Ever since we moved to Madison, WI, we've been pleased with the abundance of restaurants and eateries available, and the different types of cuisine represented. There always seems to be a new place popping up, and we're always super eager to try them all. So, when a new breakfast joint opened up, we knew we had to try it.
Breakfast, as the cliché goes, is the most important meal of the day. If it's the most important, then we like to think that you should be able to have it at any time during the day. One place in particular literally let's you eat your breakfast at (almost) any time during the day.
Short Stack Eatery in Madison, WI is open for business from Thursday at 7amCT until Sunday at 11pmCT. And yes, as their website states, they're open "the whole time".
Everything on their menu is made from scratch from locally sourced ingredients and you can find them at the corner of West Johnson and State, you can't miss it.
We got there pretty early for brunch and the line was already out the door.
It was a bit chilly outside, so we were already thinking to ourselves, 'this place better be good'.
You know how folks can get when they're hangry... and yes, we were getting hangry.
Regardless, we were in line, with our winter coats (in April), committed to waiting, and sucking it up, so we can report back to all of our lovely readers.
We finally made it in, placed our orders and took our seats at the bar. We were impressed with how efficient the staff was. There was a steady stream of people coming into this place, and the line was still there when we left! With different people of course.
Check out the line from our bar seats vantage point.
Peep the light fixture made out of whisks!
We were so hungry that we were glad that our food and beverages arrived rather quickly.
So without further ado, here is what we ate AND drank.
We tried their Bloody Mary and there's A TON of ingredients in it.
According to their website it has the following ingredients:
Tito's vodka, fresh pureed carrots, cucumbers, celery, shallots, garlic, beets, dill, red peppers, jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, and tomatoes, house-made pickle brine, fresh lime, lemon, cucumber juice, a dash of spices, a hint of agave nectar, topped with a Sriracha salt-rim, a house-pickled veggie skewer, and a Miller High Life shorty.
WOW! That's a ton of stuff in there. They say it may just be the 'Best Bloody Mary in the World'. You'll have to try it and tell us what you think. It's definitely not your traditional Bloody Mary, but it's definitely the prettiest Bloody Mary we've ever seen (so far). Just check out the color! Look at how photogenic she is.
We drank their Mimosa.
You just can't go wrong with one of those. Orange Juice and Champagne/Sparkling Wine.... Sure!
Look at how HUGE that mimosa was!
We ate the Baked Pecan Streusel French Toast
This was Deeeeeelish! They soak cinnamon sourdough bread with Bourbon (Yup!), they French Toast the heck out of it and serve it with Bourbon-Maple Marscapone (what?!?!) and real Wisconsin Maple Syrup.
This dish SLAYED!
We ate the Cajun Biscuits and Gravy
The gravy was super flavorful, but the stars of this dish were the biscuits. Those were some damn good biscuits! We would eat those biscuits by themselves. This dish was definitely yummy and super filling.
We ate the Eggs Benedict
The biscuits make another appearance here, but they're covered by perfect over-easy eggs and a hollandaise sauce made with sage and thyme. This was such a filling meal that we barely finished it, but it was yummy. The sage and thyme hollandaise sauce made this meal, not to mention those super delicious biscuits!
We were so full from our meals that you almost had to roll us outta there!
Was Short Stack Eatery worth standing in line? YES!
We didn't really wait for very long. Maybe 15-20 minutes at the most, and the line seemed to move rather quickly and there always seemed to be seating available. Again, this place was super efficient.
Would we eat there again? YES!
We'll be mindful of how filling these meals are though, but rest assured that they are pumping out high-quality delicious food. We showed up starving and left satisfied and gut-burstingly full!
Was it priced well? ABSOLUTELY!
The priciest dish on their menu costs $12.99, which is the Pulled Pork and Cheesy Grits. For the serving portions and the quality of the ingredients used for their dishes, you are definitely getting more bang for your buck. This place will be a sure hit for the student population.
So there you have it.
Breakfast at Short Stack Eatery was a great experience, and we encourage all of you to try it. Expect to wait in line during peak hours, but then again, they're open late, so you may just be able to get breakfast in at 10pm if you so choose.... and they'll be ready for you.
Tell them Epicurean Chronicles sent you!