Seasonal Guide to Madison’s Local Food Scene
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A Seasonal Guide to Madison’s Local Food Scene

No matter the season, there’s a never-ending supply of culinary events, tempting epicurean shops and new restaurants to try in Madison. Whether you’re looking for a bite or a feast, here are some ways to enjoy Madison’s food scene to the fullest.

 

Bites & Brews

Brews abound in our libation-loving city.

Get started in the gorgeous Greenbush neighborhood, where Rockhound Brewing Company serves up small-batch beers and classic comforts with a twist. If elevated Americana is your culinary craving, the west side’s Vintage Brewing Company is the place for you. Their sublime suds have acquired accolades and acclaim the world over. Seeking asylum from a hard day? Sneak over to Ale Asylum, a north-side staple with a large, and loyal, legion of followers. Don’t fret if you’re gluten-free, ALT Brew has you covered. This new-age, nano-brewery crafts quality thirst-quenchers one barrel at a time.

The Greater Madison area offers even more frothy refreshments.

Make for Middleton, where Capital Brewery boasts some of Madison’s best local brews. While you’re there, congregate at Longtable Beer Café to peruse more than 300 beers.

Visit Verona for a state-of-the-art brewery in Hometown U.S.A. On top of premium craft beer, Wisconsin Brewing Company offers a luscious lawn perfect for a game of bags or frolicking with your fury-friends.

Wander over to Waunakee for a lively brew – and a view. The rooftop beer garden at Lone Girl Brewing Company offers the perfect pair of respite and exquisite craft beer.

If you’re looking for even more beauty with your beverage, seek out the quaint Swiss town of New Glarus. Perched atop a hill with vibrant views is one of the best breweries you can find – New Glarus Brewing Company. Don’t miss their signature Spotted Cow, a farmhouse favorite available only in Wisconsin.

 

Irish Favorites

Madison is well-known for its breweries, distilleries, and wineries – perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day like you’re in the Emerald Isle itself. Indulge in irresistible Irish favorites all across town. Polish off a pint with a classic Corned Beef Reuben from the Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar. Get to Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. for the Emerald Isle Stout – a dark, frothy, and distinctively Irish draft. The restaurant has menu specials on St. Paddy’s Day, too.

 

Winter (and Spring) Warm-Ups

With temperatures averaging in the low 50s in March and April, it’s the ideal time to soothe the soul with a great cup of coffee from one of Madison’s many cafés. The Café at the Edgewater features beautiful views from the popular hotel and specializes in sweet pastries and get-up-and-go espresso drinks. At Ancora Coffee & Tea, try an in-house made coffee, featuring Con Panna espresso and steamers, all served in a space that showcases local artists. Aldo’s Cafe is a favorite on the UW-Madison campus. Grab a Dirty Chai Latte or a Blood Orange Hibiscus tea, along with a cup of the White Bean Stew or a Farro and Kale salad.

 

Pie Time

On March 14, math enthusiasts the world over celebrate National Pi Day, which honors the “pi” symbol. Middleton’s Hubbard Avenue Diner & Bakery has a different take on the holiday, reveling in their renowned “pie” instead. They sell slices that day at $3.14 each, or if you wear a Hubbard Avenue T-shirt, it’s on the house. They offer a dizzying number of made-from-scratch flavors, like Mississippi Mud, Red Velvet and Blackberry Sour Cream.