Healthy local options for dining in Union South, with deli sandwiches, salads, soups. CSA Friday specials. Harvest Grains is a good option for those seeking a healthier, local meal. The menu highlights toasted and deli sandwiches, salads and soups. All breads and baked goods are sourced locally; produce is when in season. The El Paso, a baguette topped with grilled chicken, smoked bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, roasted red peppers and chipotle aioli ($6.25), is too salty, but it is hearty. The farmers' market sandwich ($6) is a good idea, but the mushrooms, mixed greens, tomatoes and red onion get lost somewhere between the herb aioli and the pillow of a cheese roll they're served on. If these sandwiches lack something, the sides make up for it tenfold. Diners are offered a choice of organic blue chips, carrots, roasted Wisconsin red potatoes or signature macaroni and cheese. The potatoes are perfectly seasoned and almost had me thinking I was eating at Mom's house. The mac and cheese is equally inviting; a Dairy State classic done right. If you're looking for something a little lighter, the Harvest salad is a sure win. The combination of mixed greens, Wisconsin blue cheese, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, tomatoes and Dijon vinaigrette make for a slightly sweet and tangy salad. Harvest Grains plans to up the local ante in the coming months by implementing a "CSA Friday Special," a dish that will be composed primarily from the ingredients of CSA shares from Blue Mounds-based Vermont Valley Community Farm.
UW Union South - Harvest Grains
1308 W. Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin
7 am-7 pm Mon.-Fri., 7 am-11 am Sat.-Sun. Closed during some UW break periods.