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Honor roll (favorite restaurants)

These are the places we tend to recommend. Your experience may vary. To the best of our knowledge, all are still open. If you go out and try them, come back and let us know what you think. Here's a map.

Double A's

Otherwise known as the accursed. About a third two fifths of our Double A's have closed since we visited, compared to one-fifth of the total.

  1. Bahn Thai
  2. Cafe Porta Alba
  3. Chocolaterian
  4. Cottage Cafe    
  5. El Bolillo
  6. Forequarter
  7. Graze
  8. Greenbush Bar
  9. Harvest
  10. Ichiban
  11. Jamerica
  12. L'Etoile
  13. Lakeview Bakery & Deli
  14. Laredo's
  15. Maharani
  16. New Glarus Hotel Restaurant
  17. Quivey's Grove
  18. Roxbury Tavern
  19. Seafood Center
  20. Sow's Ear
  21. Village Green

JM's Other A's

Places he liked that she maybe didn't, as much.

  1. Brass Ring
  2. Cold Stone Creamery
  3. Dayton Street Cafe
  4. Fugu
  5. Glass Nickel Pizza
  6. Melting Pot
  7. New Orleans Take Out
  8. Old Feed Mill
  9. Original Pancake House
  10. Restaurant Muramoto
  11. Roman Candle Pizza
  12. Sardine
  13. Steenbock's on Orchard
  14. Taqueria Guadalajara
  15. Wonder Bar Steak House

Nichole's Other A's

Places she liked that he maybe didn't, as much.

  1. Ale Asylum
  2. Ambrosius Chocolatier
  3. Angelo's (Monona)
  4. Argus Food and Spirits
  5. Banzo (cart)
  6. Barriques Market
  7. Bellini Lounge and Restaurant
  8. Bradbury's
  9. C's Restaurant and Bakery
  10. Caribou Tavern
  11. City Bar
  12. Crossroads Coffeehouse
  13. Curry in the Box
  14. Curve
  15. Dexter's Pub
  16. Dining Room
  17. Dobhan
  18. Edelweiss Cheese Shop
  19. EVP Coffee
  20. Fresh Cool Drinks
  21. Fromagination
  22. Johnson Public House
  23. Jordandal Cookhouse
  24. La Michoacana
  25. Lao Laan-Xang
  26. Lombardino's
  27. Los Gemelos
  28. Luangprabang
  29. Lucky Seven
  30. Madison Sourdough
  31. Malt House
  32. Manna Cafe
  33. Marigold Kitchen
  34. Mediterranean Cafe
  35. Minerva
  36. Monona Bait & Ice Cream
  37. Mother Fool's
  38. Osteria Papavero
  39. Parkway Family Restaurant
  40. Pat O'Malley's Jet Room
  41. People's Bakery and Lebanese Cuisine
  42. Pho Nam Noodle
  43. Rising Sons Deli
  44. Rossi's Pizza
  45. Salvatore's Tomato Pies
  46. Schoolhouse Cafe
  47. Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ
  48. Thai Basil
  49. Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery
  50. Victory
  51. Vintage Brewing Co.
  52. Willalby's Cafe
  53. Zuzu Cafe

Double A-'s

Places we both liked fairly well.

  1. Anna's Pizzeria
  2. Antler's Tavern
  3. Babe's American Grill
  4. Blowin' Smoke BBQ (cart)
  5. Blue Moon
  6. Brasserie V
  7. Brickhouse BBQ
  8. Brocach Irish Pub
  9. Cafe Carpe
  10. Cafe La Bellitalia
  11. Campus Biryani & Kebab
  12. Capitol Chophouse
  13. Caracas Empanadas (cart)
  14. Chief's Tavern
  15. China Wok
  16. Chocolate Shoppe
  17. Cinema Cafe
  18. Coffee Gallerie
  19. Copper Top Restaurant
  20. Country Cafe
  21. Cousin's
  22. Culver's
  23. Dhaba
  24. Eddie's Alehouse and Eatery
  25. Erbert and Gerbert's
  26. Famous Yeti's
  27. Fat Jack's
  28. Firefly Coffeehouse
  29. 43 North
  30. Fosdal Home Bakery
  31. Fraboni's Italian Specialties and Delicatessen
  32. Funk's Pub
  33. Gates & Brovi
  34. Greenbush Bakery
  35. Ground Zero
  36. Growler's Bar and Grill
  37. Ha Long Bay
  38. Habanero's Mexican Grill
  39. Harmony Bar
  40. Heritage Bakery & Cafe
  41. Himal Chuli
  42. Hong Kong Cafe
  43. Hong Kong Station
  44. HuHot Mongolian Grill
  45. Imperial Garden - West
  46. Johnny Delmonico's
  47. Kabul
  48. Kakilima (cart)
  49. La Bamba
  50. La Hacienda
  51. Lake Vista Cafe
  52. Lazy Jane's Cafe
  53. Louisianne's Etc.
  54. McFarland House Cafe
  55. Madison Sweets
  56. Maharaja
  57. Market Street Diner
  58. Mary's Coffee Express
  59. Monsoon Siam
  60. Monty's Blue Plate Diner
  61. Natt Spil
  62. Nick's Restaurant
  63. Nitty Gritty Restaurant & Bar
  64. Nostrano
  65. Old Fashioned
  66. Otto's
  67. Porktropolis
  68. Papa Bear's BBQ
  69. Paradise Lounge
  70. Pizza Brutta
  71. Plaza Tavern & Grill
  72. Potbelly
  73. Red Sushi Grill
  74. Rolling Pin Bake Shop
  75. Rosati's Authentic Chicago Pizza
  76. Sophia's Bakery & Cafe
  77. Spring Green General Store
  78. Stalzy's Deli
  79. Sushi Muramoto
  80. Swagat
  81. Sweeney's Oakcrest Tavern
  82. Takumi
  83. Taste of India
  84. Tempest
  85. Three Sisters Old Town Inn
  86. Toby's Supper Club
  87. Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar
  88. Vientiane Palace
  89. Vin Santo
  90. Weary Traveler

Favorites by meal

These are our single favorite places in each letter for each meal. Some places have closed, but we left them on; and some letters were too short for three squares.

Breakfast:

  1. Bagels Forever
  2. C's Restaurant and Bakery
  3. EVP Coffee
  4. Greenbush Bakery
  5. Hubbard Avenue Diner
  6. Indie Coffee
  7. Java Cat
  8. Ken's Cafeteria update 2/12/09: Ken's Cafeteria is now Hunky Dory Cafe.
  9. Luckenbooth Resturant
  10. Marigold Kitchen
  11. Original Pancake House
  12. Pat O'Malley's Jet Room
  13. Roxbury Tavern
  14. Three Sisters Old Town Inn
  15. Willalby's Cafe

Lunch:

  1. Argus Food and Spirits
  2. Bahn Thai
  3. Cottage Cafe
  4. Deli Delicious
  5. Gino's
  6. Jamerica
  7. Kabul
  8. Laredo's
  9. Mediterranean Cafe
  10. New Orleans Take-Out
  11. Osteria Papavero
  12. People's Bakery & Lebanese Cuisine
  13. Rising Sons Deli 
  14. Schoolhouse Cafe
  15. Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery
  16. Water House Foods

Dinner:

  1. Bunky's
  2. Cafe Continental
  3. Deininger's
  4. Ella's Deli
  5. Greenbush Bar
  6. Harvest
  7. India Darbar
  8. Kennedy Manor Dining Room and Bar
  9. L'Etoile
  10. Maharani
  11. New Glarus Hotel
  12. Old Fashioned
  13. Plaza Tavern & Grill
  14. Quivey's Grove
  15. Seafood Center
  16. Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar
  17. Village Green
  18. Vintage Brewing Company
  19. Weary Traveler

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