Linda Falkenstein

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Ryan Wisniewski

Texas-style barbecue is the heart of Beef Butter BBQ. Back ribs and brisket are stars. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Soga Shabu Shabu is now Taste of Sichuan, Giant Jones Brewing Company is certified organic and Union Corners Brewery will likely open before March goes out like a lamb. Read more



courtesy of Madame Chu

Longtime vendors like Spice Yatra and new vendors like Madame Chu love introducing Madisonians to their culture’s cuisines at International Fest. They start dishing it up on Saturday, Feb. 23. Read more




Now open at Hilldale: bartaco. Soon to open at East Towne: Portillo’s. And now partnering with Hy-Vee: Flashfood. Read more

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Little Tibet

A restaurant for the depot is still in the works. Food cart Little Tibet is heading to the old Mildred’s Sandwich Shop Space. And yes, we have no bone broth, reports MMoCA. Read more



Linda Falkenstein

The Globe is a sweet fusion diner on Henry Street with great soups and Nepalese appetizers. By focusing on its strengths, it could become a hidden hit. Read more


Two Wisconsin poets, Marilyn Annucci and DeWitt Clinton, release powerful new collections of poetry. They both read at A Room of One’s Own on Feb. 1. Read more


Chef Dave Heide works on a new concept in sustainable dining. His Little John’s will address food access, food waste and job training. Read more

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Linda Falkenstein

Knitters just want to touch yarn. And if you want to touch some really great yarn, consider a trip to Beaver Dam’s Firefly Fibers. Read more

Emphasis 3 Comments


James Gill

New Glarus Brewery is celebrating 25 years in business. Though it sells only within Wisconsin, it’s the state’s largest craft brewery and the 16th largest craft brewery in the country. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

More development on East Wash means more places to eat and drink. Tangent, the new brewpub from the Vintage folks, is set to open Jan. 23. But wait, there’s more. Read more


Multimedia artist Helen Hawley’s multimedia exploration at Arts + Literature Lab draws, in part, on her recent residency in Senegal. Read more

Visual Arts


Blue Agave

There were trend-followers and trend-makers. All in all, it was a surprising, if low-key, year in Madison restaurant openings and closings. Read more

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Linda Falkenstein

Keeping track of Madison’s restaurant scene? Kingdom West African restaurant will open a second location in Northside Town Center, Marie’s Soul Food is headed to Monroe Street and The Chicken Run has closed. Read more




City reviewers liked the new sushi and poke vendor TK, an offshoot of the brick and mortar restaurant Tavernakaya on East Main Street. But the number of new carts vying for licensing is down. Read more


There are a number of “best practices” to follow when you are adopting a dog, whether you are working with a breeder, a rescue or an animal shelter. Read more


Making homemade dog treats is fun, every so often. These feature wholesome ingredients for your canine companion — who will (let’s face it) eat moldy sweet potatoes out of the compost bin. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories


Christian Ardner

Everybody knows it is better to give than to receive, right? Is that really true? Read more

Isthmus Giving 1 Comments


Brian Kluge

It may be hard to wrap, but giving the gift of learning offers your giftee a realm of possibilities. The only hard part may be choosing what sort of class to pick. Read more

Isthmus Giving


Christopher Healey

Thanksgiving in a restaurant is the best of both worlds. Turkey and often a lot more, and no dirty dishes. A roundup of Madison-area options for 2018. Read more

Food News

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Indian Tic Tac curry is a specialty of The Globe.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Natural fiber yarns join a dedicated area for group knitting and classes in Firefly’s new expanded space.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Chen’s Dumpling House was a return to the kind of small, locally owned restaurant featuring global cuisine that was once the lifeblood of State Street.

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Yassa, a spicy, lemony Senegalese stew, features tender marinated chicken pieces.