When you try to open the lunch menu for the first time at Madden’s Casual Gourmet in Historic Downtown Bryan, you will quickly notice that it doesn’t open. Flip it over to look at the back…blank. Coupled with Madden’s reputation and the casually elegant atmosphere, the 20 item lunch menu’s brevity leads one to anticipate perfection in every dish.
While the menu is simple, the soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees all feel delightfully, creatively complex.
Today, I ordered the Grilled meat loaf served on a bed of sautéed cabbage with corn bread and hand made mashed potatoes on the side, topped with a flavorful but not overpowering tomato sauce.
The tomato bisque with fresh mozzarella was flavorful and filling despite its delicate, smooth texture.
Hours later I am still thinking about that lunch and wishing I could make it to Madden’s for another go round tonight.