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5 new or improved restaurants for summer dining

5 new or improved restaurants for summer dining

Lone Girl Brewing exterior

The Lone Girl Brewing Company is at 114 E. Main St. in Waunakee. 

The Lone Girl Brewing Company

Location: 114 E. Main St. No. 101, Waunakee

Phone: 608-850-7175


Lone Girl has a new summer menu, a rooftop patio that seats 175, and ground-level outdoor seating. Don’t miss the gumbo or meatball sandwich. Not the lightest fare, but delicious.

Tin Fox interior

Tin Fox gives a platform to Chef Justice Neal, whose parents opened the restaurant in early May. Neal sharpened his skills at restaurants in Milwaukee and Chicago for the past 10 years.

Tin Fox

Location: 2616 Monroe St.

Phone: 608-709-1616


Tin Fox opened with major construction on Monroe Street. But it’s worth it to persevere, especially where the crab cake po’ boy, french fries and chickpea salad are concerned. The restaurant recently unveiled its summer menu.

Poke Poke exterior

Poke Poke opened April 2 in the former Mad City Music Exchange in the Gateway Mall on Willy Street.

Poke Poke

Location: 600 Williamson St.

Phone: 608-665-3306


With poke places popping up all over town, Poke Poke has positioned itself well Downtown. Poke is the perfect cool summer food, mostly raw, healthful and addictive. The restaurant’s signature ocean feast with ahi tuna, scallops, shrimp, octopus, snow crab, fish roe, macadamia nuts and ginger will get you hooked.

Boar & Barrel exterior

Boar & Barrel on North Hamilton Street takes the place of Hamilton's on the Square and before that, Blue Marlin. 

Boar & Barrel

Location: 101 N. Hamilton St.

Phone: 608-285-5651

Website: — not fully functional yet.

This elegant Saturday brunch spot on the Square goes perfectly with a visit to the Dane County Farmers’ Market. It offers one of the best vegetarian meals in town with its curried vegetables and aromatic rice: julienned vegetables served over basmati rice with diced Indian paneer cheese and grilled zucchini and baby asparagus on top.

Cafe Zoma counter

Cafe Zoma's new owners have extended the kitchen area toward the front windows, and made a few other small physical changes.

Cafe Zoma

Location: 2326 Atwood Ave.

Phone: 608-243-1300

Website: See Facebook

This homey, neighborhood cafe makes better coffee and food under its new owners, and retains the peaceful backyard patio on the bike path. Zoma makes distinctive breakfast sandwiches, served all day, and panini, both on a house-made, novel focaccia bread. The crepe with creamy chevre, asparagus, mushrooms and spinach is another strong contender.

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