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Our story

Lao Laan-Xang opened in January 1990, on Odana Road and was Madison's first authentic Laotian restaurant.  We reopened on Willy Street in October 1997 and another location on Atwood in February of 2005. We are still the only truly authentic Lao restaurant in Madison. 


We are delighted to provide the unique cuisine of Laos to those who live in and visit Madison. Our restaurants are consistently selected as area favorites in local polls and recently the Wisconsin State Journal name our Curry Squash as one of the 30 Plates that Define Madison.


Lao Laan-Xang (pronounced, Lah-o Lahn Sahng) means, “Laos, Land of a Million Elephants.”  In the old kingdom of Laos, elephants were indeed plentiful, and still are regarded as a symbol of strength and prosperity.


We take great pride in freshly preparing each dish in genuine Lao tradition.  Our menu provides a sampling of authentic Lao flavors ranging from subtle to adventurous. We are committed to using the freshest ingredients, using locally grown sources whenever available. We hope you enjoy the results of our efforts.


We welcome and appreciate your patronage.  We wouldn’t be here today without you! We hope you continue to explore the many flavors of Lao cuisine and share this unique culinary experience with friends and family.


In gratitude,

The Inthachith family and the Lao Laan-Xang Staff.

Supporting local growers

We help support local growers from the nearby Madison areas who produce some of the best ingredients to bring out the flavors in our dishes. Below are just a list of growers:
  • Khamma Garden
  • Naeng & Russ Yang Farm
  • Oakdale Farm
  • Farmer Bob
  • Alsum Sweet Corn
  • and more! As well as a variety of vendors at local farmer's markets.
Farmer Chong
Bagging peppers
Russ Yang
Oakdale Farm
Naeng and Russ Yang
Thai Eggplant
Farmer Bob
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