Sandwiches with a spin, carnitas and so many cafés

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

How creative can you get with a BLT? After all, the name is the ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato. Well, a soon-to-open place on the West Side is about to show us.

Sully’s Sandwiches plans to start serving in early January at 9211 W. Center St., right next door to its sister eatery, Miss Molly’s Café & Pastry Shop. As Ann reports in her Milwaukee Magazine article, we can expect some delicious spins on traditional fare, including “a BLT with hickory smoked bacon and bacon jam on brioche.”

We’ll dish out more details in this week’s episode, along with the usual chatter about what’s happening around the city:

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A few words of appreciation for great (and Grate) barbecue

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

Seven years ago, I visited Aaron Patin at his new spot on South Howell. As an appreciator of barbecue, I had to talk to this guy who developed his own Milwaukee-style cut of rib in an effort to create a brand of barbecue particular to our city.

He called his place Iron Grate BBQ. It moved around to a couple brick-and-mortar locations, but the high-quality offerings were constant. Of course, the restaurant business being what it is, even the highest-quality place can end up closing its doors. Unfortunately, that’s the fate of Iron Grate BBQ, which will serve for the last time Sunday, Nov. 20.

Ann and I start this episode by eulogizing Patin’s restaurant while pointing out that you still have time to appreciate the mission he set out to accomplish. They’re open this weekend and then next Thursday through Sunday. Stop by and enjoy while you can. But before you do, listen to us talk about what else is happening around the area:

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It doesn’t feel like fall, but it’s still time to talk turkey

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

We’ve got a couple weeks until Thanksgiving, so it’s appropriate we had a couple turkey-related items to talk about in this week’s episode, starting with a new — and absolutely unique — restaurant opening.

It’s called 1700 Pull Up, located at 1848 W. Fond du Lac Ave., and the story behind it has a low-key “Shark Tank” vibe. Ann’s got the full story over at Milwaukee Magazine, but the quick version is that Caitlin Cullen of The Tandem decided not to reopen and instead give away the space. Rosetta Bond submitted a business plan, cooked for a tasting panel and earned the right to move operations from her house to the new location.

Where does turkey come in? One of Bond’s specialties is stuffed turkey legs, which get packed with everything from mac and cheese to yams, and will feature every Thursday. The entire menu is very much rooted in family, with Bond’s own twist to each recipe. You can hear more about it in the episode, along with:

  • Ann’s turkey talk with a local farmer that you can read in the latest issue of the magazine.
  • A review of Lebnani House, which serves up high-level Middle Eastern fare on the South Side (also in the magazine).
  • A five-course, wild-game dinner that’ll transform a room at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel into a rustic lodge.
  • C-viche opening its second location Nov. 15, bringing Peruvian, Mexican and other Latin specialties to Shorewood.

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Why trick-or-treat when you could sit-and-eat instead?

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

For those who celebrate them, holidays can be a lot of different things. They’re a chance to gather at home with friends and family, and eat a lot of food. Alternatively, they’re a chance to gather not at home with mostly strangers and eat a lot of food. Since this isn’t a home-cookin’ podcast, let’s focus on the second one.

On last week’s episode, we told you about Voyager Wine & Cocktail Bar hosting an eight-course dinner this Sunday titled “Gatto Nero,” which is “Black Cat” in Italian.

On this week’s episode, we’ll tell you about Shanghai hosting a six-course dinner this Sunday titled … well, nothing. BUT, Shanghai is located in Black Cat Alley. Cue Twilight Zone music.

White Gatto Nero is leaning into mischief and mystery, the dinner in Black Cat Alley has decided to “play with perception.” The space isn’t huge, so there’s only room for 16 diners to play. And, like its Italian counterpart, you’ll have to open up your wallet for this one. So if you have 175 bones rattling around, you can book your spot here. As for what else is going on around town:

  • It’s another Halloween-themed dinner! This time, it’s five courses at Lazy Susan on Saturday. It’s also a little more budget-conscious.
  • Birch on Pleasant will host an Oyster Pop-Up this Friday night that you can book here (ignore the part that says “July 15”).
  • The Legacy business hub has a new café from the owner of Confectionately Yours that’ll serve coffee, breakfast and pastries.
  • Central Waters will soon offer Mexican-fusion cuisine courtesy of Troublemakers’ Cocina.

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A black cat’s popping up in Bay View and bringing dinner with it

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

Gatto Nero. It sounds like the name of a European prime minister or Star Trek villain. Actually, it’s the next pop-up dinner you’re going to want to get on your calendar — assuming you have the scratch for it.

Gatto Nero is Italian for “black cat,” which should give you a rough idea what you’re in for when Voyager Wine & Cocktail Bar hosts during prime spooky season, next Sunday, Oct. 30. It’s a trio of local chefs presenting an eight-course dinner of Argentine and Italian food, beverage pairings and — as one of the chefs said in an Urban Milwaukee interview — “some really fun, weird, spooky, seasonal things.”

We’ll let you know what some of those things are in this week’s episode and whether it sounds like it’s worth the $200 price tag (which you can pay here if you decide this is for you). We also talk about the many other culinary things going on around Milwaukee:

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New Greek restaurant’s location is as elevated as its menu

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

The restaurant business is rotational. One place closes, another opens. But certain locations seem to get extra attention because they’re just so unique. We start this week’s episode by talking about one of those places — maybe the most high-profile one in the city, way up on Brewers Hill.

It’s a spot where you could take in the skyline along with whatever was being served. Roots was there from 2004 to 2012, then Wolf Peach took over until a somewhat-contentious closing in 2018, followed by View MKE and its pandemic-laden tenure that wrapped up in late 2020.

Now, the location will go Greek after its sale to Chicago restaurant group Avlí. Ann and I discuss the plans to bring modern Mediterranean to Milwaukee, along with a couple other news items:

  • The nomadic Winter Farmers Market is on the move again, this time relocating from the Deer District to the former Capitol Drive Lutheran Church.
  • Discourse Coffee makes some more noise downtown by teaming up with Egg & Flour for a breakfast pop-up next Sunday, Oct. 23.
  • Speaking of which, someone needs to open a Japanese breakfast place in Milwaukee. OK, not a news item. Just a plea from me.

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Clarke goes cluck, Canadian cuisine and zombie pizza

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

Like most people, the team here at This Bites doesn’t necessarily need to know how the sausage is made. But when a solid sausage-maker like Clarke Street Sausage Co. moves into the Radio Milwaukee neighborhood, we want all the info we can get.

If you’re a regular at local farmer’s markets, you’ve probably seen co-owners Lucas McDonald and Vivian Sotolongo selling under the Clarke Street name. When they officially take over the former Soup Brothers space at 209 W. Florida St., it’ll be as Hen’s Deli (“Hen” being a nod to their kids: Hadassah, Eva and Noah).

Ann and I talk about all the good stuff they’ll bring to Walker’s Point when they open in 2023, as well as the usual spin around Milwaukee’s food world:

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Changing of the season(ings): It’s time to talk about fall flavors

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

Fall is here. Or, as I put it earlier this week:

And do you know who isn’t feeling fall right now — or ever? Ann Christenson. So you can probably guess where we start this week’s episode of This Bites. That’s right, we’re talking autumn and all the fall flavors (except for the one I refuse to mention here or on the podcast) that help make this time of year tolerable for people like Ann.

It really is the silver lining of the season that we get this simultaneous menu shift at restaurants across Milwaukee. The dishes get heartier, the drinks more robust, and squash is a thing again. But we’re not all autumnal on this episode. We do our usual bounce around the city, including:

  • A new empanada bar that’ll bring South American flavor to Riverwest.
  • Discourse Coffee’s chef-like approach to its drinks menu (only in Milwaukee Magazine)
  • Ann’s review of the reopened Comet Cafe (also only in Milwaukee Magazine)
  • The end of Triskele’s and the beginning of La Pina in Walker’s Point.
  • Southern comfort food at the just-opened Yum Yum Fish and Chicken

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Take me to the river: A new hub for dining and drinks downtown

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

The Associated Bank River Center ain’t what it used to be, and that’s a good thing. Since renovations began back in 2016, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel has been the most notable and noticeable change. But it’s about to have a lot of company, thanks to a project we discuss at the top of this week’s episode.

If all goes according to plan, by next spring you’ll be able to pop into the River Center for a bite or a beverage (or both) at a variety of spots curated and operated by F Street Hospitality. Listen below to get all the details on this and other gastronomical goings-on around Milwaukee:

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Former Old Country Buffet is going to pot in the best possible way

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

There’s an old saying about food: You can have high quality or high quantity but not both. Is that a saying? If it isn’t, it should be. But our lead item in this week’s episode could put that thing I might have just made up to the test.

As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, all-you-can-eat restaurant KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot plans to replace one of its bottomless brethren, Old Country Buffet, in Greenfield on South 74th Street. The chain’s website says it “merges traditional Asian hot pot with Korean BBQ flavors” while adding “a full bar and nightlife atmosphere.” I’m excited for it. Ann’s excited for it (not as much as me, but still).

Continuing that spirit of giving you way more than you need, we cover a particularly long list of culinary items this week, including:

  • A closer look at the brick-and-mortar location of Immi’s African Cuisine, which recently opened on North Oakland Avenue
  • A little bit of apple appreciation that appeared in the pages of Milwaukee Magazine
  • The sixth annual Battle of the Chefs, scheduled to go down Sept. 25 at the Factory on Barclay
  • Anodyne Bay View’s upcoming harvest dinner featuring locally grown produce and wine pairings
  • The grand opening of MilTex Kitchen downtown on North Milwaukee Street

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