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Gooseberry on the Square to open on ground floor of U.S. Bank building

The vacant restaurant space on the ground floor of the U.S. Bank building on Capitol Square, formerly occupied by the Sunprint Cafe, has a new tenant working toward a spring 2015 opening. >More
 The Madison dining scene breaks new ground in 2014

Madison dining seems to be heading for new territory, and that territory is (envelope please...) East Washington Avenue. >More
 Madison Area Chefs Network to host week of culinary events in March 2015

The Madison Area Chefs Network is gearing up for its next big event: a week of chef-centered events at participating restaurants slated for March 9-15, 2015. >More
 King of Falafel carries on with carryout

A reader called to suggest I check out the new King of Falafel outpost in the Amstar gas station at the corner of Olin Avenue and South Park Street. Thank you, reader. You had me at "gas station." >More
 Holiday gifts for Fluffy and Fido -- and the people who love them

Pet lovers are not going to let that most important member of the family go giftless. The furred set will be happy with any old toy or treat, but why settle for a Nylabone at the most wonderful time of the year? >More
 Everybody poops -- even Santa

I'm not sure how this happened, but friends, it's out there -- specifically the candified poop of fantastical creatures like angels, reindeer and elves. >More
 Holiday jump-start

There are two problems -- at least -- with holiday shopping these days. One is that no one seems to need or even want anything more. Deferring gratification is passé. >More
 A guide to Thanksgiving 2014 at Madison restaurants

While some have the luxury of a picture-postcard, Saveur-inspired, farm-to-table extravaganza of culinary Americana laid out on their tables come Thanksgiving, there are others who lack that -- for many reasons, from being down on their luck, to having relatives who are more interested in football than in feasting. Whatever your motivations -- no judgement! >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Christine Ameigh of Let's Eat Out and Slide Food Cart

In a world full of MBAs trying to make apps turn a profit, Christine Ameigh's business ideas seem remarkably unstudied. The proprietor of the Slide food cart just wanted to re-create the sense of fun and excitement she'd had when she lived in Southern California and it was "food cart night" in her neighborhood. >More
 Good Food is now on top in revised 2014 Madison food cart rankings

The city of Madison's annual food cart review rankings, which were released two weeks ago, have been revised, resulting in a new top cart, although other changes overall are minor. >More
 A spate of closings for small eateries around Madison

It appears that novel spaces do not always work out so well for Madison micro-restaurants. La Taguara, which took over the Cardinal Bar window service space pioneered by Cortadito Express, has now closed, as of Oct. 13. >More
 Familiar FIB's tops Madison's 2014 food cart rankings

The official city of Madison food cart rankings for 2014 have been compiled and there's a familiar name topping the list: FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage. FIB's also topped the cart rankings in 2012. >More
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 What's up and coming for Madison food carts in 2015

Even jaded eaters will sit up and take notice when they see the new Blair Street BBQ cart. Each fall, new food cart owners who want to vend in the city's coveted Mall/Concourse spaces participate in the final day of Madison's food cart review, lining up on Martin Luther King Boulevard to present samples of their menus to the review committee. >More
 Grabbing an Earth-friendly lunch at Madison food carts

So you ordered your food cart lunch and were cheered by the fact that it was presented to you in a nubbly, off-white EarthChoice compostable cardboard container instead of Styrofoam. Then you ate your lunch and tossed the container in the trash. >More
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