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Jun 8, 2009 12:50 PM

Madison, WI on the company dime?

I'm a total foodie from Southern California staying at the Concourse Hotel, and want to find the best possible place to have dinner on a Tuesday. A good bar and a hip vibe would be a bonus, but I really love to be blown away by amazing food. Any suggestions? While we're at it, any suggestions on Madison nightlife midweek (Tue and Wed)?

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  1. If your going on the company dime, go to L'Etoile. You WONT be disappointed. For something a little less formal, try the Weary Traveler. Great beer selection and the Bad Breath Burger can't be beat.

    1. If you're game for a good German beer hall, the Essen Haus might be an interesting option for nightlife. We've always had way too much fun there, with the polka band and drinking boots of's around the Capitol square from the I've stumbled from the Essen Haus to the Concourse before...

      Essen Haus
      514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703

      1. If you are into World Flavor restaurants check out the ideas on this page L'Etoile, Weary Traveler, and the Essen Haus are all great. L'Etoile is a really nice upscale restaurant - I really like the Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro atmosphere too -

        As for something to do on a tuesday:
        The Ivory Room Piano Bar has live music tuesday - saturday and can be really fun if you like the piano bar scene.
        The Majestic ( and the High Noon Saloon ( have live music most days. Check their event calendars for something that might interest you.

        Check out more ideas for your stay in Madison at!

        1. Genna's is a very interesting bar, Carroll and Main, on the Square. You might want to check this board for posts about Essen Haus for food.

          1. Have to agree with L'etoille. Harvest is also another. the chef is from Babbo. Le chardonnay is another--does not have the reputation as these other 2 but last week ate there and had amazing escargot in a bacon tomato sauce for first course, quail with sweet breads in a rich veal reduction sauce. If you are looking for midwestern steakhouse try the tornado. Food is straight forward but very well done--beef, lamb, duck. Peppino's is an Italian choice--the older owner straight from italy with his wife do the cooking. Magnus just started a new menu highlighting Norweign food. All of these places are right on the square and within walking distance from your hotel. Finding good food in madison is easy. finding nightlife, not so much. Some to consider, Cafe Montmartre, Nattspil, Maduro (cigar bar). Again, all of these are withing walking distance of your hotel. Great breakfast or lunch spot is Marigolds. Hope you have a good visit.

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            1. re: walker_wendy

              Cafe Montmartre closed last week, alas.