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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!

A short walk around our capitol blocks will take you to several spots that serve breakfast and brunch beyond compare. The Old Fashioned is a classic Wisconsin tavern-style eatery that offers daily breakfast and weekend brunch featuring items ranging from Walleye & Eggs to Grilled Tenderloin Benedict. The menu at Merchant mixes craft cocktails with locally sourced produce and protein--often fresh from the Saturday morning Farmers' Market! Brocach brings a bit of Irish flair to its fare, serving signature dishes such as the Big Irish Breakfast or biscuits and gravy. A bit off the square is Sardine, located lakeside where you can enjoy breakfast with a view. For more Madison flavor, stop by Aldo's Cafe for locally roasted coffee and breads from Madison Sourdough Company.

Madison's east side offers plenty of places to mix brunch and beverages, including Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.-East and Karben4 Brewing. When you're looking for a neighborhood feel, you'll find friendly faces and delicious dishes at Daisy Café and Cupcakery on Atwood Avenue. 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.

There are even more brunch options to explore in nearby Middleton, including Hubbard Avenue Diner & Bakery and Craftsman Table & Tap, both part of the Food Fight family. You'll also find a classic brunch, including specialty skillets and buttermilk pancakes at Club Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in Wisconsin!

Madison's north side includes picturesque places to enjoy brunch such as the Nau-ti-Gal, nestled along the Yahara River and Mariner's Inn, on the near north shore of Lake Mendota (Mother's Day and Easter brunch only). Both are owned by the VonRutenberg family and are always special spots for celebrations due to their waterfront locations. And don't miss Manna Cafe near Maple Bluff, where you'll enjoy entirely-from-scratch breakfast in an elegant neighborhood setting.

Brunch at Bonfyre American Grille is full of fun options, from BYO omelettes to stuffed french toast. On the quieter side is Quivey's Grove, which serves a Stone House Easter Brunch that has become a part of many family traditions.  In neighboring Fitchburg, you'll find Great Dane Brewing Co. where the breakfast is as good as the beer.

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 in Sun Prairie, The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie, Alpine Restaurant in the Chalet Landhaus Inn in New Glarus, the Artisan Gallery and Creamery Cafe in Paoli, and the Riverview Terrace Cafe at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in Spring Green.