Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday 4:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 to 6:00
Sunday 10:00 to 5:00
$15.00 for a day pass
$25.00 for a weekend pass.
Note: Ages 17 and under: free.
$6.00 per car per day
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Madison is loaded with amazing local
restaurants. Sure, if you want an Olive
Barrel or Cracker Garden you can find one,
but with stuff this good, why would you?
These are staff-recommended favorites.
5801 Monona Dr ¦ 608-222-1464
A favorite post-Canoecopia haunt of the Bagas, but delightful for anytime you’re hungry. Can’t go wrong with their White Pizza with Artichoke Hearts.
102 King Street ¦ 608.287.1455
A new restaurant from the owners of Lombardino's (see below), the Tipsy Cow is best described as gourmet bar food. Excellent selection of craft beers. Downtown location means you take a nice stroll around the Capitol and burn off your Blue Cheeses and Bacon Fries.
20 W Mifflin St ¦ 608-256-1600
An amazing list of draft beers complement their impeccable stick-to-your-ribs food. Poutine, anyone? Lamb shank? Yes, Please!
2110 Atwood Ave ¦ 608-242-4448
Sort of Himalayan fusion. Featuring a sublime dal and some of the best appetizers to turn into a full meal.
123 E Doty St ¦ 608-224-0000
Now with 4 locations around the metro Madison area, the Dane is a great brew pub. Jim is deeply thankful for their late night menu and their creative beers.
2201 Atwood Ave ¦ 608-249-4333
The specials here are often breathtakingly good. Their standard pub fare is very solid too. Nice collection of suds on tap.
1146 Williamson St ¦ 608-280-0104
Authentic Laotian cuisine. They also havea sister restaurant on Atwood. Love the curry squash, and the spring rolls are a taste of freshness any time of the year
2500 University Ave ¦ 608-238-1922
An Italian menu that shifts somewhat with the seasons, but never fails to please. Jim orders the pasta with sausage & rapini.
1524 Williamson St ¦ 608-251-9964
A delightful, venerable tavern, with interesting twists on bar standards. We think the Sexy Fries (fried potato chips with truffle oil & grated Parm.) are worth the trip and then some.
211 King St ¦ (no phone)
Quirky little bar that tries to hide on King St. It almost dares you to discover it. Worth finding, though. Recommend the 3 cup chicken, or any of the dim sum. The drinks are also delightful.
23 N Pinckney ¦ St 608-310-4545
The joys of a traditional supper club, done to perfection. Lots of Wisconsin beers on tap, and a perfect (Korbel) brandy old fashioned (sweet or sour) to boot. Heritics may also be pleased with their gin OF. The #38, a summer sausage sandwich is a killer.
106 King St ¦ 608-294-1234
Inventive sushi rolls that are beloved by many of us, in an intimate and cozy setting. A unique wine & cocktail menu too.
Roman Candle Pizza
1054 Williamson St ¦ 608-258-2000
Terrific pizza; the Roman Candle is Spicy! Word on the street is that the other stuff is delish., but we’ve never tried it. ;)
Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar
923 Williamson St ¦ 608-819-6319
Didn’t really realize why folks would willingly eat ramen until we went here. Amazing deconstructed pork buns.
674 S Whitney Way ¦ 608-204-2739
Their “out there” beers are typically amazing; “normal” beers are solid. Food is conservative, but satisfying.
More links to food around Madison
Madison Visitor's Bureau
Call them at 800-373-6376 if you're hopelessly confused. They're cool folks who love Madison too. Check out their web at www.visitmadison.com
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Some great tourist information can be obtained by calling 800-372-2737 (Wisconsin) or 800-432-TRIP (not Wisconsin) or 608-266-2161.www.tourism.state.wi.us