Linda Falkenstein


Midwest Story Lab

Patrick Johnson’s poetry collection, “The Gatekeeper” is inspired by Johnson’s horror and fascination with the “deep web.” Read more


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Ruben Cantu

“We’ve never compromised on what we started out to do — source locally and demonstrate that you can eat locally year-round,” says Lori Stern, owner of Cow & Quince in New Glarus. The restaurant is for sale because Stern is ready for the next chapter Read more

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Susan Kay finds a commercial space for Bayk Madison. The babka bakery is expanding, but not beyond babka. Read more

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Linda Falkenstein

Feel better about eating out at lunch by ordering a special. Even downtown restaurants have deals. Read more



Carolyn Fath Ashby

Baum Revision is requesting a new liquor license for Garver Feed Mill. Jonny Hunter is no longer the caterer for the space. Read more

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Jennifer Mans

It was not a banner year for Madison restaurants. There wasn’t a clear ingredient hook or discernible dish trend. Read more

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New owner at The Green Owl, Erick Fruehling, plans to keep the menu much the same, and vegetarian/vegan. But there will be a few new dishes to keep things lively. Read more

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Michael Sullivan

The closing of Underground Butcher and Forequarter are just outward signs of deeper legal troubles surrounding Underground founder Jonny Hunter. Back taxes and several lawsuits are pending. Read more

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Q: What is hard to pick, but easy to wrap? A: Books. The well-chosen gift book can pique someone’s interest and create a whole new passion. Read more

Isthmus Giving


Conrad's Grill

Conrad’s Grill opens on State Street, Crandall’s has closed on State Street but will relocate. Read more



The Audrey Kitchen + Bar

The Audrey is a beautiful dining space in the Monona Terrace Hilton, and its menu is thoughtfully put together. But the seasonings in most dishes are way off. Read more



Todd Hubler

Braisin’ Hussies comes out on top in city food cart review. But the overall number of competing carts is down. Read more


Food news in Madison: Icki Sticki’s second location in Verona is also expanding its menu from ice cream and Hawaiian shave ice. Cadre is open in the former Oliver’s with Evan Dannells’ French-influenced farm-to-table menu. Read more

Food News

Don’t let a glimpse through the glass windows be your only experience of this year’s MMoCA Triennial. Read more

Visual Arts


Tim Samuelson

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived an unconventional life. And Paul Hendrickson’s new biography, “Plagued by Fire,” takes an unconventional approach, reading like a thriller. Read more


Our favorite appetizers from 10 local beer bars and taphouses have mostly been on the menus for a while. But they continue to stand out from the crowd. Read more

Isthmus Drinks


Laura Zastrow

Lunch at Taste of Sichuan is a spicy treat. The bento box lunch includes dumplings, a choice of soup, one of 22 entrees and a trip to the dessert bar. Read more



John Eich

It’s a whole new world for The Bodgery at OM Station. And the makers want everyone to help them celebrate. Read more



Carolyn Fath Ashby

Natives know all the best places. From parks to restaurants, libraries to makerspaces, Isthmus staff share their favorites. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Author Doug Hoverson delved into primary source material in writing "The Drink that Made Wisconsin Famous: Beer and Brewing in the Badger State." It’s an encyclopedia of the state’s brewing history. Read more


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    Linda Falkenstein

    The spicy tuna poke at FreshFin gets its zip from slices of raw jalapeño.

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Sweet cornbread, crisp beer-battered fries, lean ribs and a farmhouse ale make a great Thursday special. The pulled pork sandwich is available Tuesday through Sunday.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Life drawing sessions — drawing a living, breathing human being who is right in front of you — are free this summer at the Chazen.

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

    A perfect perch fish fry paired with Untitled Art’s double apricot double milkshake IPA.