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Part of the Madison based Food Fight Inc (16 restaurants currently?), Monty's was the first, or one of the first. They are all different, yet are the same in one way. They are good places to eat.
Monty's is styled after a 50's diner - counter, chrome, lots of "traditional" diner foods, and a lot that you never got at a diner. Service is fast, food is good, prices are reasonable (but not cheap) and wait staff is friendly. Feels neighborhood friendly, although they bring in people from all over the area. Plenty of good vegetarian options also.
Food is interesting, with lots of things not found in your typical diner. Coffee is from Just Coffee (that is a bonus feature people - if you like coffee, this is a great place) and many of the specials are made with organic foods. Want a burger but don't eat meat? Swap out the Walnut burger - which, as a meat eater, I can say is good. Certainly better than their hamburger. Speaking of which...
What is up with that hamburger? First off, it comes medium well done - no burger should ever be cooked to that. Second, it is heavily, and funky seasoned. As in, if I ordered it, it would go back. A good burger needs salt and pepper. They add a bunch of stuff. However my niece who ordered it liked it, so we kept it.
Deserts are very popular at Monty's, but that was our disappointment. Cheesecake was rubbery and the carrot cake was dry - stale dry. Really? I am almost tempted to go to three stars just for that.
Overall, I have to stick with four stars. Great coffee, mostly really good, and interesting, food, fast, good service. Without a doubt I will be back if in the area. But I will skip desert.