Otto's in Madison WI
Otto's is a terrific spot, especially for meats/chops and drinks/wine list. Also quite reasonable.
As far as Thai, Sa Bai Thong http://www.sabaithong.com/ is better than Lao Laan Xang, in my opinion. I am a regular at Sa Bai but have to admit I have not been at Lao Laan Xang in a while. The westside Sa Bai Thong on Odana Road is quieter than the one on University Avenue but I think the service is better on University Ave. Get the Pad Ka-ri if you want a flavorful curry dish.