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“Burgers and Friday Fish are my favorites”

Hansons Bar & Grill
Ranked #23 of 91 Restaurants in Beloit
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Burgers and Friday Fish are my favorites”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We visit Hanson's about 3x a month; it goes in spurts. Tuesday, they have a 2-for-1 burger deal that includes house chips and a pickle; you can get fries if you want. The burgers are hand pattied - not the frozen kind. The bun is toasted and the burger is juicy, cooked how you want it. There are a variety of burger styles to choose from: cajun, cheese (variety of cheeses), turkery, bacon, cowboy, etc. The Friday fish fry is cod or walleye, baked or fried, 2 pc or 3 pc - it comes with baked beans, dinner rolls, sometimes sweet rolls, choice of potatoe - baked, augrautin, tots, and a sweeter coleslaw. If you dine in, there are refills on the sides. The fish is coated in a beer batter that cooks up light and crunchy - lemon to drizzle on if you like. The service depends on who you get - I prefer to have lunch right at the bar; she is friendly and attentive. We've had good and not so good service in the dining area - she's tipped accordingly; for the most part - even she is alright. There is double-bubble from 4-6 in the bar; so if you dine outside of the bar and want to take advantage of the free drink - just belly up to the bar for your beverages and let the waitress know you're already covered there. The chili is pretty decent too - sometimes I'll have the soup/salad combo for only $4.50 - side salad and a bowl of soup - that's a pretty decent price point for a homemade soup.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Beloit, WI
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“It's been going downhill”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Hanson's has been a staple bar and grill since the mid 1900's. Always had a great burger and breaded mushrooms. There have always been the usuals who are there but as of late, the food has not been up to par. After going there for over 40 + years, it's quite disappointing. We have lodged our complaints, I hope they listen.

Visited October 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
506 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
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“Best burger around”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Hanson's is known to visitors and locals as the best bar around for a delicious homemade burger. They don't skimp on the ingredients at all! They make one of the largest burgers with excellent flavor that I've ever had. Friendly, warm environment and the locals make you feel at home. On Friday's they have a cod fish fry that is really good. Stop in.

Visited August 2012
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Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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“Classic Bar & Grill experience, good unassuming food and drinks”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

We had a coupon gathering dust and decided to venture out and see what we had waiting. Hanson's is an unassuming place built in an old house converted to a resturant/bar. It is a pleasant place and typical of many such watering holes in Wisconsin. The plain table/booths are comfortable and lack any of the fancier settings. Strictly business. Our waitress was quick and very nice. We ordered a couple of starter drinks and checked out the menu. All of the expected options were there. Not having had a steak for several weeks, I picked a 10 oz strip and my wife choose fried shrimp. Salads were smallish, but adequate. My steak was very tender and tasty with garlic mashed red potatoes. My wife's shrimp were among the best she could recall.

During dinner I ordered my treat - a Bombay Sapphire. Always this involves a curiousity of what will actually come in the glass. Many places think people won't know and pour bar gin (Immediate NO stars). Hanson's came through with honors. The good stuff in he glass.

Overall a pleasant experience and we will return when in the area.

  • Visited June 2012
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Janesville, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Happy We Tried Hansons”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

Found a great deal for Hansons on Restaurant.com. We used our certificate on Monday night. The atmosphere is pleasant, clean and family orientated. Our waitress was extremely pleasant and very attentive without being pesty.
We ordered the King Crab.....Great price......Delicious!!!!
We would, without any reservations recommend Hansons and plan on returning ourselves.

  • Visited May 2012
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