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January 29, 2015
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Pan-Roasted Chicken at Bar Bouchee, Madison

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It was love at first bite at Bar Bouchee, when they opened back in 2010. A tiny space decked out in authentic bistro: bar tables and leather banquettes squeezed against pressed tin walls; the sort of cozy spot where you gab with your neighbors and perhaps share frites, while sipping the palest pink kir. The menu is classic French: it’s the destination on the Shoreline for delicacies like pike quenelles, escargot and coquilles Saint Jacques. But for me, it’s all about the the pan-roasted chicken. The preparation differs depending on the season, this winter’s version is a healthy portion of perfectly crispy-skinned meat on a bed of roasted fingerlings, caramelized onions and bacon. If cassoulet is your thing, have it here: a hearty stew of white beans, pork belly, duck confit and housemade sausage is filling, but not too heavy. Last week the drink of the evening was a cheery blood orange martini, and by the look of it, the entire room had at least one. Save room for profiteroles, and call after 3pm for reservations. barbouchee.com 
tags: bar bouchee, madison, shoreline restaurants
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