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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
 Palmyra Mediterranean Grill offers the greatest hits of the Middle East

The new Palmyra Mediterranean Grill on State Street serves lots of Middle Eastern basics, with a backlit photo menu hoisted high (too high, for those straining to see dish details) over a large ordering counter. Is it hard to believe this boxy space used to be a bike shop, not a restaurant? It's not hard at all. >More
 Riding and reading with Brian Benson

It may be a Madison first, a mini bike tour/author reading called a "Ride and Read" that will start at the Pinney Branch Library and head to the Central Library. It's led by UW-Madison grad Brian Benson, the author of Going Somewhere: A Memoir, just out from Plume. >More
 Under the radar: Lakeside Street Coffeehouse

Attached to the coffeehouse in the former Lakeside Fibers space is this homey, neighborhoody, hump-day-through-the-weekend bar and live-music space. >More
 Is Wisconsin licensing puppy mills?

In mid-May, a Milwaukee-area Craigslist ad for "fox cages and boxes" and "slatted flooring" for sale near Plymouth, Wis., was evidence that Gerald Schulz and his dog-breeding operation, Pretty Penny Kennel, were no longer in business. Schulz used the cages for 15-some breeds, including terriers, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Lhasa apsos, dachshunds, miniature schnauzers, beagles, basset hounds, spaniels, retrievers and border collies, that he bred and sold. >More
 Samples: Rare Steakhouse now open

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 Brittingham Boats Cafe offers outdoor fare on Monona Bay

Eating on Monona Bay, minutes from downtown, with outdoor seating options including cafe tables, chaise lounges, hammocks, and even vintage metal chairs right on the dock... no, you're not dreaming. >More
 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
 Citizen Koch provides perspective on the 2011 Capitol protests and money's role in politics

The documentary Citizen Koch attempts to elucidate the relationships among the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the influence of billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch, the tea party and the epic protests that took place in Madison in February and March of 2011, after Gov. Scott Walker introduced the "budget repair bill" that stripped public employee unions of much of their power. >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
 Pairdd offers gluten-free meals by mail

Gluten-free diet. Want to do more cooking at home. No time to shop. These three elements can collide to create a complex daily eating situation. Enter Pairdd, a Milwaukee-based gluten-free meal-delivery service that started last October. It's recently expanded its delivery to all of Wisconsin, including Madison. >More
 Pots-n-Tots food cart brings tater tots to Madison's streets

The tot is hot these days, my friends. The classic fried shredded potato cylinder, born in the frozen-food 1950s, has been dusted with flavors and spices. Madison's new tater-tot-centric cart is called Pots-n-Tots, serving eight different flavors of perfectly crisp tater tots and sandwiches made with slow-cooked meats. >More
 Chimmies sandwiches all taste good

Chimmies, which also bills itself as "Chimmies Awesome Sandwiches," could win a truth-in-advertising award. The sandwiches coming out of this small storefront just off Fish Hatchery Road in Fitchburg are indeed kind of awesome. >More
 New adventures in the old Wisconsin Dells

You can, of course, go to a waterpark. And if you are at all able-bodied, you should. But do it on a weekday. Add a Thursday or a Monday onto your long weekend as a waterpark day. It's not as if you'll find solitude on the lazy river, but the lines might be more manageable. This particular visit to the Wisconsin Dells presumes a little nostalgia, some state pride and a healthy dose of adventure, coupled with a back-to-basics philosophy. >More
 ALRC to discuss sidewalk cafes and licenses for Oliver's, Cambridge Winery

The Madison Alcohol License and Review Committee will meet Wednesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. As detailed in its agenda, here are some of the new establishments seeking licenses and other key orders of business. >More
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