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Short Stack Eatery

301 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-2218
+1 608-709-5569
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“short stack” (27 reviews)
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
301 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-2218
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped in on a Wednesday morning before my son’s college orientation. It’s right on State Street. The breakfast was delicious. I had a breakfast burrito, my wife had the sweet potato pancakes, and my son had French toast. All left very full and pleased.

Thank Severe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was amazing. So much detail in quality and prep. But going in July is not a good idea. Hot and smokey inside. While they have fans all over ... why don't they just install some ceiling fans? At one point the floor fan stopped...More

1  Thank sensumsch
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to figure out why this place is so popular. Stand in long line to order at the counter. Find a place to sit a the way too crowded tables. Sit on uncomfortable chairs. Get coffee, utensils, etc. yourself. Food was more or less...More

1  Thank KV-MKE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate here after a long-night of visiting downtown Madison establishments. Walked in around 1 am and seated almost immediately. Decided to be adventurous and order the "mystery meal" and did not walk away disappointed. Would visit again after a night of drinking!

Thank DakotaFlyer2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, everyone raves about this place. I can understand why -- the food is great and it is a trendy place. However, the wait can be long and tiring (standing). The seating is a funky mix of old chairs, stools, benches, etc., which means you...More

Thank MadisonGrog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food but no air conditioning (just fans). It was 97 degrees outside the day we visited. It was probably 85 degrees inside. I personally do not like sweating while eating.

1  Thank nmljoel
Reviewed May 30, 2018

I've been here several years in a row, and the bacon remains outstanding. The best breakfast in town, hands down.

Thank TBRLady
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

I went on a Sunday morning around 9am. The line to order was out the door and it took a while to reach the counter. This restaurant is set up to order at a counter, take a number, and seat yourself. The line was to...More

Thank AimeeKB
Reviewed May 19, 2018

Small and “quirky hip” the food is WONDERFUL. They have a blind special for the adventurous, savory or sweet at half off. Must try if in Madison and you love breakfast.

Thank shutupbackthere
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Nearly every time we had walked by this place, there was always a long line of people that went out the door. Now we know why-Short Stack's breakfast is amazing! Not only was my pecan french toast delicious, but they arguably have some of the...More

Thank Miranda B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 W Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-2218
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-709-5569
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A breakfast-only eatery in the heart of Downtown Madison that focuses on sourcing local, fresh, and organic ingredients. HOURS WED 6AM-3PM THURS 6AM-MIDNIGHT FRI 6AM-MIDNIGHT SAT 6AM-SUN 9PM (yes, the whole time, for 39 hours straight) Who doesn't love breakfast?
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