Bobbi and I had other business in Madison today so we decided to scout the May 2 route. Our first stop was at Pan & Pan, the Mexican bakery and taqueria. We didn't know what to expect, but these Mexican baked goods were excellent. We bought everything on that platter. Our grand total was $5.50.
We hadn't planned on having lunch there, but they had carnitas tacos on special for $1. I ordered one just to try it, and they brought out a basket of chips and a large bowl of salsa with it.
These carnitas were like the ones I remember from 25 years ago. I have a pretty good idea that some lard was used in the preparation.
After our snack we took a leisurely drive to the Capitol Square and parked. A look at the Capitol from the top of State Street.
Turning 180 degrees, you can see the east end of the UW campus at the far end of State Street.
We walked the length of State Street and back, checking to find which restaurants were open on Sunday. There were some disappointments, which I will detail in another post. But there was still a huge choice of cuisines, with plentiful street side dining and numerous park benches for rest and refueling.
After State Street we drove past Midway Asian Foods and through the UW Arboretum. Based on the heavy pedestrian and cyclist use of the arboretum, it is probably not the best place to bring a caravan of motor vehicles. We then drove to Monona Drive and past Fat Jack's, David's Jamaican, and Micheal's Frozen Custard. We noticed both Latino and Asian food markets on Monona Drive. They may be worth a stop.
After a stop at the houses my brother moved and is preparing for sale, we decided to return to Pan & Pan for another meal before heading home. They served the same excellent tortilla chips, this time with a red salsa rather than the green we had the first time. It was killer hot.
I ordered the carnitas platter that was on special for $5.99. It included 2 spare ribs, rice, beans, and corn tortillas. It was all very tasty.
We had a great day and are really looking forward to the May 2 Eat & Greet. If you are having doubts about attending, get over them. You won't want to miss this one. I am updating my State Street dining list and will post it after I'm done.
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