Best of Madison 2010

The results of our annual readers' poll are in!

Food & Drink

Best Restaurant
Gold: Eno Vino
Silver: The Old Fashioned
Bronze: L’Etoile

Upscale Restaurant
Gold: L’Etoile
Silver: Restaurant Magnus
Bronze: Harvest

Restaurant View
Gold: Paisan’s
Silver: The Edgewater
Bronze: Jovian Taphaus Grill (closed)

Gold: Marigold Kitchen
Silver: Pancake Café
Bronze: Original Pancake House

Gold: Nau-Ti-Gal
Silver: Great Dane
Bronze: Sardine

Gold: Babe’s (pictured at right)
Silver: Marigold Kitchen
Bronze: The Old Fashioned
* Panera Bread

Outdoor Dining
Gold: Great Dane
Silver: Captain Bill’s
Bronze: Paisan’s

Gold: Smoky Jon’s #1 B-B-Q
Silver: Fat Jacks Barbecue
Bronze: The Haze
* Famous Dave’s

Gold: Nitty Gritty
Silver: Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry
Bronze: Blue Moon
* Red Robin

Gold: Jolly Bob’s
Silver: Jamerica
Bronze: David’s

Gold: Imperial Garden (East)
Gold: Imperial Garden (West)
Silver: Hong Kong Café
Bronze: Chang Jiang

Fish Fry
Gold: Avenue Bar
Silver: Captain Bill’s
Bronze: Quivey’s Grove

Greasy Spoon
Gold: The Curve
Silver: Mickies Dairy Bar
Bronze: Monty’s Blue Plate

Ice Cream/Custard
Gold: Michael's Frozen Custard (pictured above)
Silver: Chocolate Shoppe
Bronze: Babcock Hall Dairy

Gold: Himal Chuli
Silver: Maharaja
Bronze: Maharani

Gold: Brocach
Silver: Erin’s Snug
Bronze: Martin O’Grady’s
* Claddagh

Gold: Lombardino’s
Silver: Tutto Pasta Cucina Italiana
Silver: Tutto Pasta Trattoria
Bronze: Cafe La Bellitalia
* Olive Garden

Gold: Muramoto
Silver: Takara
Bronze: Wasabi

Gold: Lao-Laan Xang
Silver: Saigon Noodle
Bronze: Vientiane Palace

Gold: Mediterranean Café
Silver: Bunky’s Café
Bronze: Hüsnu’s
HONORABLE MENTION: The Dardanelles (closed)

Gold: Pedro’s
Silver: Laredo’s
Bronze: Eldorado Grill

Middle Eastern
Gold: Hüsnu’s
Silver: Lulu’s
Bronze: Kabul

New Orleans/Cajun
Gold: New Orleans Take-Out
Silver: Liliana’s
Bronze: Louisianne’s Etc.

Gold: Glass Nickel Pizza Co. (pictured at right)
Silver: Ian’s Pizza By the Slice
Bronze: Roman Candle Pizza

Gold: Captain Bill’s
Silver: Blue Marlin
Bronze: Ocean Grill

Gold: Tornado Club
Silver: Johnny Delmonico’s
Bronze: Smoky’s Club

Gold: Sa-Bai Thong
Silver: Bahn Thai
Bronze: Bandung

Gold: Lane’s Bakery
Silver: Greenbush Bakery
Bronze: Scott’s Pastry Shoppe

Brew Pub
Gold: Great Dane (pictured at right)
Silver: Ale Asylum
Bronze: Capital Brewery

Craft Brew
Gold: Spotted Cow (New Glarus)
Silver: Hopalicious (Ale Asylum)
Bronze: Island Wheat (Capital Brewery)

Butcher Shop
Gold: Jacobson Brothers
Silver: Ken’s
Bronze: Knoche’s

Chocolate Shop/Candy Shop
Gold: Gail Ambrosius
Silver: Candinas
Bronze: David Bacco

Gold: Ancora
Silver: Barriques
Bronze: Michelangelo’s
* Starbucks

Gold: Fraboni’s
Silver: Ella’s
Bronze: Gino’s

Specialty Foods Store
Gold: Brennan’s Market
Silver: Willy Street Co-op
Bronze: Fromagination
* Trader Joe’s
* Whole Foods Market

Grocery Store
Gold: Woodman's
Silver: Metcalfe's Market
Bronze: Willy Street Co-op


Arts & Entertainment

Arts Group
Gold: Madison Symphony Orchestra
Silver: Experiment Royale
Silver: StageQ
Bronze: Monkey Business Institute

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Read our profile on the Monkey Business Institute here!

Arts Venue
Gold: Overture Center
Silver: American Players Theatre
Bronze: Barrymore Theatre

Bed & Breakfast
Gold: Mansion Hill Inn
Silver: Arbor House
Bronze: Oscar H. Hanson House

Gold: Charlie Shortino
Silver: Bo Ryan
Bronze: Steve Stricker

Golf Course
Gold: University Ridge
Silver: Odana Hills
Bronze: Bridges

Gold: Madison Concourse Hotel
Silver: The Edgewater
Bronze: Hilton Madison
Monona Terrace

Movie Theater
Gold: Star Cinema
Silver: Sundance Cinema
Bronze: Point Cinema

Radio DJ Team
Gold: Connie and Fish, Z104 (pictured at right)
Silver: John and Tammy, 96.3 Star Country
Bronze: Jonathan and Kitty, 105.5 Triple M

TV Personality
Gold: Charlie Shortino
Silver: Susan Siman
Bronze: Rob Starbuck


Shops & Services

Auto Dealer
Gold: Zimbrick
Silver: Smart Motors
Bronze: Kayser Nissan

Bicycle Shop
Gold: Budget Bicycle Center
Silver: Williamson Bicycle Works
Bronze: Machinery Row Bicycles
* Trek Bicycle Store

Body Shop
Gold: Gates Auto Body
Silver: Zimbrick
Bronze: Ball Body Shop

Gold: University Book Store
Silver: Frugal Muse
Bronze: A Room of One’s Own
* Barnes & Noble
* Borders

Gold: Blue Plate
Silver: Cranberry Creek
Bronze: Queen Anne’s

DJ For Hire
Gold: Juke Box Bandstand
Silver: Celebrations
Bronze: Kenny Jay Mobile Party

Dry Cleaner
Gold: Klinke Cleaners
Silver: Lake Mills Cleaners
Bronze: Best Cleaners

Fitness Center
Gold: Princeton Club
Silver: Harbor Athletic Club
Bronze: Capital Fitness
* Anytime Fitness

Gold: Choles
Silver: Felly’s
Bronze: George’s

Hair Salon
Gold: Studio 924
Silver: Aniu Salon Spa Yoga
Bronze: The Ultimate Spa Salon

Hardware Store
Gold: Ace
Silver: Dorn True Value
Bronze: True Value Co.
* Menards

Gold: TQ Diamonds
Silver: Goodman’s
Bronze: Chalmers

Lawn & Garden
Gold: Bruce Company
Silver: Blair Lawn & Landscape
Bronze: Jung Garden Service

Luxury Vehicle
Gold: Lexus
Silver: BMW
Bronze: Mercedes

Music Store
Gold: Strictly Discs (pictured above)
Silver: Ward-Brodt
Bronze: B-Side Records
* Exclusive Company

Pet Day Care & Boarding
Gold: The Dog Den
Silver: Ruffin’ It Resort
Bronze: Waggin’ Tails Doggie Dude Ranch & PetLodge

Pet Store
Gold: Mounds
Silver: Mad Cat
Bronze: Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz

Shoe Store
Gold: Morgan’s
Silver: The Shoe Box
Bronze: Cornblooms
* DSW Shoe Warehouse

Spa & Salon
Gold: Kneaded Relief Day Spa
Silver: The Ultimate Spa Salon
Bronze: La Vie Nails & Spa

Upscale Furniture & Home Accessories
Gold: Rubin’s
Silver: The Century House
Bronze: Di Maggio’s Euro Design
* Steinhafel’s

Gold: Lakeview
Veterinary Clinic
Silver: Odyssey Veterinary Care
Bronze: Animal Hospital
of Verona

Wine & Spirits
Gold: Steve’s Liquor
Silver: Barriques
Bronze: Woodman’s

Women’s Clothing
Gold: bop
Silver: Woldenberg’s
Bronze: J LaMore
* Kohl’s
* Macy’s

Men’s Clothing
Gold: Jazzman
Silver: Woldenberg’s
Bronze: Context
* Macy’s

* Voters also chose these chains in the Best of Madison Readers’ Poll


Click here for a guide to all of this year's Best of Madison winners!


More Best of Madison:

- Editors' Choice Awards

- Staff Picks

- Best New Restaurants

- Best Brews

- Best of the Decade  

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