Madison Magazine

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. has brewed success

Since opening in 1994, the wins continued to stack up for The Great Dane, totaling 80 awards to date in the annual readers’ poll.

Since opening in 1994, the wins continued to stack up for The Great Dane, totaling 80 awards to date in the annual readers’ poll.

Nau-Ti-Gal is Best of Madison's waterfront champion

Whether it is packed for Sunday brunch or serving anglers as they boat up to the restaurant, Nau-Ti-Gal has stayed consistent, racking up 72 awards with 25 golds in total.

Whether it is packed for Sunday brunch or serving anglers as they boat up to the restaurant, Nau-Ti-Gal has stayed consistent, racking up 72 awards with 25 golds in total.

Woodman's Market has become a golden grocer

Out of the 65 wins, most of Woodman's Market wins are in the liquor and grocery categories.

Out of the 65 wins, most of Woodman's Market wins are in the liquor and grocery categories.

The Old Fashioned creates award-winning Wisconsin fare

With 63 Best of Madison awards so far, The Old Fashioned has been recognized for the classic Wisconsin fare that one may expect.

With 63 Best of Madison awards so far, The Old Fashioned has been recognized for the classic Wisconsin fare that one may expect.

Zimbrick is first at the finish line

From its first appearance on our Best of Madison list — “Best Auto Mechanic” in 1993 — to six golds in 2021 alone, Zimbrick has snagged a “best of” award 61 times.

From its first appearance on our Best of Madison list — “Best Auto Mechanic” in 1993 — to six golds in 2021 alone, Zimbrick has snagged a “best of” award 61 times.

L'Etoile award-winning, shining star power

By the time Best of Madison rolled around in 1981, L’Etoile was well on its way to institution status. Now, it has won 61 total awards.

By the time Best of Madison rolled around in 1981, L’Etoile was well on its way to institution status. Now, it has won 61 total awards.

Memorial Union racks up awards for its standout terrace

With one of the best views of Lake Mendota, Memorial Union and its legendary terrace have taken home 58 total awards in the annual poll.

With one of the best views of Lake Mendota, Memorial Union and its legendary terrace have taken home 58 total awards in the annual poll.

Eno Vino has popped the best bubbly

Since its first award in 2005, Eno Vino, along with its sister restaurant, Eno Vino Downtown, have garnered 55 wins.

Since its first award in 2005, Eno Vino, along with its sister restaurant, Eno Vino Downtown, have garnered 55 wins.

Paisan's produces popular pizza and more

Paisan’s first appeared in the 1982 Best of Madison list for inexpensive dining, and it has won 53 total awards.

Paisan’s first appeared in the 1982 Best of Madison list for inexpensive dining, and it has won 53 total awards.

Gone, but still some of the best Best of Madison winners

While these businesses are no longer operating in the Madison area, they leave behind a legacy of memories and Best of Madison awards.

While these businesses are no longer operating in the Madison area, they leave behind a legacy of memories and Best of Madison awards.

Whose idea was that category?

The BOM winners’ archives are a certified treasure trove of retired categories, time capsule moments and community complaints.

The BOM winners’ archives are a certified treasure trove of retired categories, time capsule moments and community complaints.

Editor's note: Heart

When inspiration struck me for this month’s cover story, The Amys, I didn’t realize just how profoundly moved I’d be by the award winners our committee selected.

When inspiration struck me for this month’s cover story, The Amys, I didn’t realize just how profoundly moved I’d be by the award winners our committee selected.

The Amys: Honoring women entrepreneurs in memory of Amy Gannon

To keep her torch ablaze — as was Doyenne’s call to action after Amy Gannon’s death — we are lifting up five women who embody the work and progress Amy Gannon so fiercely championed.

To keep her torch ablaze — as was Doyenne’s call to action after Amy Gannon’s death — we are lifting up five women who embody the work and progress Amy Gannon so fiercely championed.

The Amy Award Winner: Vanitha Suresh

Vanitha Suresh has accomplished an incredible list of professional and personal feats that showcase her creative talents and passions.

Vanitha Suresh has accomplished an incredible list of professional and personal feats that showcase her creative talents and passions.

The Strategist: Rebekah Stephens

As the business development manager with Common Wealth Development for nearly three years, Rebekah Stephens used her own experiences and strategic skillset to uplift startup business owners.

As the business development manager with Common Wealth Development for nearly three years, Rebekah Stephens used her own experiences and strategic skillset to uplift startup business owners.

The Free-Thinker: Tania Ibarra

Tania Ibarra helps young businesses navigate structures that weren’t built for them, and she guides companies through a nonthreatening process of intentional and effective equity work.

Tania Ibarra helps young businesses navigate structures that weren’t built for them, and she guides companies through a nonthreatening process of intentional and effective equity work.

The Teacher: Annie Vang

Annie Vang created the HmongPhrases app to help preserve her endangered language and it also earned her the only U.S. spot in Apple’s eCamp for Female Founders and Developers in July 2021.

Annie Vang created the HmongPhrases app to help preserve her endangered language and it also earned her the only U.S. spot in Apple’s eCamp for Female Founders and Developers in July 2021.

Jocelyn Scholarship: Leta Samsa

High school senior Leta Samsa has worked hard to find her way in school.

High school senior Leta Samsa has worked hard to find her way in school.

A look inside the new Target on State Street

A new small-format shop is opening on State Street in the space that used to be Under Armour.

A new small-format shop is opening on State Street in the space that used to be Under Armour.

Sun Prairie music teacher selected as semifinalist for Music Educator Award presented by Grammy Museum

The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum announced the semifinalists for the Music Educator Award Wednesday, and this year's list includes a music teacher from Sun Prairie's Patrick Marsh Middle School.

The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum announced the semifinalists for the Music Educator Award Wednesday, and this year's list includes a music teacher from Sun Prairie's Patrick Marsh Middle School.