Madison is a prime hub for student life, especially when it comes to food. Cheap and quick eats are available in the University Dining Halls such as Gordons, as well as up and down State Street. From sandwiches to Chinese food to Mediterranean, the list of options is extensive, but where do you go when your parents are in town and you can enjoy a nicer *FREE* meal? Here is a quick list of some popular places to munch out when the parents come in.
The Old Fashioned (23 N Pinckney St.)
This restaurant boasts an impressive list of scrumptious burgers as well as a lengthy beer list focusing on local craft brewers. The restaurant name demands at least one person at your table order the drink, and countless customers demand you try an order (or two) of the deep fried cheese curds – arguably one of the best available in Madison.
Cento (122 W Mifflin St.)
This Italian restaurant stands on the fancier end of options, recommending you make a reservation before indulging to confirm you can actually be seated. In close proximity to the Overture Center, Cento offers scrumptious pizza, bacon wrapped dates, pumpkin pasta, brunch, and even house limoncello.
Red Sushi (106 King St.)
If you’re feeling an arguably lighter meal choice, Red Sushi is one of the best Japanese options near campus. On the other side of the capitol from the University, Red provides intricate rolls, fresh sashimi, vegan options, and craft cocktails. Be careful, though, because Red does not take reservations.