“Old Fashioned” Wisconsin Pride

As it turns out, Wisconsin Cuisine is not actually an oxymoron.

Though Wisconsin may be known best for some oft-derided, nutritionally-questionable culinary creations—most notably, deep-fried cheese curds and the ever-present bratwurst—there’s a reason that these foods have been so successful: they’re darn tasty. And some of our state’s food traditions truly deserve preservation. The Door County Fish Boil, for example, or its more famous cousin, the Friday Night Fish Fry. And let’s not forget the Supper Club.

Thanks to The Old Fashioned (23 N. Pinckney St., Madison), we can get a taste of that longstanding tradition, served up with a healthy helping of both reverence and humor, right on the Capitol Square.

Besides a staggering selection of homegrown artisan cheeses, available in pre-determined platter options or atop the warm apple pie, you’ll find a great selection of classic Wisconsin fare prepared in a way your mother never imagined.

Share one of the Lazy Susans with some friends – yes, that classic revolving tableside buffet is available for a taste of nostalgic fare. Follow that up with a Door County cherry salad, made with crisp field greens, and sprinkled liberally with quality bleu cheese and toasted almonds. Or, sink your teeth into the amazingly decadent House Burger, topped with hickory smoked bacon, aged cheddar and a soft-cooked egg. For something a little healthier, the grilled rainbow trout is a great option, grilled whole and served alongside a beet salad.

But the food and cozy atmosphere will not be the only thing that make you feel warm and welcomed at The Old Fashioned: this restaurant is actively reaching out to the LGBTQA community. Weekly Pride Night events are in the works, held every Wednesday night after the dinner rush, and a monthly drag queen karaoke event will start in mid-October. A portion of proceeds from these special nights goes directly to benefit the AIDS Network.

Starting in November, you’ll also be able to enjoy a special “Red Ribbon Cocktail” at The Old Fashioned any night of the week, year-round, with 100% of the drink’s proceeds benefiting the AIDS Network. More details on these events, as well as a complete menu, will be available at www.theoldfashioned.com.