Best of Madison 2011

Our reader's picks (and 30th anniversary!) for the very best in dining, shopping, arts and entertainment and more

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Best Restaurant
Gold: The Old Fashioned
Silver: Paisan’s
Bronze: Eno Vino

New Restaurant
Gold: The Coopers Tavern
Silver: Dahmen’s Pizza Place
Bronze: Vintage Brewing Company

Upscale Dining
Gold: L’Etoile
Silver: Harvest
Bronze: The Admiralty Dining Room (at the Edgewater)

Lake View
Gold: Paisan’s
Silver: Sardine
Bronze: Captain Bill’s

Best Ambiance
Gold: Porta Bella
Silver: Weary Traveler Freehouse
Bronze: Harvest

Gold: Pancake Café
Silver: Marigold Kitchen
Bronze: Mickies Dairy Bar

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

Gold: The Old Fashioned
Silver: Marigold Kitchen
Bronze: Babes Restaurant & Cocktails

Neighborhood Bar
Gold: Weary Traveler Freehouse
Silver: Harmony Bar and Grill
Bronze: Jade MonkeyIf you haven’t been to this cozy pub for a pint (28 draft beers and a six-page beer/wine menu!) and a bite, now’s the time—they’ve got a bustling outdoor patio!

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

Gold: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ
Silver: Fat Jacks Barbecue
Bronze: Brickhouse BBQ

Gold: Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry
Silver: Nitty Gritty
Bronze: The Old Fashioned

Gold: Jolly Bob’s
Silver: Jamerica Caribbean Restaurant
Bronze: David’s Jamaican Cuisine

Gold: Imperial Garden—West
Silver: Hong Kong Café
Bronze: Chang Jiang

Fish Fry
Gold: The Avenue Bar
Silver: The Old Fashioned
Bronze: Quivey’s Grove

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

Indian or Nepalese
Gold: Himal Chuli
Silver: Maharaja
Bronze: Maharani Indian Restaurant

Gold: Lombardino’s
Silver: Tutto Pasta State Street
Bronze: Vin Santo Cucina Italiana

Gold: Restaurant Muramoto
Silver: Ginza of Tokyo
Bronze: Takara Japanese Restaurant

Perhaps we should qualify the win: Ella's is a Madison institution for the kid-at-heart-friendly.” Young and old, we flock here for the food, fantasia and fun. Kid-Friendly
Gold: Ella’s Deli
Silver: Culver’s
Bronze: Rocky’s Party Pizzeria

Gold: Bunky’s Café
Silver: Mediterranean Café
Bronze: Lulu’s Deli and Restaurant (closed)

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

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

Gold: Glass Nickel Pizza Co.
Silver: Ian’s Pizza by the Slice
Bronze: Roman Candle Pizzeria

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

Sports Bar
Gold: State Street Brats
Silver: Babes Restaurant & Cocktails
Bronze: Pooley’s

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

Supper Club
Gold: Tornado Steak House
Silver: Smoky’s Club
Bronze: Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club

Gold: Sa-Bai Thong
Silver: Lao Laan-Xaang
Bronze: Bahn Thai

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

Gold: Jacobson Bros. Quality Meats and Deli
Silver: Ken’s Meats & Deli
Bronze: Knoche’s Butcher Shop

Gold: Great Dane
Silver: Capital Brewery
Bronze: Ale Asylum

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

Gold: Carr Valley Cheese Company
Silver: Hook’s Cheese Company
Bronze: Cedar Grove Cheese

Gold: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
Silver: Candinas Chocolatier
Bronze: DB Infusion Chocolates

Gold: Barriques
Silver: Ancora Coffee Roasters
Bronze: Michelangelo’s Coffee House

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

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

Ice Cream/Custard
Gold: Babcock Hall Dairy Store
Silver: Culver’s
Bronze: Michael’s Frozen Custard

Specialty Food Store
Gold: Brennan’s Market
Silver: Willy Street Co-op
Bronze: Fromagination


Golf Course
Gold: University Ridge
Silver: Door Creek Golf Course
Bronze: Odana Hills Golf Course

Live Music Venue
Gold: High Noon Saloon
Silver: Barrymore Theatre
Bronze: Majestic Theatre

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

Kids adore the innovative, hands-on learning they find at their brand-new play place. Do NOT miss the rooftop. Cluck cluck.Museum
Gold: Madison Children’s Museum
Silver: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Bronze: Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Performing Arts Group
Gold: Madison Symphony Orchestra
Silver: Broom Street Theater
Bronze: Madison Opera

Radio Personality
Gold: Connie Kellie
Silver: John Flint
Bronze: Van Edwards

Radio Team
Gold: John & Tammy, 96.3 Star Country
Silver: Connie & Curtis, WZEE-Z104
Bronze: Jonathan & Kitty, 105.5 Triple M

TV Personality
Gold: Charlie Shortino
Silver: Christine Bellport
Bronze: Susan Siman

TV Team
Gold: Charlie Shortino and Christine Bellport
Silver: Rob Starbuck, Charlotte Deleste & Haddie McLean
Bronze: Eric Franke, Jay Wilson and Gary Cannalte





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