Two blocks along State Street in downtown Rockford, Ill., have some downright excellent restaurants. Paul Sletten's Social Urban Bar & Restaurant is one of the standouts. Recently, we tried Sletten's second restaurant, Abreo.
One example of the counterculture's continuing presence in Madison is the recent opening of Cheba Hut. The sandwich restaurant caters to both students and hippies.
It might feel as if you have driven to the middle of nowhere, but Palmyra's Trout House is downright chic. If you're into farm-to-table meals, this is about as close as you can get.
With an emphasis on curries, the cuisine of northern India is ideal for Wisconsin's cold months. That's why we headed to Swad Indian Restaurant in Monona.
My husband, Richard, and I had a pleasant dining experience at KitCho Japanese restaurant in Fort Atkinson, although it wasn't where we had expected to eat. Among the above-average appetizers, we recommend the crab rangoon and Yaki Gozoa.
We've shifted our attention lately to see what's cooking on Madison's west side. Last week, we visited a new Italian-American restaurant on the corner of Whitney Way and Odana Road—and were glad we did.
I love being surprised by something wonderful and totally unexpected. My latest delight was stumbling onto Two Sisters Thai Restaurant, a new place that's been open about six months in Walworth.
Heading to an event last week on Madison's west side, we had less than an hour to eat and were in no mood for burgers and fries. A friend suggested we check out Novanta, a Neapolitan pizzeria on Old Sauk Road. It was good advice.
Food trucks are so trendy in larger cities that the Food Network devotes entire TV shows to them. In Janesville, a local food truck owner faces a tangle of city ordinances, which is too bad. South Padre Streetfood is the real deal.
Seven new craft breweries opened in late 2013 or plan to open this year.