Plan a perfect Milwaukee beach sunrise picnic

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s This Bites, Ann shares the perfect summer picnic at a Milwaukee beach, and we have some interesting news about Nessun Dorma’s plans for the Riverwest 24 and the return of The Diplomat. Plus we share our ideas for what we’d like to see become the new restaurant at Turner Hall.

Ann’s perfect Milwaukee beach picnic kicks off with a breakfast sandwich from Donut Monster (5169 N. Elkhart Ave., Whitefish Bay), which are made on a homemade English muffin. She also recommends Rocket Baby pastries (especially the monkey bread) and the bottled juices sold at the Sherman Phoenix; her favorite is called Purple Haze. It’s a perfect way to spend a morning at Bradford Beach, Atwater Beach or South Shore Park, she says.

Nessun Dorma honors Riverwest’s Fuel Cafe

Nessun Dorma is doing something different for this weekend’s Riverwest 24. The restaurant has created a menu of classic favorites from the original Fuel Cafe in Riverwest, which shut down during the pandemic.

Check out this nostalgic menu; they even brought back the Buttafucco.

The Dipomat returns

The East Side’s The Diplomat (815 E. Brady St.) is going to reopen this month. The restaurant, celebrated for its small plates. and its signature Diplomac burger, will return on Wednesday, July 28, after closing its doors in March. The restaurant had been doing carryout during the pandemic, but closed in order to prepare for the return for in-person dining. It’ll be great to see that space back in action.

Hear us talk about all that and more on this week’s This Bites below.

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Deer District is getting its own night market this summer

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

A new night market featuring many minority-owned businesses and healthy, local food is coming to the Deer District this summer. Produced by Arthur Ircink, creator of the PBS show “Wisconsin Foodie,” Deer District Market will be held on eight times between July and September, starting on Wednesday, July 28. The market will run from 5-9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 8 and Sept. 15, with one final installment on Saturday, Sept. 25.

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In other news, Braise is taking some time off this summer. The hiatus is expected to last about two weeks this month (an end date will be announced later) while the owners begin installing a new outdoor patio space, OnMilwaukee reports.

Prohibition-era spirits will be celebrated at Cedarburg Cultural Center’s “Cocktails Dahling” walking tour on July 24 (my birthday) and Aug. 14. “The three-hour docent-led tour includes six sample-size drinks, starting with the Mary Pickford cocktail at the Cedarburg Cultural Center,” the Journal Sentinel reports. “The tour will then visit the Stagecoach Inn to sample the Bee’s Knees, Frannie’s Market for the Bamboo, then the Kuhefuss House Museum for both the Pink Squirrel and the Corpse Reviver. The tour will conclude at the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the final drink, The First Cocktail.” Tickets are $22.

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The upcoming food hall at the The Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., has just confirmed a new tenant. The popular food truck Anytime Arepa, which has been selling delicious Venezuelan sandwiches around the city since 2018, will have a location at the food hall, which is expected to open in September. Arepas will be priced between $10 and $11.50, and the location is expected to be open seven days a week.

Hear us talk about all that and more — including a sake update — on this week’s episode below.

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Feast your way around Milwaukee with this guide to Milwaukee’s best food trucks

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of Milwaukee’s longest-running culinary podcast, we’re sharing your all-day guide to Milwaukee’s best food trucks. We also discuss a story about an amazing Milwaukee girl making her own salad dressing and Ann’s story about healthy comfort dishes. Also a new pasta maker is coming to Bay View later this year.

Your all-day Milwaukee food truck guide

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Ann recently pieced together a guide to dining all day at some of Milwaukee’s best food trucks. “It’s very enticing, and it’s easy to do,” Ann says.

The day starts at Ruby’s Bagels (get a bagel with cold-smoked salmon and cream cheese), then continues at Taqueria Buenavista (for great street tacos and tortas), Modern Maki, Pete’s Pops and Maya Ophelia’s (for vegetarian food so good you’ll never miss the meat), then ends with a late-night burger from The Fatty Patty. It’s safe to say you won’t be hungry after this tour.

Orange Summer’s healthy salad dressing

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How great is this? Taniya Purifoy, a 10-year-old Milwaukee girl, has created her own salad dressing business called Orange Summer. As the Journal Sentinel reports, she took her salad dressing idea to “Kid Shark Tank MKE” then launched her own online store. Dressings include a sweet and spicy ranch, a smokey French dressing and an sweetened lemon garlic. And they’re healthier than your average salad dressings, too.

Hear us talk about all that and more on this week’s episode below.

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Bay View’s Mistral returns and a Cereal Bar is coming to Milwaukee

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of This Bites, we talked about the return of the Bay View restaurant Mistral, a cereal bar coming to Walnut Hill, Makk’n’Cheese expanding to the East Side, a new Kosher deli and an online Asian and Hispanic market expanding to Milwaukee.

Lamb Meatballs from Mistral

Probably one of Milwaukee’s best date night restaurants is back. Bay View’s Mistral, located right next to the Avalon Theater, has reopened their doors for service. They also released a new menu featuring items like lamb meatballs, Adriatic prawns, steak and frites and olive oil semolina cake.

Next, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on a cereal bar called Cloud 9 coming to the Walnut Hill neighborhood. According to the story, the menu will include chicken and waffles, pancakes, eggs and bacon, as well cereal-inspired shakes.

And if corned beef is your thing, there is a new Kosher deli located inside the Peltz Center for Jewish Life at Crown Court in Mequon. Deli on Crown will serve dishes like potato knish, cabbage rolls, corned beef sandwiches. It will also feature a lunch special consisting of corned beef, pastrami and salami with coleslaw and Russian dressing on a choice of bread. The deli is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays.

Plus, Milwaukee’s Makk’n’Cheese announced they will be opening another store on the East side in the space where Good Land Wings was located. They currently have a store in Bay View. Menu items include Cajun Lobster Butter mac & cheese and a mac & cheese topped with Hot Cheetos.

Finally, there is new online grocery delivery service that specializes in Asian and Hispanic products that just hit the Milwaukee market called Weee! (yeah, that is the name). According to the press release, Weee! sources and delivers high-quality and authentic products at the peak of freshness across 15 cities in the U.S. and brings access to anything from fresh produce, to traditional comfort foods, to the newest snack trend. This includes items that are often difficult to find in the U.S., like fresh Pacific black cod from Half Moon Bay, Kyoho grapes and air-flown Hokkaido uni. 

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Here’s where to stock up on sweet, sweet Georgia peaches this summer

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of This Bites, we’re talking about a couple of new restaurants that will open in 2022. Also Milwaukee’s first cidery is having its grand opening today in Bay View. We also talk about all things peaches and the rapper Rick Ross’s new chicken thigh business, Thighstop, which is helping to address the national chicken wing shortage.

Lupi & Iris plans to wow

Milwaukee’s getting a new fine dining restaurant, Milwaukee Magazine reports. Longtime Bartolotta Restaurants executive chef Adam Siegel will open Lupi & Iris with real estate developer Michael DeMichele. The French- and Italian-inspired fine dining restaurant is slated to start serving in spring 2022, and it sounds epic.

“The restaurant will feature six different dining and drinking areas, including a large outdoor patio, U-shaped bar, elevated lounge, spacious dining room, chef’s counter and private dining room for hosting banquets and special events,” according to Milwaukee Magazine.

On the more comfort-food side of the dining spectrum, Mister Bar-B-Que is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 4241 S. Packard Ave. in St. Francis.

Bay View welcomes Cache Cider

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Musician Ethan Keller’s long-planned cidery Cache Cider is opening today. It’s located on the first floor of the Hide House complex, 2612 S. Greeley St., in Bay View. As part of Bay View Gallery Night, Keller’s group will perform tonight’s opening festivities, along with special guests Stephanie Lippert and Sam Grady, beginning at 5 p.m.

A very ripe subject

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Wisconsin loves Georgia peaches. Last summer, Tree-Ripe Fruit Co. brought around 2 million pounds of Georgia peaches to Wisconsin — that’s nearly 3% of all of the peaches grown in all of Georgia. The company will be bringing them back this summer, and as a promotion it is hiding 10 “golden peaches” in its boxes this year. If you find one, you’ll receive free fruit for a year.

Here’s a schedule of where they’ll be selling the peaches this month:

  • 6/26 at 9 a.m.: Oak Creek Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Rawson Ave.
  • 6/26 at 12 p.m.: Milwaukee Northwest, The Schwabenhof, Silver Spring Dr.
  • 6/26 at 3 p.m.: Elm Grove/ Brookfield, North Moorland Road
  • 6/28 at 12 p.m.: Pewaukee Elliot Hardware Capitol Dr.
  • 6/29 at 9 a.m.: Franklin (Garden Plaza), 6516 South Lovers Lane Road
  • 6/29 at 12 p.m.: Milwaukee – North, Elks Lodge #46 Good Hope Rd.
  • 6/29 at 3 p.m.: Glendale Village Outdoor Living, Inc., North Green Bay Ave.
  • 6/30 at 12 p.m.: Saukville Rivers Edge Restaurant, South Riverside Dr.

Hear us talk about all that and more on this week’s episode below.

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SapSap brings Laotian cuisine to Racine and Juneteenth food traditions

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition, we’ve got news about SapSap’s opening of their brick and mortar restaurant in Racine, the Caribbean-inspired food truck El Sazón Dominicano, a new southern restaurant called Tupelo Honey coming to Third Ward and Juneteenth food traditions.

We kick things off by talking about SapSap bringing Laotian cuisine to Racine with their new brick and mortar restaurant located at 2343 Mead Street. Online pre-order is now open for carry-out through this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 pm. They will roll out a full menu and begin dine-in soon. In the meantime, you can order some of their favorites including Lao jerky, Mamma’s eggrolls, Korean fried chicken wings, charred skirt steak, SapSap sausage, Isan half chicken, fried chicken Bahn Mi, fish sauce-salted caramel brownies and more.

El Sazón Dominicano

If you’re looking to satisfy that Caribbean food fix, check out El Sazón Dominicano food truck. The truck features dishes like Dominican Nachos, Tostones Con Salami Frita (Fried plantains and salami) and more. Check their Facebook page for their schedule and update menus.

Southern restaurant chain Tupelo Honey is coming to the Third Ward later this summer. They will be located acrross from the Milwaukee Public Market and will feature dishes like Dusted Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese Waffle with Asheville Hot Chicken, Shoo Mercy Sweet Potato Pancakes, Sweet & Spicy chicken & biscuit and more.

Mac & Cheese Waffle with Asheville Hot Fried Chicken from Tupelo Honey

Finally, we talk about Juneteenth food traditions and discuss an article featuring culinary historian Michael Twitty discussing the history of Juneteenth culinary traditions over on Oprah Daily. Plus we shared Food52’s ‘68 recipes from Black creators to Celebrate Juneteenth.’

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Pete’s Pops is coming to the Milwaukee Public Market this summer

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition, we’ve got news about Pete’s Pops, a garlic festival happening this evening, and a food-truck festival at the Summerfest grounds.

We kick things off by talking about Braise’s a garlic-infused block party, which it’s hosting this evening between 5-9 p.m. in Walker’s Point. The restaurant used to do it garlic block party on a weekend, but it’s opted for a weekday this year. Check out this incredible menu:

Pete’s Pops has grown a lot since it began in 2014, opening new locations around the city. This summer the shop is doing a seasonal stand outside the Milwaukee Public Market. It opens starting June 25, and will be open weather-dependent. And in addition to established favorite flavors like salted watermelon, the shop is going to start offering alcoholic flavors.

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And on July 24 there will be a food-truck festival at the Summerfest grounds. MKE Food Truck Fest will run from noon-5 p.m. and will feature more than a dozen food trucks, with an emphasis on global cuisines.

Hear us talk about all that and so much more on this week’s episode.

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Cool down with some of Milwaukee’s most unique cold, caffeinated beverages

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s episode of Milwaukee’s longest running culinary podcast, we’re talking about some pieces in the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, including one on Iron Grate BBQ that should be posted online soon. We also have details on Downtown Dining Week, which started yesterday and runs through Sunday, June 13.

We also talk about the new Anthony Bourdain documentary, which will be in theaters July 16, and a new sake I tried called Brooklyn Kura Occidental. It has an interesting ingredient in it that beer lovers might enjoy: hops, which is very unusual for a sake. It almost has the aroma of an IPA, but it’s very smooth and floral. It’s a light sake, so it probably pairs well with oysters and seafood.

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We kick things off by talking about a piece Ann wrote called “Big Chill,” which looks at some interesting iced caffeinated drinks in the city — not just ordinary iced coffee. For instance the restaurant Thum, a Laotian restaurant at Crossroads Collective, has a Lao iced coffee, which is mixed with sweetened condensed milk and Ovaltine. It’s delicious. Stone Creek also has some great summer seasonal beverages. One pairs nitro black cold brew with a black syrup and milk, so it’s got a spicy, creamy flavor profile. And Roast Coffee Company has a matcha iced tea mixed with chocolate.

Hear us talk about all that on more on this week’s episode, which you can stream below.

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The Tandem will resume restaurant service this summer

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of This Bites, we have some big news to talk about involving The Tandem. We also have an update about a new food truck from Meat on the Street. Also, St. Kate’s restaurant Aria has some new items on its menu, with an emphasis on classic Midwestern fare like deviled eggs and a smoked salmon potato pancake. We also talk about a cool pie shop coming to West Allis.

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One of the local heroes of the pandemic was The Tandem (1848 W. Fond du Lac Ave.), which dedicated itself to feeding people in need. Its free-meal program grew into an enormous operation supported by chefs from around the city, as well as the international nonprofit World Central Kitchen.

The free meals program will remain in some form, but now owner Caitlin Cullen has announced she plans to resume restaurant service at The Tandem soon. She says she hopes to reopen in late July or early August. This is great news for everybody craving the restaurant’s legendary fried chicken.

The Bake Shop celebrates all things sweet

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There’s a new bakery coming to West Allis that specializes in pies. It’s called The Bake Sale, and it’s being opened by the owner of West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe Cafe. You’ll find pie flavors including cherry, key lime, French silk and banana cream. There will also be vegan pies, savory quiches and pasties.

They’ll also sell specialties from some other local bakeries, including The Cake Lady in St. Francis, Canfora Bakery in Bay View, Cranky’s and even Simma’s Bakery. The Bake Sale plans on a June 4 soft opening.

Hear us talk about all that and more on this week’s episode below.

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Wow Bao’s ghost kitchen delivers steamed buns from West Allis

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s edition of This Bites, we’ve got some bao news to talk about, as well as some news about a really cool urban farm called Hundred Acre. And we close the episode talking about a new Korean fried chicken spot.

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OnMilwaukee announced a ghost kitchen called Wow Bao has opened inside the Fazoli’s at 10833 W. Greenfield Ave. A bao, of course, is a delicious steamed bun, and they come with fillings including teriyaki chicken, bbq pork, Mongolian beef and, for those who like America-style fillings, coconut custard and cheeseburger.

The kitchen, which delivers through services like GrubHub and Doordash, also serves teriyaki bowls and potstickers.

Hundred Acre urban farm comes to the 30th Street Industrial Corridor

Milwaukee’s Century City Business Park is about to welcome a new indoor urban farm. Hundred Acre will grow fresh greens, including spring mix and baby kale, in an industrial building at 3945 N. 31st St.

“Hundred Acre’s greens will be grown without pesticides or herbicides,” reports the Journal Sentinel. “They will be available year-round and harvested weekly. The environmentally sustainable farm’s goal is to improve access to fresh, healthy food while helping revitalize the surrounding 30th Street Industrial Corridor.”

We also talk about Chickfun, a counter-service restaurant that opened last year on Highway 100 in Hales Corners. It specializes in Korean fried-chicken but also has Japanese dishes and Korean rice rolls.

Hear us talk about all that on this week’s episode below.

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