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EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Roast Public House  

The idea of a sandwich shop serving roasted meats certainly got my attention.

Located on State Street where BW3s used to be, and close to competitors Potbelly, Erbert & Gerbert's, Jimmy John's and Full of Bull (now closed), Roast Public House stands out for its unique sandwiches.

Take the Cajun BBQ Brisket ($9), for example. The Bell's Two Hearted-braised brisket was tender and oozing with flavor, and the meat is topped with cole slaw, something I always like to have on that type of sandwich.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com

Sip ‘Top Shelf’ fare at whiskey event

Sip ‘Top Shelf’ fare at whiskey event

More than 40 brands of spirits to be sampled   

Whiskey is on the menu Monday when a downtown eatery will host an evening of libations and gourmet eats.

The “Top Shelf Whiskey Taste” at Brickhouse BBQ will include nearly 40 brands of spirits featuring whiskey, of course, plus brandy, rum, vodka and tequila.

The night of good eats begins at 6 p.m. at 408 W. Gorham St. and costs $50 at the door or online.

On the menu is food from Brickhouse BBQ, Wonder Bar Steakhouse and HotelRED’s The Wise plus desserts from Cupcakes A-Go-Go, Gigi's Cupcakes, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and Calliope Ice Cream.

The event, hosted by Channel3000.com’s sister publication Madison Magazine, will also feature a giveaway from American TV and an 84-inch flatscreen TV will be on display.

Lodge-like restaurant serves duck, boar, bison

Lodge-like restaurant serves duck, boar, bison

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Buck & Badger  

Craving a fish boil? Have a hankering for some lamb? The new Buck & Badger, which took over for the space once occupied by Ian’s Pizza last November, is your destination for northern comfort foods.

Among the animals I ate in my visits to this lodge-like restaurant were duck, boar and bison.

First, though, I want to talk about my surprise favorite, the beer brat corn dogs ($8.95).

Read more at eatdrinkmadison.com

 

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews The Wise

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews The Wise

I’ve always liked hotel restaurants. I’ve celebrated big occasions at the Admiralty Room, enjoyed meals and the view at Top of the Park and dined at Ovations before seeing a show (coincidentally, all three are closed in some form or another). Thus, I was happy The Wise inside the stylish HotelRED invited me to preview its new seasonal menu, which made its debut on Dec. 21.

Review: Burger joint offers upscale atmosphere, affordable fare

Review: Burger joint offers upscale atmosphere, affordable fare

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews DLUX    

I was a little surprised when Food Fight Inc. decided to close Ocean Grill to create a new restaurant, but the successor, DLUX, has been a pleasant addition to the already burger-heavy Capitol Square.

Its unique premise is the upscale atmosphere. You can have a fancy burger before seeing a show, and come back afterward for a martini.

Get the dining-experience feedback from EatDrinkMadison.com on the restaurant's burger offerings and specialty cocktails.

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Mayor says idea stemmed from summer ‘Meet and Eat’

A food truck experiment this summer lead to the mayor establishing a council this fall to continue work bringing affordable healthy food options for low-income families.

At the first meeting of his Madison Food Policy Council on Oct. 24, National Food Day, Mayor Paul Soglin made the opening statements explaining its importance.

“In terms of the farmers’ market, we have one of the best known markets in the world,” Soglin said. “When it comes to food policy, there is this enormous gap. I see that as an opportunity to take us to another level.”

The MFPC is an extension of the Dane County board. It joins the Dane County Food Council and Coalition, but aims more to answer the question of accessibility and affordability than connecting producers to buyers, which is the focus of the county’s council and coalition.

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Steepery Tea Bar

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Steepery Tea Bar

In my quest to drink less soda -- I’ve eliminated about 60 oz. a week -- I’ve been drinking more iced tea. However, it’s been disappointing drinking the tasteless iced tea served at most restaurants.

For fans of tea -- either iced, hot or bubble -- Madisonians downtown have a new place to quench their thirst: Steepery Tea Bar, which opened on State Street in October.

Read more including how the tea is made and the reviewer’s feedback on some taste tests at eatdrinkmadison.com.

Steepery Tea Bar is located at 430 State St. in Madison.