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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 Brocach on Monroe for an Irish neighborhood feel and a menu inspired by the travels of its owners, or Claddagh Irish Pub, serving traditional Irish pub fare and a perfect pint! 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. If you're interested in Italian, Madison has many options: Tutto Pasta is a family restaurant in the heart of State Street, and Porta Bella serves award-winning food in a romantic setting, complete with patio seating in the summer.

Madison meets the Mediterranean in eclectic eateries like BanzoBunky's Cafe, and Cafe Costa Rica, where Latin American/Caribbean-fusion cuisine is served in a unique setting. 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.

Another mix (Swiss and American) is the specialty at the comfortable and casual Alpine Restaurant in New Glarus. French flavors are available at Sardine and L'Etoile, where specialty dishes prepared with local ingredients by award-winning chefs.

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.