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Linda Falkenstein

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Linda Falkenstein

Madison’s groundwater bests Neenah’s surface water in a close race at the Wisconsin Water Association’s 33rd Best-Tasting Water in Wisconsin contest. Drink up, folks. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

The best sandwiches in town are at Casetta Kitchen and Counter. The sandwich creators may use some trendy ingredients, but always with good reason, and with great results. more

Reviews

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Judith Davidoff

Monroe Street construction causes consternation but Brocach will be back, vows owner. Other restaurants have construction delays, and a special beer will benefit reconstruction in Sun Prairie. more

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Mint Mark

Q: What’s the most fun you can have on a Friday not at a fish fry? A: Try Mint Mark’s martini lunch. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

These steel-paneled, barrel-roofed sheds and work buildings have been a big part of defining Madison’s look, particularly on the near east side, for more than a century. more

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Don’t even try to stick with a salad. Go big with mushroom gravy, spaetzle and meatballs at Freiburg Tap Haus. more

Reviews

Wasabi looks for help to stay open. The Cat Cafe couldn’t survive Monroe Street construction. And Bierock is open on the north side. more

Food News

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Linda Falkenstein

Chicago street food classics and Wisconsin tavern fare meet at Sweet Home Wisconsin. But the prices come from south of the Wisconsin border, and could threaten it on Regent Street. more

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Paige Green

A new restaurant by a former chef at The French Laundry is headed for the depot. New chain spots are headed to State Street and Hilldale. more

Food News

Food goings on include Alimentari, a new deli market from the owners of A Pig in a Fur Coat; Nook, a tasting-menu spot on Atwood; Flannery’s, a queer-forward bar at old Si Cafe spot; and Capital Takeout, a new name for the same lunch deli at the Tenn more

FOOD & DRINK

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Carolyn Fath

From beaches to boats, this historically industrial Lake Michigan town is finding a new direction. It could be the surprise beachy boaty destination for summer 2018. more

Isthmus Summertimes

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Linda Falkenstein

New cuisines and dishes are few and far between this year. And there is no Mexican food on Library Mall. more

Reviews

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Linda Falkenstein

Yet another Hawaiian raw fish spot opens, this time near campus. Plus: The Tin Fox, Freiburg Gastropub and Wisconsin Brewing Tap Haus do-si-do. more

FOOD & DRINK

Uncorked will showcase Wisconsin’s wines. New cold-hardy grape varieties make growing grapes in the state more practical. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

Books4School is catnip for young readers — and underscores the importance of diversity in children’s books. This fifth-generation family-owned Madison business is an under-the-radar find just off the Beltline. more

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Linda Falkenstein

Chen’s Dumpling House excels at, no surprise, freshly made dumplings. Several freshly made noodle soups are also worth investigating. more

Reviews

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Susan Day

The Arboretum’s distinctive visual look comes from one of its early enthusiasts, Albert Gallistel. Artists working there today, like metal artist and sculptor Michael Burns, look to Gallistel for inspiration. more

Isthmus Cover Stories

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Linda Falkenstein

The bookstore at the UW Arboretum will set you up with hyperlocal guidebooks and classics of U.S. environmental literature. You might also leave with a set of scat identification cards. more

Emphasis

“Booze and Vinyl” pairs cocktails with classic albums. Sibling writers (and drink enthusiasts) Tenaya and André Darlington come up with a host of ideas for listening parties. more

Cocktails

“Taking Flight” is a new book from historian Michael Edmonds. It combines field adventures with a cultural history of how Midwesterners have interacted with birds. more

Books

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

    It’s hard to go wrong with the housemade roast beef and pickles, even when you go rogue and create your own sandwich.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    A utility building near Picnic Point on University Bay Drive.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Under construction, The Galaxie high rise looms over a combination of shiny Trachte warehouses at 828 E. Main St.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    (from left) Recently razed, off Milwaukee Street. One sure identifying marker: an original name plate. Resale Records, now closed, at 2401 Commercial Ave.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    (from left) This classic on the East High football practice field was recently replaced by a shiny new shed. Thoughtful details include this flowerlike screw head.