Smoky’s opened in 1953 in an era when steak was synonymous with fine dining. Marvelously, it has bested a bazillion food fads and fetishes, surviving many “lean years,” when red meat was out of favor. Very little changes here and generations of loyal patrons are very grateful for that (including Madison Magazine readers, who consistently vote Smoky’s as one of the best steak houses in town). The steaks still sizzle, the hash browns are as crisp as ever and a relish dish embellishes every dinner. The atmosphere can be manic, the service is reliably snappy and the décor is definitely a hoot. Cap off the night with a brandy Alexander, grasshopper or pink squirrel? You betcha!