Sam's Picks

An eclectic mix of things I like in Madison, and that I recommend to friends and visitors.

  • Food and Spirits
    • Chautara (Nepalese, especially dinner)
    • Himel Chuli (Nepalese, especially lunch)
    • Fresco (rooftop sculpture garden and dining above Museum of Contemporary Art)
    • Sardine (on the shore of Lake Monona, skatewing and mussels are amazing)
    • Inka Heritage (Peruvian, a bit pricey but excellent)
    • Great Dane Brew Pub (the usual)
    • Jolly Bob's (Jamaican, their unique margaritas are crazy good)
    • Essen Haus (when you need a boot of beer, german food, and a good polka band)
    • Samba Brazilian Grill (if you love meat and amazing sides, all you can eat)
    • Weary Traveler (their lunches are awesome)
    • Eldorado Grill (just when you thought you knew southwestern food...)
  • Music, Spirits, Food
    • Rathskeller (the keystone of UW-Madison social life, Memorial Union and Terrace (beer garden)-- need UW ID, Union membership card, or sponsor [someone with the afore mentioned credentials] to make alcohol purchases)
    • Magnus (I have not eaten here yet, just been there for music and drinks)
    • Barriques Wine Cave (if you like wine... and a cheese plate... or beer, for that matter)
  • Cafes
    • Indie Coffee (great coffee, great people)
    • Zuzu Cafe (across the street from my house)
    • Pete's Coffee (in Memorial Union, convenient to the Pyle Center -- an alternative to Starbucks)
    • Steep & Brew on State Street (since 1979, best espresso in town)
  • Other Random Stuff


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