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First Look at Brickhouse BBQ

By on February 28, 2010 in Downtown, New Restaurants, Reviews with 2 Comments
First Look at Brickhouse BBQ

Brickhouse BBQ has finally opened their doors in downtown Madison.

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A First Look At Vintage Brewing Company

By on February 20, 2010 in New Restaurants, Reviews with 1 Comment
A First Look At Vintage Brewing Company

Vintage Brewing Company has at last opened their doors.

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Pollo Inka Serves Peruvian Fare

By on February 12, 2010 in New Restaurants, Reviews with 1 Comment
Pollo Inka Serves Peruvian Fare

Pollo Inka has opened up on Madison’s far west side, serving a Peruvian menu.

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The Coopers Tavern Opens on the Square

By on February 12, 2010 in New Restaurants, Reviews with 0 Comments
The Coopers Tavern Opens on the Square

Find address and hours here. The Coopers Tavern recently opened up its doors on the Capitol Square.  Billing itself as a neighborhood tavern that specializes in craft beer and rustic food, it has a very extensive beer menu, with items on the food menu that are unique and not often found in Madison. Established as a […]

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A First Look At Kickshaw

By on October 6, 2009 in Reviews with 12 Comments
A First Look At Kickshaw

Kickshaw, in Fitchburg, has opened. With the interesting saga of aborted reality television pilots and failed restaurants involved, it was an opening that we needed to check out early.

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Green Forest Restaurant Moves In Next Door

By on September 12, 2009 in Breakfast, Reviews with 0 Comments
Green Forest Restaurant Moves In Next Door

The Green Forest Family Restaurant seems like it has been around a long time.

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Africana Restaurant & Lounge

By on September 11, 2009 in Dinner, Quick Bytes, Reviews with 0 Comments
Africana Restaurant & Lounge

For a west-sider, going to the east side of town can seem like going to another part of the world. In this case that part of the world was Africa.

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Paisan’s Combines Tradition with Spectacular View

By on September 4, 2009 in Featured, Reviews with 0 Comments
Paisan’s Combines Tradition with Spectacular View

Paisan’s is a nostalgic treat for some of us, and a modern, lively Italian restaurant for others. No matter which group you may belong to, Paisan’s deserves a place in the heart of all Madisonian’s, old and new.

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A First Look at the new Jovian Taphaus

By on August 31, 2009 in New Restaurants, Reviews with 10 Comments
A First Look at the new Jovian Taphaus

The third test was the food. And the food passed with flying colors. The menu is quite different this time around, with a more limited menu balanced between appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees heavy on steaks.

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Washington Hotel Coffee Room Review

By on August 23, 2009 in Featured, Reviews, Video with 0 Comments
Washington Hotel Coffee Room Review

We have to admit, we didn’t even know that the Washington Hotel Coffee Room existed until a good friend told us about it. Tucked away in a quiet, residential-like neighborhood on Lakeside Street, this coffee room shares quarters with Lakeside Fibers and borders Monona Bay.

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Thai Noodles Opens in Fitchburg

Thai Noodles Opens in Fitchburg

A new Asian restaurant opened in Fitchburg a couple of weeks ago. It is called Thai Noodle and occupies the location of the former LMNO Pies on Hwy PD

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Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery Serves Up More Than Bakery

Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery Serves Up More Than Bakery

Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery has opened doors on Atwood Avenue, on Madison’s east side. Located in the building that used to house Bunky’s Cafe (which has reopened in the former Goodman Community Center a couple of blocks away), it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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David Bacco Chocolats A Must for Valentines Day (and any other day)

By on February 9, 2009 in Reviews with 2 Comments
David Bacco Chocolats A Must for Valentines Day (and any other day)

David Bacco Chocolats, located at Hilldale, represents one of the artisan chocolatiers that have emerged in Madison in recent times.

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Samba Brazilian Grill Review

By on September 19, 2008 in Dinner, Downtown, Featured, Reviews with 5 Comments
Samba Brazilian Grill Review

Samba Brazilian Grill satisfies the carnivore crowd with “meat on a stick” panache.

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Talula Fills The Niche – Restaurant Review

By on June 30, 2008 in New Restaurants, Reviews with 4 Comments
Talula Fills The Niche – Restaurant Review

Madison’s Far East side should be brimming with dining hope. Talula has opened, and we’re excited.

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Breaking News! Tilted Kilt Visited, Reviewers Live To Tell The Tale

By on April 18, 2008 in Lunch, Reviews with 7 Comments
Breaking News!  Tilted Kilt Visited, Reviewers Live To Tell The Tale

We couldn’t resist. We went to visit the Tilted Kilt within days of opening to see what the fuss was about. And we found a restaurant which certainly may be a bit heavy on the clientele testosterone, but which also serves food that stands up to the test, for the most part.

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1855 Saloon and Grill Restaurant Review

By on April 12, 2008 in Dinner, Lunch, Reviews, The 'burbs with 17 Comments
1855 Saloon and Grill Restaurant Review

We like the 1855 Saloon and Grill for what it is; a solid restaurant in an area desperately needing such a thing.

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Mad City Crab House Quick Byte Review

By on April 6, 2008 in Quick Bytes, Reviews with 0 Comments
Mad City Crab House Quick Byte Review

  Mad City Crab House 122 State Street Madison, WI (608) 310-6933 Hours:  Open for lunch and dinner, Monday – Saturday Mad City Crab House has been opened on State Street for nearly a year now,  filling the Madison need for a straight forward shellfish oriented restaurant.  We tried Mad City Crab House for lunch several […]

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Sardine Satisfies – Restaurant Review

By on February 17, 2008 in Dinner, Mad Diner Awards, Reviews with 3 Comments
Sardine Satisfies – Restaurant Review

New restaurants open in Madison with amazing frequency. So, when a restaurant wins the 2007 Mad Diner Award for Best New Restaurant by a landslide, it deserves an in-depth look. This prompted us to invite some friends and head to Sardine to weigh in on the decision.

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Madison Restaurant Week – Ovations at the Concourse Hotel

By on January 27, 2008 in Events, Reviews with 1 Comment
Madison Restaurant Week – Ovations at the Concourse Hotel

We recently took the opportunity that Madison Restaurant Week provides to sample Ovations restaurant at the Concourse Hotel.  Our interest was piqued a few months ago when Madison Dining Online participated as a judge at the Madison Food and Wine Show Dueling Chef competition.  Competing in that heat was Chef Charles Lazzareschi of Ovations.  Since then, […]

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