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Go beyond the traditional egg roll in Madison

I have an obsession with egg rolls. Not regular egg rolls, though they are delicious. No, I'm fixated on weird egg rolls. Egg rolls that aren't really egg rolls at all, but are a nod to the original. >More
 Wendigo satisfies the hungry in downtown Stoughton

The wendigo is a cryptozoological entity of Algonquian legend, sort of like a werewolf, that represents a human given over entirely to its hungry, animalistic nature. Wendigo is also a new Stoughton restaurant that serves a burger called "The Cannibal." >More
 The return of Kabul on State Street

Back in the early 1970s, Madison restaurants typically served staunchly Midwestern fare: sausages, steaks, fish fry. There were few other options. >More
 Cocktail and culinary pioneer Dave Arnold enlightens UW-Madison audience

Dave Arnold was distracted. The microphone had a crinkly connection, and he was rambling while it was fiddled with; on his Internet radio show/podcast Cooking Issues, he is notorious for rambling. >More
 Hip pan-Asian joint Sujeo is on everyone's mind

Asian food has boomed in the last decade. There are not only simply more Asian restaurants in the U.S., but high-profile chefs have found inspiration in Asian flavors to create newfangled fusion cuisines. >More
 Eating on the UW-Madison campus for under $8

State Street is synonymous with UW-Madison, and some all-time favorite Badger hangouts have been on University Avenue. But when Isthmus asked our food crew to reveal their favorite campus eats under eight bucks, the choices turned out to be largely along Regent Street from Park to Monroe. >More
 Diary of a city of Madison food cart reviewer

"Wow, I'm envious," was usually the response when I told people that I was a member of the city's Food Cart Review Committee, eating at all of Madison's food carts, over the last two weeks. "How do you get that gig?" was the usual follow-up comment. >More
 Asian Sweet Bakery offers more than just pastries

Chinese baked desserts are less sweet than Western-style ones. There's no immediate sugar rush the way there is when you bite into, say, cupcake frosting or doughnut glaze. This can be a surprise for Americans, who are used to syrupy toppings and an instantaneous jolt that crescendos into a blood-sugar rush. At the same time, Chinese savory pastries can skew a bit sweet, and if you're not accustomed to honeyed meat or candied curry, the flavor combinations can short-circuit binary expectations. >More
 Mason's on Main aims high, but its reach exceeds its grasp

Downtown Oregon has undergone quite a bit of renovation and restoration lately, and it has changed the dining scene there most of all. Maria's Pizza is still the humble little brick cube, but Señor Peppers jumped across the street from its original location into a snazzed-up storefront, and its former home has been rigorously overhauled and transformed into Mason's on Main, a "New American" bistro that's shooting for big game in Madison's neighbor to the south. >More
 MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop knows how to satisfy a craving

Out past East Towne, between Madison and Sun Prairie, new development is filling in what used to be farmland in the town of Burke. It's now Burke Towne. It looks like Anywhere, U.S.A., and around the flagship retail of Costco and Target, small shopping nodules are popping up. >More
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