22 Favorite Midwest Downhome Restaurants
Editor Pick Monty's Blue Plate Diner, Madison It's tough to get noticed in this food-savvy town, but this gas-station-turned-diner has a rep for some of Madison's best vegetarian dishes, dessert and breakfast. (Pictured at left: Monty's Blue Plate omelet.) Neon glows on cases filled with desserts and breads. Try the vegetarian meat loaf or salmon hash (608/244-8505; montysblueplatediner.com).
Reader pick The Red Barn Restaurant, Twin Lakes All-you-can-eat Friday night fish fry. "Never had a bad dinner here" (262/877-2500; twinlakes-country-club.com).