The summary: college diner with bar
Angelic Brewing Company
The summary: the other college brew pub (see Great Dane)
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
The summary: think crappy Chili's
Atlanta Bread Company
The summary: good sandwiches on the go
The summary: known for friday fish fries -- unbelievably crappy service
Big Mama and Uncle Fat's
The summary: great BBQ and (sometimes) music
Big Mike's Super Subs
The summary: college sub fav
Big Ten Pub
The summary: typical bar & grill, but real close to Camp Randall
The summary: surprisingly mediocre seafood for the price
Blue Moon Bar & Grill
The summary: good local bar & grill
Blue Plate Diner (Monty's Blue Plate)
The summary: great place for breakfast and alt-diner food
The summary: recently on the decline, attempted nice-diner food
Branch Street Retreat
The summary: a bland place to go if you're in middleton
The summary: the only wing joint on State
The summary: fantastic sicilian food that isn't noticably sicialian
The summary: wear black and expect to hear great music while paying way too much (cafe mo' money)
The summary: crappeli. diner food attempted by hippies and ex-cons
Canterbury Booksellers Coffeehouse Inn
The summary: indulge in a light meal here with your book
The summary: mass produced acceptable New York style pizza
Casa De Lara
The summary: State St. Mexican -- a step above Taco Bell
The summary: have a hookah with your middle eastern fare. really.
The summary: nice Nepali food - a step above Himal Chuli
Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurant
The summary: you should know
Chili's Grill & Bar
The summary: you should know
China One Buffet
The summary: lots of mediocre chinese food served to lunch-break office spacers
The summary: fantastic diner food, esp the breakfast sandwiches
Come Back Inn
The summary: reliable brunch food, but bring back the $1 bloody mary's
The summary: recently rendered nice, Camp Randall sit-down food
Copper "top" Restaurant
The summary: crappy west-side Kosher
The summary: the Bitchen Kitchen is not a place you should go to
The summary: the other, less popular sub place (see Big Mike's)
The summary: overrated but still darn good fancy American food
Culver's Frozen Custard
The summary: a Wisconsin institution. grow your cellullite
The summary: ribs and big ass TV screens
Delaney's Charcoal Steaks
The summary: if you're in middleton and bored-hungry, go here for standard American fare
The summary: acceptable italian sandwiches, hot and cold.
Dog Eat Dog
The summary: great chicago dogs, complete with spices, pickles and tomatoes on "top"
The summary: hotel fare
Edwardo's Natural Pizza
The summary: standard sit-down pizza place
The summary: great mexican food with a dizzying tequila list
The summary: Kosher deli with a fantastic circus theme
The summary: 100% Germany, 100% of the time -- polka almost every night
Famous Dave's BBQ
The summary: midwest's BBQ favorite
The summary: you should know this
Fruit of the Earth Juice
The summary: juice / smoothy bar with great sandwich and soup offerings
Fyfe's Corner Bistro
The summary: East-side's best restaurant -- a gay mecca with great food
The summary: long-standing Italian favorite at lower prices than competition on State
Ginza of Tokyo
The summary: the only ginza restaurant, but avoid the sushi
Great Dane Brewing Company
The summary: the best brew pub on earth
The summary: painstakingly prepared food with an unfortunate theme -- the harvest (food tends to be rough and veggified)
The summary: fantastic, easy Nepali food in a serene, almost Buddhist atmosphere
Hong Kong Cafe
The summary: college crowd's favorite Chinese place offers free lunch on Labor day!
The summary: not worth the trip.
The summary: Mediterranean fare on State St. Good once or twice
The summary: popular Chinese with multiple locations in Madison -- sometimes has DJ's and hip hop when dinner is over
The summary: an Irish bar, all the way
J T Whitney's
The summary: the West side's answer to the brew pub (so-so)
The summary: tropical drinks made with potent rum, and authentic caribbean fare -- not to be missed
The summary: Crappy Italian food on Regent. Paper red-and-white plaid tablecloth-crappy.
Kabul Afghanistan & Mediterranean Restaurant
The summary: take Husnu's spillover crowd -- traditional Afghan food
Kennedy Manor Dining Room
The summary: hard-to-find basement place to eat and drink to live jazz
The summary: almost 1"0""0"% underage college kids
The summary: after-bar destination with burritos as big as your head
The summary: so-so Mexican food served fast
The summary: great Spanish restaurant. Smokey paella and great tapas bar.
The summary: crappy work-a-day lunch spot when hungry for Mexican
The summary: Gourmet's #7 restaurant in the U.S. The bussers know more about cuisine than you ever will.
Little Village Cafe
The summary: great burritos for the capitol crowd
The Living Room
The summary: where the rich and artsy college kids go to drink
The summary: Cajun food when in Middleton
The summary: Almost as good as Peppino's, and less of an effort. Loved the ravioli in cream sauce with marscapone.
The summary: OK Mediterranean with an anorexic wait staff
The summary: the only cajun food joint with live bands (recently featured Phantom Planet)
Madison Masala Pakistani & Indian
The summary: so-so service, but hookah-rich atmosphere and high-end Indian food. dim lights.
The summary: overly ambitious and consequently-failing fusion food with an older-than-college clientele. wear black.
The summary: reputably the best place in town for steak. the best total experience: jazz, first class food, wonderful desserts and any drink you can verbalize
The summary: if you were alive in the 5"0"'s, you'd know what a Maid-Rite sandwich is. pleasant retro-experience with phosphors on tap.
The summary: fast Mediterranean food at a reasonable. postcards from around the world on display.
Mickie's Dairy Bar
The summary: super crowded at the best time to go -- Sunday mornings for a heavy breakfast experience.
The summary: overrated and overpriced crap. their creme brulees taste dusty.
The summary: absolutely no reason to go here, unless you're in a boat (they have docks).
The summary: the best diner on State St. Greek owned. Great pies. Cheap and no-nonsense.
The summary: the birthday bar. not worth going unless it's your birthday (when you get free beer).
Noodle's & Company
The summary: fast food noodles.
North American Rotisserie
The summary: little-known soul food joint in Fitchburg. chicken to remember, and sides better than yo' mama's.
The summary: think Big Ten Pub, but with more tables.
The summary: interesting pizzas, and over 1"0""0" different beers
The summary: you should know this
The Opera House
The summary: Second only to L'Etoile. Fabulous food you remember like a World Series Game. Very knowledgable waitstaff.
The summary: Hell bent to extract the most amount of cash for your drinks with the most appealing waitstaff in Madison. But damn the drinks are fine.
Original Pancake House
The summary: Need a crepe? Lingonberry flapjack? Here's your place.
Orpheum Theatre Restaurant
The summary: A historic theatre's lobby turned into the most scenic bar in town.
The summary: The West side's answer to the Opera House, but with a North African twist.
The summary: Cheap college kids' Italian food. Where you go with your parents after your first role at the University theatre your Freshman year.
Panera Bread Company
The summary: Sandwiches and soups with the ever-present sun dried tomato.
The summary: Burritos. Across the street from Michael's Frozen Custard.
Pasta Per Tutti
The summary: Best Italian-only place in town.
The summary: Mexican on the West side.
The summary: Formerly of Middleton, best Italian place near campus.
Pizzeria Uno Chicago Bar & Grill
The summary: Standard sit-down pizza.
Plaza Tavern & Grill
The summary: This is where I drank when I was underage. a functional bar & grill and a good place to meet people
The summary: Terrible Italian food, which they try to hide with super-dim lighting, but a near-impressive wine cellar
The summary: Burritos if you're in a hurry.
The summary: In "Fitchrona," a classic country dining experience chock full of rehearsal diners.
The summary: Very creative combinations in gourmet sandwiches. Exotic cheeses from around the world.
The summary: Square pizza with overly-sweet sauce.
The summary: Pitas with substandard service.
The summary: Mass produced deli sandwiches and single pizzas.
The summary: Middleton's own Mediterranean cafe. Anything downtown is better.
The summary: Blatently Christian dinner club atmosphere. But a great steak, if a bit salty.
The summary: Handcooked by two people as you order. Tables turn over on the honor system. Quaint and worth every penny.
The summary: Nice, complex foods and a snooty owner. Place to meet people if you speak Italian.
State Bar & Grill
The summary: Your standard bar & grill on State Street.
State Street Brats
The summary: Famous for their red and white brats.
The summary: Thai food. Their lemongrass soup tasted a little too much like urine.
The summary: Salady-bistro fare.
The summary: So-so food with a second-floor view of State St.
The summary: In the mood for sushi? Go to Wasabi.
Tornado Club Steakhouse
The summary: Great steaks and a retro-noir bar with knowledgable staff.
The summary: Huge pasta menu and huge portions served by waitstaff in Italian soccer jerseys.
The summary: Kosher deli if you're in the old folk's mall.
The summary: Solid vietnamese and thai food. Sox recommends the beef salad, medium spicey.
The summary: The best place to get sushi. You'd forget you're in the midwest.
The West Side Club
The summary: Don't go here. You don't belong.
White Horse Inn
The summary: Tuesday and Thursday 2-for-1 margaritas (blended). The food isn't worth the trip otherwise.
Wild Iris Cafe
The summary: Not sure if this places is still open. Quaint and the best eatery on Regent St.