Madison - the 'ole stompin' ground

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Amy and I went to Madison today, and you can't go to Madison without going to State Street... for those not familiar with the area, State Street is a street that's about 6 blocks long and starts at the capitol building and runs to the edge of the UW-Madison campus. They don't allow any cars (other than police cars, buses, and some delivery vehicles) on the street, so you're pretty much free to walk where ever you'd like.

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We started out by going to Steve & Barry's - a clothing shop that sells UW apparel. Across the street from Steve & Barry's is the State Street Brat - a bar that specializes in selling some fantastic brats (as well as beverages).

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State Street Brat


We then continued our way up State Street - we stopped at the Urban Outfitter, and a few other stores. It was pretty miserable weather, so we didn't get a lot of photos - but, here's what we did manage to snap photos of:

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Looking "up" State Street, toward the capitol building.

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We've never gone to this place, but the name says it all...

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The Burger Joint. Never been there either...

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The Plaza. An infamous establishment with the college crowd. Spent many the Thursday/Friday/Saturday night there with Amy and her friends, "back in the day." They had greasy burgers that were called "Plaza Burgers" and cost all of $2. A pitcher of Bud Light (ick) was around $4 if I remember correctly. A jukebox sat in the middle of the place and would blast 80's music (mostly Madonna and Rick Springfield) all night long.


After a while, we finally grew tired of walking around, freezing, so we did some driving around and then went to the Great Dane Pub to meet some friends for dinner.

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The Great Dane on the corner of Doty and King, in Madison.

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Notice the tap handles - they're Great Danes.

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And there's all of us, sitting in the basement of the Great Dane. The place was pretty packed - I had meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans. Amy had a Pub Burger with fries. Jenny had a chicken croissant. Minda had a sausage platter, and Kevin had a chicken pot pie (which looked excellent).

We had a great time catching up with our friends - Kevin and Minda helped us move to AR about 4.5 years ago, and I don't think we've seen them since, so it was really good to chat with them. We stayed at the Dane until around 9pm, then headed for home.

I took a soak when we got back; Amy played some FreeCell and talked with her mom. And now, I'm ready for bed - we're headed back to Madison for a day with the family tomorrow.

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Mmmmm, plaza burgers......
Maybe afterwards we can go to the City and have a limelight martini ;)

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