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WATCH: Cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day

WATCH as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visits Brocach Irish Pub in Madison Tuesday morning to learn from one of the chefs about cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day.

Brocach has two Madison locations, one on the Capitol Square and another on Monroe Street. 

Annual chili cookoff seeks chefs

On Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m., the Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St., will host its second annual Mad City Chili Cookoff.

As many as 20 cooks may enter for the chance to win cash prizes. Organizers said smell, taste, heat balance, texture/mouthfeel and appearance are among this year's judging criteria.

Up to $200 will be awarded to both the judge's top pick and to the people's choice award.

A chili recipe and $20 are needed to enter the competition.

If you would like to enter the contest, email chili.essenhaus@gmail.com.

Entry fee to the event is $10 for adults and free for children ages 10 and under.

Click here for complete details.

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.