Ranked #1 Submarine Sandwich Franchise in the 2011 "Franchise 500" issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Subway has graced the globe with nutritious stacks of meats, crisp veggies, flavorful cheeses, and fresh-baked breads since 1965. Sandwiches, which can be left out cold or invited into a toaster, include classics such as the turkey breast, black-forest ham, the premium big philly cheesesteak, and a host of $5 foot-long subs—which can be used to measure a child's height or the distance between Earth and the sun. There are also kids' meals to introduce children to the concept of eating. The eateries open at 7 a.m. with bountiful breakfast sandwiches served alongside cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee.
Amid earthy-colored walls peppered with Wisconsin Badger relics, diners at Eddie's Alehouse and Eatery are free to kick back and conquer appetites with a host of savory sandwiches and more than 90 different beers. Hungry hoards can commence chew-offs with a dozen chicken drummies ($8.95) before mouth-diving into meaty bun swaddlers such as the pork-tenderloin sandwich ($5.50) or the deep-fried chicken sandwich ($4.75). Signature burgers—including the half-pound Big Eddie burger ($5.50) and the bacon-and-ham-topped Pauly ($5.50)—are culinary constructions more inviting to the tongue than a Martin Van Buren statue fashioned from Ring Pops. To ensure gullets remain properly irrigated, munchers can whet their food highways with a hoppy selection from Eddie's diverse menu of lagers, ales, and stouts.
The menu at Pancake Cafe is impressive—almost as impressive as their nine straight awards for Best Breakfast in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison. For breakfast, the staff serves home-style meals such as oven-baked omelets or house-made biscuits and gravy. The eatery’s namesake comes in unexpected varieties, including an award-winning apple pancake that’s baked for 20 minutes with fresh fruit, baker’s sugar, and Sinkiang cinnamon glaze. Pancake Cafe also whips up gluten-free versions and an old-fashioned potato pancake capped with applesauce or sour cream. They even squeeze fresh orange juice by wringing out a traffic cone as aggressively as possible. At lunch, servers put the waffles down for a nap and begin presenting plates of white-albacore tuna melts, Angus burgers, and Chicago-style italian beef sandwiches.
Shuffleboard, craft beers, trivia, and pool. The Brass Ring has got all bases covered, whether visitors are looking to let loose or grab a hearty meal. Hand built from exotic woods and located only seven blocks from the capital, The Brass Ring features a spacious, two-story dining room and an outdoor patio that accommodates groups of all sizes. A rotating list of beers circulates through the bar’s ten taps, while martinis and cocktails are shaken and stirred by resident bartenders instead of industrial paint-shakers.
Silver Mine Subs swiftly serves cold and hot sandwiches, using a no grilling or frying approach that puts the spotlight on the fresh, crisp ingredients. Browse the menu in search of the Steam Engine, a warm hoagie stuffed with meatballs, marinara sauce, and provolone ($3.99 for a 5-inch), or the turkey-and-avocado-packed Caribou ($5.59 for an 8-inch). Those who like a culinary challenge can take on the Mother Lode, with layers of roast beef, turkey, ham, and salami ($9.59 for an 11-inch). Complement subs with a piping-hot cup of broccoli-cheese soup ($2.99) or a garden salad sprinkled with fat-free ranch dressing ($3.99).
With its intimate, family-friendly atmosphere and a menu of classic Italian comfort foods, Angelo's delights diners with its delectable variety of pastas and pizzas festooned with hand-stirred sauces. Inch into a hot tub of spinach-and-artichoke dip made with Angelo's own alfredo sauce ($7.99), or slice up a heap of mozzarella- and sausage-laden spaghetti pie ($10.99), a favorite despite its notable lack of crust, fruit compote, or a la mode option. Keep track of the approaching weekend with the Friday-night fish fry (market price varies, $11.99+), or honor the Surge-fueled pizza parties of yore with a renowned white pizza (regular $14.99, large $18.99), a raucous assemblage of alfredo sauce, artichokes, onions, mushrooms, black olives, Italian sausage, parmesan, and youthful idealism. Pasta entrees come with soup or salad, pizza crusts can be made gluten-free, and spaghetti is available in classic or whole-wheat varieties. The long oval bar is fully stocked and opens every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. or earlier for Packers games, so grab a Groupon and check the listings to see when to head to Angelo's for traditional Roman foodsport.