Does it feel like nothing is as usual this election season?
Take comfort in the fact that Food-A-Rama. Corned beef sandwiches and kosher hot dogs are on the free scoop of ice cream from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on November 4. The burden of proof that you voted isn't all that tough -- you can show your "I voted" sticker, a photo of yourself in the voting booth, you can "do the 'I Voted' dance" or "just tell us you voted."
Indie Coffee has its "Waffle Wednesdays," $1 off all the cafe's terrific waffles, which include chocolate, "Red + White" (buttermilk with whipped cream and strawberries), chocolate chocolate chip, and walnut-added.
Let's say that you feel like celebrating. Really celebrating. L'Etoile presents $39 prix fixe menus Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; the menu changes weekly. Recent options included a Northwood Farm pastrami salad; vodka-battered fried skate with autumn slaw and frites; and apple beignets with Calvados caramel sauce.
And more openings, closings, and expectations...
The Dawg House is now officially open at 505 State St. with Chicago-style hot dogs, corn dogs, Coney dogs, brats, Polish sausage, gyros, Italian beef, burgers and chicken sandwiches.
Bunky's Café is working toward expanding into the old Goodman-Atwood Community building down the block from its current location on Atwood Avenue. The restaurant still has to go before the city plan commission and the Common Council for approvals.
Crema Café has opened a second location on the west side at 494 Commerce Drive (at the corner of Watts Road). Same great menu as the east side location on Monona Drive.
Looks like Laredo's Mexican restaurant will be opening a third location in Fitchburg, in the old video store space at the Yarmouth Crossing shopping center at the corner of Fish Hatchery and McKee Roads.
The former Mad City Crab House (in the space formerly occupied by Ton Ton) is now the Tiki Shack, with a special Tiki Bar in the adjacent storefront that faces State Street.
The Casbah is still (temporarily) closed for lunch.