Top Spots for Cheese Curds Near Madison, Wisconsin

These farm-fresh curds, coated in a thin, crispy batter, barely contain their cheese! Plus, when fried they still squeak when you press down (though for optimal squeakiness allow to cool for optimal squeak).

Eat them on the square while gazing upon the Capitol building or pair them with a bacon-wrapped burger at Graze, using Hook's curds in their light + crispy vodka batter.


Wisconsinites consider cheese curds the ultimate regional treat. These creamy nuggets, similar to mild cheddar, but slightly springier with a clean salty flavor and signature squeak when being chewed upon are firm but creamy; making for the ideal regional snack!

Peter Schroder and his partners are gearing up to open Starkweather Brewing Company in the former Next Door space, serving up various beers such as First and Foremost (West Coast pale ale); Easy Street (cream ale); and Boom Box (American lager).

Hook's Cheese from Mineral Point and their beer-battered curds made with vodka batter are made light and less greasy than other options available to Madison locals, served alongside paprika sauce for dipping. Don't miss these delectable treats when visiting Madison!


These oversized curds are coated with American Pale Ale batter and served with an irresistibly flavorful Hatch chili ranch - and with their farm-to-table menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, you must try these delectable curds!

The Old Fashioned is your go-to spot for dense, super cheesy curds! Each order is served with an irresistibly creamy Spanish paprika sauce to complete their experience.

This beer bar is an iconic staple in Madison, with great patio vibes and Vintage Brewing taps. Their curds are also battered in New Belgium Shift Lager before being filled with Carr Valley cheese to showcase the craft in every bite! Definitely an experience not to be missed!


Next Door Brewing Company in Madison offers mouthwatering cheese curds made with muenster cheese (which has a higher melting point), served alongside delicious ranch dressing. Their brewery prides itself on its passion for beer - even adding it to the batter of these fried curds!

This upscale brewpub provides a casual atmosphere, craft beers, and local favorites like their Tipsy Cow burger with beer-battered curds - and don't forget their goat cheese curds as an add-on - they are definitely worth an additional couple of bucks!


Great Dane Brewpub and Sports Bar offers the best of both worlds in downtown Madison. Offering American Pale Ale-battered cheese curds served with Hatch green chili crema is only the start - their menu also boasts many dishes made using beer as an ingredient like their burgers, wings, and pretzels!

Travel Wisconsin recently hosted a contest that encouraged Wisconsin locals to defend their favorite place for fried curds: Old Fashioned in Madison took first place, with Curd Girl coming in second.

Graze is another top spot in Madison for curds. Their beer-battered curds are lighter and less greasy than many due to the use of vodka batter, while Hook's in Mineral Point supplies their curds.


The Lone Girl Brewing Company in Waunakee offers an upscale yet family-friendly atmosphere, boasting a main bar, restaurant, and rooftop beer garden - as well as rustic banquet rooms to be used for private or company events.

These curds are sure to impress! With dense, super greasy cheese curds that feature Spanish paprika + buttermilk ranch sauce - not to mention being named the best cheese curds in Wisconsin by USA Today readers.

You can try all of these cheese curds throughout Madison and figure out which ones are your favorites.

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