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Restaurant Week Review: Captain Bills

If there was ever a list of Madison restaurants that deliver good food consistently, you have to put Captain Bill's on that list.

OK, techincally it's located in Middleton, but with food this tasty, who cares?

I made reservations to dine at Captan Bill's on Sunday night with my significant other and it was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. It's a great date restaurant and they've done a good job with atmosphere.

We were quikcly and politely seated.  Drinks were prompt and with the Restaurant Week menu, our food was swiftly served.   From the bar, i ordered my standby beverage, a Jack Daniels and Coke.  It was a stiff drink, but that's not such a bad thing before dining.

The full Captain Bill's $25 Restaurant Week menu is here, but here's what we ordered:

I had the Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, followed by The Shrimp Duet and closed with the Chocolate Bread Pudding.  My date had the Wedge Salad, paired with the Lobster Tail/Tenderloin Surf and Turf Combo.  She chose the Key Lime Pie dessert. 

Hot bacon dressing jsut naturally sounds good, but the texture combination with fresh spinach was refresing.  The wedge salad was complimentable and tasty.  My shrimp served two ways came with a four prawn worthy sized coconut shrimp, matched with lemon sweetened sauce for dipping.  They were paried with four butterflied shrimp stuffed with large chunks of crab meat, and topped with a glazed holiandaise sauce.  Both sides were complimentary to the main course, which was also paired with diced yellow and orange carrots.

My date's lobster tail was delectable.  Captain Bills never does lobster wrong.   I recommend the tenderloin be served medium for full flavor.

Bread Pudding is a favorite of mine and the chocolate baked in provided a nice harmony of sweetness. The creme' anglaise rounded things out with a creamy texture.  My date, who is a fan of sour, said the key lime pie was tame for her tastes, but after a sampling, my eyes bulged out from the tart.  Cut it with the whipped cream and it's perfect for my tastes.

All that and were were seated, served and had room for some nice conversation in one hour.  Captain Bills cleary has the process down.


Madison Restaurant Week is now through Friday.  Starting at $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. This year, some restaurants are also offering $30 and $35 dinner options. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Diners may simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the week to enjoy the special menus.  Diners are strongly recommended to make reservations in advance.



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