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Review: Revamped buffet takes food seriously

Review: Revamped buffet takes food seriously

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews U-Like Asian Buffet  

Sometimes a name can be deceiving. When I heard U-Like Asian Buffet was taking over for the space formerly occupied by China One on the west side, I thought it was going to be a gimmicky restaurant. But I still welcomed a recent invitation to dine there, and I discovered a completely revamped establishment that takes food--and decor--seriously.

The buffet ($8.95 at lunch, $12.95 at dinner) includes mostly the Chinese food you would expect: General Tso's chicken, lo mein, dumplings, etc. But there are also items like frog legs and crawfish, plus some American items and desserts, a sushi station, a noodle station and hibachi grill.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Review: Pizza joint's garlic Romano crust stands out

Review: Pizza joint's garlic Romano crust stands out

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Itzza Pizza  

I was stunned when I heard that Gumby’s Pizza closed. Sure, I had heard that it was poorly managed and understaffed, but that didn’t stop people like me from enjoying some Pokey Stix every now and then (remember "Stick-it-to-me Tuesdays?").

In its place is Itzza Pizza, which really doesn’t bring much uniqueness to the crowded pizza market. First, if you saw how run-down the space looks, you would likely never want to order anything from there again, so be warned. However, that’s assuming you can find the restaurant, which is hidden behind the IHOP on University Avenue.

The menu is comprised mostly of specialty pizzas such as the Heart Attack (sausage, pepperoni, ham, beef and bacon). Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Reviewer: Taco restaurant's 'lengua' taco 'full of flavor'

Reviewer: Taco restaurant's 'lengua' taco 'full of flavor'

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Taqueria El Jalapeno  

I was disappointed to see La Guanajuatence on Midvale Boulevard close, what with its salsa bar and delicious tacos. But just in a matter of weeks, Taqueria El Jalapeno came in to fill the void, and it's doing a serviceable--but not knock-your-socks-off–job.

First, you can’t believe how fast the service is. Every meal I've ordered there has taken about five minutes to be served to me. You don’t get much chance to eat the one free order of chips and salsa (as noted on the menu), but maybe that’s a good thing, as these aren’t the freshly fried tortilla chips you come to expect at taquerias.

Read more about the menu like the tamales and lengua taco at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine hosts the fourth annual Top Shelf Winter Taste featuring Crown Royal Whiskey. The event is Monday March 10 at the Beacon Lounge at Bonfyre American Grille from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Attendees can sip on various products out of a complimentary sampling glass and sample top shelf Whiskeys, Whiskys, and Ryes. Food from Beacon Lounge, Bonfyre American Grille, The Wise at HotelRED, Mason's on Main and Oil of the Olive will be available.


Each attendee will also receive a complimentary Cupcakes A-Go-Go full-size cupcake and can indulge their sweet tooth with Gelato and Gelatinis from Villa Dolce.


A custom craft brew called Madison Magazine's Big Red Blessing courtesy of Next Door Brewing Company will be available to sample.


100.5 ESPN radio broadcasts live from the party.


There is a $35 General Admission.

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).