I just got home and checked my Madison folder and found a couple of menus ( I keep records of every place we visit when traveling for Roadhouse and save as many menus as I remember to grab) for places that might be worth checking out.
First up is Vientienne Palace, describing itself as a "Lao-Thai Valley Restaurant". Dad and I have eaten at Vientienne a couple of times and had excellent food both times. Plus, this place is just shabby and run down enough that, if they served Barbecue, it would be an instant Roadfood classic. Huge portions, almost dirt cheap prices and wonderful flavors make Vientienne Palace a worthwhile stop
From another corner of Asia is Chautara, a slightly upscale Nepalese restaurant. This was the first place that Dad and I had ever tried goat. Very tasty, a bit like lamb, but slightly gamier. Nepalese food is influenced by Indian cuisine, although there is no prohibition on beef here. Lots of wonderful finger food apps served with a smorgasbord of dipping sauces.
What's interesting about Chautara is that it is owned by the children of an older couple who own another
Nepalese restaurant, Himal Chuli, just a few doors away. The parents' restaurant is a real Roadfood find. Looking in the front window you'd think you were looking at the all-American malt shop. 1940's style fixtures with a handful of low slung booths, a soda fountain area with classic counter stools; even neon signs in the front window, although, instead of showcasing triple thick shakes, they glow for momos and samosas. Himal Chuli is a true vegetarian joint, unlike Chautara which is aiming for a more middle of the road patronage. We haven't eaten at Himal Chuli but would love to give it a try.
There is Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, one of Mad City's best known burger joints. I have to admit that we haven't been there since they relocated, so have no idea if the burgers are still any good or if the atmosphere is the same.
Finally, for dessert, there is The Daily Scoop located in the UW/Mad Student Union (a building well worth visiting even without the promise of ice cream). Ice cream served at The Scoop comes from the UW agricultural program and is hand crafted on campus. Yup, this is university ice cream made with milk from educated cows!
Just my suggestions. I'm sure there are others who are more familiar with the city who can build on this.
Madison WI 53703
(608) 255-2848 Chautara
334 State Street
Madison WI 53703-2021
(608) 251-3626 Himal Chuli
318 State Street
Madison WI 53703-2021
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
317 North Frances Street
Madison WI 53703-1970
The Daily Scoop
800 Langdon Street
First Floor Commons Area
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