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André Darlington on food, wine and dining in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Wisco Tropicál is a local take on Caribbean hot sauce

Local rocker Jay Moran (Know-It-All Boyfriends, Steely Dane) has launched a Caribbean-inspired hot sauce line called Wisco Tropicál. Moran received his food license in November of last year, and has since been making small batches of the sauce and bottling it at the Farm Market Kitchen in Watertown. >More
JB's Eat-A-Bite BBQ is a promising new South Park Street eatery

While Madison has been able to support some Creole and barbecue spots over the years, the eateries more focused on soul food have tended to come and go quickly. But now Harold's Chicken Shack, JD's and hometown favorite Melly Mel's are joined by JB's Eat-A-Bite BBQ on South Park Street. >More
Tip Top Tavern will be rejuvenated by team behind Lazy Jane's and Mickey's

Benjamin Altschul and his mother Jane Capito have teamed up to purchase and re-open the Tip Top Tavern on North Street in Madison's Eken Park neighborhood. >More
It's time for ramps: Find them at the Dane County Farmers' Market (recipe)

The humble ramp, or wild leek, has become a trendy foodie obsession. With a delicate onion-like flavor, they have come to dominate spring's dining landscape. They are so popular that many are starting to question if we're over-harvesting. Ramps are not easy to cultivate, and are typically foraged from sandy hillsides near streams. >More
New lounge at Sushi Muramoto specializes in cocktails and Japanese snacks

Sushi Muramoto at Hilldale Mall has added an adjacent lounge area, and is serving a short bar snack menu as well as shochu cocktails. >More
Marrakesh's small dishes are the way to make a meal

When the well-liked Shish Cafe closed along with its sister restaurant, Palmyra, the double loss left a Mediterranean-sized hole in Madison's west-side dining scene. The closures hit vegetarians particularly hard, as the classic meze (small dish) items like hummus, stuffed grape leaves and baba ganouj at the two Syrian spots were among the city's tastier non-meat offerings. >More
Flavors of Madison showcases local restaurants to benefit culinary students

Madison Originals, the organization of locally owned restaurants, hosted its Flavors of Madison tasting this past Sunday at the Concourse Hotel. The large second floor ballroom was filled with booths from over 20 restaurants, representing half of the group's members. >More
Chef Knives to Go and Siglinda are Madison's Japanese knife connection

Chef Knives to Go, based in Madison, is the top online retailer of high-end knives from Japan. The company also markets its own line of knives as well as acts as middleman between American chefs with custom requests and Japan's master knife makers. >More
Think pink: A lineup of rosés for the change of season

The first sign of spring this year wasn't crocuses poking through the tundra; it was the steady pink stream arriving from the West Coast in the form of rosé. The gush began a few weeks ago, and if you're a rosé fan, you'll want to try these refreshing bottles now with a bit of soft goat cheese. Preferably outside. >More
Mineral Point's MP Dining Company is unexpected, and accomplished

Chef Charlie Socher's restaurant, Café Matou, was a well-regarded part of the Chicago dining scene for over a decade. While it didn't have big-name flash or follow trends, the bistro-y spot attracted the attention of knowledgeable diners with its solid French-centric fare. From eating there in its early days, I remember two comfortably appointed rooms, good service and relatively inexpensive dishes that had moments of flavor-combining greatness. >More
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