An eclectic array of cozy, hole-in-the-wall diners and sleek, high-end restaurants make Madison a hub for authentic Wisconsin brunches. Enjoy fresh eggs, waffles with cream and coffee made with rich whole milk, all in the heart of America’s Dairyland. We explore the top ten brunch spots in the state’s capital city.
Spend a Saturday morning taking a few laps around the Dane County Farmers Market collecting fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and baked goods around the Capitol Square. Then head to Food Fight’s DLUX for its ‘Weekend Recovery’ menu. The restaurant, with contemporary, psychedelic decor, has perfected the art of the boozy brunch. Enjoy treats such as the brunch-a-rita (made with agave tequila, fresh lime, raw sugar syrup and orange marmalade), the build-your-own Bloody Mary, or the espresso milkshake cocktail. If you’re looking to make a morning of it, order bottomless mimosas for $10. Complement your drinks with DLUX’s delicate donut balls, served with a strawberry cream cheese glaze, or one of their delicious savory breakfast sandwiches.
DLUX, 117 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Madison, WI, USA, +1 608 467 3130
For a lighter brunch fare head to Marigold Kitchen. The unpretentious, vegetarian-friendly line-up includes favorites such as tofu scramble, (made with champagne vinaigrette), barley sauté, chilaquiles and chili poached eggs. Meat-lovers will delight in options like the duck confit hash and the roasted salmon frittata. Try to get a seat on the patio during the warmer months to soak up the sunshine, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cold screwdriver.
Marigold Kitchen, 118 S Pinckney Street, Madison, WI, USA, +1 608 661 5559
Get away from the crowds of State Street and Capitol Square and head to Williamson Street, affectionately known as Willy Street by locals, on the city’s east side. Among the quirky thrift stores, artsy housewares shops and funky bars you’ll find the Weary Traveler Freehouse. Chic chandeliers adorn the ceiling and antique books line virtually every side of the wall, creating a vibe that’s homey and rustic. Cozy up at one of the tables, each of them topped with a Mason jar filled with a tea candle, and order the frittata du jour, le toaste (the Weary Traveler’s version of French toast), Andes egg-wich or steak and eggs. For the especially weary traveller, there’s also a great line-up of cocktails, such as the boozy Celtic coffee and the bloody traveler secret recipe Bloody Mary.
Weary Traveler Freehouse, 1201 Williamson Street, Madison, WI, USA, +1 608 442 6207
By Haley Henschel