WI Chz Curdfest 2013
The Duck Pond aka Warner Park – Home of the Madison Mallards
2920 N. Sherman Ave
Madison, WI 53704
Date of curdorama: 24AUG2013
To set the scene: The first ever Curdfest to be held in our own home town! How could we not attend? In the name of science, we had to do our duty. We arrived a bit late, so quickly grabbed beers (great selection at the Duck Pond!) and got down to business. It became clear that we would not have time to properly review all curdz present, so we quickly made the decision to concentrate on fried curdz only. We opted for recording first impressions, rather than full scores, deferring complete reviews to restaurant visits as warranted, since a mass produced curd is not completely representative of the sit down version. Luckily, we met up with our friends the Chamberseses, who helped us through each portion, so we could more efficiently go from curd to curd.
The Rigby Pub
119 East Main Street, Madison WI
We’ve never been to the Rigby, so we were intrigued. They looked good, but oddly tasted like chicken tenders. Served with ranch and Buffalo ranch. Made to order, which resulted in a crispy, yummy curd. Worth further investigation. Chz came from Ellwsorth Chz. Solid start.
102 King Street, Madison
After a previous negative experience with Tipsy Cow Curdz, we decided that this was an excellent opportunity to give them another chance. Smallish curdz. Spotted cow battered. Tasty – nice and salty, but as per previous experience, greazy and soggy.
2951 Triverton Pike, Fitchburg WI
$3 for a small order, $8 for a large order
The engaging head chef of Liliana’s was frying up the goodness, and convinced us to purchase 2 small orders after describing the homemade Cajun spice mix that he added to the batter. Made to order, which resulted in a delicious, light and fluffy curd. Not an overwhelming amount of spice flavor, allowing the chz to shine. We were impressed, and started to plan a Liliana’s visit in the near future.
The Avenue Bar
1128 East Washington Avenue, Madison
What. The. Hells. We’ve enjoyed the Avenue curdz many times, and these are not they. Solid, old tasting curdz. Mealy mouth feel. Cornmealy. Not at all like the restaurant version, though we haven’t been there since they were bought out by Food Fight. Hopefully this is not their new version of the curd!!!!!
2520 Wilson Street, Two Rivers WI
Who? A distributor of some sort? Dunno. Who cares, let’s eat em. They had orange or white curdz, we chose white. They were sitting under a heat lamp. Definite salt deficit. They were Syscoesque. Not impressive, plus we were hitting our curd maximum density, so that didn’t help.
All in all, it was quite a pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon! Good friends, good beer, more curdz than we could eat, plus a bouncy house! A successful inaugural curdfest event, in our professional opinion. The curd eating contest was a nice touch. Liliana’s for sure had our vote for the best curdz of the day, and prompted Cheezaholic to shake the hand of the head chef to show her appreciation. Next year, we will plan to get there at curdoff, when they drop the first curd into the frier, so we can run the entire curd gauntlet, as we were born to do.