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“Very good food - excellent deep fried mac and cheese”

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Ranked #3 of 997 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner
Description: Dotty Dumpling's Dowry is a Madison institution favored by the locals for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, Dotty's offers award winning hamburgers, Friday fish fry, homemade soups and chili, fresh salads and so much more! Cozy up in a booth or at the bar and pick from 24 Wisconsin craft beers on tap while enjoying some Blues or Motown music in the back round. Dotty's is a Madison tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages!
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good food - excellent deep fried mac and cheese”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Yes, deep fried mac and cheese is far from healthy and not something you want to each a lot of - but damned if it isn't great! Really great burgers too.

Thank MadCityHW
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English first
Northern Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Awesome Restaurant”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

My girlfriend and I stopped in here for lunch on a shopping trip to Madison. They have a great website that gives you directions and tells you exactly where to park! We arrived about 11:30 and were seated immediately. It was a cold day so we really enjoyed the warmth and coziness of the this place. The waitress appeared and immediately took our drink order. They have over 20 beers on tap so I asked her to bring me her favorite ale and it was great! The menu features mainly hamburgers with about as many toppings as you could EVER imagine. They were excellent all wrapped up in a soft bun. The fries were also tasty. By the time we were ready to leave at about 12:20, the place was packed and people were waiting! I highly recommend this place. :-)

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank WisconsinChippy
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“big, sloppy burger bar with great malts”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

charming restaurant just off the campus of University of Wisconsin. Really good burgers ... make them how you want them. Choices are endless. They have other available entrees. three teens had malts that they swear are the best they have ever had (and they are experts)

Visited March 2013
Thank Jonathan J
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Tasty burgers, weird pricing.”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

While the food here is definitely good, the pricing system is kind of obnoxious. Everything is a la carte so when you order your burger you'll have to order fries or whatever you'd like with your burger separately. They also wouldn't split the bill the last time I was there, so if you go with a group make sure everyone has cash.

Thank Erin248
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Lansdale, PA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

"World hamburger headquarters"??? Not really. Had good service, great atmosphere, lots of local beers to choose from...but honestly, the burger was just okay. Small burger, airy bun (not my style), very saucy so it was a bit of a mess. Close to parking garage, so it was convenient.

Visited February 2013
Thank mfwinst
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