Dining and Drink

6 game-changing BLTs in Madison

Vegan option and even a pizza among the list

So yes, April is National BLT Sandwich month, but some Madison favorites are raising the bar on the BLT game 365 days a year. With the staples of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, other additions make these stellar sandwiches even better. Get your hands on one of these twists on a traditionally basic classic.

While it's known for the all-day breakfast selections, once it hits 11 a.m. at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, lunch specials steal the spotlight. The G.B.L.T. sandwich features guacamole that complements the rich bacon flavor and cumin-chipotle mayo. Here, the guac doesn’t cost extra. montysblueplatediner.com

Vegans, there is finally a delectable BLT for you in Madison! At Ladonia Cafe, the star of the show is the BLT sandwich platter. With house-made tempeh bacon, local lettuce, vegan mayo, Batch Bakehouse bread and home fries, it’s a complete home run. Even if you're not vegan or vegetarian, you will be amazed at the high quality taste of this 'wich. ladoniacafe.com

Something’s fishy about this BLT. It might be the fact that Gates and Brovi uses pan-fried bluegill, but that might be too obvious. We’re shore you’ll sea how great the additions of pimento cheese and tartar sauce are on this sandwich. If not a fan of seafood, try out a burger and add bacon, lettuce and tomato. gatesandbrovi.com

In order to prevent getting sick of BLT sandwiches, visit Lucille for the pizza version of a BLT. Once there, immediately order the BLT Pie with bacon lardon, arugula, cherry tomatoes and garlic-cream sauce. These ingredients create a savory, crave-worthy pizza. Feel free to add the steel pan nachos. Trust us, you won't regret it. lucillemadison.com

Nothing makes a sandwich better than beer-battered anything. Alchemy Cafe adds a fried tomato on its rendition called the BLFT. Per standard description, the sandwich uses applewood smoked bacon and leaf lettuce. But what makes this sandwich standout is a silky green peppercorn aioli. alchemycafe.net

While Melted doesn’t technically make a BLT, the food cart makes a killer bacon sandwich. Using bread from Madison Sourdough Company, Melted takes bacon, tomato, chipotle aioli, ranch and sharp cheddar cheese to create the Southwestern Bacon. This is no standard grilled cheese—it's better. Plus, if looking for a quick bite on the go, this food cart will set you on the right path. meltedmadison.com

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