Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
One thing that I love about Madison is the surrounding communities. Madison in itself is pretty large, but the surrounding communities seem to be growing every day, which makes it feel even larger. Larger community, more space for restaurants, more food choices.
I had heard abut Gray’s Tied House quite a bit before actually going there. I don’t really even remember how or where I heard of it, probably just radio and television commercials. Madison is filled with so many bar and grill and brewery type restaurants that they often all kind of run together for me – especially since I’m not a beer or burger person. We chose Gray’s for dinner last weekend because we wanted somewhere new, and their menu looked like it had lots of different choices. It is in Verona (a suburb of Madison) but that isn’t too far from where we live.
The restaurant building itself is very nice looking and quite spacious. It kind of reminded me of a large lodge – but more Aspen than Wisconsin. The restaurant and bar areas are separated nicely so when you eat in the dining area you don’t actually even realize there is a bar there – where we were seated this was the case at least.
To start, I had a glass of malbec (which was delicious), and the husband had a house made root beer. Gray’s actually brews their own beers and sodas and had quite a few different kinds on tap when we were there.
We also started with an order of cheese curds. I’m not sure its possible to ever resist cheese curds if they are on an appetizer menu. Unfortunately these cheese curds were definitely not my favorite. They were more batter than cheese, and they were possibly the greasiest cheese curds I’ve ever had.
For dinner the husband had the Ultimate Tied House Burger – topped with bacon, Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar, onion straws, and Gray’s signature Root Beer Barbecue Sauce. He had it with sweet potato fries. He said the burger was good, but the fries were just ok.
For my dinner I had the grilled chicken sandwich which I ordered with just provolone cheese, it does come with standard veggies if you are less picky than I am. I had regular fries as a side. The meal was alright, but not really anything special. The fries especially were a let down, but maybe that is just because I’ve been spoiled by delicious Alexia fries recently.
Overall the meal was alright, but I was hoping for more from this local restaurant. The menu does offer quite a few other options though so maybe I would have been better off ordering something more unique.
Taste: B, not great which is too bad for a local restaurant with a great atmosphere.
Cost: B, The meal came to about $30 which isn’t all that bad considering we had an appetizer and I had a glass of wine, but the quality of the food just didn’t really live up to the price of the food.
Would I go there again? Eh, I don’t think so. They have pizza and some other things on the menu that I’d like to try, but as far as the chicken sandwich and fries goes I’d rather go to a different local bar and grill type restaurant.