Consistently voted Best of Madison in Madison Magazine and Madison's Favorite in Isthmus magazine, Steve's offers artisanal cheese, gourmet chocolates, and specialty meats. The University Ave. location is home to The Cheese Course, a specialty store-within-a-store offering local and obscure artisan cheeses lovingly hand-cut to order. Snag creamy Délice de Bourgogne triple cream ($16.49/lb.) and sharp Bob's 10-year cheddar ($18.49/lb.) along with Potter's organic artisan crackers ($4.50). Savory and sweet sauces and spreads include the quince and apple preserves ($5.49) and Kelly's Kitchen stuffed Peppadews ($4.99), while paper-thin prosciutto di Parma ($19.99/lb.) and frozen duck breasts ($16.49/lb.) are perfect for dinner, appetizers, or sharing with your second mouth. Steve's also offers velvety gourmet chocolates from local chocolatiers Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and David Bacco Chocolats. The friendly staff will liberate your inner gourmand with helpful suggestions, and can also recommend wine and beer pairings.
Fit 2 Eat’s quaint, 13-seat dining area creates a homey, wood-adorned atmosphere that accommodates both friendly chats and romantic arm-wrestling competitions. In addition to low-fat, reduced-sodium meals, Fit 2 Eat bakes a bevy of seasonal treats, including fruitcake for Christmas, macaroon fudge bars for Passover, and fresh challah bread every Friday.
Maurie’s forges edible chocolate masterpieces with gourmet ingredients from Ghana, Guatemala, and other faraway lands along with local organic creameries. In accordance with a carefully guarded family recipe, each succulent morsel is designed to delight the eyeballs and smack tasters with the full force of spice-, fruit-, and nut-empowered chocolate. The Spring Fling box fills mouths with cocoa-based delicacies such as dark-chocolate truffles with balsamic or lemon-cardamom infusions, local cranberries clothed in chocolate, or chocolate-covered almonds (warning: contains almonds).
Dr. Tom Aldridge helms Odana Hills Dental’s friendly team of hygienists and dental assistants, who tend to grins within the comforts of a newly renovated, full-service dental practice equipped with advanced technology. Comfortable treatment rooms—each furnished with a television, modern lighting fixtures, and rich hardwood accents—keep patients comfortable as the staff performs services that range from routine cleanings to delicate root-canal therapy. Digital x-rays and intraoral photography assist the staff’s keen eyes as they scan mouths for cavities or abnormal alignment. Cosmetic enhancements include thin veneers to cover up chips and teeth whitening, which works to put each tooth closer to its dream of growing up to be a pearl.
The Madison Pub Club card works like magic. With a power similar to that of a hypnotist’s watch or the key to Detroit Rock City, the card only needs to be waved in front of bartenders at six participating bars to receive a two-for-one special on any one item $6 in value or less. The card can be used once per day, every day at each bar, totaling a maximum of six free drinks every 24 hours. Though there are some restrictions in regards to time, four of the six bars accept it during all normal business hours.
Dedicated to celebrating family rituals, traditions, and customs in life, White Jasmine dedicates itself to the most popular ritual of all: food. Beyond offering a variety of spices, teas, and flavored gouda cheese in the store, the staff conducts cooking classes in which they impart skills in everything from handling traditional Pakistani woks to converting staples such as rice and bigger rice—also known as potatoes—into gourmet meals. The store's president, Huma Siddiqui, also produces a half-hour cooking show, Everyday Cooking, seen on Madison TVW every Sunday morning.