Monty's Blue Plate diner is an iconic Madison restaurant specializing in vegetarian diner fare! Their wide variety of milkshakes and malts are also simply outstanding and delicious! Down deep my husband and I have a deep love for Monty's as that is where we had our first date--I think it was the chocolate malt. We went back again the other night to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday. We quickly noticed a new sundae called the Maple Bacon Sundae. I knew my husband was going to order it so I just told him he had to. It had Sassy Cow vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, pecans, and crisp bacon. And it was topped with a few squirts of whipped cream. It was decadent and the Sassy Cow ice cream was good but the nuts were unnecessary. We tried to think of how you could rethink the sundae but we'll have to experiment ourselves. All in all a good new addition to the menu. Monty's never seems to disappoint.
If you haven't been to Graze yet you should. Tori Miller's new restaurant right across from L'Etoile is worth the trip. We ordered a few appetizers such as the Sassy Cow cheese curds, which were huge and tasty in a vodka batter. The sauce on the side wasn't too exciting as what you see at the Old Fashioned but they were good. What caught my eye was the house pickles, which were a beautiful array of daikon, kimchee, butternut squash, beets and cucumber. Order while the sun is still out and the colors will delight you! See below. My husband ordered the roasted bone marrow. I always love bone marrow and toasts. It was good but needed some salt. I wish it had a pile of pink Himalayan salt. It had a roasted beef marmalade on the side which was good but I think didn't really make the dish. Lastly for dinner I ordered the perch fish fry (since it was Friday) and my husband got the chicken and waffles (which he LOVED). I liked my perch but have had better. I was disappointed by the cole slaw, it was under seasoned and just OK. I am a cole slaw snob. All in all there were huge hits and huge misses here but I'd go back just for the house pickles.
I have to say that
is now our most favorite restaurant in Madison. The dishes are full of flavor and made with love. The chicken spring rolls and dumplings are homemade and simply delicious. We are particularly in love with the Nem Khao Tod (menu item LS7). Nem Khao Tod is crispy rice with minced sour sausage, chicken, onion, cilantro, mint, lime juice, topped with peanuts. It is nothing I've had before but I am now in love with. It looks simple but the flavors are complex and will surprise you! The other dish, we really like is the Vietnamese Crepe or Bahn Xeo. It's only made on the weekend at Ha Long Bay since you have to baby it when you are making it. But I highly recommend it if you go on the weekend. We've never had a bad meal here yet. If I could eat here every day, I would.