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“The way a burger should be done!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dotty Dumpling's Dowry

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703
608-259-0000
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Ranked #35 of 821 restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Description: Dotty Dumpling's Dowry is a Madison institution favored by the locals for over 30 years. Located in the heart of downtown, Dotty's offers award winning hamburgers, homemade soups and chili, fresh salads and so much more!Cozy up to the bar and pick from 23 Micro beers on tap while enjoying some blues or jazz music in the back round. Dotty's is a Madison tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages!
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The way a burger should be done!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Have been here twice now, within the last two months and they’ve got the best (the way a burger should be done) burgers! I’m not a fan of extravagant toppings, so for my first visit I ordered just a plain juicy burger and it was excellent. The second time I went, I ordered the Southwest burger – cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and barbeque sauce. It was phenomenal and oh so flavorful! The atmosphere is also just as great as the food – it’s so warm and cozy. The staff is very quick and efficient, and the pricing is more than reasonable. Definitely was not disappointed!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great casual Pub food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

HUGE burgers. (I literally needed more bun, which by the way, was also very fresh.) Quality meat, well made, lots of choices. As for all the amazing sounding toppings, which I have to admit, I like better than the meat, the burger was so huge, it overshadowed any nuanced flavors.

Cool, very casual pub atmosphere, great service, also a kids menu, LOTS of beer choices, fish and chips, some salads. So dark, (maybe it's just me) I had a hard time reading the menu though...lots of burger choices it would have been nice to be able to read them.

They did have a homemade vegan burger on the menu, which sounded pretty yummy so you could bring your not so carnivorous friends along too.

Plan on $8.50 for a burger, fries a la carte, pricey-yes, but the quality and quantity are too.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best Burger in Madison”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

This place has the best burger(s) in Madison. They're all wonderful, or build your own. Their curds are also top notch (just behind the Old Fashioned, in my opinion).

Dotty's has a nice atmosphere, but it does get very crowded if there is any event going on in the area, so prepare for a wait if there's anything at the Kohl Center.

Their happy hour is underrated - it's a great spot to meet up with a small group.

Visited October 2012
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Intercourse, Pennsylvania, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

They have been awarded for their burgers and they deserve it. Very tasty and great variety. Very good, friendly service.

Visited November 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Enjoyable but nothing WOW!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This place came highly recommended and it was fine but nothing WOW. My husband and daughter had burgers - said they were good but the fries needed to be cooked some more. I had the fish fry - the fish was really good. Again, the fries were undercooked and limp. Great beer selection.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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