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Where to stop for lunch/dinner

We are driving through Madison in July and was wondering if there is a central "spot" to get the feel of Madison. Thought we could stop for a few hours for lunch or dinner and a stroll. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

What makes Madison different from other Midwestern destinations is the downtown and the campus. Depending on your preferences, you could park downtown and walk around the Capitol and Monona Terrace. There are many good restaurants right around the Capitol Square.

If you go to the top of the Capitol, there are views in every direction, and you can see the four lakes that surround Madison's Isthmus.

Or you could park closer to campus and wander up and down State Street, where you will find another set of restaurants. The 500 and 600 blocks of State Street will be under construction in July, so you will probably want to avoid them.

Any type of restaurant that you prefer? We have quite a few good ones to choose from. You can go to www.thedailypage.com and click on Eats, then choose Downtown Madison as your location to scan the options.

If you click on the restaurant name, you can get the address, hours, and what credit cards they accept, among other information.

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2. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

Thanks...that's exactly what i was looking for. We like Italian/Mediteranian, good burgers and are always interested in the "best" pizza in town.

Any favorites?

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3. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

Pizza - Ian's (by the slice) - 100 block of State

Burger - Dotty Dumplings - 300 N Frances (south of State)

Italian/Mediterranean - tough call - upscale is definitely Osteria Papavero, 128 E Wilson, south of the square.

In between - Tutto Pasta Cucina Italiana, 107 King St, 1 block off the southeast corner of the square.

Downscale - Paisan's - 131 W. Wilson, 2 blocks south of the square.

Enjoy!

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4. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

Thanks so much for your help!

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5. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

If you want true Wisconsin flavor mixed with the University Campus feeling then head down to State Street and check out State Street Brats.

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6. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

Porta Bella's is another great Italian place, just off of State St. Another nice place with outdoor seating is the Great Dane Pub and Brewery.

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7. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

Thanks everyone...keep 'em coming!

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8. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

I also heard something about Monroe Street????

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9. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

Near the football stadium, Monroe Street has several restaurants, a Trader Joe's store, and some boutique shops, including Orange Tree Imports, which has everything you would ever need to work in your kitchen, as well as a good gift selection.

I haven't eaten there in quite a while, but the Daily Page website should have all the options listed under Near Westside Madison, or something like that.

There are two good restaurants, Bluphies and Brasserie V, farther out Monroe, and a good custard place called Michael's with a park behind it. There's a new Italian place in this stretch that I haven't tried out yet. Maybe someone else can give us a review of Papa Phil's.

There's a pretty steep hill on the stadium part of Monroe, though, so if climbing is not fun for you, it may not be worth the visit to these first few blocks.

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10. Re: Where to stop for lunch/dinner

state street is pretty messy and ugly right now... i'd hate for you to get a bad impression of madison based on that area alone...

just fyi.