Friday, September 12, 2008

A Hidden Specialty

It's interesting when you find that a menu item advertised by a restaurant as its "specialty" is not so special, and the restaurant is ignoring or under-selling another item.

A case in point is the Hubbard Avenue Diner, here in Madison, Wisc. The diner declares that it is "famous for pie." Yet, speaking as a pie lover, I can tell you that the quality is inconsistent. Some are very good, others are just so-so. Hubbard Avenue Diner uses too much cornstarch in its berry pies and, most troubling of all, serves them a la mode with a very mediocre vanilla ice cream.

But the diner makes its own applesauce, which is fantastic. The homemade applesauce contains chunks of apple, and it's served warm. Now that's what they should push as their specialty.

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