Best of Madison 2012

Best of Madison 2012

What does Mickies Dairy Bar smell like on a chaotic Sunday morning breakfast rush? How does bath time at Waggin’ Tails Doggie Dude Ranch sound? What makes Hopalicious such a good craft brew?

These are the types of questions this year’s winners answered. Whether it’s bath time, relaxation time or chow time, the 2012 Best of Madison catches the winners at their prime. For a city our size, we in Madison have lots of great choices for dining, shopping, yoga, dry cleaning, car repairs and more. You can go anywhere once but what is the vibe that separates the best from the rest? Since 1981, when readers cast 1,000 ballots to vote for the likes “best skuzzy bar” and “best dressed man,” a lot and a little has transpired.  The word “skuzzy” has exited our lexicon and Madison Magazine is in color. Yet 31 years later, 600 % more ballots cast (that’s right, about 60,000 ballots) and the best hamburger is still Dotty’s and Ella’s Deli is still the best place to take kids.

The people have spoken—quite loudly—and here are the winners for Best of Madison 2012