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    10 (More) Favorite Take-Out Spots: from Brunch to Dinner!

    Mar 16 2021

    WAAAAY back in May 2020 we shared 10 of our favorite take-out spots and we’re back again with 10 more! Whether you’re looking for a break from your own cooking or missing going out to eat at your favorite spot, we’ve got a fantastic list of more of our favorite take-out spots for you! From mouth-watering Cornish pasties for brunch to classic Wisconsin Friday night fish fry, you’ll be sure to find something on this list to satisfy your take-out needs. Don’t see your favorite take-out spot on this list? Let us know @madisoneats on Instagram!

    BRUNCH TAKE OUT

    Everly
    608.416.5242
    2701 Monroe St 
    Madison, WI 53711

    chicken and waffles from everly

    We’re all missing brunch these days – going out with friends on a lazy Sunday morning and enjoying a lovely meal with delicious cocktails. Although brunch may look different at the moment, there’s always room for yummy food in our lives! Everly, located near campus in the Dudgeon/Monroe neighborhood, does an awesome weekend brunch that is just as good enjoyed in your own home. While we’re currently obsessed with their chicken and waffles (a fried chicken thigh served on buttermilk waffles topped with a sunny side up egg and cholula honey), they also have delicious vegetarian/vegan options, like their butternut squash and forbidden rice curry!

    Ancora
    multiple locations: Downtown, Shorewood Hills, Maple Bluff

    breakfast sandwich, photo courtesy of Ancora

    In addition to being a delightful coffee shop and woman-owned business, Ancora offers a wide array of foods, making it a perfect choice for brunch to-go. They have both sweet options (we’re drooling just thinking about their churro French toast dippers) and savory (like the egg & cheese sammie topped with a yummy herb aioli), and plenty of vegetarian dishes! Plus, Ancora values sustainability, and claims to serve not just the best coffee beans in the world, but the best beans for the world!

    Teddywedgers
    608.230.5360
    101 State St
    Madison, WI 53703

    traditional pastie, photo by Shona Mitteldorf

    Teddywedgers was a favorite on our Downtown Food Tour, but with tours on pause, takeout has been the best way for us to keep enjoying this comfort food! Teddywedgers serves Cornish-style pasties chock full of delicious fillings. The southwest breakfast pasty – with locally sourced eggs, black beans, veggies, and cheddar cheese – is sure to help you get your day started on the right foot! You can even buy pasties frozen so you can heat & eat whenever you get a hankering for more. And here’s a little tip: they have daily specials! The specials might not appear on delivery apps, but if you give them a call, owner Anthony or one of his super-friendly staff will let you know what they have available that day.

    LUNCH TAKE OUT

    Casetta Kitchen
    608.467.8108
    222 W Washington Ave Ste 30
    Madison, WI 53703

    Spicy chicken sandwich – photo courtesy of Casseta

    This little Italian-American Deli, right off the Capitol square, is a real lunchtime treat. Tommy and James, friends and neighbors growing up, opened Casetta Kitchen and Counter in February 2017 and have been serving up AH-mazing sandwiches ever since. Their six signature sandwiches are served on your choice of either focaccia or a semolina-seeded hero bun – the Turkey and the Vegetalian are two favorites of ours. Be on the lookout for their daily specials, and if you are hoping to get a cookie to go along with your lunch (which you ABSOLUTELY should) you better order fast because they will sell-out quickly!

    Fromagination 
    608.255.2430
    12 S Carroll St
    Madison, WI 53703

    sandwich from fromagination

    Fromagination is best known as a cheese shop and specialty food store – did you know they also have a delicious deli? Serving both sandwiches and salads from 11AM to 2 PM, Fromagination is a perfect choice for lunch. Our go-to is the Pasture Harvest: smoked turkey, apple slices, and Swiss cheese on a rustic roll. With maple mayonnaise (yes, you read that right!) adding a touch of sweetness, the flavor combinations make this a hands-down amazing sandwich. Add some Slide potato chips or a housemade chocolate chip cookie for an all-around great meal! 

    Kingdom
    608.286.1238
    1865 Northport Dr
    Madison, WI 53704

    Peanut stew from Kingdom

    If you want something other than salads and sandwiches for lunch, look no further than Kingdom! Located on Madison’s northside, Kingdom specializes in food from owner Mahamadou Tunkara’s home country of Gambia, but they’re also known for their burgers, fried fish, and Mediterranean dishes. We love the domada, a slightly spicy chicken in peanut sauce over rice, and the shawarma, your choice of meat deliciously seasoned and served with pita. If you’re looking to support other Black-owned businesses, scroll down to Buraka below, or check out this list of 9 food businesses that we highly recommend!

    DINNER TAKE OUT

    Monsoon Siam
    608.284.9282
    2045 Atwood Ave
    Madison, WI 53704

    If you know anything about us at Madison Eats, it’s probably how much we love the food at Monsoon Siam on Atwood Avenue. We’re properly spoiled for great Thai food in Madison, but Monsoon Siam holds a special place in our hearts (and bellies). Chef Pooh has a large selection of dishes for you to enjoy and trust us when we say we have eaten (collectively) almost everything on the menu and love it all. We keep going back to the Kapow Moo Krob (crispy pork belly stir fried with string beans, onion, chili, pepper, and basil in a spicy basil sauce), but you definitely can’t go wrong with their Pad Thai or Drunken Noodles! 

    Buraka
    608.286.1448
    1210 Williamson St
    Madison, WI 53703

    fish fry from Buraka

    Buraka, lovingly named after owner Markos Regassa’s great-grandfather, is an Ethiopian restaurant in Madison’s Willy St. neighborhood. Markos first served his food from a food cart on Library Mall over 20 years ago and has been serving up delicious cuisine at their current location for almost 7 years. While we would be happy just to eat their scrumptious samosas all day every day, they also have an incredible menu full of hearty stews and savory curries – all served with delicious injera. Fun fact: they even do a Friday night fish fry – because… Wisconsin!

    Mint Mark
    608.285.5096
    1929 Winnebago St
    Madison, WI 53704

    Three-year old Atwood Avenue restaurant Mint Mark is best known for their yummy small plates and delightful cocktails. Chef Sean Pharr (recent James Beard semi-finalist) and co. have converted their small shareable plate menu to excellent take-out. Mint Mark’s rotating menu, which includes Friday fish fry (Wisconsin!) and fried chicken Wednesday, continues to be a standout in the carryout game. If you haven’t tried their cauliflower dish with golden raisins and crispy sarvecchio yet, then do yourself a favor and do it – NOW! 

    Canteen
    608.285.5703
    111 S Hamilton St. 
    Madison, WI 53703

    Photo courtesy of Canteen

    Canteen is a Madison Eats staff favorite! A Food Fight restaurant located on the southern corner of the square in downtown Madison, Canteen serves a fresh take on familiar Mexican dishes. You can’t go wrong with “Tacos by the Twos,” with options like the barbacoa beef brisket (served with arbol chile salsa, cabbage, and onions) and the carnitas (comes with mango-habanero salsa and queso fresco). For a snack or side, we recommend the duritos over the chips & salsa – it is truly the best thing that $1 can get you! If you’re picking up rather than getting delivery, add a margarita kit to your order, and you’ll be all set for your next Zoom Happy Hour. 

    Written by: Shona Mitteldorf and Amanda Fry for Madison Eats Food Tours

    Otehlia Cassidy stands in front of the WI State Capitol.

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