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Candice Wagener

Middleton comes out to support Common Ground, a new cafe/community space. The large former Branch Street Retreat is seeing new life at last. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Candice Wagener

Residents of Oakwood Village have teamed up with the Little Dresses for Africa program, helping to sew clothing for those in need in more than 80 countries. more

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Seven of Madison’s women chefs talk about the dishes and ingredients they love. Generally, they’ve found Madison to provide a supportive environment. more

Isthmus Dining

Dumplings, hot pot, beef roll, noodles and more. A tour of Madison’s Chinese restaurants shows a new variety of dishes and regional cuisines. more

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Lara Kastner

Where Isthmus reviewers — and Madison — have been eating and drinking since the last “Dining” special section. Here’s our summary of the scene. more

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Chicken Run

The Chicken Run focuses on just one dish, battered and fried chicken tenders. The small Illinois chain beats the other chicken shacks with quality, not variety. more

Reviews

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Ryan Wisniewski

Compadres represents the best of Mexican standards with its big menu. And fresh tableside guacamole is just part of the fun. more

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Rusty Dog Coffee is passionate about its roasts. MOMbie provides an extra pick-me-up for the depleted community. more

FOOD & DRINK

Terry Payne’s hobby of collecting vintage cast iron cookware led to his Heirloom Cast Iron booth at Odana Antiques. It’s not just nostalgia: Vintage American brands are superior to newly cast items for several reasons. more

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Third time’s the charm? A new version of Laila Borokhim’s Noosh largely succeeds on Regent Street. more

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Perfect Imperfections is a healthy alternative in body care, a woman-owned small business and a tribute to the owner's parents. Jasmine Banks is working bazaars and pop-ups. more

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4 Sisters Tapas Restaurant

4 Sisters Tapas is a good addition to the Verona dining lineup. There’s a good range of dishes on the focused menu, though this is not strictly traditional Spanish tapas. more

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Heather Matanock

Blue Bar Quilts picks up where Stitcher’s Crossing left off. The Middleton shop embraces all manner of the fabric arts. more

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Cricket Design Works

Pasture and Plenty splits the difference between a deli and DIY. It offers subscription meal kits and prepared foods, Wednesday night dinners and lunch. Plus it sources locally. more

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Cabinet City offers a new approach to remodeling. Focusing on one line of mostly non-custom cabinets keeps prices lower. more

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For anyone from newbie to executive chef, a little inspiration. And you really don’t have to cook — you can just eat some of these. more

Isthmus Giving

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Carolyn Fath

Chocolaterian Middleton ups the ante on west side desserts. The housemade savory dishes are great too, especially anything with a pastry crust. more

FOOD & DRINK

Cafe Zupas at Greenway Station arrives with sandwiches, soups, salads and quinoa bowls. The small Utah chain strives to deliver fresh ingredients daily. more

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At Tinkergarten classes, kids play outside and connect with nature. And making a mud pie means learning empathy, self-control and teamwork. more

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Laura Zastrow

While west Madison and Middleton have had a slew of Mexican eateries open recently, Gloria’s Mexican Restaurant emerges from the pack. The vegetarian fare is a particular strength. more

Reviews

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    Candice Wagener

    A Greek salad gains heft with an optional falafel add-on.

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    Candice Wagener

    Oakwood staff adapted some sewing patterns to make the garment creation easier on aging eyes and hands.

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    Jovita Peña has already sewn nearly 120 dresses for donation.

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    Tony Bitner (left), Manny Figueroa and Tom Koren of Rusty Dog.

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    Blue Bar likes to highlight modern styles like Heather Matanock’s TV quilt, but also stocks fabrics to suit traditional and contemporary tastes.

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    Many ReStore volunteers join manager Craig Gielow (kneeling) and director Steve Hanrahan (far right).