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My wife and I will be passing through Madison on Saturday and are looking for lunch. Something local, good food, etc. Any cuisine, anywhere in or around town. Thanks.

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  1. It will be crowded on Saturday, but I would recommend The Marigold, down the street from Monona Terrace, where the farmer's market is currently located. Great sandwiches, eggs, soups, etc. Also on the square - The Old Fashioned, local Wisconsin fare. Cafe Soleil, the pastry & lunch outlet of the well-known locavore haven L'Etoile. Slightly off the square, a newcomer to the Madison dining scene that does knockout Brazilian-esqe salads & sandwiches, The Cabana Room. Or brunch at the local, great Laos place, Lao Laan-Xang. Those are my top five off the top of my head. Enjoy your visit!

    Marigold Kitchen
    118 S. Pinckney St.
    Madison, WI
    608-661-5559

    The Old Fashioned
    23 N. Pinckney St.
    Madison, WI
    608-310-4545

    Cafe Soleil
    25 N. Pinckney St.
    Madison
    608-251-0500
    www.letoile-restaurant.com

    Cabana Room
    240 W. Gilman St.
    Madison, WI
    608-257-3300

    Lao Laan Xang
    1146 Williamson St.
    Madison, WI
    608-280-0104

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    1. re: itsbubbles

      itsbubbles, you are clearly very familiar with the Madison dining scene. Would you mind adding your thoughts to the topic I started at www.chowhound.com/topics/462929 ? I will be treating a UW freshman to Sunday brunch soon and I'm trying to decide among Café Continental, Cocoliquot, Sardine, Eldorado Grill, and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace. (I was warned off Nau-Ti-Gal.) Thanks!

      1. re: itsbubbles

        Thanks and sorry for the delay in replying. AS it turned out that was the Saturday of the big snow storm across MN and WI and we had to cut our trip short and head back to the Twin Cities at lunchtime. I will save these for future use though. Thanks again!

      2. A second for Marigold, both for breakfast and lunch. Here's the link. Curiously, the brunch menu for Sat. is gone from the site

        http://www.marigoldkitchen.com/index....