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Breakfast & Brunch

Ease into each and every morning with a fresh-baked breakfast, no matter where you are in the Madison area!

Walk downtown and you'll discover several spots serving breakfast and brunch beyond compare. The Old Fashioned Tavern and Restaurant serves breakfast daily and weekend brunch specialities like Door County Cherry Granola and Beef Tenderloin Benedict. Another spot on the Capitol Square is Graze, restaurant of James Beard award winning chef Tory Miller and amazing brunch options like beignets, chilaquiles and fried chicken and waffles.

Just off the square is Marigold Kitchen, with a relaxed atmosphere and local favorites like duck confit hash. Nearby is Eldorado Grill and their signature Eldorado Eggs: two poached eggs on top of a corn cake, served with a scallion-lime cream sauce. Bassett Street Brunch Club name says it all! Home to off-beat donuts like maple bacon, Captain Crunch, and peanut butter and jelly, the restaurant serves other breakfast classics too.

Madison's east side offers plenty of places to mix brunch and beverages, including Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co.'s selection of ales and all-you-care-to-eat buffett. Tex Tubbs Taco Palace offers huevos, margaritas and other festive Mexican fare, while Dobhan Kitchen mixes Napalese and Indian food, with a touch of the Mediterranean. When you're looking for a neighborhood feel, you'll find friendly faces and delicious dishes at Daisy Café and Cupcakery on Atwood Avenue and creative fare served up in a casual atmoshere at Crema Cafe in Monona. If a family-style, 50's breakfast is more your taste, Monty's Blue Plate Diner provides all-day breakfast, every day of the week.

Start your morning right with a homemade cinnamon roll from Jacs Dining and Tap House on Monroe St. Or explore nearby Middleton and visit Hubbard Avenue Diner & Bakery and Bluephie's, both offering delicious breakfasts (and desserts). You'll also find a classic brunch, including specialty skillets and buttermilk pancakes at Club Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in Wisconsin. The Nitty Gritty is a great brunch option for families, and is the "official birthday place" of Middleton. Finally, Craftsman Table and Tap has everything from burgers to biscuits and gravy on their brunch menu.

Madison's north side includes picturesque places to enjoy brunch such as Nau-ti-Gal, nestled along the Yahara River and owned by the VonRutenberg family. Although only offered on Saturdays, it's worth making the trip to Kavanaugh's Esquire Club for steak and eggs or walleye and hashbrowns. Manna Cafe & Bakery is as delicious as the name implies, with entirely-from-scratch breakfast in an elegant neighborhood setting.

Brunch at Bonfyre American Grille includes everything from BYO omelettes to stuffed french toast. If you're looking for a more classic approach, make the short drive to DeBroux's Diner in Oregon, where they serve breakfast all day! In neighboring Fitchburg, you'll find Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co., where the breakfast is as good as the beer. And Liliana's Restaurant offers the best New Orleans food in an elegant French-quarter style atmosphere. Order the beignets, or if you're feeling adventurous, try the jambalaya omelet.

If a scenic drive to your dining destination is more what you had in mind, you won't want to miss breakfast offerings in Madison's surrounding towns: Market Street Diner & Bakery in Sun Prairie, The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie, and the Alpine Restaurant at the Chalet Landhaus Inn in New Glarus.