scrambled eggs were gently done and were creamy. The unbuttered, burnt-on-bottom English muffin was less than good. Sort of a southern-Algerian muffin in terms of excessive dryness and heat.

Steak and eggs

Hearty whole wheat (ostensibly) buttered toast went well with the somewhat heavy, "crust less quiche" with egg, chorizo, and cheese and a bit of green onion. It was more like an egg bake, in a way that pleasantly suggested church basement brunch. Cheesy 'tatoes did, too.

Crustless taco quiche

It would be hard to argue that Klassik Tavern is a must hit for anyone.  Even in Verona, there are better places for most of its fare.  Still, with a coupon...

KJ's Curry Bowl

KJ's Curry BowlIn a word: Curries some favor.

The specs: #00930   
7005 Tree Ln., 53717
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Tea and milkshakeJM ate the BBQ pork.
Nichole ate the string hoppers with black tea.
We split three curry flavor chicken satays and a vanilla milkshake.
The bill was $35, or $17.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave KJ's Curry Bowl a B+; Nichole gave KJ's Curry Bowl an A- (see our grading rubric).

KJ's Curry Bowl bounced back from a kitchen fire early in its tenure at their location across from Madison Memorial High. It is hard to believe that subcontinental cuisine appeals to 14 to 18 year old Madisonians, but KJ's seems to be taking it in stride. 

Curry chicken satay

We split an appetizer of chicken satays that we good and chewy with a nice curry flavor and good warmth for a fall night.  JM got the BBQ pork, which was just a pile of BBQ pork served over rice with a nice side of cabbage.  Hard to imagine that this was an Asian delicacy, but it tasted pretty good.

String hoppers

The string hoppers were one of KJ's weekly Sri Lankan specials. And they were really good. A nice buttery dal and tasty chicken curry came in little bowls, with the haystack-shaped rice noodles on the side and spicy, granular coconut sambol for garnish. Nichole's pretty sure she needs more practice at eating them properly (sounds like "smooshing" is involved).

BBQ pork

The vanilla shake and some of the varied menu choices (Cajun and Mexican?) may indeed be sops to the HS crowd, which is awesome.  Nothing we tasted came off as fake, and the service was really attentive, which was nice especially with as many questions as we had. Although, the pan flute music versions of song that topped the US, UK and Australian charts in 80s?  As annoying as you'd expect.  Just focus on your company and talk about how much you like your food.


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