Madison’s Cafe in Jefferson City

This is a legendary local restaurant that started in downtown Jefferson City–on Madison Street, obviously–in 1982, and we have been loving it since Day 1! A lovely place to go on a date night, or casual enough for the BUSY downtown lunch rush, especially during legislative sessions. Walkable from downtown offices and businesses, or if you drive, the downtown parking garage is just across the street, a few short feet from Madison’s front door.

Now, on to the food, Madison’s recently began carrying and expanding their gluten-free selections, but there are plenty of great items on their menu that could also be low-carb (gluten-free is not always low-carb). Their steaks are legendary, their daily specials of chicken dishes could be ordered without the toppings or sauces, grilled seafood like salmon and other fish, a seafood special every day, burgers (without the bun) could be ordered customized to come low-carb. One of the lunches I order since going low-carb is a simple grilled chicken breast with a small House Salad. It’s delicious! And that HOUSE SALAD! Oh, the lovely House Salad! Whatever we order, that is ALWAYS the side we get…or sometimes just a large one as the meal itself. In fact, I make this at home using the bottled dressing that I purchase from Madison’s and keep on hand for the Sunday dinners when they are not open. We can still have our House Salad  when we can’t get to Madison’s. I will post my recipe to that later…hope they don’t mind…but you HAVE to use their bottled dressing!

Obviously since Madison’s does specialize somewhat in Italian cuisine, much of that would not be Keto friendly (pastas, potatoes, rice, rich sauces and soups, desserts, and the never-ending bread). But they have plenty that IS Keto friendly, so get all dolled up and get there! In fact, we got all dolled up and went there recently for a family birthday meal and are excited about an item on their menu called “The Burnt” which is one of their sandwiches. It’s a butterflied 8 oz. filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and melted provel cheese. We ordered it without the bun and fries, of course, and ordered their House Salad as our side, and it was SO good. So good, in fact, we just had to share a picture of our dinner! Yeah, we’re THOSE people!

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Madison’s Cafe in Jefferson City