Jacs, at 2611 Monroe St. on Madison’s near West side, “soft-opened” earlier this week in the wake of the recently shuttered Monroe St. Bistro.  We (me, AmyJ, and our 2 and 5 year-old kids) spontaneously stopped in for lunch today.  Jacs wasn’t perfect (what is after 5 days?), but we all agreed that it shows promise, and are happy to have it in the neighborhood.

While we’d intended to have lunch, Jacs serves only brunch between 10am and 3pm on weekends.  The brunch menu had some very tasty looking breakfasts (omelets, eggs benedict, various lighter breakfasts, etc.) and a handful of sandwiches.

I was happy to see the moules frites still on the menu, as they were the only thing on the MSB’s menu that I ever found pleasing without caveat (and the only area in which MSB came anywhere close to its generally superior neighbor up the street, Brasserie V).  I don’t know that they’re the same, but my understanding is that there’s some continuity in ownership and/or management between the two, so there’s reason for hope.
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If this is true, I’m thrilled! Selfishly, this is directly on my way to/from work; more generally, WSGC would be a great addition to the increasingly condo-y downtown. With only deserved offense to Cap Center Foods intended, downtown needs a grocery store.

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I took Friday off of work in order to have Memorial Day make an easy 4-day weekend.  I didn’t have any particular plans, but we had beautiful weather and no shortage of options.  In no particular order, then, my weekend included:

  • had lunch at la Queretana, a new Mexican restaurant on the west side (thanks to Jay for the recommendation)
  • styled & repotted new twin-trunk arborvitae
  • repotted small new windswept juniper
  • styled & repotted new ‘rainbow’s end’ dwarf alberta spruce
  • styled dwarf korean lilac that’s been sitting in a training pot for 2 years
  • finished detail wiring and repotted semi-cascading juniper (with very cool deadwood potential)
  • saw Waitress at Sundance 608 (the movie was ok, the theater was pretty cool, though pricey)
  • checked out the new Muramoto restaurant, Sushi Muramoto.  It’s no Restaurant Muramoto, though it doesn’t try to be, and is good nonetheless
  • went to the gym with the whole family
  • acquired and built and unattractive but utilitarian plastic tool shed in the backyard
  • had a great Q at Jon & Colleen’s (though Colleen was absent), with tasty pork a la Doug
  • hiked partway out to Picnic Point and back (hiking with a 3 year-old and a 4 month old)
  • went to the Farmer’s Market
  • biked to the Zoo, at times through the Madison Marathon
  • made a quadruple batch of bolognese sauce
  • had lunch at La Hacienda (this always seems to happen after we go to the Zoo)
  • participated in Nora’s first carousel ride & first time down a slide
  • finished plans for the backyard patio project w/ Amy
  • made pizza with Ben (we cheated and used pre-made crusts & sauce from Fraboni’s, but it was pretty good nonetheless)

Whew — I’m sure I forgot something, but that’s the bulk of it.  It was a busy weekend.

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