|123 E. Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703
P: (608) 284-0000
F: (608) 284-0990
|Sun – Thu: 11:00 am to 2:00 am
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am to 2:30 am
The area around the State Capitol building in Madison is a great place to visit and there are loads of wonderful bars and restaurants. The State of Wisconsin is known for is agricultural heritage; the dairy cow is the state domestic animal and milk is the state beverage. So, for a vegan you might expect there to be few options in terms of food, especially around the Capitol. Madison itself is a large University town with a student population of over 40,000 so there are a growing number of eateries offering vegetarian and vegan options to cater for this community.
After a bit of research I settled upon the downtown location of the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company on Doty Street. This is a popular place and is busy much of the time so expect a wait. They have a restaurant area but they also serve the full menu in the bar, which worked out well as I was on my own. I wrestled a spot at the bar in the pool room, which was loud but I enjoyed the lively atmosphere and amused myself watching people.
There is not a lot on the menu that is vegan friendly. Some dishes could be made to be vegan but I decided on a dish that sounded safe so I ordered the High Point Harvest bowl and a pint of stout.
When the bowl came I was not disappointed, it looked and tasted fantastic. The contents of the bowl were brown rice, red quinoa, broccoli, sweet potato, roasted beets, spiced cashews, edamame, dried apricot, sesame crusted tofu, orange ginger dressing and aged balsamic. Yummy!
If you find yourself in downtown Madison I can highly recommend checking out the Great Dane whether you are a vegan or not. The food, beer and atmosphere are fantastic. If you want a nice, quiet romantic meal I would suggest waiting for a table in the dining room!