Tapatios Cocina

In a word: Southside of the border.

The specs: #01087  
2990 Cahill Main, Suite 100, Fitchburg 53711
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JM ate the steak burrito.
Nichole ate the taco sampler.
The bill was $26, or $13/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Tapatios Cocina a B+ (see our grading rubric).

Taco sampler

Tapatios in Fitchburg really felt quite Fitchburg-y to us. It's in the same Cahill Main strip mall as the Great Dane and seems to be thinking: "What if people at the Great Dane wanted Mexican food?" This is not to say that Tapatios is bad or anything, just that it's more corporate-feeling than average.  For example, the prices. Tapatios is no taco truck or abarrotes spot, with lovingly prepared but ultimately cheap eats. Everything is bright and shiny in Fitchburg... like it's Madison's Tomorrowland ride.


What is here, though, is pretty good nosh. Nichole dug the taco sampler (which is a great idea: one of each of the 3 or 4 most popular tacos at any given spot - here being al pastor, steak, beef, chicken and fish), particularly the ample veggies on each 3- or 4-bite taco. She followed it with a delicious guava cream cheese empanada from Caracas Empanadas, also three bites big. JM got his Mexistandard Steak Burrito and found this one tasty but a little light on his favorite parts. The salsa selection was very good.

Ever since Casa de Lara became the Thirsty Goat, southside denizens and workers may need a place other than Laredo's to take the office lunch crowd, and Tapatios definitely fits that bill.

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.


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