910 Regent Street, Madison WI
Date of Curd Tasting: 07FEB2014
To set the scene: We needed a new pre-game destination before watching the Badger hockey team sweep the rodents, and had been informed by a reliable source that there was a new place downtown that we should to check out. Chz + beer + sausage? We were in. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by owner Josh, who proceeded to give a low down on all things sahhhhsage: “You got yer traditional sahsage on the left, in the middle you got yer specialty sahsages based on the food we love to eat, and on the right is the open menu with guest sahsage.” We decided to start with an order of curds and a couple of brewskis while we took in the sahsage ambiance.
Fresh battered chz curds
We asked the waitress if she knew what dairy the curds came from. She made a guess, and Cheezaholic could tell she was making it up, and immediately called her out on it, stating “Really? I heard the owner was from Monroe, so I figured the curds would be from Monroe.” She immediately looked chagrined, and admitted that she too, was Monrovian, then scurried off to find the real answer. She quickly came back with this proud report: “They are Maple Leaf curds!” Ooooooooh, the same curds that our favorite Curd Girl uses. Excelllllleeeennnnntt.
Monrovians know chz. No doubt about it. A perfectly salty sensation. Fresh curdz fer sure, and the fastest fry in town. Chewy. Amazing. We wolfed that shit down in ~3 minutes, and arm wrestled over the last curd. As soon as our friends arrived, we made them place another order. Their opinion? “Pleasantly light and fluffy. It’s like my mouth is walking on air.” What? Order #3 placed to confirm.
Pure and delicious.
Yes there was grz. But this is some tasty GD grz. Round 1 had a bit more glisten on the fingertips than typically accepted for highest scoring, but in this case we were both of the opinion that GRZ IS GOOD. Rounds 2 and 3 were perfectly greazed.
It pained us to dock 0.5 for minor chz bleed and one instance of conjoined curd in round 1. No such deficits noted in Rounds 2 and 3. Perfectly battered, not too thick and not too thin, with browned and crispy yumminess prevelant.
We were offered the option of ranch, honey mustard or siracha mayo. We opted for the classic. Thick and very tasty. We would be quite content to eat it with a spoon.
Smallish order, but only $4.00, and so damn good! We would have paid more. Clearly, since we ended up getting three orders!
These are some curds to contend with. Tied for the highest score to date. This place is going to kill it during football season. Once the word gets out, this place is going to kill it all year round. Our friendly waitress was already hitting the street (<10 degrees outside!!) with free curd samples, and drawing people in. And we haven’t even mentioned the awesome sausages yet (We both had Bahn Mi sausages – his was pork, hers was vegan)! What does OSS stand for? Old School Sausages? Overly Sausaged Stomach? Ohio State Sucks? Everything about this place is just plain cool. Oh Shit Superb.