|Macha Teahouse and Gallery|
1934 Monroe St.
A meditative retreat that also serves great food. Asian-inspired menu; most everything is made from scratch in-house. Pork buns are a win; so is the donburi bowl, miso soup -- and the cupcakes. Weekends bring full tea service; reservations are needed.
2804 Prairie Lakes Dr. Ste. 106
Sun Prairie, WI
Macaroni and cheese in a number of rich iterations.
230 E. Lakelawn Place
Breakfast and deli sandwiches in this basement convenience mart off Langdon Street. The expansive hours indicate a night-owlish student clientele. Breakfast sandwich, served until noon, is very popular. Accessible only via a set of stairs.
|Mad City Diner|
4008 Milwaukee St.
State Street at The Square Food Cart
Sourdough hearth loaves, Rustic Baguettes, Sourdough Baguettes, Croissants, Danishes and other Viennoiseries, plus scones, cookies and other seasonal specials. Everything is make from scratch at the bakery/cafe at 916 Willy St.
|Madison Sourdough Company Bakery and Coffee Shop|
916 Williamson St.
At breakfast quiche, house granola, and steel cut oatmeal served with balsamic macerated berries. At lunch, sandwiches, soups and salads. Fresh seasonal ingredients with local sourcing when available.
511 State St.
House-made cupcakes, with six to eight flavors offered on weekdays, 12-20 on weekends. Flavors include a chocolate cupcake with a cookie dough center; Red Velvet, a take on the classic cake with a cream cheese frosting; and The Great Dane, a cupcake inspired by the local brewpub's Black Earth Porter.
119 King St.
Hamburgers, sandwiches, plus fish and steak dinners.
912 E. Johnson St.
Neighborhood pizzeria serving hand-tossed specialty and custom pies, as well as standards like spaghetti, subs, and calzones.
117 E. Main St.
Good tap list, including a cask-conditioned beer on a beer engine. Also wine and cocktails.
2044 Atwood Ave.
Chinese menu with all you would come to expect -- noodle dishes, moo shu, vegetarian section, chicken, beef, pork, lamb and seafood, and a healthy selection section.
6713 Odana Rd.
Excellent, full range of Indian dishes. Don't miss the stuffed breads, the tandoori, chicken tikka masala, and other curries. Or try it all at the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
1707 Thierer Rd.
North and South Indian dishes.
|Maharani - Downtown|
380 W. Washington Ave.
Among the Indian standards, look too for a large selection of south Indian dosas and uttapams. Great beef masala, veggie mango. Lunch buffet.
627 W. Main St
Burgers and fries, steak, chicken and fish sandwiches, and other bar appetizer staples -- onion rings, fried mushrooms and fried cheese curds -- in a friendly bar with pool table and dart boards, near the Kohl Center.
2609 E. Washington Ave.
150-plus bottles and 18 tap beers. Some are rare. There are plenty of local favorites. Drafts are dispensed through three imported European beer towers. No food, although you can have pizza or whatever delivered.
611 N. Sherman Ave.
From-scratch baked goods including breads, lush desserts and pastries. Inventive sandwiches, quiches, soups and salads. New dinner menu includes ribs, brisket, chicken-zucchini "sliders," and a southern-style "Bayou" biscuit, and more.
|Maple Tree, McFarland|
6010 Hwy. 51
Supper club with nightly specials, fish fry, Sunday breakfasts
134 S. Main St.
Sicilian and Italian fare; homemade lasagna and spaghetti, standout pizzas. Also sandwiches. For dessert, choose cannoli.
118 S. Pinckney St.
Personal touches abound at this busy breakfast/lunch bistro. Twists on breakfast and lunch, with chili-poached eggs, French toast drizzled with pastry cream and fresh berries, hearty sandwiches, salads and soups.
5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr.
Steaks and seafood; dining on Lake Mendota. Top steaks pair with jumbo shrimp, scallops, salmon, walleye, king crab legs, lobster tail and more. For vegetarians, a fettucine alfredo with veggies and vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms. Order the house special hash-browns.
|Market Street Diner, Sun Prairie|
110 Market St.
Sun Prairie, WI
Diner favorites and contemporary dishes: breakfast all day; whole wheat wraps, burgers, sandwiches and a good selection for vegetarians; dinners such as turkey, meat loaf and pot roast. Gluten-free menu also available. Pies are a specialty; on-site bakery features Carl's Cakes. Catering.
5510 University Ave.
Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in a beautifully updated space. The appetizers make a fine meze or an outright meal: Mohamara, zaluuk, harira, lamb shawarma.
|Martin O'Grady's Irish Pub|
7436 Mineral Point Rd.
Gourmet burgers, soups and daily specials. Saturday night prime rib. Friday night fish fry.
416 S. Park St.
Intimate and organic neighborhood meeting spot with 19 taps of interesting craft beers. No food, but patrons can bring in pizzas from nearby Falbo's.
|McGovern's, Sun Prairie|
820 W. Main St.
Sun Prairie, WI
Steak house and supper club. And a fish fry, naturally, on Friday -- cod, lake perch, and shrimp.
625 State St.
One of the tastiest bargains on State Street. Lovingly homemade Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties and daily specials. Even a simple hummus-and-pita wrap, falafel sandwich or cup of avgolemono soup will put a smile on your face.
|Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe|
77 Sirloin Strip
Mediterranean specials and American menu, from shish kebab to sandwiches. Smoking.
313 W. Beltline Hwy.
Tucked away on the Frontage Road to the West Beltline (in the Genesis Enterprise Center), Melly Mell's has a small but inviting dining area on the lower level (there is an elevator for those who have difficulty with stairs). It's well worth hunting down, for chicken and waffles, fish and grits, and scandalously good fried chicken. Daily specials.
|Melted food cart|
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. weekdays
Nouveau grilled cheese, with the sandwich versionof a hot dog, jalapeno peoppers, a grilled fantasy of a brunch doughnut (with brie and jam and bacon) and a rotating cast of specials, plus, just a regular ol' grilled cheese. All come with a small side of zesty tomato soup for dipping.