The best Mexican Resturant in Madison is El Pastor on South Park St. Not only great, but cheap. The other night my wife and I went there for a light meal after a dance class. I had the Toco Loco (steak and pork on soft tortillas) and an al la carte enchilada. My wife has a Quesadilla with rice and beans, and we two big glasses of Dos Equis on tap. $13.75 for the whole thing. Very rare to find a Mexican resturant this good in the upper midwest.
I think you mean the Imperial Gardens, which was in a carwash. The best tables were the ones by the big windows where you used to look in on the wash equipment. 25 years ago it was Madison’s best Chinese food. Have not been there in at least 20, last time I drove by it looked like a new building.
LOL. I believe he is talking about the hippies.
The only place I remember from Madison is the gas station that serves Chinese food, and that place that had 7 layer chocolate cake, but I think that is Cambridge.
You posted it on the seperate topic about seafood in Madison. Look on that thread.
How was your trip? Where did you eat?
Where exactly in Madison will you be staying, and do you have transportation?
Quivey’s Grove is nice.
Friday night? You can get fish fry almost anywhere; I like Coachman’s Inn at I-90 exit 156.
Glass Nickel and Pizza Extreme have good pizza and subs.
As mentioned, State St. and downtown have a great variety from which to choose.
N.A. Rotisserie on Monroe St. for rotisserie chicken and great sides.
Casa De Lara if you feel like Mexican.
Barbecue? Fat Jack’s and Smoky Jon’s.
Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning – I think it’s at Monona Terrace.
Great Dane brewpub. JT Whitney’s brewpub. Angelic brewpub. I hope you’re driving; load up on great Wisconsin beers to take home. Tell your friends but refuse to share.
Of course, all of the above are my opinions. YMMV. [;)]
But it’s only fair to warn you that if this is your first visit to Madison and you’re a politically conservative person…well, it’ll be a unique experience for you.
If you want ethnic food, just walk down State Street. You can just about go around the world in six blocks!
For breakfast, there are 2 Original Pancake House restaurants. Essen Haus is "the" German restaurant in Madison for great beer and German food. Hubbard Avenue Diner serves good burgers and great pies. Gino’s on State Street makes a dynamite lasagna alfredo. Michael’s Frozen Custard is a must.
Check out http://www.madisondining.com and http://www.madisonmagazine.com
I was in Madison for a day last July. One of the best meals that I’ve ever had was at Harvest. It’s not a roadfood place, it’s more of a slowfood place. I had one of the best ribeye steaks that I’ve ever had.
Also, near the university there is a famous brat place. I think that it’s called the Brat House or something like that. It’s a roadfood type place and they have great brats.
I will be traveling to Madison, where should I eat? Friday night – Sunday noon.
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