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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. Marigold Kitchen, a distinctive, upbeat urban restaurant in the heart of downtown, serves breakfast all day. Another spot near the Capitol is DLUX, featuring breakfast sandwiches and a "weekend recovery" menu.

Heritage Tavern serves brunch on the weekends, with fun spins on the classics—like french toast with Wisconsin maple ice cream, and biscuits and gravy with a jalapeno vinaigrette salad. Ian's Pizza is now serving breakfast on Saturdays. Grab a slice of breakfast pizza (there are nine different options) after a stroll around the farmers' market. They also have a steel-cut oatmeal and yogurt parfait bar. Located near the Monona Terrace is the Capitol ChopHouse, also new to the breakfast scene. Known for their steaks, the morning menu features a steak sandwich and beef short rib benedict. 

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. 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.