Best of Madison

Best of the 'Burbs 2015

The votes are in for the inaugural readers'...

There’s a lot to love about the suburbs of Madison. They’re places where small-town charm, unique traditions and landmarks brimming with character and history abound. We wanted to know more about these Dane County gems, and so we asked you about your favorite suburban spots. You answered, resoundingly! You told us about a coffeehouse that’s become “Oregon’s living room” and an smile-inducing town slogan with roots in Norwegian folklore. You pointed us to a neighborhood bar with a resident ghost, as well as a beach with a dress code that’s, uh, bare-ly there. And that’s just a start. Welcome to this year’s Best of the ’Burbs. 

Click here for the art gallery winners.

Click here for the attraction/landmark winners.

Click here for the bakery winners.

Click here for the restaurant and burger winners.

Click here for the bed and breakfast winners.

Click here for the breakfast winners.

Click here for the bicycle shop winners.

Click here for the bowling ally winners.

Click here for the brewery/pub winners.

Click here for the chocolate winners. 

Click here for the clothing boutique winners.

Click here for the coffee shop winners.

Click here for the community newspaper winners.

Click here for the festival winners.

Click here for the community pool winners.

Click here for the fish fry winners.

Click here for the flower shop winners.

Click here for the golf course winners.

Click here for the grocery store winners.

Click here for the gift/home store winners.

Click here for the high school mascot/fans winners.

Click here for the hair saloon winners.

Click here for the library winners.

Click here for the neighborhood bar winners.

Click here for the orchard/you pick farm winners.

Click here for the park winners.

Click here for the pizza winners.

Click here for the supper club winners.

Click here for the theater group winners.

Click here for the town slogan winners.

How we did it
For the first Best of the 'Burbs readers poll, we invited the public to cast votes in more than thirty categories throughout the month of March. We were blown away by how many great places voters called out, and it led to the unearthing of some pretty interesting back stories we're happy to share with you here. Don't see a restaurant or attraction you think should have made the cut? Be sure to vote in next year's Best of the 'Burbs poll. We're hoping to create a bit of healthy hometown rivalry with this list, so spread the word!


Dining & Drink

Madison Magazine Events

E-Newsletter Registration

This Week's Circulars