In a word: Again...

The specs: #01082  
151 E. Main, Stoughton 53589
Details at Yelp

Latest Tailgater news and reviews

JM ate the burger.
Nichole ate the BLT.
We split some gouda mac and cheese bites.
The bill was $24, or $/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Tailgater a B (see our grading rubric).

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Tailgater in _________ opened just in time for us _________ it on this pass.  It used to be called ________ and we had just visited it when doing letter ___ . The food was a little ________ than its predecessor and the increase in ________ meant that we were able to both see and enjoy our meals.

Nichole stuck by her traditional order of _________ which came on wheat bread and was mighty _________. She also asked what the ____________ would recommend out of the __________ appetizer.  We took the recommendation for gouda mac and cheese bites that were shaped like a ____________, but were __________ and fried to a perfect golden ___________.

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At this point in Madison A to Z, __________ may be expecting that reviews of basically the same __________ do not provide a lot of new detail to the dining scene.  We would _____________ agree. And except for the ____________ gouda mac and cheese bites we don't see much difference between this and the other places in _____________.



In a word: Kit-and-kaboodle noodles.

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

Latest Taigu news and reviews

JM ate the pork belly with jalapeƱos 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 jalapeƱos 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.


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