Lakeside St Coffee House

A Foodie Review
by Robin Gray
November 2019

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In Madison there are many music venues and plenty of places to enjoy fancy food. Both of those have a place but they can’t take the place of good old neighborhood cafe. A place where can go and grab a cup of coffee with a friend, meet a group of coworkers for lunch, or in the evening stop and hear some local music with a glass of wine or a mug of beer and a light bite to eat. Lakeside St Coffee House is one of the neighborhood places that ticks all those boxes. For morning time, they have a nice selection of coffeehouse drinks and locally baked sweets. You can also grab a light accompaniment such as oatmeal or yogurt. There are some heartier breakfast choices and I had a breakfast sandwich called The Veggie. It was a simple egg sandwich with spinach, tomato, cheese, and pesto on ciabatta. It is a simple, fresh, and well-done sandwich. A few other sandwiches and a daily quiche selection round out the breakfast options. For lunch they offer a selection of salads and sandwiches. There are lots of menu choices that are vegan or vegetarian. One vegetarian sandwich that I sampled was the Loaded Grilled Cheese. It had a mixture of cheeses including cream cheese and was ‘loaded’ with spinach, onions, tomato, and a pesto mayonnaise. The cream cheese created, not surprisingly, a nice creamy texture and the veggies prevented the creaminess from taking over. It came accompanied by a plain side salad. Chips could have been substituted. I also sampled the Turkey Apple Melt. Balsamic vinegar and the apples created a sweet side note to a turkey and cheese melt. Nothing fancy but a solid lunch choice. One option that can be done as a sandwich or salad is curried chicken salad. I had it as a salad with crunch from nuts, grapes and celery and warmth from the curry spices.

They also have a wine and beer menu that is served Thursday through Saturday from late afternoon to close. The have a pretty wide selection of draft and bottled beers and wine by the glass and bottle. They also have music on Thursday through Saturday. There calendar changes but you can expect local talent and a peek at the upcoming November calendar has Celtic music, classical guitar, and a ukulele sing along. While I was there recently, there was a pair of women sipping coffee and knitting, several solidarity individuals working on computers while they ate or drank, as well as tables filled with groups. So, if you are wondering where to go for a variety of occasions, the Lakeside St Coffee House might be just what you are looking for.

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