Seven new craft breweries opened in late 2013 or plan to open this year.
Brunch all day—not a bad idea during these short days and long nights of winter. And it's the central concept behind Bassett Street Brunch Club, the diner that opened Oct. 31 at the corner of Bassett Street and West Johnson Street in the lower level of the new Hampton Inn.
So many details go into opening a fine dining restaurant. It's not easy to get everything right. That was fairly apparent when we dined with a group of friends at Copper Falls, a new fine dining restaurant in Clinton, on a recent Saturday night.
The September opening of Sol's on the Square bumps the number of Korean restaurants around Madison to three and makes the city part of a national culinary trend.
The food truck is a growing trend that is beginning to take hold in smaller cities as well as big ones. The Los Agaves taco truck in Fort Atkinson is one example.
Chef Dan Fox took on a big project when he decided to open Heritage Tavern last year in Madison. Fortunately, the result is a beautiful restaurant that serves outstanding food -- including pork from Fox's own pigs.
In the last couple of years, getting up Sunday mornings has become much sweeter. Basie, our shaggy orange dog, certainly agrees. He waits expectantly for that short weekly car ride and a nibble of something tasty from LoriAnna's Sweetlife Bakery in Janesville.
Ha Long Bay Restaurant is thriving after five years on Williamson Street. The kitchen continues to turn out delectable plates of Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian food—all well suited to warm hibernating palates and awaken the senses.
The lights, the music, the perfection of the American Club Resort awed us, but the best thing about our visit was the Friday Feast of the Seven Fishes Buffet.
This has been an active year for new restaurant openings in Madison—a sign of a confident local economy. One of the newest is a place called The Spot, and it's one of our favorites of 2013.