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Top Choice American in Madison

The Old Fashioned

With its dark, woodsy decor, the Old Fashioned evokes a supper club, a type of retro eatery common in Wisconsin. The menu is all local specialties, including walleye, cheese soup and sausages. It's hard to choose am…
Top Choice Market in Madison

Dane County Farmers Market

On Saturdays, a food bazaar takes over Capitol Sq. It's one of the nation's most expansive markets, famed for its artisanal cheeses and breads. Craft vendors and street musicians add to the festivities. In winter th…
Top Choice Pub in Madison

Memorial Union

The campus Union is Madison's gathering spot. The festive lakeside terrace pours microbrews and hosts free live music and free Monday-night films, while the indoor ice-cream shop scoops hulking cones from the univer…
Architecture in Spring Green

Taliesin

Taliesin was the home of Frank Lloyd Wright for most of his life and is the site of his architectural school. It's now a major pilgrimage destination for fans. The house was built in 1903, the Hillside Home School i…
Brewery in Green County

New Glarus Brewery

Wander through on a self-guided tour, then hit the tasting room for a pint ($8 to $9.50) or three-beer sampler ($8). The glass is yours as a souvenir. Top sips are the flagship Spotted Cow ale and Belgian Red with D…
American in Madison

L'Etoile

L'Etoile started doing the farm-to-table thing more than three decades ago. It's still the best in the biz, offering creative meat, fish and vegetable dishes, all sourced locally and served in a casually elegant roo…
Sculpture in South Central Wisconsin

Dr Evermor's Sculpture Park

The doc welds old pipes, carburetors and other salvaged metal into a hallucinatory world of futuristic birds, dragons and other bizarre structures. The crowning glory is the giant, egg-domed Forevertron, once cited …
Brewery in South Central Wisconsin

Capital Brewery

Lots of families and groups of friends gather at this social spot. From April through October they congregate at picnic tables in the outdoor beer garden. In winter, the party moves to the indoor bar. The brews are …
Museum in Spring Green

House on the Rock

One of Wisconsin's busiest attractions. Alex Jordan built the structure atop a rock column in 1959 (some say as an 'up yours' to neighbor Frank Lloyd Wright). He then stuffed the house to mind-blowing proportions wi…
Architecture in Madison

Monona Terrace

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this cool, white semicircular structure in 1938, though it wasn't completed until 1997. The one-hour tours ($5) explain why; they're offered daily at 1pm May through October (Friday throu…