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Chef’s Corner Merchant Merchant proprietors Patrick Sweeney and Josh Berkson knew they were joining great culinary company when they chose their location just off the Capitol Square. But the duo set themselves apart with one key ad- dition to the standard restaurant formula: An in-house store selling the ingredients that comprise the dishes on their menu. “So if [customers] like a certain dish or drink we make, they can buy everything [in our store] and recreate it,” Sweeney ex- plains. “We’d like to educate people how to eat healthier.” This level of openness extends to the kitchen, as an open floor plan allows you to watch the chefs in action, preparing dishes such as the halibut with English peas and Caponata shown here. And if you fall in love with a meal, a chef will not only lead you to the ingredients in the store, they’ll tell you how to cook it at home, ensuring you walk out the door not only satiated but a savvier foodie as well. Merchant is located at 121 S. Pinckney St., Madison; (608) 259-9799 or merchant- Admiralty Room at the Edgewater | Avenue Bar | The Blue Marlin | Bonfyre American Grille | Brasserie V | Bunky’s Cafe| Cafe Costa Rica | Captain Bill’s | Cilantro | Club Tavern | Coachman’s Golf Resort | Creamery Cafe of Artisan Gallery | Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery | Dayton Street Grille Take a Trip to Belgium, Right in the Heart of Monroe Street Madison Originals is a not-for-profit association of independently-owned restaurants whose vision is to cultivate a vibrant local dining community. With over 40 delicious options, we make dining local an easy choice. 150 World-class Beers • 70 Belgians 30+ Wines by the Glass Serving a French and Belgian-Inspired Menu in a Casual Neighborhood Setting Moules et Frites • Steak-Frites • V Burger Cheeseboards • Brasserie V Belgian Salad Duck • Sandwiches • Beer Tastings Cilantro Bar and Grill 7005 Tree Lane (608) 203-8073 Taste the true flavors of Mexico Open for Lunch & Dinner (Mon-Sat) Dinner on Sunday 1923 Monroe Street 608-225-8500 Tap House | King & Mane | L’Etoile | Lilian’s Restaurant | Lombardino’s Italian Restaurant & Bar | The Mariner’s Inn | Nau-Ti-Gal | The Nitty Gritty - Downtown | The Nitty Gritty - Middleton | The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant | The Old Feed Mill | Orpheum Lobby Restaurant | May 2011 71 GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT IMPERIAL Mother’s Day | Father’s Day Graduation 238-6445 2039 Allen Blvd. | Middleton Corner of University Ave Arbor Gate Towers 2601 West Beltline Highway 608-273-3973 (FYRE) DeBroux’s Diner | Delaney’s Charcoal Steaks | Ella’s Deli & Ice Cream Parlor | Essen Haus | Harvest | Hawk’s Bar & Grill | Ian’s Pizza by the Slice | Imperial Garden West | jacs Dining & Quivey’s Grove | Restaurant Muramoto | Roman Candle-Fitchburg | Roman Candle-Madison | Roman Candle-Middleton| Tapas Rias | Tornado Steak House | Wonder Bar Steakhouse | Photo by Amber Arnold

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