I must be out of my mind, because all the time I’ve lived in Madison, I have not visited Quivey’s Grove. The restaurant has always had a Madison-original and feel-good vibe to it, so I am thankful for Restaurant Week.
Located just minutes from the Beltline, Quivey’s Grove location is far enough out that you get the rustic, yet classic country feel of what is almost guaranteed to be a fine meal. It would be easy to mistake the grounds of the restaurant for a quaint farmhouse or stable. Mostly because the buildings date back to 1855 and in fact there are two restaurants at Quivey’s Grove.
The Stone House is a turn of the century mansion, converted into eating space that offers fine dining. The Stable Grill has the look of a…stable, with stone and brick, offering a more casual menu. Both buildings are on the National Register Of Historic Places. The tree covered grounds, from which the name comes from, are impeccable and impressive.
After guessing-navigating our way into the hostess room of the Stone House, we were pleasantly greeted and allowed to poke our heads around the various rooms and into the kitchen area. We sat in the Grandmother’s Garden. Each room has name and historical significance. I did not realize that the cupboard that our dining ware and fresh butter was waiting on dated back to 1850. The first impression was just the start of a classy meal.
The Restaurant Week menu is at the right. I sampled a variety of items, some of which are on the special menu this week. Our first course was a Duck Salad for my girlfriend and a Romaine Blue salad for myself. We traded samples. The Romaine comes with blue cheese chunks that were plentiful and large enough that you can add it to each bite. The Duck Salad was topped with walnuts and a vinaigrette. Duck bacon and a duck ham are often too gamey for me, but a small sample proved tasty.
After the salad and before the meal, fresh and hot blueberry muffins were delivered. Extra butter on mine. They were to die for.
My girlfriend had the Lake Perch crusted with pretzel crumbs. I had the Pork Dewey, a double bone in pork chop, smoke roasted, served with an apple-butter barbeque sauce. Each choice was so we could share the others. A wise choice on our part. Portion sizes were just right and so was the a pairing with Wollersheim Pinot Noir. For desert, we shared a Blueberry Buckle. The moist coffee cake filled with fresh blueberries, butter streusel topping, served with sweetened whip cream delights.
Our server Rebecca could not have been more pleasant. The Grandmother’s Garden is limited to about 10 tables, so we felt the service was neither overbearing or lacking.
Quivey’s Grove Stone House is an ideal location for a elegant night out, or impressing out of town guests. It’s a real Madison treat.
Restaurant Week is a semi-annual event for food lovers to sample some of Madison's finest local offerings. For $25 participating restaurants offer a prix-fixed menu with 3 courses and 3 options of each course. Some restaurants offer a reduced menu for $15 for lunch.
Quiveys’ Grove Stone house offers a dinner menu. The Stable House offers both a lunch and dinner menu.