The Daily Bird is now serving coffee and positive vibes from Riverwest’s former Fuel Cafe spot

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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 the new coffee shop that just took over the former Fuel Cafe spot in Riverwest, a Korean fusion pop-up at Zocalo Food Park, and news of a Cheel pop-up.

But we kick things off by discussing some news about the very building in which I work: Radio Milwaukee is opening a new cafe in the former Stone Creek coffee shop that used to be in the building.

The name of the new “sound cafe” is Deadwax. There’s a cool origin story for that name. “Deadwax is a term for the space on a record after the last track and before the label,” Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Kevin Sucher explains. “It’s the space in between, which is exactly what we want this space to be for our community.”

The cafe is set to open next year. The menu will change often, but staples will include scotch eggs, breakfast wraps and toast for breakfast; “lunch boxes,” soups and sandwiches for lunch; and samosas, “things on sticks,” and empanadas and pub-style pizzas from other Milwaukee businesses for dinner. The Marketplace will feature to-go salads, musubi, beverages and dry goods sourced locally and from around the world.

Great news for Riverwest coffee fans!

The neighborhood has been short on coffee shops since Fuel Cafe closed. But a pop-up coffee shop in Centro Cafe called The Daily Bird started during the pandemic to help fill that void; it was where I used to get my coffee when I was working from home. And now The Daily Bird has a physical location in the old Fuel Cafe spot. That location just opened yesterday.

The Daily Bird

Zocalo Food Park is hosting an interesting pop-up this weekend. Modern Bop is bringing a menu of Korean fusion dishes to Zocalo today and tomorrow, and the menu sounds really fantastic. “The menu will include a short list of delicious items including a beef bulgogi sandwich featuring a bun filled with beef bulgogi, lettuce, mayonnaise and tomato ($8); and a Korean style spicy pork sandwich ($8). Guests can also level up their sandwiches with rajas (sauteed poblano peppers and onions) for $0.50 and/or an over-easy egg for $1,” OnMilwaukee’s Lori Fredrich reports.

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Heaven’s Table BBQ’s Washington Heights location will feature an expanded menu and Jamaican specials

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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’ve got some information to share about Heaven’s Table BBQ’s new location and expanded menu, and news of a new restaurant in West Allis called Reunion Restaurant, which will feature stuffed burgers, pizzas and arcade games. But first we kick things off by talking about the Holiday Folk Fair International.

“It’s a really fun event, a way to tap into different ethnic groups’ celebrations and traditions for the holidays,” says Ann. And of course those traditions include food. This year’s Holiday Folk Fair International (the 78th!) will be virtual. It’ll run from “wherever you are” from Friday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 21. The online event will feature music, dance, arts and cooking demonstrations. You can find out more here.

Heaven’s Table BBQ | Photo courtesy Heaven’s Table BBQ.

Earlier this year we reported that Heaven’s Table BBQ, a favorite at the Crossroads Collective food hall, will soon be moving to its own brick-and-mortar location in the Washington Heights neighborhood at 5507 W. North Ave. That spot will be opening soon, and now we know more about what the expanded menu will offer.

In addition to the usual smoked meats (including ribs, pork shoulder, brisket and pastrami), there will be more Jamaican dishes and specials, the Journal Sentinel reports. And for the first time there will be french fries on the menu, so you’ll be able to get a basket of meat and fries. The owner also hopes to add deserts, including ice cream. He tells the Journal Sentinel that he wants the new space to look like a butcher shop, so expect to see some subway tile.

Heaven’s Table will continue operating out of its Crossroads Collective location until its lease ends at the end of the year.

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Third Ward favorite Bavette la Boucherie is moving — and expanding

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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 news about a new location for a favorite Third Ward restaurant, and also a popular ghost kitchen that is working on a brick and mortar location. We also talk about the food coverage in the November issue of Milwaukee Magazine — which includes a feature about a wine bar on wheels.

Bavette la Boucherie, which has been delighting diners in the Third Ward at 330 E. Menomonee St. for close for nine years, is planning to move, owner Karen Bell posted on Facebook. The new space will be just a few blocks away, in the former Swig (217 N. Broadway). The new space has a full service kitchen, which will let them expand their menu. But don’t worry: It’ll still be a butcher, too.

Ann reports that the shop should have a slightly expanded retail area, too. The new location should open sometime in 2022.

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One of the city’s most interesting ghost kitchens is planning to expand to its own brick-and-mortar location. AsianRican Foods, “a cultural fusion restaurant specializing in Asian and Spanish spices to create savory and flavorful dishes,” is planning its own space. Currently the shop is operating out of O Yeah Chicken, 3322 W. Loomis Rd., in Greenfield.

Look at how tempting this menu is.

Also on this week’s episode, Ann previews her article about Soul Brew kombucha, who make a product so good that even people who aren’t even into kombucha might love it, and her review of the Washington Heights spot Charles E. Fromage. She also introduces us to an adorable West Allis wine bar on wheels.

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Comet Cafe is back, boozy frozen custard plus vegan recipes for Thanksgiving

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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 talked about the return of Comet Cafe, locally-made boozy frozen custard, vegan recipes for Thanksgiving, and a new soccer-inspired coffee bar on Brady Street.

The well-loved Comet Cafe is reopening this winter under the ownership of one of its previous co-owners, Valeri Lucks. Comet closed last summer, temporarily at first, but has remained shuttered for more than a year. Lucks — who also co-owns Honeypie Cafe, Palomino and SmallPie — plans to bring back original comfort dishes and is “promising familiarity” according to Ann, along with Honeypie pies. Comet is tentatively aiming for a February 2022 reopening.

Liquor Infused Ice Cream

If you like custards and cocktails, there is new business called Crème de Liqueur that combines both into unique flavors. Founded by Elizabeth Nash and Nisreen Galloway, Crème de Liqueur offers small-batch and hand packed frozen custards inspired by cocktails and using locally-made vodkas and whiskeys. According to a Journal Sentinel article, the frozen-custard flavors features vodka and bourbon from Milwaukee’s Central Standard distillery. Currently, they offer four flavors including Vanilla Bean Horchata, Lemon Cream Vodka, Pistachio Amaretto and Chocolate Brownie Bourbon. You can find the frozen custards at Enlightened Brewing, Nehring’s Sendik’s on Downer and West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe.

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The Daily Bird is bringing coffee back to Riverwest’s former Fuel Cafe site

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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 talking about Iron Grate’s Thanksgiving offers and some year-round options for variations of Culver’s viral CurderBurger, which was only available for one day this month. But we kick things off with some news about a new spot coming to the former Fuel Cafe in Riverwest, 808 E. Center St.

Riverwest has been short on coffee shops since Fuel Cafe closed. But a pop-up coffee shop in Centro Cafe called The Daily Bird started during the pandemic to help fill that void; it was where I used to get my coffee when I was working from home. And soon The Daily Bird will have a physical location in the old Fuel Cafe spot. It’s set to open in mid-November.

They won’t open with food right away, but they do have plans to begin serving ice cream from the Milwaukee company Scratch (which is really delicious ice cream).

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Don’t want to cook this Thanksgiving? Iron Grate BBQ is taking reservations for its smoked Thanksgiving. You can get a 10 pounds bowl of light and dark meat turkey, which comes with gravy. And there are a whole bunch of sides you can pick from, too, including baked beans, smothered greens, creamy coleslaw, cider-braised apples and sweet potatoes. And this is great, too: They’re also serving a beef rib pozole, with a hearty broth, hominy, guajillo and a lime-cilantro slaw.

Iron Grate BBQ’s smoked turkey | facebook.com/GrateBbq

You can get a cheese curd burger everyday in Milwaukee

Culver’s absolutely dominated the news cycle for a day with its viral CurderBurger, a burger with a cheese curd burger on top. It was only available for a day, but if you’re craving a burger with cheese curds on it, you actually have a lot of options — there are more than a half dozen restaurants in the area that offer variations of the cheese curd/burger combinations.

Craft Cow’s Cheesehead Burger | Photo courtesy Craft Cow

One option is the Cheesehead Burger at Crafty Cow in Bay View. It’s stuffed with five cheeses and topped with bacon, cheese curds and cheese sauce — which, yes, is a lot of cheese. The Milwaukee Brat House, meanwhile, offers a Wisconsin Burger, which is loaded with red peppers, cheddar cheese, chipotle ranch and cheese curds. You can find five other options in Milwaukee Magazine’s article about these burgers.

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

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Pat’s Rib Place is bringing barbecue to the Milwaukee Public Market

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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.

We’ve got a lot to cover on this week’s edition of This Bites, including news about a new barbecue restaurant in the Milwaukee Public Market that opens today and the announcement of a new home for Fondy Farmer’s Market.

We kick things off by talking about a new Rufus King bar/restaurant that specializes in daiquiris. It’s called the Daq Shack, at 4191 N. Green Bay Ave., and it’ll serve 10 different flavors of the drink, including exotic ones like peach bellini. It’ll serve food, too.

“The space, a modern mix of curved-bar seating, bar-height pub tables and a mezzanine-level dining area, also serves appetizers, flatbreads, wings and entrees,” Milwaukee Magazine reports. “Specific items on the menu include green bean fries, spinach-artichoke dip, birria flatbread, chicken wings served with a choice of sauce (buffalo, hot & honey, Jamaican jerk, among others), two salmon dishes, and blackened salmon and chicken Caesar salads ($6-$15).” 

Daq Shack’s logo | facebook.com/daqshackmke/

Pat’s Rib Place opens today

Pat’s Rib Place opens today in the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.) Owners Alisha and Tydus Hayes have run a Waukesha location of the restaurant since 2009, serving favorites like smoked barbecue ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket as well as sides.

They’ve received some national attention, too, after their brown brown sauce and house sauce were crowned as Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things in a 2020 issue of Winfrey’s magazine.

Alisha and Tydus Hayes | Photo Courtesy of Pat’s Rib Place

Fondy’s Farmers Market moves to the Deer District

Fondy’s Farmers Market is moving to the Deer District. The first two markets of the season (Nov. 6 and 13) will be held outdoor at The Beer Garden in Deer District, then it will move to the GATHER building for subsequent Saturdays.

“Fondy’s entire board and staff are thrilled about the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market’s new location. We believe moving the market to GATHER at Deer District will allow our vendors to reach more customers,” Jennifer Casey, Fondy’s Executive Director, said in a statement.

The market will run Saturdays from 8 – 11:30 a.m. until April 9.

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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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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.

Donut and Coffee Pie at The Bake Sale | facebook.com/bakesalewestallis

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.

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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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