Mickies Dairy Bar

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tucked in at the foot of Monroe St, most tourists skip over Mickies Dairy Bar, but the locals know better. Mickies is all character from the peeling exterior, to the original diner tables and booths, and the aging soda fountain bar, filled with University types. It’s a seat yourself place, and you have to be assertive since space is limited. The menu is hand written on giant boards above the kitchen window. All the condiments, cream, syrup, butter, jelly are in bowls on the table. If you want something it’s probably there. The wait staff is all business and no nonsense. They are fast, efficient, and you’d better be ready when they show up. They are serving a packed house from open to close, and dawdling is frowned upon. It’s one of the best breakfast places in Madison, hands down.

The Scrambler
A layer of hash browns, a layer of your choice of filling, eggs and cheese. It’s enough to feed an army. You have a choice of toast and gravy (unnecessary in my opinion). It’s an intimidating plate full of food. I usually cut it down the middle and take half home. It’s fantastic.

Cash only, please.

1511 Monroe St • Madison, WI • 53711
Hours: Tues-Sat 6am-2:30pm, Sun 7am-2pm



Bradbury’s Coffee House

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bradbury’s is a fantastic crepe and coffee house, in the glass triangle at Hamilton, Dayton and Webster.  Usually populated with the laptop elite, you may have to jockey for a seat or wedge yourself between dissertation writers and bloggers.  It’s a place where you could spend all morning talking, working, studying.  You won’t get strange looks for holding down a table, as long as you have at least a coffee in front of you.  The staff is friendly and the service quick.  I recommend Bradbury’s to all my friends staying down town.

Nutella Crepe
Need I say more? The nutella crepe is a delectable fluffy crepe filled with banana and nutella. It’s amazing.  When in doubt, order this with a cup of Kickapoo coffee or cappuccino, complete with foam art, for a decadent breakfast.

127 N. Hamilton • Madison, WI • 53703
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 6:30 pm • Sat-Sun 6:30 am – 5:30 pm


Chanticleer Guest House

June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chanticleer Guest House is a haven of relaxation and charm. Built on a working sheep farm, there are eight luxury suites in the renovated barn and stables and four luxury cabins across the road.  Every room has a queen or king bed, double whirlpool bath, gas fire place, and rustic-chic decor.  The garden is full of blooms and birds, worthy of a painter’s canvas.  There is a heated pool and sauna available, with beach towels to borrow.  There’s a common room with fresh fruit, cookies and coffee.  Four days here made me feel like two weeks had gone by.  Book early because they fill up fast.  I can’t wait to go back.

Breakfast at Chanticleer Guest House is a feast of homemade goodness. There are perfect portions of fresh baked fruit breads or muffins in a basket, fruit with whipped cream, herb and Parmesan eggs on occassion, an urn of fresh brewed coffee, and bottle of orange juice. This is all delivered to your door in a huge wicker basket. I could totally get used to this.

4072 Cherry Road (CTH HH) • Sturgeon Bay, WI • 54235
Open Year Round

Refuel Cafe

April 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

A lovely breakfast stop full of sunlight.  You walk up rustic steps into a small restaurant full of sleek black tables and a deli counter displaying baked goods.  Order at the counter, and friendly waitstaff brings your food to your table.

Baja Omelette, Grits, Coffee
If you want greasy diner food, this is not the place for you. Refuel Cafe takes traditional breakfast food to the next level. With fillings like avocado and bacon, the Baja Omelette was a creative break from the standard omelette. The grits were addictive, creamy, and buttery. Delicious good-quality coffee.

8124 Hampson Street • New Orleans, LA • 504.872.0187
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 7am-2pm • Saturday and Sunday Brunch 8:30am-2pm


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