Steak Escape

In a word: At the food court, you get what you pay for.

The specs: #01067
213 East Towne Mall, 53704
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JM ate the Wild West BBQ with a soda.
Nichole ate the Great Escape.
We split some loaded fries.
The bill was $19, or $9ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Steak Escape a C (see our grading rubric).

Steak Escape is easily the most expensive meal either of us has ever had at a food court. Nineteen dollars for two people getting standard sized sandwiches, loaded fries and a beverage may be a $20 proposition more often than we had realized, but it was still pretty shocking.

Steak Escape

Then we tried the food, which, get this, is actually pretty good for food court fare.  JM's Wild West BBQ sandwich was actually a decent cheesesteak variant, while Nichole's standard 'Great Escape' was not really a great cheesesteak, but certainly was filling; she also was able to get veggies which is a nice add-on. And the loaded fries are worth it (cheese and bacon). The Steak Escape has given East Towne a decent, quick, but not noteworthy, place to eat.

Squirrel's Nest

In a word: A stash of secret acorns.

The specs: #01066 
2655 US Route 51, McFarland 53558
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JM ate the grilled ham and cheese with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the cheeseburger.
The bill was $17, or $8ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Squirrel's Nest a B+ (see our grading rubric).

Squirrel's Nest is a bar in the country between McFarland and Stoughton.  We think we'd tried to eat here once in the heat of a long-ago summer, when the place was running under a different name, and were told the grill was off due to the heat.  We had no such problems this winter day.

First of all: reputation.  Squirrel's Nest is known for hearty and tasty breakfasts. Sadly this didn't work for our schedule, but from what we saw and heard, it could be easily believed.  Secondly, they use Knoche's meat which is great. Couple that with the assortment of Koops mustards our kind server brought tableward (including an added bottle of Arizona Heat per her recommendation) and this place was well on its way.

Burger and potato salad

Nichole's burger was served on a buttered soft bun with a super pepper jack cheese and a side of, get this, potato salad.  JM's umpteenth grilled ham and cheese was nicely prepared if a little small.  The toasted bread was so good, though, and the mustard add-ons helped.

Grilled ham and cheese

Our server was indeed nice and thoroughly patient, but the service here is not fast.  We'll probably return someday for breakfast, if it can keep up with these lunches.  We're sure many in McFarland and Stoughton don't known about this decent burger option halfway out of town, but it's worth a trip.


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