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Madison’s barbecue champ

Our reviewer has long held that barbecue in a region without a local style of its own should still pick one and not try to do everything. But City Barbeque changed everything.

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Branch + Daughter makes specialty pizzas loaded with quality toppings

Branch + Daughter is a toppings place. The strength of the pizzas comes from the quality of the toppings and the kitchen’s inventive combos.

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Bandit Tacos & Coffee is a fast casual hotspot

Bandit Tacos & Coffee is one of the few places making its tortillas in-house, daily — and with corn sourced from Mexican farms. But don’t skip the tostadas, either.

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It’s Friday somewhere

The Friday fish fry has spilled over into the Wednesday special menu at some very popular local eateries. Who’s serving and where’s the best fish?

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Fairchild is having fun

L’Etoile’s influence is evident at Fairchild — the resumes of chefs Itaru Nagano and Andy Kroeger and co-owner Patrick Sierra all list L’Etoile — but the vibe is more casual; service is purposeful and...

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North Shore Pizza and Subs brings a touch of Boston to Monona

The three-way roast beef sandwich is the kind of ultra-local specialty that you should eat before it disappears.

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Lovely Middle Eastern interlude at Madison's Petra

Petra opened in 2021 in the Odana Road storefront where The Nile was in business for about a decade. Its spacious dining room is often underpopulated, but the food was legitimately lovely every time.

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Amara transforms the former Pasqual’s Cantina at Hilldale

Amara is the third restaurant from the group that brought Madison Merchant and Lucille. Its Amalfi Coast aesthetic — think bright, acidic and seafood-centric — unlocks a menu not found in many area...

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Tacos El Capi in the old People’s Bakery is a go-to taqueria

Tacos El Capi, which opened in the former People’s Bakery on East Washington Avenue late in 2022, has a winner with its rich birria tacos.

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A sense of history runs side-by-side with modernity at Turn Key

1344 East Washington Avenue has been home to a number of restaurants, most recently a Pasqual’s, but Turn Key manages to combine old and new in a way that may fit in better than the Tex-Mex mini-chain.

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Dagu Rice Noodle specializes in Crossing the Bridge noodle soup

The soup comes to the table as a steaming bowl of pork-based broth, with uncooked ingredients on a tray; it’s like a single-serving hot-pot.

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The Borough Beer Co. & Kitchen’s comfort food menu

Borough’s cautious start with its brewing program seems to have given them license to really put the kitchen to the test, and with more than a few clear successes.

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Touch of Ukraine serves national dishes and some American standards

Ukranian refugees have opened a homey eatery in Union Corners.

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Sultan offers a Punjab-focused experience

A kitchen focusing on Punjabi dishes in Madison is news. Punjab is the name of both a state in northwestern India and a province in northeastern Pakistan. You may find familiar dishes on the Sultan...

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Madison’s The Mediterranean Joint strives to find its niche

A red pepper-inflected baba ghanoush, spicy kofta and beef kebabs are among the dishes to go for.

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Lallande on Monroe Street highlights the cuisine of the French countryside

This new Monroe Street kitchen, run by the founders of Bloom Bake Shop, clearly doesn’t want you to think of “provincial” as anything close to dull or simple.

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Turkish Kitchen and Silk Road are outstanding Central Asian restaurants

It’s been just over a decade since Hüsnü’s closed. Its departure from the scene left Madison without a Turkish restaurant for years. But recently, Madison has been fortunate to see Central Asian menus...

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