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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 Conde Nast, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure and USA Today. 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.



Madison's standing as a creative culinary city may be best seen through James Beard nominations. In the 28 years the culinary awards have been given, Madison restaurants and chefs have earned 27 different nominations. Read more about Madison's tie to the James Beard awards or scroll through our award-winning restaurants below.

Food Cart
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Madison’s street food scene is lively around both the city’s Capitol Square and the 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. Read our Eating Mobile itinerary to plan your next food cart feast, and let the mouth watering begin! 

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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. Madison now offers a new way to explore its delicious culinary culture. From cocktails to cheese, spirits to mustard, Essential Madison Experiences give you exclusive access to unforgettable experiences. 

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. Now you can take your supper club experience to a deeper level with Bitters Boot Camp. Learn all about the Old Fashioned, and even make your own bitters – the essential ingredient to the classic cocktail.