1511 Monroe St
Mickies has been around since the '40s, as the throwback menu on one wall attests to. It’s a small diner with a line out the door most mornings, and especially on Badger game days. It’s a favorite of the football players, both because of its proximity to Camp Randall across the street, and its giant portions. Get a scrambler with eggs and meat or veg piled on top of chunky hash browns (called "yanks" here), crowned with cheddar. It comes with a side of gravy, though no one will bat an eyelash if you order a strawberry shake too.
203 W Gorham St
Pelmeni are juicy little Russian dumplings, stuffed with either beef or mashed potatos. You can get a whole boatload of them here for $6.50, which is almost enough to share. Get them topped with “the works,” a crazy-good combination of melted butter, sweet chili sauce, yellow sweet curry powder, cilantro, and a side of sour cream for dipping.