Milwaukee food trucks to try 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.

In this episode of “This Bites,” we talked about food trucks to try this summer, farm dinners across the state, Fondy’s Farmer’s Market upcoming events, Iron Grate’s whole-hog BBQ and a new Italian restaurant coming to East Town.

Vocado MKE

In the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann shared six picks for food trucks to try in Milwaukee, including Heirloom MKE, Vocado MKE, Malaysian’s Taste Amir’s Roti, Don Pastor, Pete’s Pops and Maya Ophelia’s.

On July 3, Iron Grate BBQ will host a whole-hog barbecue featuring a full plate of pork, summer corn salad, black-eyed peas, a strawberry shortcake and strawberry margaritas. The barbecue will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fondy’s Farmers Market recently shared its schedule of events, including its annual barbecue and vegan cook-offs.

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Milwaukee’s Dane Baldwin takes home the James Beard Award for Best Midwest Chef

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In this episode of ‘This Bites’, we talked about the James Beard awards and Milwaukee’s first award since 2014, 10 patios to enjoy this summer, drinking trends, Purple Door’s next permanent ice cream flavor, and more.

Photo by Rick Rodriguez

This past Monday in Chicago, the James Beard Awards took place and Milwaukee chef Dane Baldwin from The Diplomat took home the award for Best Chef Midwest. It is the first time a Milwaukee chef took home this award since 2014. This year’s awards were one of the most diverse. Other winners include the Minneapolis indigenous restaurant Owanmi won the award for Best New Restaurant and Chef Mashama Bailey of Savannah’s The Grey took home the award for Outstanding Chef. Check out all the winners over at the James Beard Foundation’s website.

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Twisted Plants brings its plant-based comfort food to Brady Street

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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.

In this episode of This Bites, we talked about Twisted Plants new spot off of Brady Street, the return of Comet Cafe, a Tiki pop-up at Hotel Metro, Nice Times closure, and Maxie’s expansion.

Twisted Plants
Twisted Plants

Earlier this week, Twisted Plants opened a new location on Brady Street. The plant-based restaurant is known for its tasty, vegan take on comfort food like Chicago dawgs, “chik’n” nuggets. The new location will also offer soft-serve vegan ice cream, slushies, chik’n strips and vegan Italian beef. They will also serve beer and wine.

Comet Cafe returns

Milwaukee Magazine reported that Comet Cafe has reopened under new ownership. Back in 2020, the East side established closed its doors due to the pandemic. Now owned by the parent company Pie Inc. (Honeypie, Small Pie, Palomino), Comet Cafe is now serving breakfast and lunch and will soon be serving dinner. Plus, you can get pies courtesy of Honeypie.

The hours: Wed-Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (food) – with the bar and pie service continuing until 5 p.m. When evening hours kick in, food will be served until 10 p.m., with the bar staying open until midnight.

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Saffron Modern Indian Dining opens in Milwaukee

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In this episode of This Bites, we talked about a new modern Indian restaurant, Milwaukee’s first-ever Halal Restaurant Week, AsianRican new brick and mortar restaurant, a new cafe in Bay View, and a new Mexican restaurant in Walker Square.

Saffron Modern Indian Dining
Saffron Modern Indian Dining | photo via Facebook

Milwaukee Magazine has details about Saffron Modern India Dining which opens on June 4 in the Third Ward. Located at 223 N. Water Street, Saffron Modern India Dining features a 60-70-seat dining room and 20-seat patio on the riverside. The menu includes dishes like pulled tandoori chicken bao buns, butter chicken and crispy cauliflower.

This July, Milwaukee will host the first-ever Halal Restaurant Week. Taking place July 10-17, over 15 restaurants will offer special Halal menus including spots like SafeHouse Milwaukee, Chucho’s Red Tacos, Carini’s Southern Italian Restaurant and more!

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ cocktail-themed event 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.

In this episode of This Bites, we talked about a Puerto Rico food bus in New Berlin, Cafe Hollander’s new menu, a Seattle bakery pop-up in Milwaukee, Bittercube’s new whiskey and cocktail club and a new tiki bar in Bayshore.

The Alice – An Immersive Cocktail Experience

There is a new option for Puerto Rican food in the Milwaukee area. La Promesa recently launched a Puerto Rican food bus in New Berlin. One half of the bus is seating and the other half is the kitchen, and the decor is inspired by San Juan. The menu will feature item like Carne Frita. La Promesa is located at 21300 West Greenfield Ave., New Berlin (formerly Westbrooke Wesleyan Church). You can learn more about the bus via The Waukesha County Freeman website.

Starting in June at the Brown Bottle, folks can experience a unique cocktail series inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The Alice — an immersive cocktail experience — is a 90-minute topsy-turvy journey into the magical realm of Wonderland according to the press release. Attendees will create two bespoke Wonderland cocktails, solve riddles and challenges just like Alice and more. The series will run Wednesdays through Sundays from June 8 through August 7. Learn more and to buy tickets visit the event’s website.

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Sticky Rice is bringing Laotian and Thai cuisine to Brady Street

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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.

In this episode of This Bites, we talked about the upcoming restaurant Lupi & Iris, Sugar Maple’s THC mocktails, a new fried chicken joint coming to Brookfield, Strange Town’s wine shop in the 3rd Street Market Hall, and Sticky Rice expanding to Brady Street.

Internal rendering of Lupi & Iris

On May 17, Lupi & Iris will open its doors in downtown Milwaukee. Founded by James Beard award-winning chef Adam Siegel and developer Michael DeMichele, Lupi & Iris will be located in the  7Seventy7 Building (777 N. Van Buren St.). The menu is inspired by the French and Italian Riviera. You can learn more about the restaurant over at Milwaukee Magazine.

THC Cocktails at Sugar Maple

Bay View’s Sugar Maple, which is known for its beer selection, has started offering THC-infused mocktails according to Milwaukee Magazine. The mocktails incorporate Verdant Delta-8 THC syrup that provides a euphoric and relaxed feeling, unlike the Delta-9 THC which makes you high.

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Visiting Buttermint Finer Dining and Cocktails, plus a new gastropub coming to Bay View

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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 visit Buttermint Finer Dining and Cocktails, the new restaurant from Black Shoe Hospitality. Ann talks about her recent review for Milwaukee Magazine, plus we discuss Tulum, a new Latin gastropub in Bay View, from the owner of Sabrosa.

Rebecca Kames Photo credit: Buttermint Finer Dining & Cocktails

We also discuss a new concession stand coming to the lakefront from the Bartolotta Restaurant Group. Listen to this week’s episode below, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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Hot Breakfast spots to try and Hot Wax brings elevated comfort food 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.

In this episode of This Bites, we discussed some new-ish places in Milwaukee to grab breakfast, Ann’s drink of the month, a new spot at Crossroads Collective and chicken ramen at Third Street Market.

In the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, Ann shared a few places to grab some tasty breakfasts in Milwaukee including Canela Cafe, The Lafayette Place, Honey Butter Cafe and more.

Hot Wax brings comfort food to Crossroads Collective

Crossroads Collective has a new vendor by the name of Hot Wax, which opened earlier this week.

From the press release:

The menu at Hot Wax will feature meat-centric sandwiches including a Nashville Hot Chicken that is one of Crevensten’s favorite things to make, knock-your-socks-off burgers, a mini muffuletta, a griddled mortadella sandwich, and other dishes like chili dogs, a Calabrian Chili pimento cheese plate, hand-breaded chicken tenders, garlic confit cauliflower, fresh bean and corn salad, and more.


Hot Wax plans to bring a fun, interactive experience to their space at Crossroads Collective. In true “record store” form, they’ll have records spinning, along with headphones that invite guests to join in. Cartoons playing off old VHS help round out the nostalgic comfort. 

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Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich from Hot Wax

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Where to get Easter brunch in Milwaukee, plus a Star Trek replicator coming soon (sort of)

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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.

In this episode of This Bites, we talked about places to grab Easter brunch in Milwaukee, local chocolatiers to satisfy your sweet tooth after brunch, new vendors at Third Street Market Hall, the Milwaukee Buck playoff menu, the return of Jewels Caribbean and news about a molecular beverage printer that is inspired by the Star Trek replicator.

Easter Brunch
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Milwaukee Magazine has a comprehensive list of places to get brunch this Easter Sunday including places like Bacchus, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Libby Montana Bar & Grill, The Italian Community Center and more. Then Ann shared a list of five amazing places that makes tasty chocolate treats like Northern Chocolate Co., Ultimate Confections, and more.

Bucks playoff run begins this Sunday at Fiserv Forum, and they have a special menu that will be offered during the playoffs.

The new items come in advance of the first round of the NBA Playoffs between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls. Game one is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Fiserv Forum. The new concession items at Fiserv Forum include:

  • Klement’s Greek Dog available at Klement’s stands
  • Klement’s Chili Dog available at Klement’s stands
  • Laughing Taco beef tacos
  • Italian Beef available at Canal Street Pizza

The Laughing Taco also recently added elote and nachos to its menu at Fiserv Forum. The new menu items at The MECCA include:

  • Giant Pretzel with queso blanco and beer mustard
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Hot honey garlic wings and Nashville hot wings
  • Soy chorizo, Chinese pork and adobo chicken tacos
  • Gooey grilled cheese
  • Asian ribs
  • Cereal bar

Jewels Caribbean  Grand Re-Opening

Jewels Caribbean is having its Grand Re-Opening on Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. they have KOJO performing live along with JD Rankin and Club Exodus, so the night will be a mix of reggae, soca, dancehall and Afrobeats. The menu for their Grand Re-Opening Friday includes a curry goat meal, and favorite dishes like jerk chicken, curry chicken, curry fish and more. This spring and summer they will be serving dinner Friday and Saturday evenings 6 – 9 p.m.

CANA molecular beverage printer

From the press release:

Cana One prints thousands of beverages on your kitchen countertop – from juice, soft drinks and iced coffee, to hard seltzers, wine, and cocktails – without the need for plastic, aluminum, glass or other wasteful containers.

  • Cana One can produce a variety of beverages — from juice, soft drinks, and iced coffee to hard seltzers, wine, and sophisticated cocktails — without the carbon-intensive, trash-generating, industrial beverage and bottling complex
  • Based on scientific breakthroughs and a novel microfluidic liquid dispense technology, Cana One lets you personalize every pour – including sugar, caffeine, alcohol, portion size, vitamins and other supplements
  • Cana offers unique discovery experiences, novel brands, and options for every lifestyle or preference

Cana One, which sits on a kitchen countertop, offers unique discovery experiences, novel brands, and options for every lifestyle or preference. Customers use Cana’s touchscreen display to explore, discover, and create their perfect drink from thousands of beverage types and brands. Customers can personalize every beverage to their preferred levels of alcohol, caffeine, or sugar, customizing beverages for breakfast, post-workout, dinner or relaxation.

“Cana One is designed to give each customer convenience, savings, and an experience they didn’t know they were craving – while cleaning up the planet,” said Cana CEO Matt Mahar, whose team includes Nike, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Google, Apple and food tech alumni. “It’s like having a personalized beverage aisle in your kitchen – with zero trash or hassle from plastic, aluminum, and glass containers.”

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Milwaukee Film Festival’s ‘Film Feast’ series returns with a tasty selection of flicks

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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.

In this episode of This Bites, we talked about the movies that are part of Milwaukee Film Festival’s “Film Feast” series, Trouble Makers Cocina upcoming food truck, a dinner and drink event at Cavas and a new food experience coming to American Family Field this summer.

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“One Pint at a Time” | Image courtesy of Milwaukee Film.

Earlier this week, Milwaukee Film announced the lineup for this year’s festival including the films for the “Film Feast” series. This year’s lineup is impressive and includes films about Black-owned breweries, wine tasting, World Central Kitchen and more. The Milwaukee Film Festival takes place April 21 to May 5. Details and tickets can be found on their website. Here is the full lineup.

Blind Ambition” Australia / 2021 / 96 min / English, Shona, French with English subtitles

In South Africa, four men who left Zimbabwe in search of a better life discover a love of wine and form the first-ever Zimbabwean team to compete in The World Wine Blind Tasting Championships – the Olympics of the wine world. We follow them through training and the competition itself, where they must sample twelve different wines and guess the country, winery, and vintage (against mostly European teams). “Blind Ambition” is an inspiring look at this unlikely team whose connection extends far beyond wine.

Breaking Bread” United States, Israel / 2020 / 85 min / English 

“Breaking Bread” follows Arab and Jewish chefs in Haifa, Israel as they collaborate to produce the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival, sharing the recipes, techniques, stories, and traditions that ultimately unite the region. Connected through a shared love of food, the chefs collaborate to celebrate their cultures and the food of their region, free from political and religious boundaries.

One Pint at a Time” United States / 2021 / 88 min / English 

Wisconsin audiences can always benefit from history that will leave them intellectually nourished while thirsting for a beer, and Aaron Hosé “One Pint at a Time” is a film that delivers. While only 1% of craft breweries are Black-owned–including People’s Brewery, which was once located in Wisconsin – this documentary tells the stories behind the statistics and highlights the entrepreneurs shifting the perception of not only who drinks beer, but who makes it. 

Peace By Chocolate” Canada / 2022 / 96 min / English, Arabic with English subtitles 

After the bombing of his father’s chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. Based on a true story, “Peace by Chocolate” balances culture shock with kindness from good hearted neighbors to tell a tale that will warm your heart as much as it will tantalize your taste buds.

The Automat” United States / 2021 / 79 min / English PRECEDED BY: “A Slice So Nice” | Dir. Arthur Nienhuis

Iconic, elegant, and populist all at once, the Automat revolutionized American dining a century ago. An eclectic mix of urbanites inserted nickels into slots, and a slice of lemon meringue pie or creamed spinach magically appeared. Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner and others pay effusive tribute in interviews which, alongside a collage of rare artifacts, images, and memorabilia, create a love letter to this marvel of food technology and social unity.

The Pursuit of Perfection” Japan / 2021 / 79 min / Japanese with English subtitles 

“The Pursuit of Perfection” follows four leading chefs in Japan as they relentlessly work to pursue their dreams and perfect their cuisine. From practitioners of the kaiseki tradition to innovative molecular gastronomy and pastry, to French classical cuisine from a former Iron Chef, this film displays the diversity of Tokyo’s food scene and a shared dedication to the art and craft of cooking.

We Feed People” United States / 2022 / 89 min / English 

“We Feed People” spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen in its incredible mission and evolution over 12 years, from a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. A deep look at how food can unite and heal, this film will inspire you to take action in your own life.

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