No need to get out your passport in order to experience world-inspired cuisine. Madison's eclectic blend of restaurants offers seemingly endless dining opportunities.
First stop: Europe. Try The Coopers Tavern for a traditional Irish neighborhood feel and a menu inspired by the travels of its owners. A trip to Essen Haus 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. Liliana's offers New Orleans flavors in an elegant, French Quarter decor and The Bayou serves up old Southern family recipes and New Orleans food in an eclectic environment (including a 12-foot jester!). If you're interested in Italian, Lombardino's Italian Restaurant & Bar is one of Madison's oldest Italian eateries, while Benvenuto's Italian Grill-North has recently joined the other Benvenuto's locations around town offering specialties such as pizza, pasta, and calzones. And Madison meets the Mediterranean in eclectic eateries including Banzo and Bunky's Cafe. Finish off with French and Belgian flavors at Brasserie V, where specialty dishes are paired with more than 200 world-class beers and 30 wine varieties.
If more "calor" is what you're looking for, savor the South American flavors of Eldorado Grill or try Tex Tubb's Taco Palace. Both are don't-miss dining destinations.
End your world tour with a sampling of Asia at Lao Laan-Xang, Madison's first authentic Laotion restaurant, Sa-Bai Thong, located on Madison's west side, or Imperial Garden in Middleton, voted "Best of Madison" for more than 30 years. With three continents under your belt, even the biggest appetite will definitely be filled.