I'm a Philadelphia hound looking for some help with a weekend in Madison in a few weeks. We're coming for a wedding, so not a ton of time to look around, but I think we can fit in some good meals.
We're arriving Friday. Staying at the Hilton Monona Terrace. In my mind, I'm looking for a nice dinner, preferably that takes reservations so I know we won't have to wait around, and where we can walk from the hotel to the restaurant. From the board, I gathered: Nostrano, Harvest, Fresco, 43 North (although the online menu doesn't really excite me), and Graze (which looks great but doesn't take reservations and L'Etoile looked a little fancier than we were going for). We don't really need Italian or Sushi (although Muramoto looks great), since we get a fair amount of both in Philly. Afterward, I'm looking for some place to grab drinks, cocktails and/or beers, and possibly meet up with other folks.
There is a possibility that there may be some grand, last minute effort to get friends together for Friday night dinner. This stresses me out, but I have to be prepared. So, I'd also take suggestions for places where we can roll up with a group on a Friday night (gastropubs? Great Dane?). I may be willing to get in the car for that, since I know other folks are staying at the Sheraton on John Nolen Drive.
I'm also looking for Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch. We're willing to drive to either or both if needed. An earlier recommendation for Sunroom Cafe looked good for breakfast, as did Sardine for brunch. If there are other spots that would bring us to a great neighborhood that we otherwise wouldn't make it to, I'd take suggestions!
thanks in advance!