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Madigan's Cafe And Wine Bar Opens To Divine Reviews

Photographer Robyn Rowles' new venture is sure to win hearts, if the stomach is indeed the way to true love.

It was barely 11.30 on Monday morning, the grand opening day for Madigan's Cafe and Wine Bar, and already several tables in this exquisite little bistro were occupied.

Guests of the restaurant were greeted by a host who welcomed them to owner Robyn Rowles' new eatery. Rowles is perhaps best known for her work as a photographer and owner of Artist In You, a studio on Maple Avenue.

What some may not be aware of, is that Rowles is no stranger to fine cuisine and exceptional service — she owned a restaurant for several years when she lived in Scotland — and is a fine cook and baker in her own right.

Rowles said the restuarant opened at 7am, and that breakfast was very enjoyable for guests and staff alike.

"It was a really nice first breakfast service," said Rowles, who added that she was looking forward to lunch service being equally enjoyable.

Barrington resident Joan Landskroener saw information on Patch about Madigan's opening today and decided to stop in for lunch. 

A bite of the steak and pear salad she ordered had Landskroener in raptures over the dish.

"Mmmmmmm, oh this is divine," said Landskroener after her first forkfull. "Just right."

Other diners were also enthused over the fresh vegetables and meatless options.

Eleanor Wallace was dining with her sister, Cynthia Loomis, after running errands in Barrington that morning. Loomis ordered the Meatless BLT and pronounced it "excellent!"

Wallace said she was impressed with her Polenta Veggie Frittata, as well as with the staff. "They're very nice here. Very friendly," she said.

Entrees range in price from $8 for the meatless BLT or vegetarian salad, to $14 for a delectable seafood linguini in a saffron cream sauce.

Madigan's also has a selection of scrumptious desserts, including Rowles' own invention of caramel potato chip cookies - the perfect mix of sweet and salty. 

For those who might wish to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with lunch or dinner, there are around a dozen selections of beer, white wine, or sparkling wine and 20 red wines on offer.

Philip July 26, 2011 at 12:25 AM
I ate there tonight and the place is exactly what barrington has needed for years. Really great food and service. Finally value for money in town. Wine and beer list that puts the other places around here to shame. This bistro deserves our full support! Congrats
cheryl July 26, 2011 at 02:59 AM
I had one of the most amazing meals tonight at Madigan's Cafe - Pasta with Cauliflower!!! It was delicious...Let's not forget about the delectable appetizer, hot crab spread and of course, dessert, homemade coconut cake with chocolate ice cream! This place is a homerun for Barrington...get there soon the word is going to spread fast!
Sadaf Hussain July 27, 2011 at 02:52 PM
For all those who were patrons of Robyn's shop and cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland- she combines her passion for delicious food and her soul to create a wonderful personal experience for all her diners. Good luck in the new venture- Madigan's is an experience not to be missed!. Sadaf
claudia medeiros August 04, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Madigan's..........first of all love the name!!! To Robyn and her staff,best of luck and success!!! We were there yesterday for a very delish lunch........just took a look at your full menu online,will be sure to be back to try more of your selection and will bring other new customers back with us. And i really need to go back and try your chocolate cake,didn't have room for it yesterday as the lunch was very filling!!!! Oh and Robyn it was very nice chatting with you yesterday wish we could have chatted longer but we do understand how busy you were!!! Best of luck,Claudia and Christine
Barrington Resi November 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Service was very slow, the food was ok. I want them to do well, but not sure I will go back.
Morgaine December 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Kinda like Mc'Donald's, when you are starving....first few bites are awesome...and then it sinks in. The ventilation was so poor, through the the haze, I coughed like crazy. Not suggesting in any way, the food was not OK....in a pinch, but there are other eateries for a quick meal on the run.
Don't be fatuous December 16, 2011 at 05:14 AM
@Morgaine... 'Tad snarky, don't you think?.... I especially loved your awkward ?double?/?triple? negative: "...Not suggesting in any way, the food was not OK....in a pinch, ..." I could try to parse that, but I probably get it wrong, most times. I hope that I've demonstrated that I do understand the concept of "snarky". Based on your review, I'll be dining there, soon...
Crystal January 29, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Best breakfast (and food) around... Everything is so fresh and made to order, and the chef bent over backwards to accommodate special requests. LOVE this place so much that we've gone twice for bfast and twice for dinner since our first visit two weeks ago... Plus they deliver! Great!!

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