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Woodman’s Market has become a golden grocer

When perusing a list of Woodman’s Market wins since it first made the list in 1987, two words stand out the most: liquor and grocery. Out of the 65 wins, most are in one of those two categories. For its spirits and wine, Woodman’s has garnered 33 awards, and for grocery, 24 awards.
WOODMAN, WI
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Grace Coffee Co. facing fire for recent health code violations

Grace Coffee Company, with five current locations and plans for expansion, has recently been found with numerous health code violations at each location. Both the State Street and East Washington Avenue locations of Grace Coffee received the two most health violations out of the 564 restaurants and retail food locations that were reviewed by the Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) this year.
DANE COUNTY, WI
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Janesville Gazette

Restaurant review: Hop Haus is much more than beer at Fitchburg location

When you visit a brewery, you more or less know in advance that the beer is going to be worth the trip. The food options you might find? That can be a very different story. Some breweries just serve prefab bagged snacks and frozen pizza—not that there’s anything wrong with that. Others take halfhearted stabs at a few basic entrees and appetizers. Again, that’s OK—because you’re really here for the beer.
FITCHBURG, WI
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Yup, Culver's CurderBurger was a smashing success, but will it be back?

PRAIRIE DU SAC — Culver’s sold 136,000 CurderBurgers nationwide during its Oct. 15 one-day event, with 20% of its restaurants setting single-day sales records. And, in this case, the early customers got the CurderBurger. Guests began lining up at some restaurants before 8 a.m., having heeded warnings that there was...
PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI
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Nau-Ti-Gal is Best of Madison’s waterfront champion

First appearing in the 1983 edition of Best of Madison with a gold for its happy hour, the Nau-Ti-Gal Waterfront Restaurant has been a part of the community for nearly 40 years. Whether it is packed for Sunday brunch or serving anglers as they boat up to the restaurant, Nau-Ti-Gal has stayed consistent, racking up 72 awards with 25 golds in total.
MADISON, WI
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The Old Fashioned creates award-winning Wisconsin fare

Coming to The Old Fashioned feels like a Madison newcomer rite of passage — a spot where locals bring guests shortly after driving into the city. The eatery is typically packed on the weekends with people waiting to grab a table with brandy Old-Fashioneds in-hand around the bar. It feels familiar and comfortable regardless of whether you’ve been there before or are making your very first visit. That feeling is exactly what Tami Lax intended when she opened the business 16 years ago on Capitol Square.
WISCONSIN STATE
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Trunk or Treat is Oct. 30 at the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center

Put on your best Halloween costume and head to the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center for the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat!. The event is Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Sun Prairie Aquatic Center, 920 Linnerud Drive. Get treats from local vendors and enjoy Spooktacular Halloween games....
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I Just Think They’re Neat: Bats

Spooky season, with all its accoutrements, is officially upon us. Carved pumpkins, skeletons, black cats … and bats. With their beady eyes, scissored fang-like teeth and nocturnal habits, it’s of little wonder that this mysterious creature has become associated with our most terror-inducing holiday. The origin of bats’ less-than-stellar reputation...
MADISON, WI
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Eno Vino has popped the best bubbly

It’s a big deal to win “best restaurant” or “best new restaurant” in the Best of Madison poll. So when Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro won gold for best new restaurant in 2005 — just after its 2004 opening on the west side — it put the restaurant on the map. “After the...
MADISON, WI
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Gone, but still some of the best Best of Madison winners

While these two businesses are no longer operating in the Madison area, they leave behind a legacy of memories and Best of Madison awards. Both Ella’s Deli and Ovens of Brittany topped the charts with more than 50 wins each. Ella’s Deli. After 42 years in business, Ella’s Deli and...
MADISON, WI
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A Fun & Festive Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin

Known as one of the more raucous college towns in America, Madison, Wisconsin’s reputation as a party place precedes it. But there’s a lot more than beer and cheese curds going on in this isthmus town (let’s be honest: beer and curds are enough to get me there). Here’s how...
MADISON, WI
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L’Etoile award-winning, shining star power

When it comes to fine dining, there’s one spot in Madison that often comes to mind first — L’Etoile. Since Odessa Piper opened L’Etoile in 1976, it’s become a special occasion restaurant, a romantic destination and a place to enjoy gourmet, French-inspired cuisine. L’Etoile joined the Madison food scene at a time when farm-to-table fare wasn’t a concept as widely recognized or embraced as it is today. When Piper opened L’Etoile, the Dane County Farmers’ Market had only existed on Capitol Square a few years. Throughout the ’80s, Piper put even more of a focus on creating seasonal dishes using locally produced meats and vegetables.
MADISON, WI
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‘Madison’s Place,’ The Edgewater wins big

According to readers who have cast votes for Best of Madison in the last four decades, The Edgewater is the best place for martinis. And breakfast. And Sunday brunch. It’s also been named the best place to propose, the most romantic spot and the best place to take visitors. It has the best lake view, the best spa, the best upscale restaurant and the best waitstaff. It’s nabbed awards for its bloody mary, wine list, nice bar, bartenders and late-night dining, too. These designations are all in addition to its 16 wins for best hotel.
MADISON, WI
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Paisan’s produces popular pizza and more

Since 1950, Paisan’s has been many readers’ go-to for casual Italian food and pizza. The restaurant has survived four location changes since it first opened, moving from Park Street to University Avenue, then to the basement of its sister restaurant, Porta Bella, and eventually to its current location overlooking Lake Monona in 2006. Paisan’s first appeared in the 1982 Best of Madison list for inexpensive dining. It soon became well-known for its made-to-order pizzas. Its first of seven pizza wins was secured in 1986.
MADISON, WI
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The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. has brewed success

Since the first Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. opened in November 1994 on Capitol Square in the former Fess Hotel building, it has been a community favorite, winning three Best of Madison awards in 1995 for beer selection, french fries and businessperson’s bar. From there, the wins continued to stack up, totaling 80 awards to date in the annual readers’ poll.
MADISON, WI
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Memorial Union racks up awards for its standout terrace

The Memorial Union Terrace is one of the most iconic spots in Madison that has been enjoyed by visitors and locals alike for generations. Sitting at the edge of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s campus with one of the best views of Lake Mendota, Memorial Union and its legendary terrace have taken home 58 total awards in the annual poll.
MADISON, WI