Milwaukee Public Market is hosting its own Harvest Festival

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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 new German restaurant on Brady Street and Ann’s glowing review of Birch, the restaurant formerly known as Birch + Butcher.

But first we discuss the Milwaukee Public Market’s Harvest Festival. It’s on Oct. 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and will take place across the street from the market. It’ll feature sampling of Lakefront Brewery’s pumpkin ale (tapped from a giant pumpkin), it’ll have apple cider tastings, pumpkin bowling, and a scavenger hunt along the Milwaukee River. There will also be food trucks including Meat on the Street, Press Waffles and Lush Popcorn. Ann has all the details at milwaukeemag.com.

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Brady Street has a new German restaurant and bar

WürstBar is now open for business. The new German restaurant is located at 1239 E. Brady St. and features a large selection of German and local beers on tap.

“WürstBar’s food menu is a mix of traditional German fare and modern street food. Classic German food options include Spätzle, German potato salad and sausages from Usinger’s and Bunzel’s Meat Market. Street food options will feature Döner kebabs, schnitzel tenders and currywurst,” Milwaukee Magazine reports. “The food menu initially will be available from open until midnight daily. The restaurant will roll out a limited brunch program over the first few weeks of operation.”

This is a big deal for a city that prides itself on its German identity, but doesn’t actually have a huge selection of German restaurants anymore.

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

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The Bake Sale is West Allis is a pie lover’s paradise

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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.

This week on This Bites, we’ve got some news about Colectivo Coffee on Prospect Avenue, an update from the Sherman Phoenix and a great hot dog recommendation.

Also, on Milwaukee Magazine’s website, Ann has a review of a new bakery called The Bake Sale. The location, which was opened by the owner of the West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe Cafe, sells different pastries and treats from bakeries all over the city, including businesses like The Cake Lady in St. Francis, Canfora Bakery in Bay View, and even Simma’s Bakery.

Ann recommends the pies, which come in flavors including cherry, key lime, French silk and banana cream. There are also vegan pies, savory quiches and pasties.

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Also in this month’s issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann shares her October dish of the month: the char dog at Louie’s Char, 2336 N. Farwell Ave. She describes the dog as having a juicy, snappy texture, thanks to the natural casing. “It’s a really good hot dog,” she says. It’s served on a large brioche bun instead of the customary steamed sesame bun.

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Colectivo Coffee is back at Prospect Avenue. The location closed last winter, but now it has reopened with indoor and outdoor seating, albeit with reduced hours (it closes are 2 p.m. everyday). That’s great news for people on the East Side. And, of course, they’ve got a new seasonal menu that features plenty of things with pumpkin spice.

Sherman Phoenix is losing a business. The pizza place Sauce & Spice will be closing after two years, but you still have a chance to get their pizza. They’ll be open until Oct. 23.

And speaking of pizza, Brute Pizza is opening for counter service pizza pick-up inside the Landmark Building at 316 N. Milwaukee St. starting today. It’ll be in the same spot that Donut Monster is. The pizza is known for a really delicious sourdough crust.

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

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Here are the best Milwaukee food and restaurants of 2021

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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 podcast, Ann and I discussed Milwaukee Magazine’s picks for the best food and restaurants of 2021, changes to the James Beard Awards and the return of the Great Midwestern Pie Championship.

Milwaukee Magazine recently shared food picks for its Best of Milwaukee issue. Categories included Best Cheese and Charcuterie Shop, Great Mobile Food Eats, Best Street Market Purveyor of Culinary Culture and more. The editor pick for Best New Restaurant was the amazing, La Dama, known for its creative and innovative Mexican dishes.

Best New Restaurant Editors’ Pick: La Dama

Next, we talked about the changes coming to next year’s James Beard Awards. The culinary organization has made significant changes to the awards. One of them is chefs and restaurants that are nominated must show commitment to racial and gender equity, community, environmental sustainability and a culture where all can thrive. They also have announced it will be diversifying its judging committees.

Finally, The Great Midwestern Pie Championship will return on October 9 for its sixth year. Hosted by Honeypie Cafe, the championship is opened to amateurs and professional pie makers. There will be three categories for the contest including best pie with Wisconsin ingredients, best classic apple pie and best chocolate pie. Pies must be dropped off at Palomino by October 9 between 10 am and 12 pm. You must register online via Honeypie’s website.

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8 must-try Sheboygan restaurants if you’re heading to the Ryder Cup

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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 podcast, whether you’re heading to the Ryder Cup or not, we’ve got eight restaurant recommendations in Sheboygan.

Photo courtesy Travel Wisconsin via MilwaukeeMag.com.

In the first section of the podcast, Ann and Tarik highlight the following restaurants offering Italian cuisine, fish fry and Neapolitan pizza.

Check out Ann’s complete story for the full list with all eight restaurants.

Taste of Lindsay Heights

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening for its new cafe — Taste of Lindsay Heights — on Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature vendors offering smoothies, salads, soup, bakery and more.

According to its website:

“Taste of Lindsay Heights Café is a new social enterprise owned by Walnut Way and set to open this summer at 1617 W. North Avenue. The Café provides a framework for food-entrepreneurs from the Lindsay Heights neighborhood to test, grow, learn and ultimately build their businesses. The Café offerings are tied to Walnut Way’s strategy to promote healthy, nutritious, fresh foods sourced within the neighborhood.”

Listen to this week’s episode for more about about the event, plus we’ve got info about a proposal for a new bar and food truck park on the corner of North Ave. and Humboldt Ave. in the former Zak’s space.

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5 Milwaukee Chinese restaurants you must try

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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.

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In the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann shared her top-five Chinese restaurants in Milwaukee. Her picks included Sze Chuan and Fortune in West Allis, Asian Fusion, Jing’s and more. My personal favorite is Sze Chuan, especially for their amazing hot pot!

Ann also talked about her review of the Thai and Lao spot Sweet Basil located in Franklin. Sweet Basil takes a unique approach to street food with items like the egg roll-stuffed spring rolls and a Thai pizza.

We also shared news that Dino’s in Riverwest will be returning with new owners. They plan to give the space a facelift. The menu will feature items like the original Dino’s wings and “quick” pizzas. The owners will also plan to serve Sunday brunch. Dino’s will open later this fall.

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Wisconsin State Fair is selling pumpkin spice and latte-flavored cream puffs this month

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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 This Bites, we have a lot of things to talk about, including a new Arabic-style coffee roastery, Milwaukee’s first-ever South Side Dining Week, and a CBD bakery that just opened. But we kick things off by talking about one of Ann’s favorite things, “PSL season,” as we call it. That’s right, we’re talking pumpkin spice — my least favorite flavor.

Last year the Wisconsin State Fair offered a Pumpkin Spice Cream Puff, and it must have been incredibly popular, because this year they’re bringing it back along with another flavor called the Latte Cream Puff. It’ll be offered only from Sept. 24-26 at Wisconsin State Fair Park’s Harvest Fair, and at a cream puff drive-thru Sept. 23-26, if you don’t want to get out of the car.

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Milwaukee’s first Arabic-style roastery opens

The Arabic-style roastery Paradise Roastery has opened at 814 W. Layton Ave. The shop roasts coffee, nuts and seeds on site in large steel drums and also sells “chocolate, Turkish delights and other sweets, as well as spices and zaatar, a savory blend of spices and sesame seeds,” according to the Wisconsin Muslim Journal.

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We’re also excited about South Side Dining Week, which will run from Oct. 23-30. Participating restaurants and businesses include “MobCraft Beer, Screaming Tuna, Tacos Los Gemelos, Vientiane Noodle Shop, Casa de Alberto and the vendors at Zócalo Food Park: Anytime Arepas, Ruby’s Bagels, Dairyland, Foxfire, Mazorca Tacos, Modern Maki and Scratch Ice Cream,” according to Milwaukee Magazine. The weeks kick off with a live band brunch at Zócalo Food Park (636 S. Sixth St.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. that Saturday.

Hear us talk about all that and more, including a new charcuterie board business and a new location of Crafty Cow opening in Tosa, which will also be serving Southern fried chicken and Nashville hot ramen, on this week’s episode.

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These three Milwaukee restaurants offer a lot of bang for your buck for frugal foodies

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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, we’re talking about three must-try restaurants for frugal foodies. We’re also sharing some sad news about Bay View’s Mistral, and my picks for pairing Milwaukee food with sake.

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In the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann writes about three restaurants frugal Milwaukee food lovers have got to try. “I think a lot of us are looking for places that are affordable, that you can go to every night, and not spend a ton of money while feeling like you’re going to get a great meal every time you’re there,” Ann explains. It’s not about cheap issues, she explains — it’s about places that offer value.

Her picks include Nessun Dorma, Swingin’ Door Exchange and Honeypie Cafe, a longtime Bay View staple that just opened in a new location. It’s currently only open for patio dining, but it plans on reopening its dining room this fall. “All three restaurants offer a quality, value experience,” Ann says. I’m lucky to live right by Nessun Dorma, and I always feel good about eating there. It’s nice to have a place like that, where you can feel kind of fancy but don’t have to break the bank.

Bay View’s Mistral closes

We have some sad news. The owners of one of Bay View’s best date-night restaurants, Mistral, have announced that the restaurant has closed. The timing is unfortunate; it had just reopened after a long break, and it was great having a restaurant attached to a movie theater.

Hear us talk about all that and more, including my pairings of sake with Lush Popcorn and Real Chili, on this week’s episode below.

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Adrian Miller discusses the Black roots of American barbecue

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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.

For this week’s episode of Milwaukee’s longest running culinary podcast, we’ve got something extra special: an interview with food writer, James Beard Award winner and certified barbecue judge Adrian Miller. He just published his third book, “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue,” this spring, and he appeared on the excellent Netflix series “High on the Hog.”

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Miller will be speaking on Sept. 9 at Culture Clash, an event curated by This Bites in conjunction with Milwaukee Film and hosted by me. It’ll take place at the events space Dandy, 5020 W. Vliet St., at 6 p.m.

Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails plans Shorewood opening

Shorewood is about to get a new fine dining and cocktails spot. Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails is the new concept from the owners of Blue’s Egg, whose second location of their brunch spot at 4195 N. Oakland Ave. closed last April.

In its place they’ve planned a restaurant inspired by the food of the early 1960s, according to a press release. There’s no word on what’s on the menu yet, but the owners say the spot could be open as soon as November.

The Lafayette Place will cater to East Side vegans

The owners of The National Cafe are planning a new vegan spot to the East Side called The Lafayette Place. It’ll open late this summer or early this fall at 1968 N. Farwell Ave., in the spot that was previously home to the vegan restaurant Celesta, OnMilwaukee reports.

In addition to vegan sandwiches and burritos, The Lafayette Place will have vegan interpretations of a Full English breakfast and one of The National’s best sellers, the Vegan Brekkie Sammy featuring a vegan sausage patty, a hash brown, melted vegan cheese, guacamole and chipotle sauce on toasted pretzel bun.

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

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Donut Monster is bringing donuts back to the Third Ward

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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 avocado toast, a new taco spot on Milwaukee Street, a crowd-funding effort for Mekong Café and more. But we kick things off by talking about a new piece Ann wrote about donuts returning to the Third Ward.

Donuts left the Third Ward, of course, when Holey Moley closed, but now Donut Monster has opened up a new location in that spot. It just opened yesterday, and it’s going to be the new hub for the business, which also has a location in Whitefish Bay and makes great breakfast sandwiches. And soon you’ll also be able to get pizza there.

Donut flavors include maple bacon cheesecake, white chocolate passion fruit, chocolate vanilla buttercream, lemon poppy, blueberry cheesecake and a traditional old fashioned donut.

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Wisconsin’s first avocado toast business

I just learned there’s a new avocado toast business in Wisconsin. It’s called Vocado, and it’s been selling its trendy toast at pop-ups. The business will be at Zocalo Food Park next week, and the following week at a Harley-Davidson rally — because nothing goes better with a Harley than avocado toast.

According to their menu, they have a variety of sweet and savory flavor combinations, including a margherita avocado toast and ones with prosciutto. There’s even a berry and chocolate spin on avocado toast.

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Mekong’s GoFund Me campaign

We have some sad news about Mekong Cafe, the beloved Thai spot near 60th and North. The restaurant had barely survived the Covid-19 pandemic when it was hit by more bad luck last week, when it lost power during a storm and suffered thousands of dollars worth of food that spoiled.

Now the restaurant is asking for help. The owners have started a GoFundMe campaign which has so far raised nearly $20,000 of its $25,000 goal. Hopefully that will be enough to keep the restaurant going.

We talk about all that and more, including Sticky Rice’s one-year anniversary party tonight, the return of Doc’s Commerce Smokehouse and an event called “Bagels and Butts,” on this week’s episode, which you can stream below.

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The Tandem restaurant looking for new owner after the founding chef steps down

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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, we talk about Chef Caitlin Cullen stepping down from the restaurant she launched, The Tandem, in the Lindsey Heights neighborhood.

Cullen, who gave away more than 115,000 free meals to the community when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person operations, cited personal reasons for stepping down in a recent article published in Milwaukee Magazine. But Cullen says she wants to see another like-minded chef step into the role, and she hopes The Tandem’s mission and dedication to the neighborhood will continue moving forward.

The Tandem attracted the attention from the World Central Kitchen in 2020 and netted a roughly $1 million dollar grant to distribute free meals to the community.

The ‘ethnic’ aisle

A recent article published in The New York Times about the presence of the “ethnic” aisle in most American grocery stores. But do these culinary separations propel white supremacy? We discuss the article and weigh in on whether or not the specialty food aisle contribute to otherism.

Fools Errand restaurant review

Next, Ann shares her review of Food Errand, a new restaurant from the owners of Dan Dan. The comfort-food menu sparks a “charming” nostalgia, she says, including items like Chicken Fried Chicken and aFried Bologna Sandwich. While it may not be “diet food” it certainly satisfies.

This Bites first curated event

Coming up on Thursday, September 9, This Bites will host its first-ever tasting event, Culture Clash, in partnership with the MKE Film Cultures and Communities festival.

Ryan Dearth Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winner and featured in the Netflix series High On The Hog

From the event description:

Join us at the rustic event venue Dandy for a mouthwatering evening of conversation and cuisine, curated by Radio Milwaukee’s food podcast “This Bites” and hosted by Tarik Moody. We’ll kick things off with culinary historian, barbecue judge, and James Beard Award winner Adrian Miller (featured in the Netflix series High on the Hog) discussing the rich culture of Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs throughout our nation’s history. Follow that up with our main course – a one-of-a-kind culinary event featuring two chefs from different backgrounds (Jason Alston, founder of Heaven’s Table Barbecue and Alex Hanesakda, founder of SapSap in Racine) coming together to create a unique menu bridging African American and Laotian cultures into a wonderful barbecue feast they’ve titled “Soul P’hunk.” This very special event will nourish your mind, body, and soul!

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