Dexter’s Pub

Dexter’s Pub
307 North Street, Madison
Date of Curd Tasting: 03MAY2015

To set the scene: We had just finished up a John Hughes movie marathon weekend with a bunch of neon wearin, scrunchie sportin pals, which included such fun games as “drink every time Ferris Bueller speaks directly to the camera” and “drink every time Molly Ringwald rolls her eyes or bites her lower lip”. It was also the kickoff of Madison Craft Beer Week, so the last four of us who still weren’t completely sick of each others company after 30 hours straight together, decided to commemorate our double trifecta of movies with some celebratory curdz and sudz. Schu prepped a roadie for each of us, and we were off!

Menu description:
White Cheddar Curds – Wisconsin cheese curds served with ranch dressing.
We asked the waitress if she knew which dairy the curdz came from. The answer: “Ummm, no, I’m not sure. We don’t make them in house.” Too bad.

Post-curd tasting note: the menu description has been updated to include the name of the dairy: Kaufhold’s Kurd’s, Inc.

Dexter's Curdz

Dexter’s Curdz

Taste…4
Very salty which added to our craft beer enjoyment. Stunning span of a variety of shapes and sizes…leaning toward the smaller size, with a few rogue nubbins. Clearly quite fresh, with very nice chew factor.

Inner Curd

Inner Curd

Color…white
As per menu description.

Greaze Puddle

Greaze Puddle

Greaziness….4.5
Just a slight, slight smidgie over the requisite greazy line.

Chz Bleed

Chz Bleed

Batter…3.5
Cornmealy, which seems to be the curd trend as of late. Not as crispy as generally appreciated. A bit pale in spots, suggestive of a frying malfunction. Minor instances of chz bleed.

Ranchy

Ranchy

Condiment…Ranch
Extremely dilly, very thin and saucy. A strongly flavored ranch that tended to overpower the curdz.

Value…4
Price was $6.99. Fairly good sized order. The four of us downed the whole order in ~6 minutes.

Total Score…16
The curdz were like totally choice to the max. Dexter’s is a hidden gem, with a stellar beer selection, a kick ass fish fry, and curdz with some serious potential if they would just nail the fry factor. The Cuban sandwich, on the other hand, was so gnarly and rad that it inspired Mavrik to become it’s official spokesman, and he proceeded to entertain us with a sammie play by play for the duration of his meal: “The combination of the slow roasted, smokey, succulent pulled pork with the salty, juicy ham expertly dances across the tongue while mixing with the tang of the mustard and the nutty, creamy Swiss chz which pairs perfectly with the house made sweet relish.” Watch out Guy Fieri, Mavrik is coming at you. Hard.

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