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World Flavor

No need to get out your passport in order to experience internationally-inspired cuisine! Madison's eclectic blend of restaurants offers endless dining opportunities. 

First stop: Ireland. Try The Cooper's Tavern for a relaxed, neighborhood tavern feel and a menu inspired by the travels of its owners. Or, head to Middleton where you'll find traditional Irish pub fare and a perfect pint at Claddagh Irish Pub.

If you're interested in Italian, Madison has many options: Cento is Madison's newest, premiere Italian restaurant that combines Old World Italian traditions with modern techniques--and has already earned accolades from Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "15 Best New Restaurants in the Midwest." Also just off the square is Francesca's al Lago Trattoria, where you'll find rustic Italian cooking and friendly service. On Madison's far west side you'll find Biaggi's, which offers a more casual atmosphere and private dining areas for larger groups. Madison meets the Mediterranean in eclectic eateries like A Pig in a Fur Coat (also recognized by Conde Nast Traveler!), where you'll find Spanish, French and Italian influences on the menu. 

Another don't-miss mix can be found at the comfortable and casual Alpine Restaurant, which serves Swiss and American flavors, and and at the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, an historic landmark known for its Swiss cuisine and entertainment. Monroe Street's Brasserie V brings together Belgian and French flavors (and more than 200 world-class beers!). For a twist on French-inspired menu items, try the traditional cajun and creole flavors that are favored at The Bayou. Or, find Liliana's Restaurant in Fitchburg, where New Orleans food is served in elegant, French Quarter decor.

In the mood for Mexican? Try the Eldorado Grill for Tex-Mex and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, an Austin-style taqueria serving more than 30 varieties of tacos. A trip to Essen Haus German Restaurant just may make you feel as though you've stepped back in time into a German Beer Hall, complete with authentic food and live music. Dobhan Kitchen serves up fusion cuisine from Nepal and India, with a touch of Mediterranean in its meals.

End your world tour with a sampling of Asia at Restaurant Muramoto, which offers a small-plate, Izakaya-inspired menu or Lao Laan-Xang, Madison's first authentic Laotion restaurant. Sa-Bai Thong, located on Madison's west side, serves authentic Thai cuisine and the Imperial Garden in Middleton, voted "Best of Madison" for more than 30 years, has an extensive Chinese menu.