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Paulius Musteikis

Madison’s bakeries make lovely loaves, but also much more. Throughout, there’s an emphasis on natural sweeteners, organic grains, and options for vegans and the gluten-free. more

Apr 6, 2016 3:40 PM Isthmus Dining 1 Comments

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Stephanie Hofmann

Seven of our favorite Madison restaurants where it’s quiet enough to carry on a conversation — or just dine in a gracious atmosphere. more

Apr 6, 2016 3:40 PM Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

Madison is a brunch-friendly burg. We pick 11 new favorites. more

Apr 6, 2016 3:40 PM Isthmus Dining

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Ragnar Aalbu

Would a Heathen Vegan Shoplifter’s Delight by any other name taste as delicious? Probably. Take a tour through Madison’s most cleverly named menu items. No judgment if you pass on the Manley Mann Balls. more

Apr 6, 2016 3:40 PM Isthmus Dining 1 Comments

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Paulius Musteikis

Isthmus reviewers make the rounds of the latest restaurants. more

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Paulius Musteikis

Have you ever said “I didn’t even know there was a restaurant here”? Here are five out-of-the-way restaurants worth discovering, serving healthy bowls to barbecue. more

Apr 6, 2016 3:40 PM Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

The shift toward social media, and the attention to how a dish will look online, has had a very real impact on chefs and restaurants. Here’s who’s cutting-edge in Madison. more

Feb 14, 2015 12:00 AM Isthmus Dining

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Laura Zastrow

Here’s a recap of what’s new in Madison-area dining, with a reference list of our favorite dishes. more

Feb 14, 2015 12:00 AM , , , , , Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

I’ve scouted a few Madison restaurants at which you can find nutritious and delicious offerings at lunchtime that go beyond the usual sandwiches, salads and pizza. more

Feb 14, 2015 12:00 AM Isthmus Dining

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Karen Greenberg

Everyone has favorite restaurants. But for those who love to dine out often, there’s often also a favorite spot within those restaurants. more

Feb 14, 2015 12:00 AM Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

14 breakfast sandwiches to start the working day right. more

Feb 14, 2015 12:00 AM Isthmus Dining

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Chris Hynes

There’s a snug, almost fairy-tale quality to these small eateries, and when you dine in them, you may have a sense of being part of a fortunate group, the knowers of a secret. more

Feb 14, 2015 12:00 AM Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

In the rich and incredibly varied world that's filed in the West under "Chinese food," the cuisine of Sichuan province is my favorite. Because it's not easy to find authentic Sichuan cuisine in the U.S., I've spent years since my time in China learning how to prepare my favorite dishes at home. But since I discovered Fugu -- an unassuming spot on Gilman at State -- I've not attempted Sichuan cooking once. Why should I, when an immersive Sichuan experience is just a few blocks away? more

Mar 28, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

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Paul Stroede

Lately it feels like locals are playing tour guide a lot more in Madison. We have a higher visitor count, thanks to the national attention our food scene is receiving and increasing business traffic. What used to be a town of supper clubs, fish fries and pickled herring is now a city interesting enough to be a draw for curious gourmets from neighboring culinary titans like Chicago. We still rock the steakhouses, burger joints and beer halls, but in 2014 Madison has more than that. more

Mar 28, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

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Tommy Washbush

People pick a restaurant to go to for many reasons. Buzz. Proximity. Familiarity. Novelty. Cost. Sheer impulse. Sometimes there are more specific criteria diners have to follow, though. These can be dietary: One or more of the party need vegetarian or vegan dishes, or gluten-free options over and above leaving the bun off a burger. Maybe your beer-geek buddy is coming to town, so you want to show off a Wisconsin tavern with a great tap list. Possibly what you're looking for is something kid-friendly, without descending to the drive-through. more

Mar 28, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

Time was that Madison wasn't so hot. Diners craving spicy foods relied on just a handful of Southeast Asian, Mexican, Caribbean and Cajun spots to deliver lip-burning, endorphin-releasing pleasure. The few fiery menu items available became rites of passage into a small cult of heat seekers. One of the more famous of these was, and still is, the "four star" pad Thai at Vientiane Palace. It has set many a frightened diner's mouth ablaze. more

Mar 28, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

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Paulius Musteikis

Like luck, inspiration and fate, craving is a fickle visitor. It holds to no schedule; it respects no existing meal plans or even a decent hour of the day. Put another way: Sometimes you need -- like, need -- a stack of pancakes at one in the morning more

Mar 28, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

The first time I heard the work "omakase," I had been emailed a secret menu for an "underground dinner party" that enlisted my assistance. The Japanese word means "I'll leave it to you," and diners allow the chef complete control over their dining experience. more

Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

Corn on the cob, fresh from the fields, steamed, buttered and salted. Lefse like MorMor used to make. Cheese and more cheese. A beer and a brat. These you will find in the booths and under the tents in festivals across the state, accompanied by bands, fun runs, art fairs, face-painting and the occasional fishing tournament. Have fun! We dare you not to. We recommend confirming event details before making any long drives. more

Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

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Carolyn Fath

Over the last 12 months, our reviewers have grazed all around the city. They've found worthy food and drink in Mexican markets, East Towne Mall and an industrial park off Stoughton Road, in addition to more expected locations downtown, east, west, north and south. Here's a recap, with hat-tips to some of our favorite noshes. more

Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Dining

Tuesday

March 28, 2017

Wednesday

March 29, 2017

Thursday

March 30, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

Friday

March 31, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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April 1, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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April 2, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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April 3, 2017

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    UW Cinematheque, Union South-Marquee & Chazen Museum of Art; Barrymore Theatre; and Sundance Cinemas 608

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