Posts Tagged ‘Restaurant’

Mangoes Are Only Red on the Outside

February 20, 2010

I didn’t even know Red Mango existed until I saw an ad in the Badger Herald about something for free. I didn’t even end up going on the day that I could get something free. Silly me.

Red Mango is this tiny little place on the 600 block of State Street. It sort of seems like it doesn’t belong, but in time, it should mesh with the rest.

So what is Red Mango? It’s frozen yogurt!

So what is frozen yogurt? A healthy alternative to ice cream!

The menu is short, just the way I like it.

Currently, they offer 4 flavors of frozen yogurt and a 16 toppings that can be mixed and matched however the customer imagines them. I opted for the pomegranate yogurt, as I’ve only had vanilla in the past. For simplicity’s sake, I ordered just one topping- Cocoa Pebbles. How cool is that? It was really good. The yogurt was perfectly tangy and well, Cocoa Pebbles, how could I go wrong?

Mango also offers smoothies and iced teas. But beware, if 3 girls in front of you are ordering these smoothies and change their mind about their toppings 3 times, you’ll be waiting a little while.

Like I said, the place is small, so there are only 4 tables and a small window seating area. There seemed to be a decent flow of people coming through and the lines will only get longer during the summertime.

Perhaps the most refreshing thing about Red Mango is their transparency. They clearly label everything with calories and have several pamphlets explaining the nutritional benefits of their yogurt. They make sure to let customers know what is in their food and they explain what all those big fancy words mean. Most people might not care about GanedenBC(30), but for the discerning customer who does, they’ve got it all lined out in technical and layman’s terms. It’s a good bacteria that helps maintain digestive healthy, by the way.

This place is a definite competitor for all the ice cream available on State Street. You still get a sweet treat, but for probably 1/2 the calories and just as much fun. I’m pretty sure Cold Stone doesn’t have Captain Crunch.

I would highly recommend checking this place out the next time you get a craving for a sweet treat- you won’t regret it.


Gotham’s got that New York Attitude

February 13, 2010

And not in a bad way.

I finally made it up to Gotham Bagels. I went the wrong way once I got to the Capital and I had to basically walk all the way around the square. The strap on my bag broke and it was really cold that day.

In the end though, it was worth it. The air was fresh and what I ordered was satisfying.

When you walk down the street to get to Gotham Bagels, immediately you wonder why the hell it is located in such a shady place. There isn’t much to look at on that street, but this place is worth it. I think Gotham could really benefit from a better location, but if you can forget the surroundings and just walk inside, you’ll be happy you did.

When you walk into Gotham, you are immediately overcome by the delicious scent.

The first thing I noticed was that the clientele seemed to be a little older, probably because most students can’t get past Jamba Juice on any given day. However, I don’t really see this as a bad thing. In just a few short blocks, I felt like I had transported to a more sophisticated place.

I knew that I was going to get a bagel, but it was really tough to decide. They don’t have an asiago or cheese variety, so  I opted for the pumpernickel. This bagel was super dense, but a little dry for me. Perhaps it would have tasted a little fresher earlier in the day. The one thing these bagels definitely have going for them is size. They are big and for $1, you get way more for your money here than other bagel shops.

In the deli case, they had several different kinds of fresh juices. I was immediately drawn to the cranberry lavendar juice because I like lavendar, though I don’t think I have ever eaten it.. until now. The juice was heavenly. If you like cranberry juice, you will like this. The lavendar added just the perfect amount of sweetness to counteract the tartness of the cranberry. The juice was $3 which is sort of expensive, but I would get it again because it is really good.

Gotham Bagels doesn’t just offer juice and bagels though. They also have coffee, deli items and lunch. Their menu was really straight-forward- not too many items to choose from.

Oh yeah, I said that they have attitude. The girl who took my order was sort of aloof and she wasn’t overly friendly at all. It really made me feel like I wasn’t in Wisconsin anymore, which for me, is really refreshing.

I definitely will be going to Gotham again. I’ll probably stick to Einstein’s for my asiago bagel, but during the summer, I will be much more inclined to take the walk.

Gotham Bagels

112 East Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703-2825
(608) 467-7642

99 cents is worth it.

January 23, 2010

Located at 652 State Street, Einstein’s is one of my favorite places to spend less than a dollar and still be totally satisfied.

For 99 cents, you can grab any of their bagels. I have never ventured past my favorite Asiago bagel, but that’s because I don’t have to. It’s so good that I don’t want to have any other flavor. I believe this is probably true for whatever flavor tickles your fancy. Einstein’s Asiago bagel has a chewy quality that I really like, but its one downfall is that it’s just not quite cheesy enough. This may be due to the fact that this Asiago bagel has a hole in the middle, while many others I have had do not. At 99 cents, I can’t complain.

Apple-cinnamon bagel with blueberry cream cheese.

Einstein’s line at lunchtime used to be out the door, but lately, it isn’t quite as long. I can only speculate that this may be a part of the poor economy, but perhaps it is simply being forgotten in the mix of restaurants lining State. Also, Starbucks is close. Damn.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about Einstein Bros. is the fact that they print coupons in the Sunday newspaper- good coupons too! For example, I had a coupon the other day that was for a “free regular chocolate covered strawberry latte with any purchase.” So, I purchased my 99 cent bagel and received a latte for free. For free! It was an excellent midday snack- cheap and satisfying.

Einstein Bros. isn’t just bagels and coffee. They also have a pretty expansive breakfast and lunch menu. Score!

Einstein’s is generally a pretty loud place and not really the type of place that I could ever study in, but if you have no problem studying in College Library, you can probably also study in Einstein’s.

Though I am generally not an advocator for chain coffee shops, for me, this is not my coffee shop; it’s my bagel shop.

Next week, I’m taking a trek up to Mifflin to see if Gotham has a better bagel for me.

I’m also planning to have a deli lunch from Fresh. I’ll let you know how that goes as well.