Grazing Madison’s Freshest

Graze is probably one of my most favorite restaurants in Madison for the simplest reason – they serve from the freshest source in town. Their food has never disappoint so far and I keep coming back to try everything on the menu.

The decor could well be the most unique and classy in town, the glass walls allows a lot of natural light into the restaurant making foodies photographer like me extremely happy and the view of the state capitol wouldn’t hurt either, high ceilings opens up a lot of space and although some people would choose to utilize the space to build an additional floor, they decided to keep it wide open, while utilizing those space for high rise wine and liquor cabinet (first picture below), and their unique ‘special of the day’ chalk board (third pictures below). Their clever use of steel chairs brings a modern edge to the concept of fresh local produce. All of this sets you right in the mood for a fusion fun.

 You can definitely pick up some elements of fusion going on in Graze, as you can spot oriental dishes like pork buns and bibimbap on their menu, and red lanterns too (pictured below).

The chalkboard as you can see has all the daily specials written. A very clever way of utilizing space on empty walls, don’t you think?

Now we proceed to the best part of Graze, the food!

Appetizers

Pork Buns

Pork belly is cooked to perfection (reminds me of how my dad used to cook them), pickled vegetables, hoisin in a bun! Absolutely delicious. Definitely something one can try to make at home.

Cheese Curds

These are to die for! Crispy on the outside, an explosion of Wisconsin cheese on the inside.

Seafood

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Shrimp, scallop, mussels, clams, market fish with chorizo, cannellini beans & braised greens in lobster broth. The seafood is fresh, there’s a generous amount of mussel and the scallop is perfectly cooked.

Fried Chicken and Waffle

Soul food from South! I told you they serve up everything from everywhere. This was a split meal between two person by the way, which explains half the waffles and half the chicken.

And now, my favorite most part – Desserts!

Lemon Meringue Pie

Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Pound Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Cherry Sauce and Whipped Cream

Chocolate Mousse Parfait & Pound Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Cherry Sauce and Whipped Cream

The desserts are absolutely delicious, they offer different types of selection from pie du Jour to cookies with milk, whatever that tickles your fancy.

Some other pictures.

Magic Coffee and Sprecher Root Reer

L'Etoile Restaurant

Water Is Served

I hope you enjoy this visual gastronomic tour of Graze! This will be my last post before embarking on a trip to the world’s busiest city – New York!