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When warm weather calls for a satisfying foodie road trip, make your way to 43° N, 89° W: Madison, WI! Greater Madison’s foodie scene has been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure and Rachel Ray, and was just featured by USA Today in May, 2016. The city’s wealth of culinary delights is as deep as its agricultural heritage, and is worthy of your next breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Farmers Outdoor Dining James Beard Chefs Food Carts Events and Tours Fish Fry and Supper Clubs

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One of the best ways to experience summer in Madison is to make your way around the Capitol Square during the Dane County Farmers' Market, the largest producer-only market in the nation. Bring your own basket or purchase a farmers’ market reusable bag and talk to the local producers while you shop. There are also many other farmers' markets in the area, one open every day of the week during the warmer months.

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Madison’s outdoor and waterfront restaurants take advantage of sun-kissed days starting in April. Many eateries along the city’s State Street have patios perfect for enjoying everything from breakfast and brunch to late-night meals. There are also numerous waterfront restaurants with stunning views of the area’s sparkling lakes.



This year, four local chefs are in the running for a James Beard Award, solidifying Madison’s standing as a creative culinary city. Tory Miller, Dan Fox, Jonny Hunter and Francesco Mangano are all semifinalists for Beard honors this year and you can dine at one of their establishments while in town. Their unexpected flavors and delicious dishes will leave you fully satisfied.

Food Cart
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As one of the "10 best cities for food trucks" according to USA Today, Madison’s street food scene is lively around both the city’s Capitol Square and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The area’s food cart chefs take the region’s fresh ingredients and add their passion to produce only-in-Madison meals—from fried cookie dough at Fried and Fabulous to organic wraps and salads at Good Food.

Wisconsin Brewing Co

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One look at Madison’s social calendar and you’ll discover it reads like a culinary smorgasbord! In fact, the city has its own culinary calendar. Almost every weekend is devoted to a food festival or event—from BratFest on Memorial Day weekend to Taste of Madison over Labor Day. Plus the area hosts walking and biking culinary tours. Madison Eats Food Tours and Madison Food Explorers share the stories behind Madison restaurants and brew pubs, and give insider tips on how to enjoy Madison's food scene.

Fish Fry
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Step back in time by experiencing a fish fry or supper club in Madison. Not much has changed since the days of prohibition, when restaurants offered unlimited fried fish as a way to get patrons into their establishments during Lent. Most serve lake fish (perch, walleye, blue gill and cod), steaks and chicken. These traditional Wisconsin dining establishments have been run by families for generations, mixing Midwest hospitality with agricultural heritage.