Meet Jacknife, a re-invented fast-casual sushi spot in Madison, WI


A restaurant working to blur the lines between fast, fresh, and feel-good food. | Photo by 608today team

Let the good times roll, Madison. Jacknife, which officially opened yesterday, is a new sushi restaurant on East Washington, one block from Breese Stevens Field.

From the owners of RED comes a re-invention of the fast-casual model — bringing 10+ years of fine-dining experience to the fast-lane. (Think: RED quality sushi, dumplings + bowls, but no wait.)

Two ways to roll:

With a license to live in the fast lane, dining in-person at Jacknife takes no time at all. The 608today team was able to order, eat + casually pursue the retail section in under 40 minutes. Still not enough time? Let’s talk about grab-and-go.

No judgment in needing some quiet time while you enjoy lunch. | Photo by 608today team

Here’s how it worksorder online or use the “antisocial ordering” kiosks in the entryway. City Editor Ryan had the baja bowl + steamed shrimp dumplings while City Editor Audrey munched on the xoxo roll plus a side of edamame. If it wasn’t a working lunch, we probably would’ve checked out the Bees Knees canned cocktail and maybe even some peach jelly sake too.

Once your order is ready, grab your grub from the food lockers using the last four digits of your phone number and get rolling.

Pro tip: Check out the extensive retail section located on the right side of the restaurant. From Hello Kitty marshmallows to matcha green tea Pocky, we advise saving some room for an after-meal snack or two.

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