Food Cart/Truck


Linda Falkenstein

Results are in for the city’s annual review of 63 would-be Mall/Concourse food carts. The changes in the evaluation process have made a visible difference. more

Nov 16, 2017 4:31 PM Food News


Chris Winterhack

More than 60 food carts competed in the city’s annual food cart review this year, vying for coveted spots on the Mall-Concourse. New changes to the process implemented this year should make things more equitable. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

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Linda Falkenstein

Thieves are apparently targeting food cart operations. The losses can be crippling to the small businesses, whose owners operate on some of the thinnest profit margins. more

Sep 19, 2017 4:17 PM News 1 Comments


Todd Hubler

Since the food cart season opened in April, carts have been migrating. And when construction on Main Street ends in two weeks, sites will change again. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Dylan Brogan

The new Métropolitain food cart brings fine dining streetside. Owners Nathan and Markelys Overland launched the cart in April. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

Here are all the food carts participating at Isthmus Food Cart Fest on May 21 at Central Park in Madison. And where to find them the other 364 days of the year. more

May 19, 2017 12:37 PM Photo Galleries 1 Comments


Justin Sprecher

The new Culinary Ladies Collective will be serving street food at Isthmus Food Cart Fest. Nine chefs will be making dishes inspired by their heritage. more

May 10, 2017 9:50 AM FOOD & DRINK


Linda Falkenstein

Food carts have new spots on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mifflin Street. There are also brand-new carts on the Square and Library Mall. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

Many of Madison’s food carts are custom-built by a small metal shop in Saint Germain, Wisconsin. The family-run company’s designs are now being sought out by food entrepreneurs from around the country. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Is a new $500 fee for food carts too high? The city would like carts to behave more like brick-and-mortar restaurants. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Tracy Harris

Food cart chefs find off-season gigs at Rockhound Brewing. Owner Nate Warnke likes the positive collaboration with cooks John Pickle and Michael Sollinger. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Rachel Dolnick

New street vending coordinator Meghan Blake-Horst sees a “perfect storm” of opportunity. It’s not just about drawing new customers, but also revamping sites and regulations for carts. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Carolyn Fath

There are more food carts in Madison than ever before, but city regulations are restricting innovation and healthy growth. There are three things the city needs to do to move forward. more

Nov 25, 2016 9:00 AM Madland 1 Comments


Linda Falkenstein

The Ugly Apple is a pioneer in the early a.m. food cart scene, serving breakfast weekday mornings on the Capitol Square. more

Nov 22, 2016 10:20 AM FOOD & DRINK


Linda Falkenstein

Crews from Melted, Slide and Leila’s Lunchbox are heading out to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp in North Dakota to feed 4,000 meals to activists. more

Nov 3, 2016 8:38 PM FOOD & DRINK


Todd Hubler

Madison’s Vending Oversight Committee is considering adding food carts to the 800 block of State Street. Reform of the annual cart review is also likely. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments


Linda Falkenstein

The Capitol Square wrap/salad/soup hit recaptures its number-one spot from 2014. Carts new to the evaluation also made a strong showing. more

Oct 10, 2016 3:30 PM FOOD & DRINK 2 Comments


Linda Falkenstein

In the annual city food cart review, chefs are raising the stakes in what’s long been a home to family-run enterprises. More carts vying for coveted mall/concourse licenses are now helmed by graduates of culinary schools and industry veterans. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM Reviews 2 Comments


Linda Falkenstein

Two new food cart adventures: El Coqui serves Puerto Rican dishes worth tracking down at area office parks. dZi Little Tibet focuses on momos, the national dish. more

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM Reviews


Jentri Colello

Madison’s 2016 food cart season kicks off with new foods, new sites. At Library Mall, avocado spring rolls dominate, while upscale tacos hit the Capitol Square. more

Apr 28, 2016 12:00 AM Reviews 1 Comments