Lifestyle Presents: The Best Eats on Campus – University of Wisconsin


The first stop on our Blitz & Beatz Tour is Wisco, so you badgers better get ready to party. Our friends from will be joining us, and in honor of that we’re prepping our taste buds and stomachs for a gnarly weekend of ball, beers, and of course – FOOD. Check out some of the best places in Madison, all of which can be ordered online!


Amy’s Cafe


We hear that Amy’s homemade chips and Chicken Caesar Pita are the bomb. If you’re big on greens, then their famous pita called the “Veggie” is for you: cucumber, carrots, pea pods, mushrooms, green peppers, broccoli, romaine, red onions, tomato and alfalfa sprouts. It’s tossed with feta and house Greek vinaigrette dressing, wrapped in wheat pita, and served with a dill pickle. Had a long night drinking? Wanna make yourself feel better? Grab something from Amy’s Cafe.


Big Red’s Steaks


If you’re a carnivore, then you’ll probably prefer Big Red’s. They’re got a plethora of ridiculous steak sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and hoagies, all full of meat and ready to be chomped on. Check out the Schnepfer: A ball park tradition in Philadelphia is made with hand sliced rib eye, fried salami, cheese, fried onions, tomatoes, with a tartar/ketchup sauce on a Kaiser roll. That sandwich sounds completely ridiculous in every way.


Fat Sandwich Company


I talked to several Wisconsin students to put this list together, and when I asked them “What’s the best thing at the Fat Sandwich Company?” I got the same answer every time: “Everything.” So there you go – a place where everything is so freaking delicious that no one could give me just one thing they liked. After looking at the menu, I have to agree that this place looks nuts. An example: The Fat Magnum, which is a sandwich filled with a double cheeseburger, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, egg, mayo, ketchup. INSANE.


Pizza Di Roma


From what I hear, there are two warring factions in Wisconsin when it comes to pizza, with some people preferring the restaurant Pizza Di Roma. I’ve been told that the spinach and feta slice is to die for, but it’s the Lasagna pizza that really got me interested. Unfortunately, the eatery’s hours restrict the amount of late night munching you can do.


Ian’s Pizza


Anyone who doesn’t go to Pizza Di Roma probably goes to Ian’s Pizza. It’s open way later than its rival pizzeria, and features the famous Mac n’ Cheese slice, among other ridiculous slices. Chicken Quesadilla pizza? That’s just straight up ridiculous. After a night on the town, this would be a great stop to stuff your face.




Good Japanese is necessary for any college town, and it doesn’t get any better than hibachi. All the sushi is top notch, and as a plus, it’s a great place to go sake bombing. Need I say more?


Casa De Lara


If you’re thinking Mexican for lunch, Casa De Lara is the place to hit up. They’ve got a ridiculous list of lunch specials to choose from, and we’ve been told that the fajitas are out of this world. If you wanna get experimental with your lunch try the Lunch Nopalito: Grilled chicken cooked with nopales (cactus) and onions, simmered in a chile ancho and chili pacilla red-sauce, and topped with a rich tomato and cheddar cheese sauce. That all comes with your choice of flour or corn tortillas and a soup or salad. Served mild, medium, or hot.


Taqueria Guadalajara


Ahh, the underdog! Taqueria Guadalajara is one of those hole-in-the-wall type of places that people usually pass and scoff at, waving it off as some gross place where insects end up in the food. It’s off the beaten path, is designed for take out (no seating), and is usually just dismissed. But I’ve heard from some trustworthy sources that it’s actually the best Mexican you can find in Madison.


The Taco Shop


More great late night food. The Taco Shop is open til 3 AM and is right on University Ave, making it a prime location for post-bar munchies. Students have told us that nachos, piled high with melted cheese, black olive, pico de gallo, jalapeno slices, with sour cream, and guacamole, are the way to go here.


Quaker Steak & Lube


We couldn’t make a list of the best eats in a college town without a wing joint…it would just be incomplete otherwise. Quaker Steak & Lube is a wing chain that only recently popped up in Madison. They’ve got a laundry list of different kinds of wings: boneless, breaded, grilled, and an even bigger selection of sauces. Add onto that the fact that Quaker is, of course, a bar, and you’ve got yourself a pretty complete list of eateries (all found on at Wisco.

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