Sometimes, the best part of the meal is the appetizer. From cheese plates to tuna tartare, we’ve put together the ultimate collection of food joints with the best appetizers. From crowd favorites to unique dishes, check out the best places for appetizers in Wisconsin.
While the appetizer list at the Old Fashioned might not be lengthy, they have some of the tastiest options in Madison. Wisconsin is known for cheese so of course a cheese plate is completely necessary. While you’re at it, order a side of cheese curds to share. What they lake in lengthy at the Old Fashioned, they make up for in taste.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that is a little more on the fine dining side—look no further. In turn, you’ll find their appetizer menu is on the classier side as well. Try their molasses glazed quail with roasted matsutake mushrooms and mustard greens or their grilled pear and Roquefort tart with caramelized onions and walnuts. Broaden your palate at Sanford Restaurant.
Café Hollander has five area locations around the state. While their entire menu is delightful—their appetizers are to die for. Try their goat cheese bruschetta made with toasted baguettes, goat cheese, a balsamic glaze, chive oil, and tomatoes. If you’re looking for something a little more on the comfort food side of things, order up their big soft pretzel served with whole grain mustard.
Back on schedule!! Cafe Hollander’s house-made cheese curds are very unique as they use pretzel crumbs to coat the white cheddar cheese. At a cost of $9.95 you get around 25 curds that come with a side of sriracha ranch and excellent presentation! The sauce is very good but the curds themselves are very ordinary and bland. I’d rate these 5/10. Side note: notice the Belgian table bread in the back which is to die for ðŸ¤¤ . . . #cheesecurds #nofilter #ooeygooey #milwaukee #wisconsin #friedcheese #official #food #good #tasty #omg #cheese #wow #beautiful #amazing #offcial #foodporn #foodie #comfortfood #foodcritic #sauces #saucey #curds #cafehollander #cheddar #brookfieldplace #review
Eddie B’s offers an up north, cabin feel for its patrons. On top of its neat atmosphere, Eddie B’s White Spruce Inn has a full line of tasty appetizers to help kick off your meal. Try their cheese garlic tomato bread, loaded potato skins, or battered mushrooms. Otherwise kick it back with a classic basket of steak fries and onion rings.
If you’re looking for something new—head over to Crawfish Junction. Most loved appetizer goes to their alligator bites. Try their fried Florida alligator tail served with their famous zesty sauce. Other fan favorites include fried crawfish and fried green beans. Stop by Crawfish Junctions for some not so normal appetizers.
There’s no surprise that Monk’s makes our best appetizer list. Their widely diverse menu also calls for some top-notch appetizers. Try their deep-fried pickles, cheese curds, deluxe nachos, or some sweet chili cauliflower bites. Monk’s offers a ton of different appetizer options for everyone at the table.