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In a city known for its multitude of restaurants and its residents' love of good food, these plates stand out. Whether the dish was made by one of Madison's celebrated chefs, in a food cart or at a restaurant that has served generations of Madisonians, these plates may inspire hunger.

Chenin blanc’s reputation is still recovering from the damage done from the flabby and uninspiring jug wine produced in mass quantities in the 1970s. But this wine from the Loire Valley in France — the traditional home of chenin blanc — will change your mind about this maligned grape.

The plate: Since 1972, Parthenon Gyros Restaurant has lured gyro lovers to State Street for the Greek sandwich. The Greek owners modified their recipe making a milder version to accommodate American palates. Gus Vranas bought Parthenon in 1984, and the recipe has not changed.

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