My foodie card should be revoked because I just had dinner at Graze in Madison for the first time last week! I'm not sure what took me so long! If you haven't heard of Graze,it's the more wallet friendly sister restaurant to Madison's famous L'Etiole and a favorite spot for food enthusiasts like myself. The building that houses both L'Etiole and Graze has giant glass walls so diners can fully enjoy eating in the shadow of the Wisconsin State Capital. The spectacular view can only be topped by the food - locally sourced and seasonal fare that will make you glow with Wisconsin pride, even if you're not from here.
The menu was full of creative dishes and I knew I would have trouble deciding. Should I get the perch sandwich or the Korean bbq pork? Then I saw it, a walnut and beet burger! I love beets and trying a walnut burger has been on my foodie bucklist (which I keep in my purse next to my foodie card) for quite some time. I ordered my walnut burger and was not disappointed! The homemade bread was soft with crunchy pumpkin seeds on top, and the burger was full of flavor but not at all greasey and a creamy and cooling lemon greek yogurt sauce brought it all together for a perfectly light but filling lunch.
I know what you're saying, "A walnut burger? A light lunch? WHERE ARE THE FRIED CHEESE CURDS?!". Don't worry, my cheese loving friends, I couldn't possibly leave Graze without trying their famous cheese curds which are arguably the best in town. Are you ready for the photo? Are you sure? Drum roll please....
Yes... I ate those. Taking 10 seconds to pause for a photo was tough but I did it for you, my beloved blog readers. The fried curds were amazing. They are beer battered and gigantic! Are they the best fried cheese curds in Madison? I'm not sure...I guess I'll just have to try them again. And again and again and again!