Sabores Michoacanos

In a word: Yum.

The specs: #01039  
3050 Cahill Main, Fitchburg 53711
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Allen, JM, Liz, and Nichole ate paletas, nachos, tacos, fried plantains and salchipapas with a horchata and a Fanta.
The bill was like $30ish, plus tip.
We all gave Sabores Michoacanos an A (see our grading rubric).

One of our favorite closed restaurants of this decade was Carnival's: a place where you could get junk food, made hot and fresh.  There's just something about food that is only there to taste good and not provide nourishment, especially when such care is taken to prepare it.  Sabores Michoacanos brings that idea from points south.  Much like La Michoacana (Michoacán is a state on the Pacific side near Mexico City), this place offers paletas and various forms of ice and ice cream treats, which are quite good.  It also offers up the standard Mexican grocery store fare (tacos, burritos) and a few specialties (salchipapas).  We tried to cram in as much as we could.

The coffee paletas (eat dessert first) were top notch. They tasted a bit like frozen tiramisu. The raspberry-chocolate stripes were good too.


The fried plantains and horchata were delightful.

Fried plantains

JM finally found his favorite nachos in Madison. These were the right price, and came covered with the exact things he likes with none of the things he disdains. He's willing to overlook sour cream.


The tacos al pastor were absolutely fresh and tasty, loaded with onion and lime while still being one hundred percent certain to be unnecessary calories. I mean, just look at them.


Nichole sprang for the salchipapas, which were delightful and even a bit cute (as they were cut to look like octopi). It is still just deep fried hot dogs on french fries, but who doesn't need that now and again?


The sauces on the table included the robust verde and the flame your tongue off rojo.  There were four flavors of Mexican Fanta to choose from, but only one kind of Jarritos. So make tracks to Sabores Michoacanos.

Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery

In a word: Treats with your bevvies.

The specs: #01038  
4604 Monona Dr., 53716
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JM ate the biscuits & gravy with a Nantucket Nectars juice.
Nichole ate the veggie panini with greens.
The bill was $25, or $12ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Rosie's Coffe Bar and Bakery an A- (see our grading rubric).

It can be hard for 9-to-5ers to truly appreciate the wonderland of breakfast and lunch places in this town. If we cannot steal away for a quick lunch, we have to get willing to battle the traffic and the crowds on weekends, which is how we sampled the great wares at Rosie's.

Having added a coffee bar to the space that most recently housed a series of Asian restaurants (Lee Asian Bistro being the only one we managed to visit), Rosie's has a little less seating than we remembered. But the space was brighter and more open, with a lovely bakery case. And while we didn't have any of the bakery on this visit, it all looked amazing, and we have it on good authority that the taste matches. 

Biscuits and gravy

Rosie's menu is small but laser-focused on wonderful breakfast and lunch options. JM opted for the former with his biscuits and gravy, which were filling and tasty.  The powdery biscuit could have been too dry, but the ample sausage gravy (with an emphasis on sausage) really balanced it well. The hint of rosemary worked with the meat to add a top to the flavor. Nichole chose lunch and got the vegetarian panini, which was warm with goat cheese, zucchini and red pepper - light and tasty.

Veggie panini

Nichole's came with salad that featured a nice dressing, while JM's came with hash brown which was carbs on carbs, but whatever. Everything here was decent to really good and it merits an addition to one's east side breakfast/lunch rota. We'll be going back, even if just to use the Bucky Book coupon we forgot to use (as always).


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