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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
 Hard cider is sometimes beer and sometimes wine, and worth exploring

Once an infinitesimal part of the beverage market, hard ciders have seen great increases in sales over the last several years and are starting to register in the consciousness of American consumers. Much of that growth has been with women. But more aggressive marketing campaigns are attempting to lure millennial men to the alcoholic apple juice party. >More


Cento puts Michael Pruett's talents on display

What a relief it has been to learn that Cento " the newest venture from Food Fight, perhaps Madison's most polarizing dining entity " has been scrubbed of almost all Food Fight-ness and allowed to succeed or fail on its own merits. >More
 Monsoon Siam is a modern Thai cafe on Atwood Avenue

A few years ago I interviewed the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold in advance of his talk for the UW-Madison's Humanities Without Borders series. We got onto the topic of "authenticity." He'd eaten in Madison before and doubted there was much, if any, authentic Lao or Thai cuisine here. "Madison certainly has an enormous array of restaurants representing other cultures, but they tend to be cooking for the people who are not themselves," Gold said. >More


Beer Here: Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing

Craft beer enthusiasts devote a lot of attention to bitterness as they seek out the latest and greatest, so much so that good brews under their noses can be overlooked. The altbier is one such style, with its smooth malty tones and clean balance. Then there's a lack of familiarity with the alt, given that few breweries in Wisconsin produce them. But I find this copper-colored beer to be wonderfully easy to drink -- almost too easy. >More
 Major expansion at Potosi Brewing aims to restore former glory

Potosi Brewing Company is embarking on an expansion project that may revive its glory days. Brought back to life in 2008, the brewery is in the midst of constructing a new brew house, packaging line and storage facilities that will position it to re-ascend into the ranks of Wisconsin's largest breweries. >More


Stoughton echoes with cries of 'Skol!' as Viking Brewpub opens its doors

Given its popular Syttende Mai festival and accompanying road race, an increasingly prominent live music venue, and a location well within the orbit of Madison's blossoming craft beer community, Stoughton has long been ripe for a brewpub. Vik Malling has remedied this need with his new Viking Brewpub. >More
 Beer Here: Staghorn Octoberfest Beer from New Glarus Brewing

To be a legitimate Wisconsin brewery, you need to make an Oktoberfest, says Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing. "If it's not a state law, it should be," he adds with a laugh. Even though autumn is still around the corner, it's now commonplace for these beers to be released in August. If you like the style, that's actually a good thing, because it makes for more selections to taste. >More


Madison’s thirst is far from quenched as Wisconsin ascends in the craft beer industry

At a time when overall beer sales and consumption are declining, interest in craft beer is at an all-time high, in Madison and around the nation. Wisconsin's capital city and its surrounding region can now be considered as among acclaimed brewing destination cities like Asheville, North Carolina, or Fort Collins, Colorado, with aspirations to reach into the ranks of San Diego, Denver and Portland, Oregon. >More
 Mob the House celebrates Madison's craft beer bounty with a Great Taste Eve party

If you've attended a craft beer event in the Madison area over the last few years, chances are pretty good for an encounter with House of Brews founder and brewmaster Page Buchanan. The guy is everywhere, and he's always good for a quick -- or not so quick, if you get him going -- chat about his beers or any others you might wish to discuss. >More


When The Old Fashioned first opened up, I predicted that it wouldn't last a year. Fried cheer curds and Blatz beer...did ...
With the obligatory chianti bottles on the wall, Angelo's is a warm comfortable place. The red sauce is sweeter than I ...
This is my favorite restaurant in Madison! BEST seabass in the area. The grilled calamari are also amazing! We freque ...
I've never had a bad experience here. Burgers, fries, a superb summer sausage sandwich, and a beer selection that's out ...
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 ...
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 ...
You know what you're going to get at the Weary, and thats exactly why its so popular. Consistently good local food, con ...
I've been to Maria's several times, and the only thing I've ordered is the pizza, which is excellent. The atmosphere is ...
My favorite restaurant in Madison! A great twist on tapas - food is consistently out of this world! And make sure you ha ...
Try the shrimp fried rice--tons of shrimp for not a lot of money!
My husband and I went to Nostrano for our anniversary and I think it was probably one of the 10 best meals I've had. Th ...
Outstanding gem of a restaurant, hidden in a strip mall in Middleton. A great place for a healthy & delicious lunch ...
Despite the noisy crowd, the service was friendly and efficient. The cod with asparagus, cherry tomatoes and radishes wa ...
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.
It has been remodeled since it was The Union House and it is looking really classy! Good music too. Unfortunately it i ...
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Willy Street Co-op East renovation complete

The long near-east-side nightmare is over; the remodeling of the co-op that began last November is finally done. (A low point might have been the "Port-A-Potties in the parking lot" days this spring.) >More
 Sausage is the star at Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Madison's dating pool notwithstanding, this town will never be more of a sausage fest than on Friday, September 12 when the inaugural Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest takes over the new Central Park. This locavore take on a German culinary tradition will feature live music, beer, and, best of all, an incredible array of Wisconsin sausage products -- plus creative takes on sauerkraut, cheeses, and well-suited desserts to round out the meal. >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
 Peter Reinhart visits UW-Madison: An interview about bread, spirituality and the gluten-free craze

Peter Reinhart co-founded the famous Brother Juniper's Bakery in Sonoma, California, in 1981. One of the world's most respected bakers, he's since gone on to pen multiple award-winning books, including the enduring modern classic The Bread Baker's Apprentice. >More


The new wave of Aussie wines

Australian wine has built a bad reputation for itself over the past couple decades. It certainly doesn't help that ginormous bladders of industrial hooch cross the Pacific to be bottled on our shores as a watery and wretched thing called Yellowtail. Even the better stuff is often bred with heavy-handed hedonism to be big, jammy explosions that a Crocodile Dundee might enjoy out of a Solo cup. >More
 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
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