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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, WI

Overhead view of restaurant outdoor patio where several people are sitting at tables

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Eat Fresh

Fall in love with food all over again. Madison’s chefs take full advantage of the region’s fresh organics, pasture-raised meat, and locally grown produce from Wisconsin’s fertile farmlands. Dining out or cooking in is a delicious springtime endeavor.

Long view of UW-Madison Library mall lined with food carts as a bicyclist is shown riding away in foreground and groups of people congregate further in the distance

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Food Carts

Another sure sign that spring has sprung: the arrival of food carts spanning across the city, bringing hand-crafted foods to the streets of Madison. Global cuisine—including Ethiopian, Indonesian, Thai, and trusty Wisconsin classics—is at your fingertips.

Madison Food Carts

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Locavore Dining

Sample Wisconsin’s heritage from the booth of a supper club, complete with mounted deer antlers on the wall and a jar of pickled eggs on the bar. From gourmet sausages and beer brats to deep-fried cheese curds and the Friday fish fry, Madison delivers on both taste and atmosphere.

Eater’s guide to Madison