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Explore Madison Restaurants with City Tins

explore-madison-citytinsTrying new restaurants is one of my all time favorite activities and Madison is a great town for exploring. As a Madison area food blogger, I always have my eyes and ears open for new places but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dined at a restaurant and said to myself, “I can’t believe I didn’t know about this place!”

If you love restaurant exploring as much as I do, get yourself a Madison City Tin. For $25, you get $200 worth of coupons to local restaurants. For the indecisive diners, the tin comes with a dinner spinner- a board game like spinner that randomly selects the restaurant for you. Here are a few of my favorite City Tin restaurants.

 

Essen Haus- Madison locals might be laughing that I included this on my list, but hear me out. While the first thing that comes to mind when one mentions the Essen Haus is gigantic boots of beer and drunken polka dancing, if you come early you can enjoy a hearty and authentic German meal in a festive atmosphere. I lived in Germany for four years so I’m quite picky about my schnitzel and spaetzel but the Essen Haus comes close to what I’ve had on the other side of the pond. Next time you’re hungry for German food, grab your City Tin and head to the Essen Haus.

Nostrano-A new addition to the City Tin, Nostrano serves upscale food with fresh local ingredients. Their Facebook page describes them as Italian but if you’re looking for the standard spaghetti and meatballs, this isn’t your place. I went here on a date and I can’t decided what my favorite part of the meal was, it’s a tie between the scallops appetizer and the out of this world dessert. I can’t decide, but order whatever strikes your fancy since you can’t go wrong at Nostrano.

jacs – jacs is the place to go in Madison for mussels and frites. Does a more delightful meal exist? I haven’t found it yet. jacs offers several different mussel preparations but I usually go for the classic wine and garlic. Once I’ve eaten all of the “sea critters”, I dip the bread in the broth in the bottom of the bowl. Seafood AND bread dipping AND fried food AND beer all in one meal? Yes please.

For more Madison restaurant reviews, visit Eating in Madison A to Z.

Is Milwaukee your stomping ground? Click here for the Milwaukee version of the City Tin.

 

 

Madison Dining- Sample Cuisine from Lake to Lake with CityTins Restaurant Gift Cards

It may not be Chicago or New York City, but the Madison dining scene is pretty impressive considering the size of our city between the lakes.  From late night munchies like Ian’s mac and cheese pizza to a cozy dinner for two in the mansion at Quivey’s Grove, there’s something for everyone here in Madison, Wisconsin.  Whether you’re new to Madison dining or you’ve been here for years and love a good deal on dinner, check out CityTins– a retro tin filled with discounts to your favorite Madison restaurants.

Cool features of CityTins:

  • Retro Style. The artsy tin is filled with gift cards that should probably be called “gift coasters”. Use them to protect your coffee table while you enjoy some pre-dinner drinks.
  • The Dinner Spinner. Can’t decide which Madison dining establishment to visit? Give the Dinner Spinner a whirl and it will point you in the the right direction.
  • $200 in savings. $200 worthy of savings for only $25? That’s a no brainer!  
  • Keep It Local.  All of the restaurants included in the CityTin are local eateries- no chain restaurants.
  •  Also available in a Milwaukee version. Same idea, different city.

Visit Wisconsinmade.com to stock up on CityTins for holiday gifts, but don’t forget to get one for yourself.

What’s your favorite Madison restaurant?

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