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Haveli Indian Restaurant does dinner right, but buffet is lacking

The address at 5957 McKee Rd. in Fitchburg has a tortured history. It's been home to Fitch's Chophouse, Good Times, Kickshaw and Jimmy's American Tavern -- all in just eight years. After Jimmy's closed, the enormous space was wisely parceled out into smaller units. Chef Dan Fox of Heritage Tavern snapped up the large basement kitchen and now uses it for catering and a heritage pork wholesale business. Another section became a nail salon, another a software company. The remaining piece is now Fitchburg's only Indian restaurant, Haveli. >More
 The new Tip Top Tavern has a confident menu, solid beer list and classic cocktails

Almost everything you need to know about the re-minted Tip Top Tavern can be learned from the fried bologna sandwich called the Little Oscar. It does not, of course, tell the full history of this little corner bar, reminiscent of the 20th century: that the former owner was sure the smoking ban would kill the business (it didn't), or that remodeling the ramshackle space took far longer than expected. >More
 Isthmus a la Carts 2014 affirms Madison's food cart bounty

As it is with all the things we see around us every day, it's easy to take Madison's food carts for granted. We see them parked overnight, slumbering, in lots all over the city. They do business throughout the downtown and campus areas, and they're right there around the edge of the downtown farmers' market every summer Saturday. >More
 Firehouse Subs and Which Wich offer a wider range of sandwich choices

On one hand, I'm a sandwich fanatic. By sandwich, I don't mean food wrapped in a tortilla or stuffed into pita bread. I mean it how John Montagu " the 4th Earl of Sandwich and alleged inventor of the form " meant it. Two slices of bread with meat in the middle. Sandwiches should have fresh bread " crusty on the outside and fluffy in the middle " and always include a heaping portion of toppings and condiments. >More
 CSAs go solar: FairShare Coalition helps farms become more eco-friendly

Earlier this year, on cloudy days when it seemed as if the sun had abandoned Dane County, Mike and Cassie Noltnerwyss would go outside their Crossroads Community Farm residence in Cross Plains and look up at the 78 solar panels recently installed on their barn and home. "We thought 'Oh, they're so inspiring! But we can't do anything with them yet,'" Cassie says, laughing. >More
 Red Rock Saloon serves tasty ribs, wings and onion rings, with a side of mechanical bull

What do you think of when you hear the word "country"? Do you think of a house on a hill with cows grazing in the distance? Do you think of Johnny Cash? Do you think of Kenny Chesney in his well-fitted jeans? If your word associations were more along the lines of "riding the mechanical bull," the Red Rock Saloon may be your kind of place. >More
 The Madison food cart forecast for spring 2014

After the winter of the polar vortex, it's been the spring of the lingering winter. Opening day for food carts, April 15, dawned with snow on the ground. >More
 Brews Brothers pairs an ample tap list with big burgers

The corner bar doesn't have to look like Cheers. Heck, it doesn't even have to be on a corner. What it has to have is a welcoming vibe, staff who make an effort and at least a decent tap list. Brews Brothers has all of these things, and the big menu of burgers doesn't hurt, either. >More
 Restaurant Muramoto pushes the boundaries with a new izakaya menu

When Shinji Muramoto opened his original restaurant at 106 King St. in 2004, it was already a full decade after the Nobu-led Japanese-fusion phenomenon had begun. It was also the year David Chang launched Momofuku Noodle Bar and George W. Bush beat John Kerry. In a space that had previously been a hot dog stand, a rather louche-feeling restaurant appeared offering dishes few Madisonians had experienced before. >More
 Heading back to the farmers' market (recipe)

Welcome spring with a feast to honor the change in the weather and the growing season that is just beginning. It's hard to believe that in a few short months you'll have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. >More
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