|1855 Saloon and Grill, Cottage Grove|
218 S. Main St.
Cottage Grove, WI
|A new restaurant in the heart of the original Cottage Grove. Wood-fired pizza oven, fresh salads, sandwiches, pastas, fish and steak. Good brew selection.|
|5100 Bar, McFarland|
5100 Erling Ave.
|Sports bar in the former Park Ponderosa ballroom. Salads and sandwiches, burgers, flatbread pizzas, pastas also with full dinner entrees (brisket, meatloaf, ribs, walleye, salmon). Breakfast centers on scrambles and benedict variations.|
1980 Atwood Ave.
|Pub food including the house apple rum burger. Other worthy fare includes a sockeye BLT and desserts by Honey Bee Bakery and Liz Chapa. Veg-friendly, local sourcing, rotating craft beer selection.|
5801 Monona Dr.
|Comfy, home-style Italian neighborhood retaurant with old faves like spaghetti and meatballs, plus ravioli, great pizza and a popular Friday fish fry.|
1128 E. Washington Ave.
|Supper-club-style nightly specials including Friday fried cod and fish boil, Saturday prime rib and surf-n-turf and Sunday chicken in a classic Wisconsin tavern atmosphere. Burgers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, classic cocktails and ice cream cocktails.|
5614 Schroeder Rd.
|Watch the big game on the big-screen TV while you enjoy hand-pattied burgers at this sports spot. Plus full dinner menu. Friday fish fry is popular.|
117 S. Butler St.
|New Orleans cuisine and atmosphere, with raw bar, over a dozen po' boy variants, including veggie; gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, fresh catch of the day, and Leidenheimer French bread flown in daily from The Crescent City.|
|Beach House, McFarland|
4506 Larson's Beach Rd.
|Supper-club fare, nightly specials, right on Lake Waubesa. Walleye and eggs combo for breakfasts; also a go-to for Friday fish.|
|Bourbon Street Grille, Monona|
6308 Metropolitan Ln.
|Boat slips and outdoor dining cap this Cajun-influenced spot on the Yahara River. Fish baskets, oysters, some blackened entrees and other American standards.|
|Brat und Brau|
2933 N. Sherman Ave.
|House recipe bratwurst; burgers, plus other sandwiches, and dinners (steak and shrimp, ham, pork cutlet, chicken) and cod fish fry. And remember those cottage fries? They're back.|
|Brothers Three Bar and Grill|
614 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
|Hidden gem in a former gas station with big breakfasts, burgers and sandwiches, Friday fish fry, homemade soups and desserts and more.|
|Bunky's Deli Takeout-Westport|
5440 Willow Rd.
|A deli and takeout version of the Atwood Avenue restaurant with daily specials and a Friday fish fry. Limited seating for dining in.|
|Callahan's Sports Pub|
1902 Bartillon Dr.
|Appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, pizza, chicken and fish dinners, and daily food and soup specials including spaghetti and meatballs, meatloaf, and Saturday prime rib. Sunday breakfasts.|
|Capital Tap Haus|
107 State St.
|A "tied house," featuring taps from Capital Brewery of Middleton including regular brews, seasonals and limited runs. Menu focuses on pub sandwiches and burgers, frites, and beer-battered appetizers.|
|Captain Bill's, Middleton|
2701 Century Harbor Rd.
|The deck, with a view of Lake Mendota, is a draw for the fish and seafood-centric menu. Clam chowder, crabcakes, pan-fired walleye, coconut shrimp, plus steaks and a locavore pasta entree.|
319 W. Gorham St.
|Sandwiches, salads, burgers. Friday all-you-can-eat fish fry.|
|Cherokee Country Club|
5000 N. Sherman Ave.
|Friday fish fry. Banquet facilities also available.|
|Chico's Villa Tap|
2302 Packers Ave.
|Wisconsin-style bar with weekday lunch specials until 2 p.m., burgers and fries and other grill fare during open hours, happy hour drink specials and a Saturday meat raffle. Friday fish fry includes cod, walleye, perch and shrimp and is becoming quite a draw.|
2952 Waubesa Ave.
|Hideaway on the quiet west side of Lake Waubesa, with bar standards as well as fish specials. In addition to cod, there's also walleye and bluegill and often additional specials.|
|Come Back In|
508 E. Wilson St.
|Over 20 beers on tap including some German imports and Wisconsin and American microbrews. Sandwiches and burgers, and a few entrees including Kase Spaetzle casserole. Daily specials include wiener schnitzel (Monday) and fish fry (Wednesday, Friday). Late-night menu begins at 10 pm Thurs.-Sat.|
|Craftsman Table and Tap, Middleton|
6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave.
|Gastropub with 18 beers on tap and 50 more in bottles. Menu emphasizes fresh, local sourcing. Highlights include braised brisket poutine, Carr Valley cheese curds, cider-seared Brussels sprouts, and a dozen-some burgers and sandwiches that come with hand-cut fries. Friday fish fry.|
|Culver's-East Towne Blvd.|
4301 East Towne Blvd.
|Crispy butter burgers, plus fish fry salads and sandwiches, and of course, custard.|
301 North St.
|Sandwiches, salad bar, Friday fish fry with cod, walleye and more, in this friendly neighborhood pub. Meat from Knoche's butcher shop. A real beer lover hangout as well, with changing craft and microbrews on 24 taps, Wisconsin and unexpected nationals.|
|Draft House, Verona|
1010 Enterprise Dr.
|Just over the Madison city line in Verona, with burgers, other bar fae, and a Friday fish fry.|
140 S. Winsted St.
Spring Green, WI
|Local purveyors showcased at one of southern Wisconsin's hidden gems. Sandwiches served at lunch; Friday trout dinner is superb, but you need to place reservations by Thursday. Dinner takeout or eat in orders should be phoned in advance as well.|
|East Side Club|
3735 Monona Dr.
|Gaylord's caters this buffet-style fish fry, with choices of 5-6 different fish (head for the redfish with its spicy batter) as well as chicken, soup, veggies, salad bar and two desserts. Also a Sunday brunch, both enhanced by dyno views of Lake Monona and the skyline. No Sunday brunch during summer months.|
|Erin's Snug Irish Pub|
4601 American Parkway
|Irish dinners including corned beef and cabbage, lamb, bangers and mash, fish and chips, pot pie, shepherd's pie and a selection of other full dinners. Modest sandwich and burger menu, but a slew of tap beers and variations on the classic "black and tan."|
1025 N. Sherman Ave.
|Old-school supper club where steak and seafood are the specialties and have been since 1947. Light dinners also available 4-6 pm Mon.-Thurs. Friday fish fry really packs 'em in.|
6207 Monona Dr.
|Ribs and other barbecued fare, salad bar and Friday fish fry.|
4506 Verona Rd.
|Icelandic cod special Tuesday and Friday nights, barbecued ribs Thursday, prime rib featured on Saturday.|