From the legacy of Aldo Leopold and John Muir to our famous farmers' markets and restaurants, Madison's roots in agriculture and farm-to-table philosophies help us stand out as a dining destination.
Get started on the Capitol Square and enjoy creations from the chefs at Graze, where they work with more than 200 local producers to purchase meats, fruits, dairy, vegetables and more. The menu at Merchant is crafted from a similar philosophy: a passion for quality ingredients, simple cooking and craft cocktails that complement the food. Just across the street, Marigold Kitchen makes creative, healthy food for breakfast, lunch or brunch and was recently featured in an article that recognized Madison restaurants as serving the "finest farm to table fare."
Throughout Greater Madison you'll get a chance to enjoy seasonal and sustainable selections, from food carts on campus to specialty eateries in surrounding towns. Begin at Brasserie V on Monroe Street where they focus on locally-sourced, made-from-scratch Belgian gastropub fare, then branch out to the tiny towns beyond. The Artisan Gallery and Creamery Cafe in Paoli pairs freshly-baked pastries with seasonal selections, while Fit Fresh Cuisine in Fitchburg was created by a registered dietician and emphasizes healthy, fresh items grown locally.
Madison offers many ways to shop green as well. For over 35 years Willy Street Co-op East and Willy Street Co-op West have been Madison's largest consumer-owned natural food stores. There you can find locally grown and prepared dishes and hundreds of fresh produce items daily. Of course, the nationally renowned Dane County Farmers' Market is another way to eat green. With multiple locations offering fresh food seven days a week, eating naturally has never been easier.