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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 54.0° F  Overcast

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Three picks for Madison's most delectable hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of the few things I can enjoy even when it's not very good. After all, many of its pleasing qualities are derived from the situation that makes you want to order it in the first place. Freezing cold weather is essential, maybe with some sleet and a strong wind. Ideally, your hands are so chilled you can barely grab the cash you need to pay for it. In such circumstances, I once experienced ecstatic communion with the artificially flavored cocoa served by a machine at an Interstate rest stop. >More
 View photos of the Labor Day Dog Paddle at Goodman Pool

What do you get when you combine 1,005 pooches of all shapes, sizes and furriness with 1,985 humans and all the water in the Goodman Pool? >More
 Bluephies is sometimes good and sometimes just weird

It's got the booths. It's got the quick, friendly service. It has some good food. But I always leave thinking, about one dish or another: That was weird.w >More
 The new Bunky's Cafe thrives on a good vibe

Bunky's Café is the kind of place that makes you feel super-duper. The colorful curtains at the new location rise on the breeze. At the front counter, Teresa Pullara (who owns the place with her husband, Rachid Ouabel) fills cannolis with a supersized pastry bag as she chats amiably with customers. >More
 Prairie Cafe and Bakery: Pure prairie league

When we want breakfast, we get in the car, and as long as we're on the road, we might as well drive all the way to the Prairie Café and Bakery in Middleton Hills. The longish drive isn't exactly in the spirit of New Urbanism, but the pancakes are delicious. >More
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