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Schenk-Atwood
3.3 km from Wisconsin State Capitol
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Reviewed March 16, 2024

Two of us had the Scrambler of the Day, which was delicious. It had zucchini, onions and loads of other veggies. My daughter had the meatloaf hash and was very pleased with it. Our server was a delight. Two of us had pie (won't say...which!) The strawberry rhubarb was excellent as always and the the coconut cream was well appreciated as well. Monty's never disappoints!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Eric Heitzinger, Other at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2024

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave the review! We'll hope to see you soon!

Reviewed December 16, 2023

What a great lunch spot! We live on the far west side of Madison, and only get to Monty's once or twice a year. We have never been disappointed. Today, husband had corned beef hash with perfectlu poached eggs. I had a salad and the...chicken veggie soup of the day. Food was excellent. Staff were very attentive. We took home a slice of German Chocolate cake home. Wonderful. Dining rooms are clean and pleasant. Booths are arranged to make you feel like you are the only customers.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed September 1, 2023

I left Wisconsin about 12 years ago and still miss Monty's. I loved the atmosphere, the bakery, the exterior, and most of all, the breakfast and dinners. Enjoy it, Cheeseheads. It's a great place.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Eric Heitzinger, Other at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2023

Thanks much for taking the time to post this! We hope to see you on any return trips to Madison!

Reviewed August 15, 2023 via mobile

The place is very clean with the good old diner vibe. Very nice decorations and great service and food. Would make it my place to go while in Madison and would defiantly visit again.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed June 26, 2023

Stopped at Monty's on the way to Chicago from the Twin Cities. Really enjoyed it the first time so we came back on the drive home. For lunch we had great sandwiches: the GBLT (basically a BLT w/ guac added and a wonderful cumin-chipotle mayo...for condiment), and the Sheldon (a vegetarian Reuben, with marinated tofu substituting for corned beef). On the way back we had Sunday breakfast: both the huevos rancheros and the corned beef were totally satisfying. Everything tasted fresh and appreciate the little extra touches to classic dishes. Service is fast and friendly. Definitely recommend for a casual dining experience.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Eric Heitzinger, Other at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2023

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We always appreciate it, so glad you enjoyed everything!

Reviewed March 16, 2023

Good food. Good portions. Just a great place to go for lunch.. I love the sausage gravy and biscuits..

Date of visit: February 2023
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Eric H, Other at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2023

Thanks for the great review. Have a wonderful day!

Reviewed January 12, 2023

My wife and I made a point of having lunch at Monty's Blue Plate Diner during our visit to Madison, Wisconsin, because it is advertised as "a 1950s style diner serving comfort food in a renovated gas station." As children of the 1950s, when old-fashioned...railroad diners were the fast-food restaurants of the day, we couldn't resist the opportunity to relive our childhood. Located at 2089 Atwood Avenue in Madison's Schenk-Atwood neighborhood, Monty's was a convenient stop going to and from the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Complete with booths and stools at the counter, outdoor seating, a large parking lot, even an old Sunoco gas pump, it is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and serves breakfast all day, every day. Breakfast offerings include corned beef hash with corned beef, onions, potatoes, two scrambled eggs and a biscuit, Denver omelet with ham, cheddar cheese, onions and peppers, Eggs Mornay with poached eggs, smoked ham and Mornay sauce on an English muffin and meatloaf hash with meatloaf, potatoes, onions, red peppers, spinach, jack cheese, two scrambled eggs and a biscuit. However, we were in a mood for lunch. Start with bowls of creamy tomato soup. My wife chose a Reuben sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, grilled onion and Swiss cheese on rye bread with 1,000 Island dressing and coleslaw. I couldn't resist a char-broiled hamburger with lettuce, tomato and grilled onion with fries and Monty's Cristo with sourdough bread dipped in spiced French toast batter with smoked ham, Swiss cheese, local preserves and sprinkled with powdered sugar. No matter what you choose, you aren't going away hungry or disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Eric H, General Manager at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2023

Taylor- Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're always happy to provide the type of experience you're describing. We'll hope to repeat this if you're ever in Madison again. Eric Heitzinger General Manager Monty's Blue Plate Diner 2089 Atwood Ave, Madison WI eheitzinger@foodfightinc.com

Reviewed November 13, 2022 via mobile

My boyfriend, his friend and I are breakfast here. I was sick for the rest of the day. I will not return. No thank you.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Eric H, General Manager at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2022

Jadenpanther- I'm so sorry you didn't feel well after your Monty's experience. We take any instance of possible food born illness extremely seriously and I am hopeful you would be able to share some more information. Please email me at eheitzinger@foodfightinc.com and tell me the...More

Reviewed October 2, 2022

We've lived in Madison for 20 years and have been here several times. Granted, it is has been quite a while due to COVID. Food was fine, and I get, things are different now. But two items of note that will prevent me from going...back here. 1) It was COLD in the restaurant. I get it, staff is hotter than customers. But this made my husband cold, a complaint I've never heard from him. We had on light coats, flannel shirts, and long pants. I had to put my hat on. The AC was blasting the entire time we were there. It was sixty-four degrees out, it was warmer outside. So that is a lot of money being spent to turn the inside into a cooler. 2) But here is where money isn't being spent, cleaning. I went to the bathroom. And something on the ceiling caught my eye. The vent is so filthy it caught my eye. A big, grey dust pile hanging over the bathroom. The small trash can in the stall has rust all over it--not small spots of rust, the entire side rusty. And the walls clearly needed to be wiped down. There was means available to dry my hands. At least there was soap. I'm not looking for squeaky clean in a diner, but you can't spend $10 to not have a rusted out trash can. And I thought there may be some type of yearly inspection or standard that Food Fight Restaurants have to live up to. Apparently not. And if I'm seeing that in a customer area, it makes me wonder what is going on behind the scenes.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Eric H, General Manager at Monty's Blue Plate Diner, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2022

Hope- I'm so sorry you found our bathroom in the state you described. We are currently waiting on our contractor to set a date for a complete bathroom remodel. Unfortunately this has been a process of over a year to get this job priced out,...More

Reviewed September 26, 2022

Old school diner with lots of atmosphere. But the food was equally good. Came for breakfast and had the vegan pancakes with walnuts and bananas. Delicious!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 17, 2022 via mobile

Food was ok but the booth we were seated at inside near the counter was seriously gross. From the very dirty and sticky menus…to the dead bugs, webs and dust on the nearby window sills and coverings… to the sticky booth benches….and let’s not get...me started on the condition of the bathrooms. The entire place needs a deep clean and was hard to overlook in order to just enjoy our meals. Service was lacking and so maybe that was part of it. However, on the flip side the shakes were good and were the only thing we actually fully enjoyed.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022 via mobile

This is our usual go to when visiting Madison. Had the turkey club in May and it was memorable. Had it today and it was memorable but not in a good way. "Oven roasted Turkey" was an inch thick gelatinous slab. It was disgusting! I...picked it off and ate a tomato on a roll. The avocado on it was so tiny I could barely taste it. We won't be returning.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the Dells. We had a brief wait for a table and then we're seated at a booth. The food was about average and the service wasn't great. At our table we tried the biscuits and gravy, fried chicken...sandwich, Mickey pancakes, and breakfast burrito. The kitchen was able to alter the breakfast burrito by adding bacon. The frustrating part was not getting our water refilled in our tiny cups. We had to ask twice for water and finally got it after we had finished our meals. One good thing about the menu is that it had a lot of options for vegan customers.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 17, 2022

We had our second visit and enjoyed it very much----especially the waitress Brynn---what a friendly and nice attitude.---------------the food was good--good variety---bunch of vegan choices for my wife-------------the only reason I gave a 4 star----was 2 things---the restaurant was very cold and someone ( not...Brynn ) goofed up and brought us our salads and then brought our hot entrees about 1 minute later----------so we eat them entrée first and then salad--but still a great visit----------price for 2 coffees / 2 side salads / 2 entrees and one vegan brownie was $40 plus taxMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

Ordered some food for Mother’s Day and a couple of items were missing/incorrect (very understandable on such a busy day!!) I called and staff was extremely helpful and accommodating and sent the corrected order promptly. Their team went above and beyond and did more than...I asked, despite working what I’m sure was already a hectic day. The food is always delicious (true comfort food) and they have some amazing vegan options! Have been coming to Monty’s for a while and will definitely continue to order from here.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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