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Madison Food Carts NOT Downtown

Special Report by Kailey
The Madison food cart scene is delicious and exciting. Everyone loves those tasty carts. But the number one complaint I hear about the bustling food carts in Madison is location. Example complaint: “Every cart is downtown. I work on the west/east/far away/ side. I can never eat at them.”

Madison Meet and Eat 2012

Madison Meet and Eat 2012, photo courtesy of City of Madison

Well non-downtown working citizen, the food carts have an answer for you. In fact, lots of really convenient answers. Here are all the times and places you can enjoy Madison food carts outside of the downtown lunch hours:

1. Dane County Farmers’ Market
What: Nation’s largest farmers’ market. You’re probably going there anyways.
Where: Around the Capitol Square
When: Every Saturday morning, 6AM-2PM, April-November (carts may arrive at different times)
Who: Johnson Brothers Coffee, Fried and Fabulous, Banzo, Carnacas Empanadas, SoHo Gourmet Cusines, Umami and more!
More Information: http://dcfm.org/

2. Madison Meet and Eat
What: City sanctioned gathering of carts. Encourages meeting your neighbors for a night out and dinner.
Where: Three neighborhoods throughout Madison: Westside at Meadowood Shopping Center, the Southside at the Villager Mall and on the Northside at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June, July and August
Who: Umami for sure in 2013. This year’s Meet and Eat started on June 20th and all the carts haven’t been announced. But here is who was there last year: Banzo, Caracas Empanadas, Electric Earth, Ernie’s Kettle Corn, FIBs, Hibachi Hut, Luangprabang, Natural Juice, Tea Garden, Teriyaki Samurai and Wei’s Food to Go
More Information/Schedule: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/madisonmeetandeat.cfm
Bonus: Vendors are asked to offer at least one menu item that is $3 or less.

3. Let’s Eat Out Madison
What: Groups of food carts offering dinner in neighborhoods. Organized by food cart owners.
Where: Mondays on Trailsway at North Sherman, Tuesdays on Midvale behind Midvale Elementary and Wednesdays on Miller at Atwood
Who: SoHo Gourmet Cuisines, Slide, In N Out Empanadas, BJ Kolaches, Fried and Fabulous 
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/LetsEatOutMadison

4. Carts in the Park 
What: Carts serving lunch in Research Park on Wednesdays.
Where: Research Park. On the West side of Whitney Way on Charmany Drive, and on the East side of Whitney Way across from 535 Science Drive
When: May 1 through Labor Day, Wednesdays 11AM-1:30PM
Who: BJs KolachesFIB’s 2, Fortune Cafe, In N Out Empanada, Natural Juice, SlideSoHo Gourmet Cuisines and Thai-riffic
More Information: http://www.universityresearchpark.org/food_carts/

5. Late night downtown
What: Carts providing after-bar food and satisfying late night cravings.
Where: State and Broom Street by Riley’s Wines of the World
When: Usually Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting around 12AM and ending around 3AM
Who: SoHo Gourmet Cuisines, In N Out Empanada, Fried and Fabulous
More Information: Check the individual carts’ Twitter feeds and Facebook pages.

Be sure to check out the links on “More Information” for any changes in schedules or weather. In addition to these regularly scheduled food cart eating opportunities the carts can be found at fests, block parties, fairs and just about anywhere a group of people gathers in the Madison area. Plus, a few of them like Good Food Cart and Banzo deliver. Whew. Now there are no valid excuses for skipping out on the wonderful food cart scene in Madison. Happy Streeteating!

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Ingrid’s LunchBox

Breakfast from the LunchBox
Location: Farmers’ Market; Capitol Square, corner of State  and East Mifflin Street
By: Stephanie

I was really excited to go to the farmer’s market this Saturday for a few reasons:

1. This was my first trip to the market of the year
2. I needed groceries
3. I wanted to see cute little kids
4. I could go to Ingrid’s Lunchbox for a crêpe

I had a bite of Ingrid’s at last year’s farmer’s market. I remember my mouth being overwhelmed with joy, so I was looking forward to going back. There was a little bit of a line, but I figured my crêpe would be worth the wait (and I was right!). With 9 menu items to choose from, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted. Should I get the customizable farmer’s crêpe (I planned on getting it with swiss, asparagus and mushrooms), the fresh fruit crêpe, or the banana nutella crêpe? So many delicious choices!!

Ingrid's LunchBox at the Farmer's Market

I went with the fresh fruit crêpe–the sweet summery tastes of fruit sounded extremely appealing despite the overcast, un-summery weather. It included a sweet crêpe filled with strawberries, pineapple, and real heavy whipped cream, topped with a crème fraîche (a rich cream with a nutty, slightly sour taste and a velvety texture). I paid $6 for my food but had to wait about 5 minutes. There was a huge line with lots of other people waiting for their food as well, so I figured if it was this popular I was making a good choice for breakfast.

I was handed a paper plate with a HUGE crêpe on it wrapped in insulated foil (comically labeled ‘cheeseburger’) with a plastic fork. I didn’t really know how to go about eating the thing–do I eat it burrito style with my hands? Do I attempt to cut off chunks with my puney fork? I chose the latter. The first bite with a mix of crêpe, the sweet bite of strawberries and pineapple enveloped in the whipped creme and crème fraîche was heavenly. It’s funny how food can evoke feelings when you eat it. My breakfast just made me feel downright happy. Happy to be eating, happy to be at the farmer’s market, happy about life. I was just a very happy girl!

My monster fresh fruit crêpe

I couldn’t finish the whole crêpe, but I felt very full and extremely satisfied. I would definitely head back to Ingrid’s LunchBox again and would recommend it to anyone! They have menu items that appeal to all and satisfy a wide rage of food cravings. Now I just need to figure out a weekly schedule to balance my crêpes from Ingrid’s and the hot spicy cheese bread from Stella’s…

Deliciousness: 4/5 plates
Price: 5/5 plates
Speed: 3/5 plates
Authenticiy/Originality: 5/5 plates

Overall: 4/5 plates

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