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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 62.0° F  Partly Cloudy
The Daily


New 'cue, new sweets

The best barbecue I've ever eaten was prepared by a guy who had a pit going by the highway in my hometown of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Alas, outdoor kitchens don't work so well in Wisconsin, but between Smoky Jon's and Fat Jack's, the Madison area does have some genuinely fine barbecue. >More
 Juanita's Tacos in Madison serves a lot more than its namesake dish

I finally dropped into Juanita's for lunch a week ago expecting a bare-bones menu. I ordered a couple of tacos ($2 each), plus rice and beans, and while waiting for my order noticed two men feasting on giant shrimp cocktails served in tulip sundae glasses. >More
 Think pink

It was my birthday the other week, and we were having a stretch of some of the loveliest June days I can remember. The peonies were bursting, the roses were in bloom, and to celebrate I filled the house with vases of heavy pink blossoms and invited friends to an impromptu tasting of rosé wines. It was like a grown-up version of a princess party: everything pink, pink, PINK! >More
 Open and shut cases

The pizza at Cafe La Bellitalia on North Sherman Avenue is great... my new favorite in Madison proper and a close second to my favorite at Maria's Pizza in Oregon. A real handmade feel to the crust. >More
 The lack of Jewish cuisine in Madison is not kosher

Late last summer, my beloved grandparents came to Madison just in time for the Nazi rally on the Square. "I've nevah been to a Nazi rally!" my Jewish, roller-skating grandma exclaimed. "Tony! Take a pictsha!" she said to my immigrant Catholic grandfather. >More
 Maki at the mall

Adding to the mall's new luster, and bringing a real shot of downtown cred, is Sushi Muramoto, which recently opened directly across from Sundance. Nothing seems like a better fit for a mall that wanted to up its style quotient. >More
 Summer starts in Madison with Brat Fest

Some 17,000 brats had already been consumed by the time I made it to Willows Island late Friday afternoon for the World's Largest Brat Fest. >More
 Taqueria Guadalajara serves Mexican favorites

One of the benefits of having a growing Hispanic community is a concomitant increase in Mexican restaurants, especially the small, family-run places, each with its own twist on the popular cuisine. >More
 Pinkus McBride Market & Deli up and running after recent fire

Recently, the building that houses the Pinkus McBride Market & Deli caught fire (culprit -- rogue fireworks knocking over a hot grill on the roof) but the deli itself was back in business in no time, and apparently none the worse for wear. Don't be frightened! There aren't even any scorch marks anywhere. >More
 Artful cookware

Devoted chefs in the Willy Street neighborhood lack a store dedicated to quality cookware, dinnerware and kitchen gadgets of all sorts. Until about July 15, that is. That's when Roz Anderson hopes to open the Kitchen Gallery at 1354 Williamson St. >More
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