Taco Bell

In a word: Everything about this place should be put in "quotes."

The specs: #01080  
698 S. Whitney Way, 53711
Details at Yelp

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JM and Nichole ate some Taco Bell food.
The bill was cheap.
JM gave Taco Bell a C+; Nichole gave Taco Bell a C- (see our grading rubric).

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is not so much a restaurant as a commodity.  How much you like it depends on three factors: how much money you have, how much time you have, how close is it. The less of any or all of these, the more you like it.

We got a Crunchwrap, some tacos (including a Doritos loco one) and some nachos.  Really, though, it all sort of tastes the same. Beans, cheese, lettuce, shell, cheese sauce, chips.  Taco Bell is good for when you don't have time to care (which makes the slowness of their drive-thru a little problematic).

Now, we at Madison A to Z like to provide service to the public, so we'd like to pass along Alan Talaga's ranking of all Madison-area Taco Bells.  The Fitchburg one, located on PD out by the Hy*Vee, is missing (our estimated rank for that one would be #4 1/2), but the rest are presented herewith:

1. That one in Monona
2. That one over by Whitney Way
3. That one over by East Towne Mall
4. That one on the edge of Middleton as you start driving to Cross Plains
5. The Taco Bell Express in East Towne Mall
6. The Taco Bell Express in West Towne Mall
7. That one on State Street
8. That one on Mineral Point Road over by Menards
9. That one on E. Washington Ave that isn’t the one right by East Towne Mall

Know before you go.

Taco Bell

Sweet Tea Cakes

In a word: Good gosh almighty.

The specs: #01079 
7414 Mineral Point Rd., 53717
Details at Yelp, official web site

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JM and Nichole ate six mini cupcakes.
The bill was $, or $/person, plus tip.
JM gave Sweet Tea Cakes a B; Nichole gave Sweet Tea Cakes an A- (see our grading rubric).

Sweet Tea Cakes is tucked into a strip mall near La Baguette.  It is pricey in a Cupcakes A-Go-Go sort of way, but looks like it could do a real good wedding cake or other fancy-occasion baked good.

The store case (spare with options the day JM stopped by) included mostly cupcakes and cake pops as the ready to order foods. He picked up a set of six small cupcakes that comprised the 'chocolate package' (good choice, sir): two each of Oreo, mint, and peanut butter.


We consumed the cakes within the weekend and found that they were all pretty good, but seemed like they should be under and not over a dollar a bite. We did not, in fact, pair them with tea, which may have been our downfall.  The chocolate was good and cakes moist. Ranking them: Peanut Butter, Oreo, Mint. The mint was menth-y, not our favorite flav.

We wouldn't rush back, but then, we rarely need cakes this fancy.


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