Madison: Brunch at Graze

fried cheese curds


On my last day in Madison, we headed to Graze for brunch. It was a quick walk from our hotel, the Madison Concourse Hotel. Although we hadn’t made reservations, we managed to get seated fairly quickly.

I realized at this point we hadn’t had any cheese curds! We speedily got the vodka-battered Hook’s curds. These were served with ranch. Although I intended to get a Bloody Mary or some sort of brunch drink, I was distracted by all the delicious sounding food. While I munched on my curds (how’s that for a zinger?) I thought about what really made Madison, Madison.

I really enjoyed Art Fair on the Square, the Midwest’s largest outdoor arts show. There were lots of paintings, photography and sculptures. But I tended to look at the wearable art like jewelry. I love buying souvenirs that are meaningful to me. I found one booth selling lots of steampunk looking stuff and got a tremendously cool octopus ring.


hot chicken and pickles


Graze is a farm to table restaurant. As mentioned, there were so many options! Do I get the carne asada hash, quiche, the double cheese smash burger, chilaquiles or a loaded breakfast sandwich?

In the end, my friend had the hot chicken and pickles while I chose the bibimbap breakfast burrito.

The hot chicken and pickles is very much like chicken and waffles but with broasted chicken (not fried!), and is pork glazed. Talk about a double protein treat! The spiced butter and maple syrup are great for the waffle.

bibimbap breakfast burrito


The bibimbap burrito is filled with crispy rice, market veggies, egg and your choice of tofu or pork. I got it with pork though I hear the tofu version is very popular.

It was a great visit to Madison. I loved all the lakes and green space. And being right in the center with the Capitol (do a self-guided tour!) and Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center was so much fun. There’s a neat Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit there.

I’ll have to come back to Graze for dinner and drinks!


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Thanks to Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau for the opportunity to check out Madison!