In a word: Kit-and-kaboodle noodles.

The specs: #01081 
7610 Elmwood, Middleton 53562
Details at Yelp, official web site, Facebook

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JM ate the pork belly with jalapeños and pickled cabbage.
Nichole ate the beef, egg and tomato noodles.
The bill was $28, or $14/person, plus tip.
JM gave Taigu a B; Nichole gave Taigu an A- (see our grading rubric).


Pork belly, jalapeno & pickled cabbage


Taigu is pretty great.  JM got pork belly with jalapeños and pickled cabbage which only had one flaw (it seemed to be headed to another table yet landed on ours, more on this in a moment). Nichole's noodles with beef, egg and tomatoes was even better, showing off Taigu's impressive housemade, handmade noodles.  The flame-grilled peppers were umami ne plus ultra.

Of course, every plus has its minus and Taigu has a rather noticeable one. We arrived at a touch before 6, thinking maybe with a spot of luck, we could make a 7 PM activity. We settled up the bill at Taigu around 8:10.  Just so you know, this good food takes time - the food here is quite good, maybe a little pricey, but good through and through. But you will wait for it, so bring the extended family, some old friends that you need to catch up with, or someone new that you want to get to know a whole lot better and just use the time for face-to-face interaction because you will likely be enjoying a nice meal out together for a while.

Taco Bell

In a word: Everything about this place should be put in "quotes."

The specs: #01080  
698 S. Whitney Way, 53711
Details at Yelp

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JM and Nichole ate some Taco Bell food.
The bill was cheap.
JM gave Taco Bell a C+; Nichole gave Taco Bell a C- (see our grading rubric).

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is not so much a restaurant as a commodity.  How much you like it depends on three factors: how much money you have, how much time you have, how close is it. The less of any or all of these, the more you like it.

We got a Crunchwrap, some tacos (including a Doritos loco one) and some nachos.  Really, though, it all sort of tastes the same. Beans, cheese, lettuce, shell, cheese sauce, chips.  Taco Bell is good for when you don't have time to care (which makes the slowness of their drive-thru a little problematic).

Now, we at Madison A to Z like to provide service to the public, so we'd like to pass along Alan Talaga's ranking of all Madison-area Taco Bells.  The Fitchburg one, located on PD out by the Hy*Vee, is missing (our estimated rank for that one would be #4 1/2), but the rest are presented herewith:

1. That one in Monona
2. That one over by Whitney Way
3. That one over by East Towne Mall
4. That one on the edge of Middleton as you start driving to Cross Plains
5. The Taco Bell Express in East Towne Mall
6. The Taco Bell Express in West Towne Mall
7. That one on State Street
8. That one on Mineral Point Road over by Menards
9. That one on E. Washington Ave that isn’t the one right by East Towne Mall

Know before you go.

Taco Bell


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