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.
With more than 450 stores throughout the globe, TCBY has become synonymous with high-quality frozen yogurt since its humble inception in Arkansas in 1981. Known as The Country’s Best Yogurt, TCBY serves up frozen treats packed with benefits such as live active cultures and vitamin D while remaining lower in fat and calories than traditional ice cream. New additions to the menu include frozen greek yogurt, which swirls with twice as much protein as the regular frozen yogurt, giving customers a treat to look forward to after strenuous routines of bench-pressing dairy-farm equipment. Revamped store designs infuse each space with modern, colorful touches, such as bright-green chairs and hanging orange lights, reflecting the dessert emporium’s dedication to happily moving into the future with its customers.
Baristas at Steep and Brew froth milk from the local Sassy Cow Family Creamery for lattes made with organic, eco-friendly, fair trade Café Fair coffees. Additionally, they steep loose-leaf tea from their collection of over 25 different flavors also available for purchase in bulk.
U-Bake transforms busy folks into kitchen virtuosos with ready-to-bake breads, cookies, pot pies, and more. Newfound bakers can roll out of bed and into breakfast with a fresh cinnamon roll or break up afternoon doldrums with more than 50 varieties of cookie dough, from the bestselling cranberry walnut white chip to the daring Skrumption, with soft fudge, caramel, or fruit filling ($4.99–$9.79). A variety of frozen bread dough, pizza crusts, and sweet and savory pies fill stomachs, placate palates, and require nothing more than an oven and freezer or igloo ($3.99–$11.99). Those with wheat sensitivities or intolerances can also nab a variety of gluten-free products, such as bread, bagels, pies, and pastas.