By D B. at 2016-12-02
Gooey-est cheese curds ever, beer in a mason jar, and the bahn mi brat!!! Ended up having to get a second helping of everything for everyone at our table.
I can NEVER find parking each time I've tried revisiting --- only complaint.
By Michael T. at 2016-12-21
This is the definition of comfort food. I really liked the layout of the place. They have a bunch of board games for you to try as you wait for your food. Luckily, or unluckily, our food came out just as we were breaking into a quick card game.
Onto the food. We ordered the cheddar jalapeño brat which was kind of disappointing. I was expecting something a little bigger and tastier but the brat just didn't do it for me. It tasted a little plain and you could barely taste the cheddar. We also ordered their green and gold fries (I think?) which were amazing! They were loaded with cheese, onions, and the works. So unbelievably tasty. Finally, I can't rave enough about the cheese curds. They were so delicious and the cheese they used was not like any other cheese curd I've had. You must eat them as soon as they come out since the cheese is so gooey and delicious. Seriously, you need to come here just to try those.
By Kristina O. at 2016-11-10
From Chicago, delighted at our stop here one afternoon! Came for: outside TV's to watch football and a dog-friendly beer garden.
Won over by:
Enchantingly nice staff! We braved several storm fronts to be able to watch football with the dog, and we had an amazing chic continue to bring out her umbrella and these guys kept smiling and helping us wipe the rain off our table and chairs! All 5 different OSS staff members who spoke to us were all mad rad, good people)!
The food was also different and delcious, beers, cider, and bloody mary's all great!
By Kathryn A. at 2016-09-16
Not usually a fan of brats but the sausages here are pretty unique and delicious. I tried the doner kebab, which was lamb and chicken with delicious toppings.
The cheese curds cost $5 for a small amount. It's definitely worth it. I also really don't like cheese curds but I will only eat cheese curds at OSS because they are the bomb!!
Ambiance is super cool. The tables have keys and small trinkets in them and the restaurant staff is very nice. I would definitely come back.
By Beth W. at 2016-08-02
RUN, don't walk to OSS. Do not pass Go, go directly to OSS. This place is outstanding on all fronts-food, service, ambiance. It was one of those rare places I wish I could just hang out in all day. I had the opportunity to sample their fine foods earlier this year at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest and I have no idea what on earth took me so long to finally come by.
The people working were super friendly and the owner himself delivered our food. He also came by later to find out what we thought as well as explain a table game to us. Super awesome guy. I love when people seem genuinely excited you are enjoying their food.
Small but decent beer selection served up in mason jars-including the flight-served in teeny tiny mason jars. The music playing during our visit was a mix of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and the like. Just great. It was way too hot/humid that day to sit outside but they do have an excellent patio out back. Stacks and stacks of board games near the windows. We have a ton of fun playing a table top version of air hockey but with a little chess piece type deal that worked via magnets.
The food is very obviously high quality and very fresh. I'm still dreaming of the Sriracha aioli dipping sauce that came with our cheese curds. And the roasted jalapeños on my cheddar jalapeño dog were just perfect. I can't wait to come back and work my way through the entire menu. Oh yes, OSS!
By Shambavi K. at 2016-08-08
The service and staff are passionate about their sausages and cheese curds. We liked the Bahn Mi and the Cheddar Jalapeño over the Doner Kabab. They were all good in their own unique flavors. stringiest cheese curds ever! eat them while it's hot. The sweet mustard was surprisingly addictive that I had to ask where they got it.
This certainly reminded a bit of the old Hot Doug's place in Chicago....except the OSS space is nicely decorated and the bathrooms were so clean.
By Christine L. at 2016-10-20
I love the casual atmosphere at OSS Madison. It seems like the kind of place I would've spent a lot of time in during grad school with friends playing bridge while sampling their great selection of beers. Plus, their sausages are delicious and creative.
On a Wednesday night, the place was pretty empty, which gave us more room to spread out the board game. They have a good selection of board games while you wait for your food (i.e. Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne, etc) plus a few decks of cards for those of us who enjoy a good game of Sheepshead or Spades.
I ordered their Bahn Mi sausage which reminded me of a bahn mi in that initial bite with all the veggies, but once I got to the sausage, it was a bit weird for me. Not necessarily in a bad way, but I've eaten so many bahn mi sandwiches in my life that the sausage was unexpected and unusual. While the sausage was delicious, the bun was disappointing. It fell apart halfway through my sausage and I was left holding a sausage, veggie, mayo mess. We also ordered fries to share and I was somewhat disappointed that the fries were overdone. They were past crisp and instead were dry and had hard edges. I should've stuck with curds.
Despite the couple of stumbles in the food, 4 stars for the atmosphere, the friendly staff who checked in with us despite the open seating, and the one staff member whose shirt suggested that OSS stands for "Ohio State Sucks".
By Sarah D. at 2016-10-01
Fun place and great dogs. Had the doner and was wonderfully gyro garlicky. Couldn't resist the fried cheese curds too but they were puffier than I imagined as cheese melted and oozed away.
Took my Dad and he loved the beer.
By Kat W. at 2016-12-11
3.5 stars but closer to 4. Came here on a weekend afternoon off hours. The menu is not that extensive but they specialize in what they do. There was an interesting Bratz selection and we tried the cheddar jalepeno Bratz, cheese curds, and loaded fries. The cheese curds are delicious and truly one of the best I've tasted. They use cheddar and have some sort of beer batter on them which makes them gooey, unique, and light. The portion isn't very big but that's alright. The Bratz itself was the most disappointing part. It wasn't bad but was not worth the $7. It was a regular cold bun and the Bratz was just a Bratz to be honest. However, they had interesting concepts. The loaded fries portion was pretty large with interesting flavors. It wasn't the best thing I've had but my SO thought they were really good. Not a bad place to go and they had plenty of board games you can play if desired! Don't come here if you're watching your weight!
By Danielle B. at 2016-09-09
Love their creative and fresh menu. I might have to say that this is one of my favorite local restaurants for an authentic Madison/Wisconsin experience. Gourmet Brats, for the win!
Bonus points for their super friendly staff, their beautiful (and dog friendly!) back patio, and the great beer selection.
By Josh S. at 2015-12-21
FINALLY got to try OSS, after they have been on my list for over a year. They had samples of their sausages at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese fest last year, and the Banh Mi sausage was great.
So when I came into their place on Regent, I decided to try something different. I decided on the Doner Kebab, as I was there for lunch on a work day so didn't want anything too spicy.
I also noticed they had a special on buffalo cheese curds. I have read many times how good the curds were, but add in a buffalo sauce sprinkled with blue cheese? How could anyone say no to that???
The curds were 5 star. Crispy but light breading, high quality cheese, great dipping sauce. It probably took me only 3 minutes to devour all of them, in what I am sure is a portion size made for 2. What can I say, I am an overachiever.
The sausage was a little disappointing. The chili mayo and cucumber sauce were fantastic, but there was a little too much slaw on there, which made it hard to get to the actual sausage. The onions were also really overpowering. Once some of it was removed, it was a lot better experience for me.
The service was great, one of the guys at the counter asked me how I had heard of the place and walked me through the entire menu. He was very attentive and really wanted to know how my experience was.
This place was really close to getting 5 stars (and probably would have had I just gone for the Banh Mi again!). I will definitely be back, Regent Street has found another gem!
By Vilay W. at 2016-10-29
OSS had the best cold watermelon soup everrrrr! I tried it a few months ago and it was first time I've even heard of cold soups or watermelon soups but it was sooooo good!!! The Bahn Mi sandwich wasn't one of my favourites but I really like their fries!!! The Doner Kebab is pretty good and Veal Brat was pretty good too! The decor in this place is really unique and pretty cool. I really liked how laid back it was. I gave it 4 stars because the Bahn Mi sandwich was... not what I expected but don't let that stop you from trying it!! You might like it but it wasn't for me. The staff is friendly and extremely helpful! The service is fast! Their house made sauces were good too!! They make some of their dipping sauce in house but I wish they would give you more sauce if they are going to charge you for it. If you're craving fries and brats, come here!! They even deliver!
By Dalton A. at 2016-08-10
I love OSS!
Not many places set up in a casual fast food style that serve brats. Where else better than in the heart of Wisconsin? Their brats and sausages are delish. Never been disappointed here.
Love the interior decor, its pretty rad. They recently remodeled to add a larger bar.
The deep fried cheese curds are top-notch, as well as the fries are amazing. I can't say enough about how great this place is, I'll keep coming back!
By Ashley J. at 2015-11-20
I had lunch for the first time at OSS today. The counter man was friendly and very excited. We ordered cheese curds and a bahn mi sausage. The bahn mi sausage was excellent with fresh cilantro, jalapeños and pickled veggies. I am not typically a sausage fan but I would definitely eat that again.
The cheese curds we did not finish. The cheese curds were battered in a greasy tempura like coating. They got tossed after a few bites.
By Nick D. at 2016-10-10
The Fundido was really good - a spicy chorizo link with tortilla chips for crunch and cheese and peppers spilling out the end. Also really enjoyed the cheese curds. Maybe this is an amateur (read: non-Wisconsinian) move, but I ate the curds too soon and almost choked on the still hot, too-gooey cheese that wouldn't break off when I bit it.
The real strength of OSS is the depth of options. The menu is loaded. I was just in Madison for the weekend, so I only had a chance to go once, but I could see this place being a five-star if you lived in Madison and had a chance to go through the full menu. There were at least four or five different sausages on the menu I'd have been happy with, and that's not counting building my own.
By Jess N. at 2016-09-20
This is a great place to stop in for a sandwich and some curds! Great food and pretty quick service. One drawback is the parking situation. This is a problem downtown and I won't give them less stars because of this. Gluten free? No problem here!
By David A. at 2015-07-23
This place is seriously off the hook! They have classic as well as inventive, delicious sausages and not just something, but many things, for everyone! Even for people (like me) who shy away from white flour and pig parts, OSS has got you covered!
I ordered the bison & blue sausage, which is basically everything good inside of a bun: buffalo, blue cheese, walnuts, pears, tarragon, and almonds. At $10 (I went for a gluten-free bun; otherwise $9) it's a very affordable most-expensive-thing-on-the-menu. Our party also got the phuket (Thai-inspired) and doner party (tasted like a gyro) sausages, both of which received thumbs up. Mad props to the cheese curds with the sriracha mayo, too!
As good as their sausages are, their beer is even better. Good selection of mostly local darks & lights in cute jars of varying sizes (the 24 oz tall jar is pretty awesome!) We got the O'So Sweet Lady Milk Stout on Nitro, which was deliciously sharp and creamy, and we went for the 24 oz of the Saint Francis Beam Me Up, Scotchy!, which was basically a very strong cross between cold brew coffee and scotch ale.
The decor is sly and clever. It's steampunk inspired, without being in your face. So if you are into that, you will appreciate it. It you aren't, it won't be obnoxious. The employees were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely return!
By Sam K. at 2016-11-06
Not only is the food great consistently, but the customer service is impeccable. They rescued my card from the floor the other day and gave me a glass of water before I headed on my way again, saying they would always take care of me. And I believe it.
By Stephanie S. at 2015-08-17
Our Sunday Savior is what I'll call OSS.
After a long drive, we were happy to arrive here yesterday. Among the items our group got: bahn mi dog, deep friend bacon dog, fundido dog, poutine, cheese curds and two sloppy dogs.
Everything was amazing, but I thought the sloppy dog was a little lackluster. They're going with a wow factor on this one (see photo), but the flavor just isn't that spectacular.
The cheese curds and poutine really hit the spot--fresh and flavorful without being a grease-bomb. The curds have that great funnel cake-like batter that takes you back to the best fair food of your childhood. The staff was super friendly and attentive, and they'll take care of you.
By William X. at 2016-08-26
Incredibly friendly guys that are happy to wax poetic about their menu. Locally sourced or produced meat tubes with garnishes made in house. They weren't exaggerating when they said best cheese curds in town, crispy with just the right amount of breading. We got the Banh Mi and the Doner Kebab. Both very tasty and an awesome new take on some favorites. I'd have gone a touch heavier on tzatziki with the Doner. They have tons of board games and a nice outdoor area too.