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Noodle nirvana at Hong Kong Station

Hong Kong Station is pinched into the unassuming 1400 block of Regent Street, the strip of small buildings across from Camp Randall that houses a tattoo parlor, a biryani joint, a key shop and now a noodle bowl sensation. >More
 Beer geeks win as the Great Taste of the Midwest 2014 highlights friendly regional rivalries

A friendly rivalry between Wisconsin and its neighboring states makes everything from sports to food more fun, and it's hard to imagine a more exciting "battlefield" than the Midwest craft beer scene. >More

FOOD AND DRINK

The Flying Hound scores with a Euro beer list, Wisco sausage sampler

Among the top draws at the new Flying Hound Alehouse is poutine, a Canadian answer to chili fries that's sometimes difficult to find in acceptable form south of the border. The pub, opened this spring by the owners of Middleton's Free House, should also appeal to fans of good beer and those who prefer locally owned eateries. >More
 Ten great restaurant patio spaces in Madison you may not have considered

Madison is still short on outside dining. While the options have improved dramatically with the recent sidewalk expansion around King Street, the city lags behind in the waterfront and rooftop scenes developed by other cities in the past decade. There are high hopes for the renovated Edgewater Hotel, which promises beachy enjoyment beyond the beer and college vibe of the Union Terrace. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Kink Belgian Abbey from Ale Asylum

A few years ago, when Ale Asylum was winding down at its original location, one of the last beers I ordered over the bar was a Belgian-style Abbey called Happy Ending. I considered it my personal homage to the brewery as it packed up and moved to its new location on Pankratz Street. >More
 The best of the best at the 2014 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival

For the 6,000 people who were lucky enough to get a ticket to the 28th annual Great Taste of the Midwest on August 9, it was a spectacular Saturday. Perched on the shores of Lake Monona, Olin Park once again provided an ideal setting for a celebration that draws beer enthusiasts to Madison from across the country. For many, it's the best day of the year. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Tangerine Dream from the Great Dane

When brewers get feedback on their creations, it isn't always from paying customers. Sometimes staff favorites can find way their onto the menu. It was in-house peer pressure that had a lot to do with the recent reappearance of a special wheat beer on the taps at the Hilldale and East locations of the Great Dane. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >More

BEER

Madison, meet Deschutes Brewery and Une Année

Going hand in hand with Wisconsin's own thriving craft beer scene, the number of smaller breweries from across the country introducing their products to state is growing, too. It's something about the craft beer mindset; enthusiasts are constantly curious about new variations on old themes, and brewers from other states see Wisconsin -- and Madison and Milwaukee in particular -- as markets with drinkers who have sophisticated palates. >More
 Beer Here: The Cabernet of Dr. Caligari from Vintage Brewing

Vintage Brewing just made its 500th batch of beer on July 1. "We're just over four years old, and I think it's great that we're humming along with over 100 batches a year," says Scott Manning, brewmaster and co-owner of Vintage. Since opening in 2010, Manning estimates that he has made at least 60 different styles of beer. >More

READER REVIEWS:

I've never had a bad experience here. Burgers, fries, a superb summer sausage sandwich, and a beer selection that's out ...
My favorite restaurant in Madison! A great twist on tapas - food is consistently out of this world! And make sure you ha ...
My second sampling of chili from Daisy did not disappoint; spicy and thick, this vegan chili burst with corn (my favorit ...
I've been eating at Mickie's for over 30 years, and still love it ... probably the best breakfast/lunch diner in Madison ...
This is my second favorite asian eatery. The food is tasty and convenient for me. They have a good buffet as well as ...
I have to be honest... I love and I do mean LOVE Monty's Blue Plate Diner. I typically eat there at least several times ...
Great desserts, fairly strong beer selection, okay menu, okay (at best) service. Does not begin to approach Brocach, and ...
Returned for lunch. Po'boys are good. Crabackes are awesome. Check it out. Glad they are here.
L'Etoile's farm-to-table philosophy results in amazingly creative, nuanced dishes (best dish of the summer: Basil & ...
We went for the cupcakes, like most probably do. I was surprised to see a full three page menu, with kids choices on th ...
Absolutely delicious scones, and I'm not big on scones. Many other delicious bakery items as well. They also have great ...
Best addition to the downtown lunch scene in years. Meat is great, as are the sides. Just as good, the proprietors are a ...
We went to Jacs last friday. I had the chicken francaise,which was to die for and my husband had the fish fry which he a ...
Kyle, I often get the meat tortellini delivered to work at The Malt House. Fast, hot, and delicious. Highly recommende ...
You will never confuse this for La Concha or Antojitos el Toril. But after starting strong and fading hard, it seems lik ...
Not sure where the previous reviewer was eating, but it does not sound like the restaurant I frequent on a weekly basis. ...
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FOOD NEWS

Mexican ice cream shop La Michoacana to open east-side location

La Michoacana, the Mexican ice cream treat shop at 6712 Odana Rd. that opened early this year, is looking to expand with a second location on the east side. Armida Ramos and her sister Liliana are finalizing a lease to open at 4512 E. Washington Ave., in the same strip mall with the La Hispana grocery not far from East Towne. >More
 Madison food carts undergo a summer of switch ups

This summer has been a "three-dimensional game of tic-tac-toe," says street vending coordinator Warren Hansen, who since May has been trying to find adequate and lucrative places for Madison's food carts to vend in the face of ongoing construction. >More

FOOD NEWS

L'Etoile to move to all-tasting menu

Beginning June 30, L'Etoile will be switching its menu to an all-tasting menu format. Diners will first have a major choice from between two main options: a seven-course prix fixe meal or a three-course prix fixe meal. >More
 Just Coffee's Ugandan Pride supports effort for LGBTI rights with coffee, donations

Just Coffee Cooperative of Madison had to do something when it heard from a customer who was upset about its selling of coffee from Uganda. >More

SPIRITS

Bartender bye-byes: Stalwarts of the Madison cocktail scene are moving on

Madison is saying goodbye this summer to a number of bartenders who have contributed to the city's flourishing drink scene. With growth comes change, and some longtime mixologists are leaving the stick behind to pursue big opportunities in the hospitality industry locally. Others are leaving for different cities altogether. >More
 Forget the naysayers -- wine and booze can blend to good effect

The 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail happened in New Orleans last week, and a number of Madison bartenders and beverage professionals made the trek to the Big Easy to attend seminars, volunteer at events, hobnob, and generally contribute to the mayhem that occurs when 40,000 alcohol industry folks descend upon a single city. >More
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