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Cafe Madison

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Cafe Madison is located at the Western / Madison split.  They are only open for breakfast / brunch / lunch (until 2 or 3 depending on the day).  It is always busy, and a well known place for breakfast in the area - for good reason.  Food is cooked perfectly, and they have weekend specials that are well constructed mixing in various flavors that come together perfectly.

Both Josie and I both ordered off their weekend special menu, I got the Pumpkin & Spice Pancakes - Three buttermilk cakes mixed with Kentucky Bourbon and spiced with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg and stuffed with walnuts, marshmallows and roasted butternut squash with a brûlée finish. Served with pure maple syrup. ($10).  The pancakes were loaded with squash.  Each pancake was individually brûlée'd giving it a nice sweet crunchy top.  The marshmallows and walnuts enhanced the flavor profile with a creamy and crunchy mix.  It came with real maple syrup, which wasn't really needed, but a nice touch.

Josie ordered the NY Style Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast - Homemade cinnamon swirl bread dipped in a Guinness Stout flavored batter and stuffed with cheesecake mascarpone with graham cracker crumbles and a caramel drizzle. Served with real maple syrup.  It was also amazing.  I was afraid the mascarpone would make it too sweet, but it was a nice balance.  the graham crackers on top gave it a nice crunch.

My biggest complaints about Cafe Madison would be there is no parking lot, but generally plenty of nearby street parking and that the place is always so busy you often have to wait for a while to get a seat (today was only 15 minutes, but normally I would plan for at least a half hour), but I can't really take off for that, since it is kind of like punishing someone for being too awesome.  Staff is very friendly and fast.  Our waiter seemed very knowledgeable about the menu and recommended the pumpkin pancakes I ordered.  Cafe Madison deserves the 5 fork rating we gave them.


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Pumpkin & Spice Pancakes

NY Style Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast