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by madmax on September 23 2009

Author Description: "Here are a few things that define my Madison. Ranging from infamous street people and tasty restaurants, to great parks and spectacular views, this list covers the neat subtleties that make Madison what it is."

1. Scanner Dan Scanner is a fixture at the Memorial Union and State Street. While eccentrically amiable, Dan may rub the unacquainted t...
Author Comment: "He'd be the official State Street mascot if there were one. I pass Scanner on the street all the time. Sometimes he stops to talk to me, but not because he remembers me. He's just chatty."
2. Capitol Building The tallest building in Madison (by local law) and the third capitol building since Wisconsin's statehood in 1848.
Author Comment: "Centerpiece of the downtown area, supplier of great views."
3. Observation Deck The Observation Deck refers to the balcony near the top of the dome of the capitol building. It goes all the way around ...
Author Comment: "Speaking of great views, many locals fail to make the trip up to the Observation Deck of the Capitol. Big mistake."
4. State Street The street running from University Mall to the State Capitol building. Considered the heart of downtown Madison and camp...
Author Comment: "State Street is the backbone of the isthmus and is where all the action is."
5. Monona Terrace A terrace rooftop and a convention center inside. Great views of Lake Monona abound at this Frank Lloyd Wright creation....
Author Comment: "More than just a convention center, the Monona Terrace is the second most famous sight in Madison after the Capitol."
6. Lake Mendota The largest of Madison's four lakes, Mendota is a popular venue for many water sports in the summer, as well as ice spor...
Author Comment: "Mendota is the bigger of the two lakes that squish the Madison isthmus. Sit down on the Memorial Union Terrace and enjoy the view."
7. Terrace, The In Madison, the phrase "The Terrace" typically means the Memorial Union Terrace. However, if you were never a UW student...
Author Comment: "Commonly referred to as just "The Terrace", the Memorial Union Terrace is my favorite hangout in Madison and is the only student union in the country that serves alcohol."
8. Camp Randall Stadium The home field for the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
Author Comment: "This is where it all happens. Jump Around. Varsity. Fifth Quarter. Oh yeah, they also play football games here."
9. squeaky cheese Its called 'Cheese Curds' and is indeed squeaky if fresh that day though I have never heard of it referred to as "squeak...
Author Comment: "No trip to Madison is complete without tasting some cheese curds. You can find the fresh kind at the Farmers' Market on Saturday morning, or the fried kind at the Old Fashioned on the Capitol Square."
10. DCFM DCFM is an acronym for the Dane County Farmers' Market. Locals will most often refer to the event as simply "the Farmers...
Author Comment: "Formally called the Dane County Farmers' Market, the Farmers' Market stretches the around the entire Capitol Square and has great local food."
11. Old Fashioned, The Great place to go for haystack onions or an incredible burger with a fried egg on it!!! The best Old Fashioneds around! ...
Author Comment: "Good down-home Wisconsin cuisine with a great selection of local beers...oh yeah, and not to mention great atmosphere. This is a popular place, so you might have to suffer a 45 minute wait on a weekend night."
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