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Brad Bailey, one of the Mad City Hot Dog Kings

Why you should go: If you're not hip to Chicago hot dog culture, check it out. The mere thought of a Vienna dog wit' da woiks is enough to kick-start a Pavlovian reaction in any bona fide homey from the Toddlin' Town. >More
 Jan Earnest and Dominique Taquet: Baroness of beer; Euro wine buyer and bubbly specialist

Why you should go: To listen to these two speak the poetry of spirits, and for their super selection of holiday libations. >More
 Nancy Kolberg and Rhonda Shapiro, owners, with Dan Almquist

Why you should go: For a delectable breakfast or lunch, buttery, utterly fresh bakery treats to eat there or take home, and even gourmet dog biscuits for your best friend. My dog loves 'em, so I tried one. They're delish! >More
 Leah Caplan and Heidi Busse

Where: Washington Hotel Coffee Room, 402 W. Lakeside St.

Why you should go: The Coffee Room, which shares the building with Lakeside Fibers, has a spectacular view of Lake Monona and food prepared the way it ought to be but usually isn't - from organic, sustainably farmed, locally produced ingredients, popping with flavor. The smoked whitefish spread on sourdough in particular provokes gustatory euphoria.

 Georgia Finnerty, Pie Lady

Why you should go: Hubbard's pies don't have clever names like the ones in the hit indie flick Waitress, but for a local dessert feast the Middleton diner's sweet treats are tops. >More
 Humberto Macías and Angel Medina

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Chef Medina's beautifully plated nueva cocina mexicana is a must for any bona fide Mad City foodie. >More
 Aracely Aguilar

"After we finally opened last year we kept our regular jobs. It took three months to work up the courage to quit and just focus on Antojitos El Toril. But it's gone pretty well. Lots of people who come in once come back, and we do a lot of takeout business, too." >More
 Pietro Pipitone

Why you should go: To break your diet and brush up on your Italian. The Pipitones are masters of plain old-fashioned Sicilian comfort food. I cleaned my plate of spaghetti and almost-spicy meatballs, then went for both the homemade, superbly fluffy tiramisu and the perfumy pistaccio gelato. Tutto molto bene! >More
 Karly Fordahl

Why you should go: This classic spot should never be too far below your radar. >More
 Greg King

For dinner before or after a movie, of course. >More
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