January 4, 2013

On Wisconsin–Pt. 1


If you are planning a trip to Madison, WI in the near future check out all of our foodie stops on our latest trip.  Boy do they know how to eat up there!



1358 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703

This café and sandwich shop located on the famous Willy Street in Madison is high on ambiance and flavor.

Although we didn’t have time to eat breakfast this trip up, we stopped to get some scones for Christmas morning.  Our choices were lemon, orange coconut white chocolate and dried cherry.  They were all equally tasty and were eaten in an instant.


Review:  This is still one of my favorite spots in Madison.  The food is delish, but the scones take the cake.  Coffee is amazing as well.  Cash only.



  • Fair Oaks Diner

44 South Fair Oaks Avenue  Madison, WI 53714

After driving by this adorable diner on our first day in Madison, we decided to make this our breakfast stop the day after Christmas.  The waitress and cook were so friendly and the food was above average and not the typical “greasy” spoon food that you would expect from a typical diner.

The décor and checkered floors transported me back in time!



Review – adorable diner setting with great food. 



1828 Parmenter Street  Middleton, WI 53562

Although I didn’t take any of my own pictures of this Italian restaurant (the one below is from their website), this restaurant/Pizza Bar was recommended by my sister-in-law. 

It is located in Middleton, WI (just outside of Madison) and is across the street from the National Mustard Museum (more on that later). 

Their specialty pizzas were amazing and they also had a great beer selection.  Our choices were:

STEAK PIZZA* - NY strip loin steak, caramelized onions, rosemary, gorgonzola cheese and mushrooms finished with demi glaze sauce.

MUSHROOM, SAUSAGE & PEPPERONI - Mushrooms, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce

  Definitely worth a try and a perfect setting for date night!

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Review:  Great pizza, quaint atmosphere and a friendly owner.  End the night with a small cup of gelato and you’re all set!



4124 Monona Drive, Monona, WI 53716

Crema café is another great choice for a breakfast/brunch/lunch option.  The menu features local fare with fresh inventive ingredients. 

They also pride themselves in making all bakery from scratch and using all natural ingredients.

We ate their twice during our visit and both times were just as delicious!




Review:  The food, coffee and smoothies were simply delicious and the décor/vibe was right up my ally.  Cool, clean, funky and modern.  Love.



833 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

We discovered Elsa’s on our way to Milwaukee for a semi-pro hockey game; and boy was it a diamond in the rough.  After searching on Urbanspoon and Trip Advisor, this was Mike’s suggestion based on reviews and location to our final destination (Bradley Center). 

I was a little bit weary of the place since the pictures looked VERY swanky.  Then I checked out their online menu and found that their prices were VERY affordable!  They specialized in burgers and didn’t disappoint.  The entrees were served with waffle fries (yum) as a choice as well as steamed veggies for some nutrition.





Review:  Fancy atmosphere with delicious burgers, great service and unbelievable prices!  Score!



2002 Pankratz Street, Madison, WI 53704

This Madison brewery recently built and moved into a very spacious 8,000 square foot building.  The beer is all bottled and brewed and bottled in Madison and is a hit with the locals.

The menu was more than just “bar food” and was quick on the delivery.  I was very impressed with the whole shebang.  This is great for lunch, happy hour or a midday treat or a group outing.




Review:  GREAT food, spacious building, quick service and awesome beer (so I hear).



Honorable Mentions:

  • Great Dane Brew Pub (Downtown Location)
  • Tipsy Cow

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