With a stay at Sheraton Madison Hotel in Madison (South Madison), you'll be close to Alliant Energy Center and Wisconsin Historical Museum. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Wisconsin Historical Museum and Kohl Center.
Stay in one of 239 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and irons/ironing boards.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as an indoor pool, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, audiovisual equipment, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. This hotel has 15 meeting rooms available for events. Free parking is available onsite.
Full Service Hotel Year Built 1984 Year Remodeled 2008 Additional Property Description This Madison hotel offers all the right services and is ideally set in the heart of Madison s picturesque University of Wisconsin campus area. Academic and business travelers as well as college athletic teams and groups find the BEST WESTERN PLUS InnTowner offers the perfect location when visiting the University of Wisconsin Madison. Guests will also find easy access to the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub and free high speed Internet access. Other hotel services include a restaurant and lounge as well as banquet and meeting space. The hotel also offers 46 premium rooms and suites on the hotel s concierge floor. The hotel s attentive staff will ensure a comfortable stay for every guest. Visitors coming to Madison for UW Badger football games, the Ironman Wisconsin, or World Dairy Days often stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS InnTowner and the Highland Club. The hotel s location is also ideal for visitors coming to Madison for events at the Kohl Center, Overture Center, Alliant Energy Center and Monona Terrace Convention Center. Make a reservation today for great service in a great location at the BEST WESTERN PLUS InnTowner and the Highland Club in Madison, Wisconsin.
Gotham Bagels' bagels help you start your day on the right foot.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Gotham Bagels — attire is casual.
Gotham Bagels patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the E Mifflin St location.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Soft and chewy goodness is well within reach. Get your bagel on at Gotham Bagels.
Find one-of-a-kind, tasty grocery items at Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli in Madison and prepare some great meals for the whole week.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Feeling hungry? Heat up a tasty and affordable TV dinner from here and enjoy the convenience of a quick meal.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
The canned food selection at Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli is perfect for giving you a bunch of shortcuts to a nutritious, delicious, and perfect meal for you and your loved ones.
At Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
When you're looking for a little tart flavor to add to your meal, you'll want to grab some vinegar. For something a little more savory, that definitely calls for oil. When you shop here, you can stock up on either to ensure your food is tart and savory in equal measures.
Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
Grab any spices and seasonings you need to cook a gourmet dinner here.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
For that late night at the office or a last-minute change of plans, this frozen food is both scrumptious and convenient for your schedule.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
Check out the staple deli menu at Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli and purchase an assortment of yummy items for your next dinner party.
At Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
After learning about Jacobson Brothers Meats and Deli's store in Madison, you're ready to pick up some groceries there now!
One of the best BLTs in Madison doesn't have bacon on it. Dubbed the TLT, owner Jennie Capellaro's meat-free version swaps out the pork for strips of tempeh, a type of cultured soy. The sandwich's smoky flavor won over the critics of 77 Square, claiming Best BLT honors in 2010. PETA named it one of the country's best vegan BLTs in 2012. Every year since 2012, it has been named "Favorite Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant" by The Daily Page, and it has been featured on The Restaurant Show in both August and September of 2014.
Jennie and her team at The Green Owl Cafe strive to similarly surprise their diners by coaxing out unexpected flavors from their vegetarian and vegan dishes. Championing freshness, they prefer to work with local suppliers, such as Blue Skies Berry Farm and Voss Organics. One of the only vegan brunch places in Madison, guests can substitute tofu for the organic range-free eggs in many dishes, and enjoy bloody marys with house-infused black pepper vodka. They also periodically throw their popular Raw Nights, treating guests to prix fixe dinners comprised of all raw courses. Jennie matches her menu's celebration of nature with a rustic, wood-paneled interior and an outdoor patio where diners can catch the free vitamin-D capsules regularly tossed down by the sun.
Bonfyre American Grille offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
Diners with dietary restrictions will appreciate Bonfyre American Grille's gluten-free options.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Bonfyre American Grille would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Bonfyre American Grille with their charming outdoor seating.
Wifi is on the house at Bonfyre American Grille, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Dress is typically casual at Bonfyre American Grille, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Bonfyre American Grille prides itself in its delicious catering.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Parking is plentiful — there is a nearby lot and garage made available to diners.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Bonfyre American Grille running under $30 per person.
Bonfyre American Grille accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Bonfyre American Grille.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Bonfyre American Grille.
When you have a hankering for American fare, head on over to the trendy Bonfyre American Grille and get your fix.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
Watch her explain her approach to fine dining:
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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