15 new food businesses to Madison in 2020
Enjoy meals and drinks from one of these local spots.
These 15 spots have opened since the pandemic began this past spring.
Quite literally meaning “food” in Lao, Ahan offers heaps of Asian-inspired dishes like drunken noodles, cabbage-stuffed and ponzu-dunked dumplings, curries and pho. While chef Jamie Hoang and co-creator Chuckie Brown tempted locals with a food truck and pop-ups before settling in at The Bur Oak this August, you can now sink your teeth into some chèvre wontons as often as possible and year-round. 2262 Winnebago St., 867-4001, ahanmadison.square.site
Crave Coffee & Donuts
Plain glazed or chocolate rings of dough are good as is, but so are the specialty doughnuts fried by Crave. Fruit-laden, custard-filled, nut-covered and topping-heavy, these donuts come in an arsenal of creative flavors. 604 University Ave., 609-5603, cravemadison.com
Housed in the Lodgic Madison building — which is home to coworking offices, flexible child care and an event space — Everyday Kitchen is serving lunch, dinner and brunch throughout the week. Man-in-charge Taylor Green is cheffin’ up clever classics with a modern twist, from shrimp and grits to duck leg confit. 2801 Marshall Court, 470-5500, everydaykitchen.com
Feast Artisan Dumpling and Tea House
Feast’s delicate dumplings are carefully handmade each morning and come stuffed with Berkshire pork, veggies, fish and beef. These folks are serious about tea as well, so give some herbal and fruit-inspired drinks a whirl while you’re there. 904 Williamson St., 298-7461, feastmadison.com
Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant
Are you in the mood for some chimichangas? If so, head to Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant for heavenly tacos al pastor, sizzling fajitas or fresh, tableside guacamole. 117 S. Butler St., 630-9092, facebook.com/GaribaldiMadison
Global Market and Food Hall
Live crabs, lobsters and other seafood specialties are not the only appeal at this newly opened international cuisine hub. A food court filled with vendors dishing out stir fry, dumplings and other bites is right next to the international grocery store, which prides itself on carrying items not available elsewhere in town. 2161 Zeier Road, 286-1383, facebook.com/globalmarketwi
Le C’s Patisserie
Cheese tops are all the rage in the milk tea industry, and Le C’s on State Street has all sorts of hot and iced options with which to experiment. Jellies, coconut pudding, boba, red bean and fruits ensure you never have to drink the same concoction twice, and a bakery counter filled with gorgeous goodies is too tempting to resist. 411 State St., 467-8375, lecsmadison.com
Liberty Station Madison
Barbecue typically doesn’t exist on a spectrum of elegance, but this new restaurant by Keeler Hospitality Group just might change your mind. With typical barbecue favorites like ribs or a shrimp po’boy alongside elevated dishes (did someone say smoked pork bucatini?), meat lovers may have to take their sweet, sweet time with the menu. 2161 Rimrock Road, 286-1019, libertystationtavern.com
Luchador Tequila & Taco Bar
A towering wall of Patrón, LED backlit artwork and frozen huckleberry margaritas all set the scene for a fantastic night out at Luchador. Be bold with the restaurant’s selection of specialty tacos including buffalo chicken, tikka masala and Cajun grouper renditions. Spike your marg with a playful flavor like prickly pear, or be even bolder and order the Serrano-shaken spicy version. 558 State St., 416-5283, luchadormadison.com
On a scale of “That’s nothing!” to “Fire in the hole!” how hot do you like your chicken wings? Either way, Midcoast Wings has you covered with its ginger soy teriyaki and Nashville hot sauces, respectively. Pick from any of the 12 small-batch rubs and sauces to coat your chicken, and invite your vegetarian pals to dig into some cauliflower bites. Multiple locations, midcoastwings.com
The Muskellounge and Sporting Club
Funky drinks and games galore await you at the fun-filled Muskellounge on Monona Drive. Shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, darts, cards and other parlor games will be available as restrictions are lifted. This joint even peels, pickles and blends its own tomatoes to perfect its in-house bloody mary. 4102 Monona Drive, muskellounge.com
Eating sustainable, locally grown meals has never been easier since Picnics opened up within Boar & Barrel. Seasonal menus of sandwiches, tacos, soups and more are crafted based on the stock of its Wisco-based partners, including NessAlla Kombucha, Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms and WiscoPop. 101 N. Hamilton St., 561-1707, madisonpicnics.com
Settle Down Tavern
Bright-green bloody marys named after the Green Bay Packers and burgers coated with house-made pickles and sauce are staples at the Settle Down Tavern. Grab a seat, hunker down and enjoy a crowler of the house lager — a classic American variety with a super crisp finish. 117 S. Pinckney St., settledownmadison.com
Not even a pandemic can keep this new coffee shop from bringing coffee to the people of Madison. With toasts and drinks aplenty, including beer and wine, Twisted Grounds’ inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of the friendly neighborhood coffee shops of 1990s TV, and we definitely aren’t mad about that. 6067 Gemini Drive, 630-9860, twistedgrounds.com
Young Blood Beer Co.
This recently opened taproom and brewery is just a block from the Capitol. Young Blood has some gnarly culinary range — we’re talking pork belly kushiyaki (skewers), hot dogs of the Chicago and New York varieties, poutine, beignets and Filipino street desserts on the same menu — and its impressive draft list can fulfill all of your ale, IPA and Belgian blonde needs. 112 King St., 630-9028, youngbloodbeerco.com
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