Dlux has to be one of my all time favorite places to eat in Madison. This modern burger joint is part of the Food Fight Restaurant Group, a collective of restaurants in the city that offer amazing food at great prices and wonderful locations. With a prime location right off the Capital square, Dlux is able to provide a lovely view in the warmer months with their outdoor patio. If outdoor seating is not your thing the modern designed interior will surely fit your needs. It can be dimly lit at times so as a fair warning try to find a seat closer to the windows.
With their reasonably priced burgers ($8.50) and fries ( between $2-$6) Dlux outshines other restaurants with its swanky interior, location, and its specialty burgers. Their Couch Potato Burger, which is a ground beef patty topped with house-made French onion dip, pepper jack cheese, and potato chips, is my favorite thing to order when I visit. I could eat that addictive burger everyday and still be happy, broke as hell, but happy. Other than the listed 7 burgers and the 5 sorta burgers (things like chicken burgers, salmon burgers, falafel, and veggie burgers) on their permanent menu, Dlux has $8 salads, $3/5 soups, and a small range of appetizers (cheese curds $7.5, fried pickles $4.5, buffalo chicken nachos $8, and French onion dip $5)
Now let’s talk about the fries and shakes at Dlux! I am pretty picky when it comes to what fries I like and let me tell you Dlux does not disappoint. They have not only plain French fries but they also have bacon & blue cheese fries, sharp cheddar & green onion fries, sweet potato fries & Sriracha mayo, and parmesan & truffle fries!!! Now if you are thinking to yourself “this cannot be, what would this even be like??” let me show you.
Yes! Those fries do look heavenly! and YES! It does make me hungry writing this. Other than glorious fries you could also get Carolina coleslaw or seasoned chips (which I think they make in-house.) I’m not saying those things are terrible or anything but if I had to those or fries I would choose fries every single time! As for the Shakes they are a bit pricier than you would expect for a milkshake ($5) but they are worth the dollars and super rich. You can even upgrade them to boozy shakes for $3 more but I have stuck with the $5 magic that is booze free. They have 6 flavors that are always on the menu including red velvet, toasted marshmallow, and my favorite chocolate peanut butter pretzel!
Along with the permanent menu items Dlux has monthly burger and shake special. This month ‘s burger is called The Big Popper and is a house-made chicken patty with cheddar cheese, bacon, red onion, jalapeno poppers, raspberry chipotle aioli. the shake of the month is called The Lunchbox and is made with Sassy Cow vanilla ice cream blended with peanut butter and grape jelly, topped with whipped cream. To me the burger sounds phenomenal but the shake not so much.
Now you can’t go out to eat anywhere in Madison without finding a bar and Dlux is the same. Like most places in Madison, drinks are pricy! Dlux’s Kegged cocktails range from $6.5-$8, their mixed drinks are between $6.5-$8, their beers are between $4-$8, and their wine is between $7-$80.
Dlux does have gluten sensitive options but their website says “please note that while these foods are gluten free, we do not have a gluten free kitchen and some items may have come into contact with gluten during preparation. Our fryers are not dedicated to gluten free products; there is a potential for small fryer oil transfer of glutens or fried products.” So be careful if you have a gluten intolerance.
Lastly, Dlux often has specials or events that make prices even more reasonable or make it harder not to visit. Monday through Thursday from 3-6:30pm they have $2 off Taps and appetizers and $6 spuds and sparkles (fries and champagne.)Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11pm and close they have 2-4-1 drink specials, and on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 3pm they have bottomless mimosas and even serve breakfast items.