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2012 Madison Favorites: Out Dining
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Fresh beef tacos are a highlight at Taqueria Guadalajara. For more photos, click gallery, above.
Credit:Phoebe Guenzel

Your new favorite restaurant, A Pig in a Fur Coat, opened only shortly before the poll voting started but distinguished itself easily. Another clue to the food mood: Banzo not only won Favorite Food Cart by a landslide, it finished with a healthy vote total to tie for third in the category of Favorite New Restaurant. A few more bits of wisdom regarding the votes we'd like to share: There is actually no Indian restaurant in Madison called "Marahata," nor does Madison boast a Ponderosa Steak House.

Favorite New Restaurant
1. A Pig in a Fur Coat
2. Salvatore's Tomato Pies
3. Banzo Food Cart and Tempest Oyster Bar (tie)

Favorite Restaurant for When Visitors Come to Town
1. The Old Fashioned
2. Graze
3. The Great Dane

Favorite Steak House
1. Tornado Steak House
2. Smoky's Club
3. Johnny Delmonico's

Favorite Pizza Place
1. Glass Nickel
2. Ian's
3. Roman Candle

Favorite Italian Restaurant
1. Lombardino's
2. Osteria Papavero
3. Paisan's

Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant
1. Mediterranean Cafe
2. Kabul
3. Husnu's

Favorite Taqueria
1. Taqueria Guadalajara
2. Tex Tubb's Taco Palace
3. Los Gemelos

Favorite Burger Joint
1. Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
2. The Old Fashioned
3. The Harmony

Favorite Japanese Restaurant
1. Sushi Muramoto
2. Takara
3. Restaurant Muramoto

Favorite Chinese Restaurant
1. Imperial Garden-West
2. Hong Kong Cafe
3. Fugu

Favorite Southeast Asian Restaurant
1. Lao Laan Xang
2. Ha Long Bay
3. Sa Bai Thong

Favorite Indian Restaurant
1. Maharajah
2. Maharani
3. Taj

Favorite Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant
1. The Green Owl
2. Monty's Blue Plate Diner
3. Himal Chuli

Favorite Food Cart
1. Banzo
2. Buraka
3. Fried and Fabulous

Favorite Wild Card Restaurant (A cuisine not specified)
1. Graze
2. Buraka and Weary Traveler Freehouse (tie)
3. Brasserie V and Sardine (tie)

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