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.|
2002 Pankratz St.
|Taproom with spacious outdoor patio areas. A judicious selection of housemade sandwiches and salads, with 10-inch specialty pizzas. The Madtown Hummus plate and a Hopalicious make an excellent nosh.|
|Argus Bar Grille|
123 E. Main St.
|Restored bar and grill in historic downtown commercial building. More than just bar food. Big menu of 61 hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, as well as burgers; plus seven salads, soup of the day and appetizers. A larger-than-usual raft of vegetarian options among both the sandwiches and salads.|
600 Williamson St.
|Madison's only Indonesian restaurant serves up excellent sate-ayam (chicken), sambalgoreng udang (shrimp) and the superb nasi goreng super, a kind of glorified fried rice. They also hold rijsttafel (Dutch for "rice table"), an elaborate meal of Indonesian dishes developed during the Dutch colonial era. |
2701 Monroe St.
|Inventive sandwiches and burgers are joined by plentiful noodle bowls, enchiladas, and some of the best salads in town. We'd opt for the sweet potato quesadilla or the ooey gooey pasta.|
2425 Atwood Ave.
|Italian and Mediterranean, with grilled kabobs, grilled seafood, spaghetti scolio (with mussels and other sea fare), and a interesting okra stew. Pizza and sandwiches, too. Vegan and gluten-free entrees and desserts in an eclectic atmosphere.|
|CamRock Cafe & Sport, Cambridge|
217 West Main St.
|Reopened under new ownership, with tacos (including breakfast and veggie) and grilled sandwiches, with some salads, soups and appetizers. Friday nights the cafe holds events like wine or beer tastings; Saturday it hosts live music.|
453 W. Gilman St.
|Reefer puns and six vegetarian subs, 10 meat "deli classics," five "old school" flavors, five grilled chicken subs and five salads. The Pakalolo sub with ham, pineapple and green bell peppers is good, as is the Kind, with turkey, mushrooms, bacon and Swiss; the Jamaican Red, a spicy chicken breast sandwich; and the Silver Haze - it's filled with hummus.|
|Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery|
2827 Atwood Ave.
|Cupcakes are a highlight, of course, but this casual east side spot is a favorite for breakfasts and lunches daily. Stratas and omelets are great in the morning; at lunch and dinner, try the six different varieties of meat (and meatless) loaves, burgers and sandwiches. Homey dinners also include a fish fry nightly, pastas and Mexican-influenced dishes. Vegetarian and gluten-free offerings available.
2110 Atwood Ave.
|Pretty dining room with Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Excellent samosa, pakuda, dal and dosa, with entrees like sea bass and lamb tagine. Excellent brunch, too.|
|Green Owl Cafe|
1970 Winnebago St.
|Madison's only dedicated vegetarian restaurant is also friendly to vegans and those on gluten-free and raw-food diets. A new menu features a number of tasty sandwiches, from a roasted veggie version that stands among the best in town, to a craveworthy blackened Cajun tofu. Entrees include a comforting groundnut stew and a vegan schnitzel.|
|Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, Restaurant and Pizzeria, Mount Horeb|
105 S. 2nd St.
Mount Horeb, WI
608-437-2739 (pub), 608-437-2741 (pizzeria)
|Creative and award-winning house-brewed beers. The restaurant serves a large number of sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers as well as dinner entrees. Upstairs in the pizzeria, the pies are the centerpiece, with dough made from the same grain used in the beers. Bars on both levels.|
318 State St.
|While the momochas, a dumpling with a coriander/tomato dipping sauce, have achieved local cult status, the menu presents excellent Nepalese food across the board. The two daily takari (vegetable stew) specials are always good, but try more adventuresome dishes too, like the kadi (onion dumplings) or the spicy tuk-pa.|
|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.|
547 State St.
540 State St.
|Terrific plates on the lunch menu, and good deals. Entrees are mostly chicken- or lamb-based, and are offered as curries, or over couscous or chalow (white rice seasoned with cardamom). Thereâ€™s also a nice selection of vegetarian dishes: fasuliya (green beans cooked with onions and ans split peas), bamya (okra with garlic in tandoori masala) and lubya (red beans with tomatoes, cumin, and coriander). Up a flight of stairs; handicap accessibility is still in process.|
1 S. Pinckney St.
|Tasting menu, three- or seven-course, locally sourced foods from James Beard Award-winning chef Tory Miller. Fine wine and cocktail program. Reservations suggested.|
|Ladonia Cafe food cart|
Cap Square usually E. Mifflin Street, Farmers' market Saturdays on the Square
|Healthy comfort food that just happens to be all vegan. The Cafe serves an excellent tofu pot pie, tamales, chocolate chip waffle plate, BLT sandwich with housemade seitan, occasional specials, and killer housemade ginger limeade. |
|Lao Laan-Xang-Williamson St.|
1146 Williamson St.
|Specializing in Laotian cuisine and vegetarian dishes. If you like your food spicy hot, opt for the house specials like the moak pa or gai, catfish or chicken with ground pork and hot peppers steamed in a banana leaf, with sticky rice. Catering available. |
611 N. Sherman Ave.
|From-scratch baked goods including breads, lush desserts and pastries. Inventive sandwiches, quiches, soups and salads. New dinner menu includes ribs, brisket, chicken-zucchini "sliders," and a southern-style "Bayou" biscuit, and more.|
|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. |
625 State St.
|One of the tastiest bargains on State Street. Lovingly homemade Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties and daily specials. Even a simple hummus-and-pita wrap, falafel sandwich or cup of avgolemono soup will put a smile on your face.|
1524 Williamson St.
|The venerable tavern serves an upgrade on bar food, from burgers to macaroni and cheese. The Sexy Fries, fried potato chips with a truffle oil dressing and grated Parmesan, are a new classic. Also, pizza, sandwiches, salads. Vegetarian options and some items can be made vegan.|
2045 Atwood Ave.
|Spicy Thai entrees from chef's specials to the expected curries. Lots of special tofu dishes. Some examples of Southern Thai dishes.|
|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.|
|Mother Fool's Coffeehouse|
1101 Williamson St.
|All-vegan yummies including bagels, cookies and cupcakes. Nice hot soups, too.|
610 Junction Rd.
|Salads, wraps, and panini form the heart of the menu. 21 special salads plus make-your-own options, five panini.|
638 State St.
|Cozy upstairs cafe serving well-made sandwiches, salads, soups and tempting pastries. Full dinner menu of fresh pasta and ethnic dishes from around the world. Also vegetarian dishes.|
|Taste of India|
2623 Monroe St.
|Indian cuisine returns to Monroe Street after a long absence. Lunch buffet and full menu. In addition to the standard breads, there's a keema nan (stuffed with lamb), peshawari nan (stuffed with raisins, nuts and coconut) and sundried tomato and cilantro nan; special tasting dinners for two; lamb achari; lobster tandoori and korma and masala and a large number of vegetarian dishes.|
|Tex Tubb's Taco Palace|
2009 Atwood Ave.
|Tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas and a raft of clever fillings, including fish, fried avocado, fried chicken and more. Extensive craft beer tap list.|