Anything New and Chow-worthy in Madison, WI?
I'll be in Madison for a few days soon. It's been 3 years since I've been there: are there any new and noteworthy places to try?
ETA: I'll be near the Capitol and won't have a car - but I'm willing to brave the bus system if some place is really exceptional!
Forequarter, A Pig in a Fur Coat and Heritage Tavern all opened in the last 3 years and are quite good. Heritage Tavern is a block off of the Capitol while Forequarter (my fave of the three) and A Pig in a Fur Coat are less than a mile walking. Grampa's Pizzeria is also excellent, but is about a mile and half from the Capitol - worth the walk/bus ride and inevitable wait in my estimation.
Other places that have been around for more than 3 years, but are still very good and could be worth a repeat visit depending on what you're looking for: Graze, Sardine, Tornado Room, Nostrano (all near the Capitol). Brasserie V and Lombardino's are a bit further away but are easily accessible by bus/taxi.
Not a new place, but we really enjoyed Fresco when we were in Madison about a month ago. We enjoyed the views of State Street and the rooftop sculpture garden, and we thought the food was very well prepared and presented. I had the Chicken Fresco, which was absolutely delicious and I want more of that roasted tomato sauce.