Wisconsin is known as the Dairy State but as one of the most diverse agricultural states in the country there is much more on the dinner table than just cheese. For places to eat on campus check out our Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide.
The Old Fashioned – The quintessential Wisconsin restaurant, it is inspired by the traditions of Wisconsin taverns and supper clubs, The Old Fashioned exists to pay tribute to the foods and spirits that make our state famous.
Salvatore’s Tomato Pies – Arguably the best pizza in town made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and has a constantly revolving menu.
Lao Laan-Xang – Madison’s first authentic Laotian restaurant, the menu provides a sampling of authentic Lao flavors ranging from subtle to adventurous.
Food Carts – Madison has an array of tasty food carts located in Library Mall, around the Square and scattered throughout the campus area.
The Weary Traveler Free House – A beer-focused bar, elevated pub food & brunch plus board games in a vintage, hodgepodge setting.
Ian’s Pizza – Pizzeria also offers pizza by the slice late into the night with some interesting toppings.
Monty’s Blue Plate Diner – 1950s-style diner serving comfort food plus vegetarian & vegan options in a renovated gas station.
Robinia Courtyard – Three amazing restaurants sharing one hip spot, what could be better? A-OK Sunshine & Spirits: A Micro-Diner serving Kin-Kin Coffee drinks, phosphate sodas, milkshakes, brunch, burgers and booze. Barolo: Wine bar offering smartly designed plates for pairing with their excellent and approachable selection of win. Julep: A southern restaurant with a that menu draws on South Carolina’s Lowcountry cuisine with deep roots in Charleston.
Taqueria Guadalajara – Looking for authentic Mexican food? You wont be disappointed.
State Street Brats – Wisconsin Badger sports bar featuring red bratwurst, burgers & beer plus a front patio.
Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry – Longtime local institution offering specialty burgers, cheese curds & tap beers in quirky digs.
Umami Ramen &
Greenbush Bar – Simple parlor in the basement of the historic Italian Workman’s Club for Sicilian-style pizza & pasta, plus wine & spirits.
Mickies Dairy Bar – A local institution, the menu is simple American breakfast food; you get your eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, etc.
The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company – Has 4 locations around town with a wide variety of award winning ales and lagers and hearty pub fare served quickly at a friendly price.
Daisy Café and Cupcakery – Quaint cafe & bakery serving comfort food & creative cupcake flavors in a family-friendly setting.
Madison’s Favorite restaurants 2014-15 – Annual list of Madison’s top 3 restaurants for every culinary category imaginable.
Wisconsin Culinary Traditions:
Friday Fish Fry – A classic Wisconsin tradition deeply rooted in our state’s heritage.
Cheese Curds – There’s nothing like a squeaky-fresh Wisconsin cheese curd – yet another unique Wisconsin delicacy. Try them fresh or fried.
Beer Brats – A Wisconsin summer is not complete without grilled bratwurst soaked in beer and onions.
Butter Burgers – Another popular Wisconsin food tradition that goes way back.
Blue Moon Ice Cream – An ice cream that is Smurf-blue, marshmallow-sweet, and tasting remarkably like Froot Loops and Fruity Pebbles.
Brandy Old Fashioned – Wisconsin’s state cocktail.
Pasties – After lead was first discovered in Mineral Point, Wisconsin in the 1830s, miners from Cornwall England migrated to the area and brought this tradition food down into the mines with them.
Frozen Custard – Frozen custard is a lot like ice cream, except it is made with egg yolks in addition to the cream and sugar.