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July 29, 2007

The Gage

by gastronomicbypass

Location – 24 S. Michigan (Michigan and Madison)

In one word – Filling

Food – This “gastropub” really works to serve you quality ingredients in their entrees. We started with the brie fondue. Super heavy, but worth a couple of bites (anymore and you’ll feel heavy). We then moved on to entrees. The duck leg confit comes with blue cheese potatoes au gratin. I found that the duck was more steak-like, however don’t read that as a bad thing, just unexpected. The potatoes were fantastic. We also tried the semolina cakes, which is similar to polenta. This was my favorite part of the meal. This is the ideal dish for a vegetarian here. A lot of the meal went into a doggie bag. The cuisine is filling.

Drink – They have an extensive wine, whiskey and beer list. I had the Belgian beer Chimay.

Service – I really liked our server. She had spunk and could give us recommendations without being too intrusive.

Occasion – Perhaps a work event, a date or just dinner with friends. The scene here is sophisticated, while still maintaining its feel of being a trendy pub.

**Update – We went for an afterwork drink today.  My god, it’s such a scene.  If you are looking to meet a suit, come here around 6 pm and you’ll have hit the jackpot!

Dress – People looked cute here. Men should wear jeans/khakis with a button down/polo. Women can wear a fun dress or their good jeans.

Cost – This place is fun, but a little overpriced. Expect to pay $40+ per person for an appetizer, entree and beverage.

If you like, try…West Town Tavern

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