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Just wondering if anyone has heard of special dinners in downtown Madison for New Year's Eve. We're well familiar with Madison, and I've been checking the Daily Page and restaurant websites. But I was wondering if anyone had heard something interesting for the 31st. Thanks.

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  1. Article in the WSJ today: Graze will be open for snacks and drinks starting at 10 PM. Chef Tory Miller will be a guest DJ.

    http://host.madison.com/wsj/entertain...

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    1. re: itsbubbles

      Wow, thanks for the tip on Graze. I'd heard about L'Etoile moving, but had not heard about the gastropub. The menu looks great, comparable to what The Gage does in Chicago.

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      L'Etoile Restaurant
      25 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703

    2. NYE will be (if I understand correctly) the last night that Magnus operates. I would go there or the abovementioned Graze.

      1. Just wanted to report and say thanks for the suggestion on Graze. We ate at the bar - deviled eggs w/ paprika aioli (good), mixed green salad (good), mussels w/frites (excellent, I unashamedly lifted the bowl to my lips to drink the broth as there were only two small slices of bread to mop up the broth) and a Graze burger. The last, I don't know what to say. I have truly never had something that tasty that was called a "burger" moist, great flavor on its own, but with caramelized onions and brie!

        And a huge shoutout to the bartenders - great service on NYE, while they were getting slammed. When the food runner brought out burger to the wrong group, one bartender ran to the kitchen to see what was what. Actually came back and said that since the kitchen had already cut up the burger for that group, he'd reorder for us! Top shelf, in all respects.

        We kind of laid low otherwise, grabbing some Ian's pizza (new slice, chicken pot pie, and it was true to its name, with a top crust), two meals at Marigold Kitchen - breakfast (chorizo/corn/pepper omelet and chile poached eggs) and lunch (smoked turkey sandwich with argula pesto and cranberry mustard and a ham/salami combo that was good, but not as excellent as everything else.)

        Again, I'll recommend Barrique to anyone visiting for a quick bite, had breakfast this morning before hitting the road, only thing open. Avocado jack wrap and huevos ranchero wrap. Both very good.

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        Marigold Kitchen
        118 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703

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        1. re: mike_d

          Glad you liked it - we walked by shortly after midnight and it looked packed. We had a quiet dinner at Las Cazuelas (abetted by a recent Groupon - they are also on restaurant.com), which I had heard quite mixed things about, but we enjoyed our entrees - Tamales Oaxaquenos were moist and spicy; Tacos De Cuitlacoche was delicious - corn smut = awesome. Margaritas were tasty and the whole atmosphere was cozy & romantic. Mariachi band was a plus.

          Las Cazuelas
          15 N Butler St
          Madison, WI 53703

          1. re: itsbubbles

            Good to hear there's improving mexican food around the square. I forgot to mention that we had lunch when we arrived at La Mestiza, after reading about it in The Daily Page. The Oaxacan mole was so-so, I think someone put in sweet chocolate instead of bitter. The verde sauce was pretty good though. I'd be willing to give them another try, I think.

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            La Mestiza
            6644 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719