In a word: Tater tot hot spot.
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JM and Nichole ate the poutine and the parmesan garlic tots at Taste of Madison.
The bill was $7, or $3.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Pots 'n' Tots a B+ (see our grading rubric).
It is always hard to find the carts, so we went to Taste of Madison to lock this one down. The great thing was that the food was pretty darned good - but man, was it a mob there. We're sold on the idea that tater tots are a way better cart food than, say, french fries, because their shape makes them more dunkable and easier to consume while in motion.
That said, we got the poutine tots, and those were a bit more precarious. They were more "poutinesque" than orthodox poutine, seeing as how they were topped with shredded cheddar instead of served alongside cheese curds. The gravy, though, had a rich and satisfying onion flavor that reminded us of the best served over these tots mashed brethren. That said, we do wonder where they get these tots? Are they Ore*ida? Only the cart vendors know for sure.
We also got a walking tot cup filled with Parmesan garlic tots, on recommendation. These were truly a head and shoulders above the rest preparation. We could easily see scrumming these up as we explored State Street. We'd also like to try the 'pots' end of the menu if we ever find this cart in the wild.