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MADISON RESTAURANT NEWS & REVIEWS

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Taco Bros. shines with grilled and slow cooked meats, but it could be even better

Taco Bros. can be more than just a fast nosh spot. The basic fillings are jerk chicken, carnitas, chorizo, braised beef, carne asada or grilled vegetable. These can arrive as tacos, burritos (which can be ordered dry or "wet," i.e., covered with sauce and queso), chimichangas, quesadillas, nachos or as a taco salad. Other add-ons include beans, a mild queso fresco or cotija cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. And most of these fillings are really, really good. >More

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Madison College students put on a four-course formal dinner

Getting a table for the Gourmet Dining Room at Madison College's Truax campus feels a bit like trying to score a spot at a hot restaurant. It's not exactly easy. The website isn't well maintained, and it's not entirely clear that you can, in fact, get a four-course formal dinner experience for $20. >More

FOOD NEWS

Discovering the cutting edge of cocktails at the seventh annual Distill America

It was the seventh successful year for Distill America, the evening-long "celebration of American Distilling" hosted by the Madison Malt Society. This year, the event was bookended by Madison Cocktail Week, creating a happy synergy between the showcase and all things boozy. >More
 The first-ever Madison Cocktail Week to launch

This year, Distill America, Madison's long-running spirits-tasting event, gets a weeklong preview. Madison Cocktail Week, organized by local bartenders, will launch on Feb. 25 with a series of 17 spirited events leading up to (and following) the Distill America tasting extravaganza (to be held at the new Edgewater Hotel on February 28). >More

FOOD NEWS

Catching up with the Eating in Madison A to Z bloggers

Every so often you'll read a "Whatever Happened to..." column about some bygone notable. Whatever happened to 2007 Madison mayoral candidate Will Sandstrom? Or those plans for a bicycle-centric restaurant on the southwest bike path? This is our version of that for ourselves: Whatever happened to Eating in Madison A to Z? >More
 New eateries flock to the Square

A slew of new restaurants is headed to the Square and just off it. This is on the heels of last year's openings of Rare, a spacious steakhouse at 14 W. Mifflin St., and Cento, an Italian restaurant one block off the Square at 122 W. Mifflin. The only half-block of the Square that will remain restaurant-free is East Mifflin between Wisconsin Avenue and Hamilton Street. >More

BEER

Have it your way: Madison homebrewers take control of their beer

A large stainless steel pot sits on a portable propane burner on the floor of Ryan Browne's double garage. "This is a five-gallon batch," Browne explains, noting this is a typical volume produced by homebrewers that makes about two cases of beer. There are about four of these setups on the floor. >More
 UW-Madison students explore home brews with the Badger Brewing Association

Homebrewing is so popular that the Badger Brewing Association, the UW-Madison club devoted to the topic, attracts several hundred students a year, according to faculty adviser Jim Steele. It's an impressive number, since the club can't even brew beer, due to the participation of underage students. >More

READER REVIEWS:

This is my favorite restaurant in Madison! BEST seabass in the area. The grilled calamari are also amazing! We freque ...
Kyle, I often get the meat tortellini delivered to work at The Malt House. Fast, hot, and delicious. Highly recommende ...
Had dinner there mid-January 2013. Nice wine selection, friendly bar tenders and we had great food. Duck leg was perfe ...
It has been remodeled since it was The Union House and it is looking really classy! Good music too. Unfortunately it i ...
I've been eating at Mickie's for over 30 years, and still love it ... probably the best breakfast/lunch diner in Madison ...
Great decor, fun place to go. Service friendly & concerned. Crab cakes as good as it gets. Gumbo, creole, way too ho ...
We went for the cupcakes, like most probably do. I was surprised to see a full three page menu, with kids choices on th ...
Awesome NOLA style take out. The shrimp po'boys are not overly stuffed, seasoned expertly and on a great toothsome yet ...
My second sampling of chili from Daisy did not disappoint; spicy and thick, this vegan chili burst with corn (my favorit ...
I've been to Maria's several times, and the only thing I've ordered is the pizza, which is excellent. The atmosphere is ...
Service is excellent, atmosphere, casual, food is good, well prepared, many choices,loved the tandori mixed grill. If ...
Like an old friend, I never tire of Restaurant Muramoto. Whether with adult foodies or recently with 3 kids, the menu ha ...
I've never had a bad experience here. Burgers, fries, a superb summer sausage sandwich, and a beer selection that's out ...
Overall, the food was very good, but it was the little things that just didn't meet my expectations. The service was a ...
Great atmosphere and great bar at Jacs. I had the Jacs burger, medium well, but it was pretty well done, with a nice ch ...
Fabulous crab rangoon -- I think the best I've ever had. It's a little sad, sitting there enjoying a delicious, reasona ...
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Beer Here: King George by Capital Brewery of Middleton

King George is made with more than a dozen specialty malts, which give it rich chocolate, caramel and biscuit flavors. There's a distinctive undertone of roasted cherrywood smoked malt, which "goes really well with the other dark malts," says brewmaster Ashley Kinart. >More
 Beer Here: Big Swede from Valkyrie Brewing Company

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Teatime with cocktails

Nothing's more tame than a soothing cup of tea, but add the world's most popular beverage to a cocktail and its simplicity gets an exciting makeover. From summer's sweet spiked iced tea to fall's hot toddies, tea is an unsung hero of mixology that enlivens and structures an amazing variety of drinks. >More
 Square Wine Company's Andrea Hillsey finds her niche in Madison

As owner of Square Wine Company, 5 N. Pinckney St. on the Capitol Square, Andrea Hillsey shares her passion for wine with customers through regular classes and tastings, and also with every bottle sold. >More
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