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Six Secrets to Dining Out in Madison

Published On: Sep 24 2012 12:27:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2012 02:29:36 PM CDT
Six Secrets to Dining Out

By Brianna Wilson

It seems there are rules for everything: attire, correspondences, even dating. But what about dining out? How has such a pertinent daily and social pastime become so far removed from the rule-book clichés? It hasn’t, according to the Atlantic Monthly’s contributing writer, Tyler Cowen. In a recent issue, he proposed six hard-and-fast rules for dining out. (Read his article here.)

The catch? Cowen lives in New York City, an epicenter of culinary creation. Ergo, his rules may be applicable in Manhattan, but what’s a foodie to do in Madison, Wisconsin, land of cheese and happy cow jokes? Read on to find six tailored approaches to dining out here.

1. Go Without Your Gut
Take a tour of dishes with the most unusual or intriguing ingredients. An open mind will reap tasty benefits.

2. Eat Where Feng Shui Matters
Experience inner peace at a place where atmosphere comes at no cost of flavor.

3. Find Flavor in a Flash
Short on time? Visit these lunch spots for a quick bite without compromising taste.

4. Seek Real Recommendations
Three Madison Magazine foodies weigh in on their favorite places to eat across the city.

5. Have No Reservations about Reservations
Madison’s food scene rarely requires planning ahead. But a few dining experiences in the city are well worth reserving a table.

6. Choose Desserts over Dinner
Oftentimes, restaurant-goers have no room for dessert. But these places are worth a visit—precisely for their sweet eats.

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