I’ll Take That Reservation at Bar Bouchee at 4:30PM!


When my daughter was limping through Chemistry in high school, we found a tutor in Madison. Every Tuesday, she and I would have an early dinner at Bar Bouchee before her session. It’s one of my best memories of her high school years, a moment with my baby all to myself.

Bar Bouchee has long been one of my top restaurants on the Shoreline, and it’s still as consistently delicious as back in the day. While no happy hour is on offer, it’s much easier to get in at a very early hour in this tiny spot where reservations are difficult to snag (our Tuesday date was 4:30). There is nothing on the menu that I wouldn’t eat (if you’re a fan of escargot, this is the place), but I usually go for the seasonal preparation of chicken, this time a pan-seared breast, with celeriac puree sitting on a leek and potato pancake with crispy Brussels sprouts and caramelized cipollini onions. Wowza.

8 Scotland Avenue, Madison


Hours: Sunday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday  4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Take out available, too.