Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in Madison and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Marigold Kitchen thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mickies Dairy Bar, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

Lazy Jane's Café and Bakery
Quirky, fun, and individualistic, this one-of-a-kind cafe is the creative offspring of local culinary figure, Janie Capito. Eminently comfortable and perfect for a relaxing meal, Lazy Jane's offers both dining and lounge areas, set with sculpture and artistic touches. At breakfast, patrons can choose from coffee and baked goods (cakes, cookies, scones) or more substantial dishes that marry tradition with innovation (eggs, bacon, hash). Lunchtime offerings include fabulous sandwiches, soups, and salads. (608-257-5263)

The Admiralty
At this hotel dining room, views of Lake Mendota through expansive windows are some of the best in town. A slightly formal ambience hints at attentive service and appealing cuisine, especially at breakfast and brunch. The former features Belgian waffles, French toast, eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes, corned beef hash, and other lighter fare. The latter, a veritable weekend bonanza, adds in salads, fruit, desserts, fresh seafood, and hot entrees. Presentation is lovely, and the event is one to be savored leisurely. (608-256-9071, 608-661-6582)

Marigold Kitchen
Homemade foods crafted with wonderful ingredients earn kudos at this terrific eatery, and the crowds that gather to sample Marigold's tasty fare are tangible confirmation of its quality. Sunny environs please folks who dig into blueberry pancakes, omelets, crab-and-asparagus frittatas, poached eggs with prosciutto, French toast, and gourmet egg sandwiches. Baked goods such as muffins, scones, cakes, and their much-touted chocolate-covered coconut macaroons are also decadent treats. Lunch is fantastic, too. (608-661-5559)

Hubbard Avenue Diner
Sleek, retro styling defines this appealing diner, which makes the most of its chrome and glass-block details. Serving food all day, the eatery offers classic diner fare, updated for modern tastes. Cheeseburgers and pulled pork sandwiches satisfy purists, as do meatloaf plates and chicken pot pie. Trendy folks revel in the Madras vegetables bowl or a dish piled high with Thai chicken and noodles. You'll also find fish-and-chips, roasted vegetable quesadillas, a bayou catfish sandwich, and plenty of fresh salads. Plus, baked goods, sundaes, shakes, and an array of pies and cheesecakes elicit grins of pleasure from local sweet tooths. (608-831-6800)

Monty's Blue Plate Diner
A former gas station — revamped in stainless steel, neon, and glass block — serves as this trendy diner's home. Thankfully, good cooking keeps up with the hip retro decor. Meatloaf, roast pork, and chicken pot pie call forth childhood memories come evening, but the morning meal is a savory affair as well. French toast, omelets, fried eggs, and pancakes please old-school diners, while adventurous folks look to potato-zucchini pancakes, a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs and chorizo, or Mediterranean eggs benedict with artichokes, mushrooms, and capers. Fruit, cereal, and baked goods available too. (608-244-8505)

Café Soleil
Located at street level in the estimable L'Etoile restaurant building, this cafe has been a godsend according to those local folks who appreciate European-style bakeries and incredible pastries. House-baked goods include croissants, gougeres, cakes, breads, and pain au chocolat. Sweet and savory options are both available, and you'll also find gourmet sandwiches and soups. Ingredients for the cafe foods come from the Farmers' Market, and when it's open on Saturday mornings, space can get tight. Still, don't let that deter you from indulging in some of the city's best light fare. (608-251-0500)

Exhibiting the laid-back ambience and artistic penchant nurtured by the best coffeehouses, Michelangelo's greets patrons with a warm welcome and an invitation to sink back into a sofa and nurse a fragrant cuppa. The place is a fantastic State Street destination, and if you've got time to spare, it's ideal for just hanging out, reading, chatting, or the like. A menu of light fare heads off the munchies and promises an energy boost for the next stage of the day. (608-251-5299)

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Mickies Dairy Bar
An institution with sports fans and locals since 1946, this neighborhood diner is a throw-back to past days. Short-order cooking produces fantastic burgers, and malts are a house specialty. Breakfast, especially, draws in folks, including UW athletes. They come for enormous pancakes or scramblers, which are eggs stirred up with meat, served over fried potatoes and topped with melted cheese and brown gravy. (Make sure you've got an active day planned!) Food's affordable, and seating is at the counter or in booths. Breakfast is served all day. (608-256-9476)

Maps and Directions

Lazy Jane's Café and Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Neighborhood: EAST
Cost: $
The Admiralty 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
Marigold Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Hubbard Avenue Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Neighborhood: West
Cost: $
Monty's Blue Plate Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Neighborhood: East
Cost: $
Café Soleil 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, European, French
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Michelangelo's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: State Street
Cost: $
Mickies Dairy Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Neighborhood: WEST
Cost: $
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