BEST OF MADISON 2014

FOOD & DRINK

 

PHOTO BY SHARON VANORNY

BACK TO BACK BEST: Left to right: Ian Stowell (Graze), Matt Phelps (Graze), Itaru Nagano (L’Etoile), Andrew Kroeger (L’Etoile), Chef Tory Miller, Melinda Dorn (pastry chef for both restaurants), Jacob Guyette (Graze)

Every year when the Best of Madison results come in, we can’t help hurriedly scanning the food and drink list. After all, this is a foodie town and the category is our largest. First thoughts usually include: Who won best restaurant? Best new restaurant? In arguably two of the most anticipated—and debated—categories, this year’s winners, L’Etoile and Grampa’s Pizzeria, respectively, feel right. But these biggie categories only scratch the surface of a larger story. On the list we see old favorites: Glass Nickel wins best pizza for the fourteenth time and Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry nabs its twenty-sixth gold for burger. But new Madison is also represented. The hip Underground Butcher was voted Madison’s best butcher, and Ale Asylum’s Hopalicious moved from its previous four-year position at silver to secure gold in 2014, for the first time bumping New Glarus Brewing’s Spotted Cow from its gilded title to second place. But that’s what we love about the Best of Madison, and about the food and drink poll: It affirms what we know we love but also signals when change is in the air. – Grace Edquist 

 

Ambience

  Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro
  Weary Traveler Freehouse
  Sardine

Bakery

  Cupcakes-A-Go-Go
  Batch Bakehouse
  Greenbush Bakery

Bartender

  Steve Renfro, High Noon Saloon
  Max Gartzke, HotelRED
  Dan Richards, Nitty Gritty

BBQ

  Smoky Jon’s No. 1 BBQ
  Fat Jacks Barbecue
  Brickhouse Barbeque

Best Restaurant

  L’Etoile
  Graze
  Sardine

Breakfast

  Marigold Kitchen
  Hubbard Avenue Diner
  Pancake Café

Brewery/Brewpub

  Ale Asylum
  The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
  New Glarus Brewing Company

Brunch

  The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
  Sardine
  Eldorado Grill

Burger

  Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry
  Nitty Gritty
  DLUX

Butcher

  Underground Butcher
  Knoche’s Butcher Shop
  Jacobson Bros. Quality Meats and Deli

Caribbean

  Jolly Bob’s
  Jamerica
  Café Costa Rica

Cheese

  Carr Valley Cheese Company
  Hook’s Cheese Company
  Sassy Cow Creamery

Chef

  Tory Miller, L’Etoile and Graze
  Dan Fox, Heritage Tavern
  Dave Heide, Liliana’s

Chinese

  Imperial Garden – West
  Chang Jiang Chinese Restaurant
  Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar

Chocolate

  Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
  Candinas Chocolatier
  DB Infusion Chocolates

Cocktail

  Old Fashioned, The Dorf Haus
  Old Fashioned, The Old Fashioned
  The Regret, Merchant

Coffee Roasters

  Barriques
Just Coffee Cooperative
Ancora Coffee Roasters

Coffee/Tea Shop

  Barriques
  Colectivo Coffee
  Redamtè Coffee House

Craft Brew

  Hopalicious, Ale Asylum
  Spotted Cow, New Glarus Brewing Co.
  Silk Scorpian, Karben4 Brewing

Ethnic Grocery Store

  Fraboni’s Italian Specialties
  Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
  Asian Midway Foods

First Date

  Memorial Union Terrace
  Graze
  Sardine

Fish Fry

  The Dorf Haus
  Quivey’s Grove
  Avenue Bar

Food Cart

  Banzo
  Caracas Empanadas
  Good Food

Greasy Spoon

  Mickies Dairy Bar
  Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
  The Curve

Grocery Store

  Metcalfe’s Market
  Willy Street Co-op
  Woodman’s Food Market

Happy Hour

  Genna’s Lounge
  Veranda Restaurant & Wine Bar
  Tempest Oyster Bar

Ice Cream/Custard

  Babcock Hall Dairy Store
  Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
  Culver’s

Indian

  Swagat
  Maharaja
  Maharani

Italian

  Lombardino’s
  Paisan’s
  Greenbush Bar

Japanese/Sushi

  Sushi Muramoto
  Restaurant Muramoto
  Red Sushi

Kid-Friendly

  Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor
  Roman Candle Pizzeria
  Culver’s

Kids’ Menu

  Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor
  The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
  Daisy Café and Cupcakery

Lake View

  Sardine
  Paisan’s
  Captain Bill’s

Latin American

  Inka Heritage
  La Taguara
  Surco Peruvian Cuisine

Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

  Bunky’s Café
  Banzo
  Mediterranean Cafe

Mexican/Southwestern

  Eldorado Grill
  Taqueria Guadalajara
  Pasqual’s

Neighborhood Tavern

  Weary Traveler Freehouse
  Mickey’s Tavern
  Mid Town Pub

New Orleans/Cajun

  New Orleans Take-Out
  Louisianne’s Etc.
  Liliana’s

New Restaurant

  Grampa’s Pizzeria
  Heritage Tavern
  La Taguara

Outdoor Dining

  Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub
  The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
  Paisan’s

Pizza

  Glass Nickel Pizza Co.
  Ian’s Pizza
  Roman Candle Pizzeria

Rooftop Bar

  Fresco
  The Rooftop Bar & Bistro, Sundance 608 Cinemas
  Brickhouse Barbeque

Sandwich

  Sweet Potato Pesto,   Redamtè Coffee House
  Meatloaf Sandwich, Schubert’s Diner & Bakery
  West of the Andes, Weary Traveler Freehouse

Seafood

  Joey’s Seafood & Grill
  Sardine
  Tempest Oyster Bar 

Southeast Asian

  Ha Long Bay
  Lao-Laan Xang
  Sa-Bai Thong

Specialty Food Store

  Brennan’s Market
  Fromagination
  Willy Street Co-op

Sports Bar

  Nitty Gritty
  State Street Brats
  Jordan’s Big 10 Pub

Steakhouse

  Tornado Steakhouse
  Johnny Delmonico’s
  Smoky’s Club

Supper Club

  The Old Fashioned
  Tornado Steakhouse
  Smoky’s Club

Upscale Dining

  L’Etoile
  Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro
  Tornado Steakhouse

Vegetarian Friendly

  Green Owl Café
  Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
  Banzo

Wine Bar

  Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro
  Veranda Restaurant & Wine Bar
  Barriques

Wine & Spirits

   Steve’s Wine, Beer & Spirits
  Woodman’s Food Market
  Barriques

 

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
HOME & LIFESTYLE
RECREATION & FITNESS

 

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