South Central Wisconsin restaurants

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…
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…
International in Madison

Weary Traveler Free House

Old-style speakeasy meets UK pub at the Weary Traveler. The low lighting, dark wood decor, art-filled walls and myriad board games complement the menu of global comfort foods. Top marks go to the Reuben sandwich, ve…
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. Trucks ladling out adventurous dishes – East African, Jamaican, Indonesian, vegan – huddle at the Library Mall (aka at foot of State St on campus). The more traditional ones, serving barbe…
Gastropub in Madison


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

Spring Green General Store

Chomp sandwiches or inventive specials like sweet-potato stew. You can eat 'em at the sturdy wood tables in the bright-painted interior, or outside on the porch. Live music and acoustic jam sessions erupt occasional…
Nepali in Madison

Himal Chuli

Cheerful and cozy Himal Chuli serves up homemade Nepali fare, including momos (dumplings), quati (winter bean soup) and lots of vegetarian dishes. Beer and wine are available. Cash only.
Pub Food in Green County


Bite into a fresh limburger-and-raw-onion sandwich at this old Swiss tavern on the town square. Good local beers accompany the food. Be sure and ask about the dollars on the ceiling!