1612 Seminole Hwy.
Madison Wisconsin 53711United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Nostalgia oozes from this neighborhood bar and grill, where the beer is cold and the burgers are tasty.
Tony Frank's menu boasts they've spent more than 75 years -- three generations (of, assumedly, Franks) -- serving award-winning food and drink. Not a bad claim. The small establishment, tucked into a rather grungy-looking home on a busy corner, is impeccably clean and pleasant inside, with hardwood floors, freshly painted walls and a variety of interesting artwork on the walls: movie posters, old photos, boxing memorabilia. A booth is wedged into a small nook, making a great spot for couples. The grill behind the curved bar is always sizzling, while tempting smells waft through the air, making you eager to place your order. The service is friendly and prompt, and while it might take longer than you expect to get your meal, that's because everything is being freshly made. You'll appreciate it even more when your burger is brought to you, still steaming. Although the hamburgers here aren't char-grilled, there's something about the flavor that's extra special. It's also nice that the buns don't overwhelm the burger and that toppings are plentiful. The pickle slices served with the burgers are crisp and fresh. Sides, which include french fries, onion rings and mozzarella sticks, are nothing amazing or unusual. But they're tasty and well-made. The menu includes a variety of sandwiches, soup and chili. Prices aren't cheap, as you might hope from a retro place, but they're certainly moderate, with a basic burger (sans fries) starting at $4.95. The double bacon cheeseburger, the most expensive, runs $10.50. In the past, Tony Frank's had expanded to three or four locations, although today they're down to two. The Seminole Highway location is the original and has the most ambience, so definitely head there.