What You'll Get
A grocery store is like a carnival midway—it offers shelves and shelves of goodies that only become available after lobbing baseballs at stacks of bottles. Today's Groupon brings the fresh food without the carnie cons: for $12, you get $25 worth of gourmet cheese, meats, and delicacies at Steve's. Although Steve's has three locations throughout Madison, your Groupon is valid for the store on University Avenue, located near the Hilldale Shopping Center, and can only be used toward nonalcoholic items.
Consistently voted Best of Madison in Madison Magazine and Madison's Favorite in Isthmus magazine, Steve's offers artisanal cheese, gourmet chocolates, and specialty meats. The University Ave. location is home to The Cheese Course, a specialty store-within-a-store offering local and obscure artisan cheeses lovingly hand-cut to order. Snag creamy Délice de Bourgogne triple cream ($16.49/lb.) and sharp Bob's 10-year cheddar ($18.49/lb.) along with Potter's organic artisan crackers ($4.50). Savory and sweet sauces and spreads include the quince and apple preserves ($5.49) and Kelly's Kitchen stuffed Peppadews ($4.99), while paper-thin prosciutto di Parma ($19.99/lb.) and frozen duck breasts ($16.49/lb.) are perfect for dinner, appetizers, or sharing with your second mouth. Steve's also offers velvety gourmet chocolates from local chocolatiers Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and David Bacco Chocolats. The friendly staff will liberate your inner gourmand with helpful suggestions, and can also recommend wine and beer pairings.
BeerAdvocates gives Steve's an A- overall rating. Here's what reviewers have said:
- I was like Chunk from the Goonies in an ice cream shop when I walked in the door. – brewdoc75
- They frequently have samples out from their cheese shop that are always worth a try, and I often get my dry chorizo and cornichons here. – BoitSansSoif
- a very decent selection of artisinal cheeses which sets them apart. – NeroFiddled
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Valid toward non-alcoholic items only. Valid at listed location only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.