In a word: M. Night Shyamalan's Soccer Bar.

The specs: #01101  
6617 Odana Rd 53719

Visited April 3, 2019

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JM ate the rad mad steak sandwich.
Liz ate the pesto pasta.
Nichole ate the Knoches burger.
The bill was $46, or $16ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Twist a B-; Nichole gave Twist a B (see our grading rubric).

Burger and salad

Pesto and soup

Sandwich and fries

Tower Inn

In a word: Delicious cash-only burger bar.

The specs: #01101  
1008 E Broadway, Monona 53716

Visited January 25, 2019

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Fish fry and cookie

Topp's Hideaway

In a word: A perfect setting for your next existential crisis.

The specs: #01100  
4506 Lake Circle, Windsor 53598

Visited January 19, 2019

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JM ate the burger.
Nichole ate the grilled cheese.
We split some wings.
The bill was $16.75, or $9ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Topp's Hideaway a C-; Nichole gave Topp's Hideaway a D+ (see our grading rubric).

Topp's Hideaway



Grilled cheese


In a word: The Pretty Good, Dane

The specs: #01099  
115 E Main St, Dane 53529

Visited January 5, 2019

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JM ate the fish sandwich.
Nichole ate the burger and fried green beans.
The bill was $17.25, or $9ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Tootsies a B-; Nichole gave Tootsies a B (see our grading rubric).



Fish sammy

Fried green beans

Tip Top Tavern

In a word: The cake was no lie.

The specs: #01098  
601 North St, Madison, WI 53704

Visited December 28, 2018

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JM, Marijka, Nichole and Ryan ate lunch.

Tip Top Tavern

Burger and fries

Hot dog and fried veg and salad

Lunch plate

Salad and sweet potato waffle fries

Beef sandwich and onion rings


Carrot cake

Tin Fox

In a word: What does the menu say?

The specs: #01098  
2616 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711
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JM ate the beef short ribs and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the scallop something salad and a cram (sic) juice.
Ryan ate the sprouts & beef tacos with a small Epic porter.
We split some cheese curds.
The bill was $86, or $29ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Tin Fox a B+; Nichole and Ryan gave Tin Fox a B (see our grading rubric).
Visited November 7, 2018

At Tin Fox

Beef tacos

Some sorta salad


Beef short ribs

Cheese curds


In a word: Come for the condiment tray.

The specs: #01097  
208 W North St, DeForest, WI 53532

JM ate the ham and cheese (#63).
Nichole ate the basic burger.
The bill was $19, or $10ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Timbers a B+; Nichole gave Timbers a C (see our grading rubric).
Visited November 4, 2018

Basic burger

Ham and cheese


Thirsty Goat

In a word: Not baaaaa-d.

The specs: #01096  
3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711
Official web site

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JM ate the seafood roll.
John ate the Knoches burger.
Nichole ate the grilled cheese with avocado.
Rose ate the rib stew with mashed potatoes.
The bill was $57, or $/person, plus tip.
JM and Rose gave Thirsty Goat a B+; Nichole and John gave Thirsty Goat an A- (see our grading rubric).
Visited October 13, 2018

At Thirsty Goat


Grilled cheese and grean beans

Rib stew

Seafood roll

That BBQ Joint

In a word: That awesome restaurant.

The specs: #01096  
901 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
Visited October 6, 2018

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Allen ate the rib basket.
JM ate the combo basket with pork, brisket, and a brat.
Liz ate the Sconnie sandwich.
Nichole ate the brisket, greens, and four bean salad.
We split the best hush puppies ever and some good fried okra.
JM, Nichole, Allen and Liz gave That BBQ Joint an A (see our grading rubric).


Hush puppies and okra

Sconnie sandwich



From two "painfully typical" white Madisonians in a time for action

Hi, food people. We've recently been thinking back to what we've learned about Carson Gulley and racist opposition to his owning a home in Madison. And we've been asking ourselves what's changed in our city since the 1960s, or the 1930s.

Then we listened to Vanessa McDowell, and saw Laurel Ravelo's response in setting up a GoFundMe for Black homeownership in Madison

What comes next is left to the reader as an exercise and an invitation.


Listen to The Corner Table podcast "Remembering Restaurants," aired December 24, 2020, where Chris and Lindsay talk with us "about the menus and memories left behind when restaurants go away."

Madison Food coverInfo about our book Madison Food: A History of Capital Cuisine is here, or read it for free thanks to the library - print & ebook.



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