Top Choice American in Madison

The Old Fashioned

With its dark, woodsy decor, the Old Fashioned evokes a supper club, a type of retro eatery common in Wisconsin. The menu is all local specialties, including walleye, cheese soup and sausages. It's hard to choose am…
Asian in Madison

Himal Chuli

Cheerful and cozy Himal Chuli serves up homemade Nepali fare, including lots of vegetarian dishes.
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Weary Traveler Free House

It’s global comfort food at this dark-wood pub, including Hungarian goulash and vegan chili.
American in Madison


Set in a glassy building with floor-to-ceiling windows and Capitol views, this green, cool-cat gastropub dishes up comfort foods such as fried chicken and waffles, mussels and frites, and burgers. Lunch piles up fat…
Pizza in Madison

Ian's Pizza

Crazy slices topped by macaroni and cheese (most popular), guacamole taco, barbecue chicken and about 20 other items are in high demand, especially late at night.
Modern American in Madison


L'Etoile started doing the farm-to-table thing more than three decades ago. It's still the best in the biz, offering creative meat, fish and vegetable dishes, all sourced locally and served in a casually elegant roo…
Breakfast in Madison

Short Stack Eats

It's all breakfast all day and all night at Short Stack. Order at the counter, then hopefully find a free table amid the cutesy, mismatched decor. Staff use old license plates as table markers to bring your locally …
International in Madison

Food Trucks

Madison's fleet impresses. The more traditional ones, serving barbecue, burritos, southwestern-style fare and Chinese food, ring the Capitol. Trucks ladling out more adventurous dishes – East African, Jamaican, Indo…