Taqueria 3 Amigos

In a word: Nice food but no place to park.

The specs: #01088  
1133 Williamson St., 53703
Details at Yelp

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JM ate the carnitas burrito.
Nichole ate the two taco plate with one carne asada and one al pastor.
The bill was $23, or $11ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Taqueria 3 Amigos a B (see our grading rubric).

Hard to believe, maybe, but it was "hippie Christmas" when we visited Taqueria 3 Amigos on Williamson Street. Warm biking weather, laid-back vibe, and affordable tasty eats were the impressions we had, after we found the place - in typical A-Z fashion, we went to the wrong address first, and visited the vacant storefront on Henry before pedaling on down to Willy. But we eventually made it!

The opening foray of warm chips with salsa was encouraging. For his meal, JM opted for a carnitas burrito, which was rich and fatty as might be expected. A veritable loaf o' food (beans, rice and sausage all in) lay there on a giant red plate, blanketed in a huge flour tortilla.


Nichole went with the two taco plate, which added rustic refried beans and corn-studded rice. Of the two classic tacos, the carne asada was her preference - loaded with black pepper that gave it zing. The al pastor, in contrast, was mostly salty. Both tacos came loaded with very fresh cilantro and onions.

Two taco plate

We'd go back!

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.


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