Great review by the Madison A.V. Club
The old Escape Java Joint coffee shop on Willy Street boasted a cavernous series of rooms for laptop co-dependents, but never offered much in the way of sunlight. The coffee shop’s former space literally brightened up this past weekend, when stalwart local baker Madison Sourdough Co.opened up its new combination bakery-café (916 Williamson St. 608-833-8009), clearing away whatever was blocking all the rays from a front that’s almost all windows. In addition to fresh bread made on-site (rustic baguettes, country sour, caraway rye, rosemary, etc.), the café serves homemade pastries, a custom Just Coffee blend, sandwiches, quiche, oatmeal, and house granola with yogurt.
The lunch sandwiches (and such lunch sides as mushroom-bacon soup and spinach salad) are what really distinguish this as a restaurant rather than a coffee shop. Grilled cheddar cheese with apple comes on caraway rye; roast beef with caramelized onions, horseradish mayo, and gruyere on the rustic baguette. Another sandwich tops the bakery’s country sourdough with roasted chicken salad, pine nuts, and grapes. The breakfast bar and non-crowded array of tables encourages lounging through breakfast and lunch hours—and maybe some laptop-ing, if you can take a little glare on your screen.
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