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.|
|Beach House, McFarland|
4506 Larson's Beach Rd.
|Charming bar and small side dining room, right on Lake Waubesa. The walleye and eggs combo for breakfasts is a house special, so are the mason-jar Bloody Marys. Nightly specials, including Friday fish fry. Seasonal outdoor dining.|
|C's Restaurant, Bakery and Coffee Shop|
2550 Allen Blvd.
|C's has a large fan base for its breakfasts, but it also serves home-style sandwiches, soups and pastries. Bakery featuring pies, muffins, doughnuts, all homemade.|
915 Atlas Ave.
|Old-fashioned home cookin' with fabulous eggs Benedict, made-to-order omlets, American fries and hash browns. A breakfast star.|
2147 East Springs Dr.
|Billed as "Tennessee country home cookin," there's down-home entrees like chicken 'n' dumplings and sides like turnip greens, mac 'n' cheese and fried okra. |
Late night weekend cart, Saturday Farmers' Market
|You want cheese curds? Curd Girl fries them in beer batter, light and not too greasy, and serves them with homemade dipping sauces. Late night near State, Saturday Farmers' Market, and Let's Eat Out Madison gigs.|
653 S. Park St.
|No frills is an understatement, but if you're looking for an American diner, stop in. Pancakes and American fries for breakfast; sandwiches.|
|Dairyland Family Restaurant|
716 Cottage Grove Rd.
|Huge family-restaurant menu, with big breakfast selections, sandwiches, cold plates, soups, salads and daily dinner specials. Fish fry.|
|DeBroux's Diner, Oregon|
101 S. Main St.
|Modern diner fare, starting with breakfast. Sandwiches and malts, burgers and fries, plus specials like Wednesday meatloaf, Friday fish fry, and Sunday fried chicken.|
|Elie's Family Restaurant|
4102 Monona Dr.
|American lunch and dinner standards.|
2902 E. Washington Ave.
|Encyclopedic menu featuring every possible permutation of sandwiches -- even tongue! -- in huge platter dinners. Plus a dizzying array of ice cream sundaes, floats, and malts amid an equally dizzying scene of mechanical clowns, flying elephants and whatnot.|
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.|
|Fair Oaks Diner|
44 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
|Pancakes and American fries for breakfast; hearty sandwiches at this tiny neighborhood spot.|
|Fit 2 Eat|
3742 Speedway Rd.
|Healthy homemade eats, with an eye toward those on low-fat and reduced sodium diets. New menus every week. Sandwiches, salads, entrees, and sweets. Fresh challah every Friday. |
|Hubbard Avenue Diner|
7445 Hubbard Ave.
|Mid-century-modern diner specializes in house-made pies. American diner fare includes breakfasts, sandwiches and burgers, big bowls, classic meatloaf and mashed potatoes; Sunday pot roast special; and many vegetarian entrees. Gluten-sensitive menu available.|
600 West Verona Ave.
|Takeout only with meats and produce fresh from the Jordandal farm and other local purveyors. Try the banh mi or the brisket sandwich, among others, for lunch; dinner menu changes frequently, but some hits have been chicken tostadas, and cornmeal-crusted, pan-fried beef liver with onions.|
|Market Street Diner, Sun Prairie|
110 Market St.
Sun Prairie, WI
|Diner favorites and contemporary dishes: breakfast all day; whole wheat wraps, burgers, sandwiches and a good selection for vegetarians; dinners such as turkey, meat loaf and pot roast. Gluten-free menu also available. Pies are a specialty; on-site bakery features Carl's Cakes. Catering. |
|Mickies Dairy Bar|
1511 Monroe St.
|A Madison must, a classic you usually only find in small towns. Pancakes, homemade coffeecakes and pies, cheeseburgers and real malts.|
|Monty's Blue Plate Diner|
2089 Atwood Ave.
|Monty's does the nouveau diner proud. It's a popular neighborhood gathering spot, packing 'em in from breakfasts to the Friday fish fry. It serves breakfast all day -- like a diner should. More unusually, it has great and plentiful vegetarian and some vegan options. It's also the place to go for pie.|
226 State St.
|Longtime downtown favorite featuring sandwich standards, real diner goodies like meatloaf and liver and onions, and Greek specials such as spinach pie and gyros. |
|Northside Family Restaurant|
1201 N. Sherman Ave.
|If you're a club sandwich fan, this classic version can't be beat. Full breakfast menu, burgers, daily specials, Friday fish fry. Senior menu.|
6220 Nesbitt Rd.
|Pancakes and waffles, yes, but also crepes, eggs, sandwiches, salads and other oven specials.|
|Paoli Local Foods Grocery and Cafe|
6895 Paoli Rd.
|Farmer-owned, organic and grass fed beef, poultry, eggs and produce from Ruegsegger Farms. Eggs and quiches, soups and salads, weekend brunch and dinner specials. Brunch features stratas and Benedicts; dinner, beef and fish.|
|Pat O'Malley's Jet Room|
3606 Corben Ct.
|Restaurant in the Wisconsin Aviation terminal at the Dane County Regional Airport. A favorite stop for great hearty breakfasts. Benedicts are the specialty, with a wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli and bacon, crabcake, and southern version as well as veggie and classic. Also burgers, sandwiches, and heart-healthy options.|
|Pine Cone Restaurant, The|
6162 Hwy. 51 (at I 39/90/94)
|Diner-style near the Interstate, with big breakfasts; bakery items including eclairs, cream puffs, and cinnamon rolls; sandwiches and salads; and dinners from steak and fish to liver and onions and spaghetti. Senior menu.|
|Pots-n-Tots food cart|
1025 W. Johnson
|Slow-roasted meat sandwiches (pot roast with gravy, shredded chicken, pulled pork) with hot tater tots topped with a variety of spice mixes including "volcanic," Cajun and cinnamon.|
|Sofra Family Bistro|
7457 Elmwood Ave.
|The former Bavaria Cafe gets a Mediterranean makeover, with the same breakfasts and lunches, but with a new dinner menu featuring Albanian cuisine.|
|Three Sisters Old Town Inn|
2227 Parmenter St.
|Home of excellent breakfasts, pancakes, and steak and eggs. Lunch is served weekdays from 11 am-2 pm. Breakfast only on the weekend.|
1351 Williamson St.
|American breakfasts a specialty.|