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The Daily

FOOD AND DRINK

Casting for Madison's top fish taco

Although they've become an established menu item nationwide, fish tacos apparently still have the ability to weird people out. People definitely like tacos, and people are usually fine with fish, but there's a disconnect for some folks when the two are put together. >More
 Banzo on Sherman Avenue continues the food cart's mania for falafel and more

It was certain that Madison would take to food carts and trucks in its own way. In larger cities like Los Angeles, the urban sprawl is ideally suited for mobile gourmet offerings that develop rabid followings. The trucks/carts stop in locations where nothing of similar quality and creativity is available " around museums, say, or in the parking lots of lonely wine shops. >More
 West Madison's changing grocery landscape

When I was growing up on the near west side of Madison, summer days meant riding dirt bikes around in a pack to Hoyt Park, Quarry Park and Picnic Point. After a day of adventuring, we would be hot and thirsty. Time to hit the main grocery store of the area at the time, El Rancho on University and Farley. >More
 Cortadito Express is more than a novelty act

The first thing you hear about Cortadito Express is that it's located in what used to be the coatroom of the Cardinal Bar. Yes, the engineering of that build-out is impressive, but more so is the Cortadito Express dining room: the streets of downtown Madison. The little package that is Cortadito's kitchen opens up to serve any and all Wilson Street passers-by. What comes from it is a quality of street food that Madison has been waiting for. >More
 Road food in Fort Atkinson

Summer is upon us, and so is the season of wanderlust. Who knows why suddenly a trip southeast on Highway 12 seems like a good idea? Maybe you're heading to Lake Koshkonong or the southern Kettle Moraine, or planning to paddle the Rock River, or just roaming. Whatever you're doing, you're hungry. >More
 Alterra captures the Capitol Square with more than coffee

When you order a coffee from the coffee bar portion of Alterra, where fresh cups are produced one at a time like all the cool coffeehouses do it now, you sort of hover near the bar and wait. When you order food and choose to sit at a table outside, your food is brought to you by table number. But when you do both? Well, you figure it out, because I had to ask. (There's no good way.) >More
 Three new cookbooks help transform the bounty of CSAs and farmers' markets

Let's figure you already have a pile of fresh vegetables and are interested in cooking them. Even well-intentioned seasonal cooks can fall into a rut with vegetable preparation. This season, new market-based cookbooks aim to make sure that won't happen to you. >More
 Order carefully at Las Islas Del Mar

When seafood is good, it can be divine: boiled crabs, raw oysters, fish chowder. And when it's bad, it's really bad: chewy mollusks, odiferous fish. Seafood rarely falls somewhere in the middle. It's either fresh or it's not, and I get it: We're in Wisconsin. A few topnotch restaurants fly in their seafood catch. Elsewhere, compromises must be made due to geography. >More
 Meeting for coffee: Just Coffee and Ancora combine roasting operations

Matt Earley wants to be clear about Just Coffee's new relationship with Madison's Ancora Coffee Roasters. "The most troubling thing I've heard is that we somehow 'bought Ancora,'" says Earley, a cofounder, who works with farmer relations and outreach. "Just Coffee doesn't buy companies. We're not interested in doing that. It's also not a merge. As a worker co-op, we don't do that either." >More
 Scenes from Isthmus A La Carts 2013 (slideshow)

Friday afternoon might not have been ideal picnic weather, but for Madisonians eager to sample from over 20 local food carts offering global cuisine served with a smile, a cloudy sky and chilly temperatures weren't going to keep them away from the second annual Isthmus A La Carts festival at Olin Park. >More
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