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FOOD AND DRINK

Hot summer hibachi in downtown Madison

All of a sudden, it's hibachi. There's the new food cart called Hibachi Hut on the UW Library Mall. And the old standby food cart Wei's Food to Go on the Capitol Square -- formerly Viet Foods to Go -- has once again changed its name to Hibachi Grill and adjusted its menu accordingly. Why the sudden interest? Is it that Americans' food imaginations turn to grilled meats from June-August? >More
 New Glarus Brewing: The brewhaus the Careys built

When we're enjoying a cold pint of beer, we may not think much about the next one. But lately Deb and Dan Carey, owners of the New Glarus Brewing Company, have indeed been contemplating the beer coming down the line. >More
 Ian's Pizza and Salad gets green on State Street

The original Ian's Pizza on Frances Street started as a slice-only joint featuring funky taste combos catering to the campus crowd. The State Street branch of Ian's knows its clientele, too, judging from a few variations on its menu. Foremost among these is the inclusion of salad in the menu, and no afterthought perfunctory side salad, either. As the equal billing in the name Ian's Pizza and Salad suggests, salad really does achieve a solid footing here. >More
 Gotham Bagels: Holy cream cheese, Batman!

We were heading to Mount Horeb for lunch when one of those oddly apocalyptic summer storms whipped up, the kind that seems to have become, suddenly, freakishly routine. The radio was making noises about running for cover, and we decided maybe it wasn't worth the broken bones and twisted neck, and that long, tempting tunnel of light, even for a really good lunch. So we turned back to Madison, and that's how we ended up, drenched, at Gotham Bagels for lunch instead. >More
 On the hunt for root beer floats in Madison

The nation's hot weather palate has shifted from traditional ice cream sodas and hot fudge sundaes to Peppermint Java Chip Frappuccinos and Iced Matcha Lattes, although recent news reports have suggested that "pain at the pump" has prompted many working stiffs to cut back on their $4/day frozen coffee drink habit. While I have nothing against iced coffee, the super-sweet sensation of a proper root beer float is one of the rituals of summer that should be indulged in at least once between Memorial Day and Labor Day. >More
 Sucre brings continental flair to the Square

Where there once was McDonald's, there is now Sucre. There is no better metaphor for the evolution of downtown Madison -- from fast-food restaurant to Euro-chic patisserie, from Quarter Pounders and fries to cold poached shrimp and Sachertorte, from Coke to cosmos. >More
 Azzalino's speakeasy offers hearty portions on near south side of Madison

Billed as "a joint for bootleggers and flappers," Azzalino's on South Park Street serves up standard American bar food in baskets and large plates in a strip of taverns on Park Street just south of Meriter Hospital. The menu is jam-packed with fried items named after famous -- or infamous -- characters of the 1920s and dangerously fruity cocktails that mask their large amounts of alcohol behind citrus and grenadine. >More
 Flooded farm, part two

After last year's $750,000 loss, Richard de Wilde was doubtless hoping for a not-too-wet wet season. He didn't get one. On de Wilde's Harmony Valley Farm, the organic operation near Viroqua, 20 acres' worth of plantings were destroyed by the recent storms. Among the losses were tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, salad greens, dill, cilantro and a cornfield - the same one ravaged in last year's rains. >More
 Favorite eats: Bahia fist stew; Ham, brie and spinach crepe

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 Santa Fe Trailer joins new Madison food carts on the Library Mall

After several seasons of stasis, there's been somewhat of a shakeup in the food cart roster -- not just on the Capitol Square, but also on the Library Mall. SukhoThai is no longer. The Greek stand is not around, as those behind it will be opening a full-fledged restaurant at the site of Cleveland's Lunch. But there are at least three new mall carts on hand -- FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage, the Hibachi Hut, and Santa Fe Trailer. >More
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