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Postby fennel » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:28 pm

theloniouszen wrote:...has all the wood paneling, signage, and clientele of a small-town of an IGA..had a lot of character!

(Italics mine.)

That phrase doesn't put me off quite as much as it would in a real estate ad, but still… The dustscape/detritus ecosystem living atop the coolers is a little more down-home topography than I care to reckon with when I'm shopping for food. But go I do, remembering to cast my eyes downward.

As for wine, Woodman's and Jenifer Street Market take the same approach: a gazillion wines but nothing to choose from. Either the distributor is choosing their wines for them, based on what the distributor wants to unload, or the buyer is picking willy-nilly from the recommendations of some supermarket trade mag. That's too bad, because -- with their buying power -- they could be a multi-state destination for good wines. In the meantime, I can recommend Cork N' Bottle on Johnson (tiny). Steve's is very good, too, but rarely a bargain. Both places do well in terms of blather. That is, there's very little of it.

I think Jenifer Street does so much better with beers because there's genuine interest and because the local microbrew options are execeptionally good.

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Postby swoon_queen » Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:23 pm

I don't know if their beer selection rivals that of Woodman's (only because I haven't bought beer at Woodman's in about 6 months) but it's pretty great. Lots of local microbrews and some (like Rogue and Smuttynose) that I don't often see around here. I can't believe nobody's brought up the absolute best thing about Jeni Street's walk-in beer cooler: they provide a whole rack of fleece jackets one can put on before going into the perfect beer climate! Right now their Capital brews are on sale for 6.50 a 6 pack... noticed that tonight. Noticed especially because the Autumnal Fire was conspicuously not included in the sale (it was the only one not included, and my favorite of course...oh well).

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Postby Marvell » Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:12 am

theloniouszen wrote:Well, I appreciate your answers, but I thought this was what this forum was for - to talk to other people about food and restaurants and stores in Madison, and ask questions.

Actually, no.

This forum is for a peculiar kind of rhetorical deathsport. Food, restaurants and stores in Madison may be implicated in the deathsport, but that's purely incidental to the original purpose.

Which is to Kill. Kill.

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