The city of Madison's annual food cart review rankings, which were released two weeks ago, have been revised, resulting in a new top cart, although other changes overall are minor.
Previously number one-ranked cart FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage, which parks at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Main Street, and previously second-ranked cart Good Food, which parks in front of the Park Bank at Main and Pinckney, have flipped places. Good Food now comes out on top in overall scoring by .64 of a point.
Street vending coordinator Warren Hansen released revised scores on Thursday, with the additional caveat that the rankings will not be final until after a Vending Oversight Committee meeting to take place Nov. 19. At that meeting, one vendor will "dispute a non-Health Department demerit point," according to Hansen.
The other shift in ranking, affecting FIB's and Good Food, came from the fact that several cart reviewers who discovered after submission of their scores that they had made errors in their score sheets. In one case, a reviewer submitted scores for a cart not actually visited, while another failed to record food scores for carts that were.
The rest of the top ten remains the same:
- Good Food 1
- FIB's 1
- El Burrito Loco
- Curt's Gourmet Popcorn (MLK at Doty Street)
- Zen Sushi
- Caracas Empanadas
- Teriyaki Samurai
- Surco Peruvian
- Fresh Cool Drinks
And, reports Hansen, the Health Department changed one vendor's health demerit points from -5 to -1 -- that was Hibachi Hut, moving it from 39th place up to 25th.
View the revised 2014 rankings.