Revisiting Jordandal Cookhouse

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

About this time last year, I posted about a great new takeout restaurant just outside of Madison. Jordandal Cookhouse in Verona features meat from Jordandal Farms and produce from area farms and purveyors. The food was truly delicious and a great value, despite their focus on humanely, sustainably raised meat and local produce. We recently stopped by the Cookhouse twice — once on our way back into town last week (watch for posts about our road trip soon), and again over the weekend after getting our new kitty microchipped at the wonderful Angel’s Wish — and I’m happy to say things are just as delicious and fairly priced as ever, and the staff continue to provide friendly and helpful customer service. The four sandwiches we enjoyed during these visits were the Cubano and Banh Mi (for J) along with the Jerk Chicken and Turkey Wrap (for me). They were all super tasty! The best side choice in my opinion is the potato salad (more on that below). Also, for $2.50 you can pick up an extra side, and I recommend the summer sausage and cheese pairing, which makes a great snack.

Don’t want to take my word for how great the Cookhouse is? No problem! Stephanie Bedford’s review was recently posted at, and she loved it as much as we do. As she describes,

The meatball sub was a hearty treat – stuffed with small-sized meatballs for maximum saucy surface area, on a fresh and lightly crisped roll. My pork tacos were stuffed with tender shredded meat – a real highlight, letting the flavor of Jordandal’s slow-cooked pork shine through – and topped with pickled onions, shredded cabbage and crema. Each of these came with a choice of cold side. The sweet potato salad with bacon was flecked with herbs and a nice light change from the traditional, bland mayo-heavy recipe. A sweet-corn-and-tomato salad was simple perfection – a bowl of straight-up summer with just the right amount of fresh crunch. The quesadilla was a highlight: a massive serving big enough for two, with a piquant tomatillo salsa that I’d eat straight up.

For more, check out Bedford’s full review here, as well as my earlier post (which includes a link to Kyle Nabilcy’s rave at Isthmus).


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