Every time I'm back in Madison I make sure to stop at Vientiane Palace. The food is just great and totally reasonably priced for the serving size. I almost always opt for the Pad Thai because they know how to make it just right and just the right amount of spice. They do like to get spicy so make sure you know what you're in for and if you're not a spice freak, err on the side of less rather than more. I usually get take out here because they don't have the best service and I usually need a lot of water and they're not always on top of that. The food is worth the bad service, though.