22 | madison originals magazine in-house. We offer many healthy choices, and we use only the freshest produce available,” says Hawk. The menu offers seven sandwiches, served with your choice of a cup of soup or Hawk’s original or seasoned fries. Burgers include classic, turkey, salmon, or veggie. Hawk’s version of a BLT reects a unique spin that sets the bar and grill’s food apart. This BLT is made with thick applewood-smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese topped with crispy iceberg lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and Hawk’s special chipotle mayonnaise served on a Euro roll or thick-cut light rye.Three specialty sandwiches prepared with your choice of ve marinades, if desired, include Sirloin Steak served on soft French bread, Tuna Steak, and Grilled Chicken, served on a dark honey wheat bun. The 14-item list of appetizers caught my attention, and I ordered my favorite: Southwest Quesadillas. As most items on the menu do, the quesadillas reect Hawk’s special take on the food served there. No ordinary quesa, this one contained a rich blend of pepper jack cheese, black beans, fresh tomatoes, and corn in a cilantro sauce, served with salsa and sour cream. Yum! Other taste- tempting appetizers include Baked Brie, Asian Fried Calamari, Artichoke Dip, and Bruschetta. Soups include three to four choices (changing daily), as well as chili made from Al’s special recipe. Your choice of a small garden, Greek, or Caesar salad and a cup of soup served with French bread is only $6.95. Grandpa’s NYC Chili is served with sour cream and cheddar cheese, and comes in a cup, bowl, or bread bowl. If you still have room, or if dessert was your mission, you’ll be tempted by a slice of cheesecake, or Al’s famous brownies and cookies.The full bar menu offers more than 50 beers, 15 wines, and a wide variety of specialty drinks and bomb bottles.Hawk says he has no ego when it comes to food. “I don’t try to be the ‘best of’ anything. I just hope customers feel they got good food for the price.” As the menu promises, Hawk’s is “warm in the winter and cool all the time.” That never changes!For more information on Hawk’s Bar and Grill, visit hawksbar.com. Jackie Bradley is a freelance writer.