Best of 2012: Madison restaurants

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Continuing our recent series of posts that reflect on the year gone by, today we consider the ever-thriving restaurant scene in and around Madison.

By my own estimation, 2012 highlights include

The saddest news of 2012: the abrupt closing of Giornata on Park Street only days after its opening.

André Darlington at Isthmus takes a look back at a plethora of special-event meals. As he notes,

While themed events can be pricey — some can run well over a $100 — they are typically excellent value. Such dinners are when chefs often do their most creative work, and ingredients and libations can be expensive and rare.

At their best, special restaurant events explore a culinary theme at a depth you may not have ever have experienced before. They are also great opportunities to meet like-minded people. Guests leave changed — with new friends, minds blown, and palates expanded.

Find his full retrospective here.

While you’re at it, also head to Darlington’s blog for his recent post on “40 Madison Sandwiches to Eat Before You Die,” which serves as both an unofficial year-in-review and a nice to-do list for 2013. There are some great suggestions, including this one: “No list is complete without Natt Spil’s Pork Sandwich. Pulled pork piled hot and high straight from the wood-fired oven.” Mmmm…

Lastly, check out the “Best of 2012” from Lindsay Christians at 77 Square for seven of her food-and-drink favorites from the past year, and see Linda Falkenstein’s annual restaurant roundup for Isthmus.


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