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EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Soga Shabu Shabu

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Soga Shabu Shabu

Shabu-shabu is another term for a Chinese hot pot. It’s like fondue, but instead of a pot of cheese, it’s a pot of boiling water; and instead of dipping bread, you put in meat and vegetables. That’s the obvious specialty at the newly opened Soga Shabu Shabu, which took over the space previously occupied by Nadia’s on State Street.

Wendy's gives away free burgers downtown

 

The Ultimate Baconator Challenge will take place on campus Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to hand out free Sons of Baconator Cheeseburgers while supplies last.

Wendy's will put their newest burger to the test around the country, stopping in only 20 tailgating towns.  Their stop Saturday will coincide with UW's football game against Illinois at 2:30 p.m.

The Son of Baconator features four strips of applewood smoked bacon on two beef patties.

To learn more visit wendys.com or aboutwendys.com.

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews T Sushi

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews T Sushi

By my count, you can order sushi in at least six restaurants downtown–Osaka House, Red Sushi Grill, Restaurant Muramoto, Soga, Takara, Wasabi and T Sushi, which opened in March. With so much competition, these restaurants really need to stand out from each other.

Domino's Pizza owners win prestigious award

 

Two local Domino’s Pizza franchise owners were awarded the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

Doug Baretz and John Theisen own 11 stores in Milwaukee and Madison.  Two of their franchises are located at 409 W. Gorham St. and 4680 Cottage Grove Rd.

The Gold Franny Award is the most prestigious honor on a Domino’s franchise owner, said a press release.  Theisen and Baretz were selected from over 1,000 store owners for the award.

The award was chosen based on operational audit scores, community involvement, store safety and security and team member morale, a press release said.  The Domino’s Pizza Leadership Team selected the award recipients.

Frida Mexican Grill to Return as Diego's Mexican Bistro

Frida Mexican Grill to Return as Diego's Mexican Bistro

 

Fans of fresh, homemade Mexican food will enjoy Diego’s Mexican Bistro when it opens Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 118 State St., in the space currently occupied by Moe’s Tavern.

“Ever since Frida’s closed, we’ve received a lot of feedback from customers who want quality Mexican food downtown,” Mohammed Barketallah, owner of Frida Mexican Grill, Moe’s and The Icon, said. “So we’re bringing the most popular dishes from Frida’s while enhancing the entire menu.”

Arturo Ubach, who previously worked at Las Cazuelas, will serve as head chef. Some familiar menu items include the chimichangas, coconut shrimp and the enchiladas rancheras. New dishes include huaraches and gluten-free mole poblano.

Patrons who remember Frida Mexican Grill will recognize the murals on the wall at Diego's, as  they were imported from the old location. The award-wining margaritas and the popular happy hour specials also are returning.

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Paul's Club

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Paul's Club

Earlier this month, Paul’s Club -- tree and all -- moved a few yards up State Street to the former Jack’s Shoes. The  new space is much bigger; it’s still narrow but has more depth and couch space.

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Hong Kong Cafe

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Hong Kong Cafe

Every now and then when I’m in a big city with a Chinatown, I’ll look for a dim sum restaurant. I love seeing the cart of small plates wheeled around; all you have to do is point at what you want, and the server places it on your table immediately.

We don’t have that kind of service in Madison, but Hong Kong Cafe is a good substitute. On weekends when dim sum is served, you get a picture menu to aid you in your selection process. I’ve been here enough times that I have usually have my base items, followed by whatever I’m in the mood for.