Tano's Pizza

Tano's In a word: The hand-tossed crust of fate.

The specs: #01086  
1910 Main St, Cross Plains 53528
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JM and Nichole ate the Hawaiian, the sausage, and some cinnamon sticks.
The bill was $23 plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Tano's a B (see our grading rubric).

Cinnamon sticks

Tano's is right in the heart of Cross Plains.  There's no table to speak of, so if you want a pie from out of town, you'll have to eat in your car or at one of the nearby park shelters. We got Tano's family meal deal with a medium Hawaiian, a large one topping (with sausage) and cinnamon sticks - hence tons of leftovers, but a wider sampling of the menu.

Hawaiian pizzaSausage pizza

The crust was nice and bready, and the sauces herby with a strong top note of oregano.  The toppings were plentiful. Everything was very delicious and warm - we both preferred the Hawaiian to the sausage. We'd sure as heck pick this over some chain 'za and know many Cross Plainers who agree.

That said, if it were up to us, we'd keep the name of our pizzeria as far from the worst movie ever made as possible.

Tanner's Bar and Grill

In a word: This bland is your bland.

The specs: #01085  
1611 Deming Way, Middleton 53562
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Chris ate the Wai-Kiki Chiki.
JM ate the Tano booga.
Marissa ate the Southwest Turkey Sandwich.
Nichole ate the ABLT.
We split the jalapeño cheese balls and the buffalo chicken rangoon.
The bill was about $12/person, plus tip.
JM and Chris gave Tanner's a B- ; Marissa gave Tanner's a C ; Nichole gave Tanner's a C+ (see our grading rubric).

We went to Tanners on the 4th of July with some good friends. Therefore we got to try a lot of the different kinds, and different kinds of cutesy names, of things on the menu.  Overall, Tanner's feels like one sports bar too many.  Our friends had visited Monk's with us as well and we all agreed that Tanner's offers a big "so what" in comparison (and it's literally 2 minutes away).


So, what did we get?  We started with the jalapeño cheese balls and the buffalo chicken rangoon.  Probably we were feeling a little spicy.  The fry medium at Tanner's is A-OK.  These all came golden and delicious.  Well, the balls were a little too much breading.  The rangoon came as advertised, though we were mixed on whether we'd get them again.


For sandwiches, there was the Wai-Kiki Chiki, which came with nice tots.  It was tasty, but a little one-note on account of the whole bottle of teriyaki sauce spilled onto it.  The Southwest Turkey Sandwich was OK, if a little underwhelming, and its accompanying sweet potato fries were a third generation of facsimile of the version that made people want them.

Southwest turkey sandwichBLTSandwich

The Tano booga was cooked well, though JM has an impossibly hard time calling a "burger" a "booga". The cheese was almost melted to sauce level and the fries were fine.  Nichole's ABLT was not great but not bad, how's that for equivocating. The cole slaw was also completely bland and lacking in interest.  Many of us felt that our dishes were merely copies of better ideas other people had and brought to the menu because of customer expectation.  Not a lot of innovation, just grudging acceptance, which is why we'd likely meet up elsewheres.

That said, the Diet Coke on a hot July day was indeed delicious.


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