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“Let’s go to the Weary” is such a common phrase on Madison’s near-east side that it requires no further comment. Once these words have been uttered, the decision has already been made. You see yourself there, hunkered down at a heavy wooden table, surrounded by friends. A record is playing from behind the bar and the lights are low. The only thing left to decide is if it’s going to be the goulash or the burger, the West of the Andes sandwich or maybe the special. If it’s winter, you might be lucky enough to get a mug of the grog, a house special that warms the soul and has a two-glass limit.

The Weary Traveler Freehouse — the restaurant’s official name — opened in 2002 at the corner of Williamson and South Few streets. Although the menu was originally inspired by former owner Christopher Berge’s global travels, it’s a quintessential neighborhood spot, thanks in part to its location in the heart of the Willy Street neighborhood.


Photo by Christian Grover


Photo by Christian Grover


Photo by Christian Grover