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DINING

12 months of Madison restaurant meals 2013

Our travels to new restaurants, and ones with new or changed menus, have taken our reviewers all over the map, from France to Japan to Thailand. The dominant mode in restaurants this year, though, was local and homegrown - a vibrant Midwestern focus without a hint of parochialism. Here's a recap, with special callouts of our favorite finds. >More
 Stuck at home & craving... good, clean food

Let's play a quick word-association game. I say "delivery." How many of you thought "pizza"? Or maybe a certain late-hour burrito joint? Delivered foods can often be too much of a good thing. I still have days when I resign myself to staying in my comfy pants, and I dial up my local pizza parlor for an order of cheese breadsticks with marinara and ranch. >More
 Pork peaks in Madison restaurant culture

Pork has become incredibly popular, both locally and nationally. At the center of this pork renaissance is the class of animals referred to as heritage pigs: larger, purebred hogs with a mass of bristles, many inches of back fat, and a distinct lineage. >More
 Hidden in plain sight: The best of Madison's secret meals

The map of Madison's dining landscape has been dotted of late with event meals, ticketed suppers, and pop-up services lasting one night only. This has been the trend in American dining for the last few years, a style as thrilling as the speakeasy. But there's another trend at work: more humble, less flashy. Places like the bar on the corner with a knockout sandwich, or the little cafe with the unexpected specialty, or even a hot room with a hidden menu. Restrained ambition allows these operations to exist quietly, without a need for promotion, but no jewel glitters in the dark. Let's shine a light on the best dining secrets in town. >More
 Wisconsin food festivals for 2013

While warm-weather festivals throughout the state are likely to feature a beer tent and a brat stand, there are many other food groups to discover: native, ethnic, faux ethnic, mashup, vegan, and familiar summer fare. Starting with spring's maple syrup tapping and winding down with chili cookoffs and the apple harvest, these celebrations should tide you over until Thanksgiving. >More
 A year's worth of Madison restaurants

It was a memorable year in Madison-area dining, as local sourcing, small plates, upscale pub fare and ethnic dishes captured our imagination. Come along with us in this recap of some of our favorite food adventures of the last 12 months -- both to new restaurants and those with newly revised menus. >More
 My 10 favorite Madison restaurant dishes

It may seem difficult, given the growing tide of new restaurants in Madison, to choose a top 10 list of favorite dishes. But when I started to think about this list I found it wasn't really hard at all. That's because a favorite dish is more than simply good eating. >More
 6 whole food hangouts in Madison: Where eating healthy is a pleasure

While there continues to be plenty of confusion when the subject of diet and healthy eating comes up, I would argue that most everyone can agree on a few principles. First, that the food we eat, whether meat, grain or vegetable, should be actual food. That is, as unprocessed as possible and without chemical additives. Second, that we should be eating a variety of vegetables and fruit every day. And third, that we should be moderate with our portion size. >More
 5 rooms with atmosphere: The food is fab and so are the surroundings

There are many places at which the food is an experience in itself, and happily, a few at which the experience is so much more. Here are five restaurants whose atmosphere gives them the effect of an engrossing book or movie. >More
 8 Madison brunch spots: From simple pleasures to thrilling adventures

Madison is a brunching town. Every weekend, all over the city, eager diners queue up with friends and family to partake of what is often the most gratifying meal of the week. Whether you're in the mood for a simple coffee and a pastry or want to chase your duck confit with a glass of champagne, Madison's brunch options vary almost as wildly as your imagination. Here are a few of my favorites, in alphabetical order. >More
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