Two of Milwaukee’s finest traditional Thai and Korean meals

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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 Ann is back after last week’s car emergency, and she’s ready to discuss all things food. We take a look at Char’d’s special Sunday dinners; a diner in the middle of the woods in northwest Wisconsin that serves jerk chicken, and some late-night menu options at a new sushi place called Spicytuna.

A generous platter at Spicytuna | facebook.com/spicytunamilwaukee

Char’d has started a special Sunday dinner where they serve very traditional Korean dishes. They switch up the menu, offering options like dakgalbi (a spicy chicken dish), ojingeo bokkeum (spicy squid) and budae jigae, an army stew.

In the northwoods of Wisconsin there’s a diner called Delta Dinner that serves jerk chicken that people drive hours for. Located along County Highway H in the middle of the Northwoods between Iron River and Ashland, the diner’s Tin Tap House & Chicken Shack serves what regulars swear is some of the best Jamaican food in Wisconsin. We’re intrigued.

And then we marvel at the late-night menu at West Milwaukee’s Spicytuna, which includes options like deep fried Thai chicken wings, grilled squid, tub waan (marinated pork liver), and marinated grilled pork with a spicy tamarind dipping sauce. This is our kind of drunk food.

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Movida celebrates five years with sangria, and Mequon hosts a Jewish Food 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. But this week we’re shaking up that formula.

This is a This Bites first. With Ann out this week, I recruited Radio Milwaukee’s program director Jordan Lee for this edition of This Bites. We discuss a Jewish Food Festival in Mequon, Movida’s fifth anniversary specials and more.

Five sangrias at Movida | facebook.com/movidamke

Before we begin, Jordan shares some of his food traditions and gives a shout out to Leon’s, a quintessential Milwaukee experience. Then we get into it: On Aug. 18 and 19 in Mequon, there will be a Jewish Food Festival, the city’s first ever. Activities include musicians, jugglers, face painting and a petting zoo. Food include pastrami, corned beef, kosher hot dogs, Israeli salad and noodle kugel.

Movida
is celebrating five years. From now until Sunday, Aug. 18, it will be celebrating with a bunch of specials, including some unusual sangrias – including a mango-pineapple slushy sangria.

The Farmhouse is having an authentic mole dinner called Mucho Mole on Aug. 30. Ticket prices includes a mole-lover’s dream meal.

And we close the episode by discussing a food controversy involving deep dish pizza and asking Jordan to share some Kenosha food recommendations.

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Cafe Bavaria will become The Buckatabon

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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 share big news about Cafe Bavaria and the Interval, as well as some unusual Miller High Life-themed cocktails. Stream it below.

Cafe Bavaria | facebook.com/cafebavariatosa

Tosa Village’s Cafe Bavaria will close in November. It will then go through the process of being renamed and will open as a new restaurant that will also be run by the Lowlands Group. And this will be a departure from the European approach of the organization’s other restaurants.

The Buckatabon will be focused on Wisconsin, with a Northern Wisconsin supper club feel, although we don’t know the menu yet. It’ll feature Wisconsin beers, Wisconsin spirits and Wisconsin ingredients, something Lowlands Group isn’t known for. The restaurant is shooting for an early 2020 opening.

Then we preview an event that might sell out quick: On Oct. 27, the third MKE Chef Collaboration Dinner will take place at Blues Egg in Shorewood. Ten talented Milwaukee chefs team up for 10 courses. Each course benefits a local non-profit.

And we share some news of a new direction for Interval, a quiet little restaurant operated by the owner of Pilcrow Coffee. It’s been known to serve experimental dishes and unusual pairings. But now it’s going to focus on coffee service, cocktails and pop-up events.

Lost Whale is hosting a class on tequila later this month. It’ll be a hands on class that lets people learn about tequila by tasting it and creating tequila-based cocktails.

Speaking of cocktails, we look at Aperol spritzes. Meet The Spaghett, a mix of Miller High Life and lemon juice. It really doesn’t sound bad!

If you have some free time over the next couple of weeks and you want to experience some amazing food from world-renowned chefs, check out the Chicago Food Bowl. Events include a celebration of Peruvian cooking, a Turkish feast prepared by the chef of one of Istanbul’s most acclaimed restaurants. Then one of my chef crushes, Rosio Sanchez will also be at the Chicago Food Bowl.

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Eating your way through Madison in one day

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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’re discussing Ann’s day trip to Madison to explore its culinary scene as part of the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine. We also discuss a pork-centric dinner at The Yard, the food at the Urban Island Beach Party, and Merriment Social’s fourth anniversary celebration. Stream the episode below.

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Madison’s culinary scene is really good, and it’s growing. Plus, because of where Madison is in the state and its proximity to farmers and cheese makers, its restaurants get some great local products that can be difficult to find in Milwaukee.

Ann recommends going early, as early as 7 or 8 a.m., to hit up the Dane County Farmers Market for a light breakfast. It’s filled with produce vendors. From there she recommends the cheesemongers at Fromagination, ice cream at the Babcock Hall Dairy Store, lunch at Graze, salami at Underground Butcher, happy hour at A Pig in a Fur Coat and finally dinner at Forequarter, the restaurant next to Underground Butcher. They have a killer charcuterie board. If that day doesn’t fill you up, nothing will.

If you see a bunch of people headed down to the beach in Hawaiian shirts tonight, it’s probably because of the Urban Island Beach Party, which runs tonight from 5-11 p.m. A ton of breweries and craft distillers will be on hand, so come thirsty. Happy Dough Lucky will be serving mini donuts. Iron Grate BBQ and Pete’s Pops will also be there, along with many of the city’s best food trucks.

Then we discuss Pig & Pinot, a rustic communal dinner in The Yard, which features three pork-centric courses, including a roasted pork shank, all paired with pinot wines. And finally we close the episode by discussing the Mexican Street Party, Merriment Social’s way of celebrating its fourth anniversary.

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Milwaukee’s best happy-hour burgers

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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 we’re discussing where to get the best happy hour burgers in Milwaukee, the most unique food at German Fest, three restaurants celebrating anniversaries, a new mac and cheese place on Brady Street, and the weirdest food at the Wisconsin State Fair. Stream and read about the episode below.

The Diplomat | facebook.com/thediplomatmke

For Milwaukee Magazine, Ann put four burgers available at happy hours to the test. We’re talking about gourmet burgers. Almost all of these establishments bake their own buns in house. Some of them are grinding the beef for their patties themselves, and making their own pickles or special sauce.

Fauntleroy has been offering a grand royal with cheese. It’s in the spirit of a Big Mac, and a good take. But it’s hard to beat The Diplomat‘s spin on the same idea, which Ann gives an A+. The toasted, buttery bun sets it apart. The beef melts in your mouth. The cheese, sauce and tomato are off-the-charts good.

Merriment Social has been offering a happy hour burger for quite a while, and they switch it up all the time, offering fun, creative toppings. Sometime it’s not even a beef burger. But whatever it is, it’s served on a homemade bun and it’s a great value. Yet Ann prefers a burger that Birch + Butcher is offering during its happy hour. They make their patty with ground sirloin and steak trim. They also have a house-made beet ketchup.

German Fest is this weekend, and it’s a chance to try a bunch of traditional foods that can otherwise be difficult to find in Milwaukee. Ann runs down some of them.

Three restaurants are celebrating anniversaries. The Cheel in Thiensville will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, July 27. They’ll have live music and events for children, and food including spit-roasted wild boar. Closer to home, DanDan is celebrating three years and Fauntleroy is celebrating one year. DanDan’s anniversary is July 30 and will feature a pig roast. Fauntleroy‘s anniversary is the day after, and will run from 4-7 p.m. and will offer diners a complementary trout dish and a glass of champagne.

Then we run down the menu at a new theater offering some surprisingly gourmet offerings, and discuss a new spot on Brady Street opening Sept. 1. It promises to serve 10 oven-fried mac and cheese dishes, with five types of noodles and a gluten-free option. It’ll be called the Mac Shack. And finally the Wisconsin State Fair is just around the corner. We discuss some of its new food options, which include something horrifying called Breakfast on a Stick.

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Festa Italiana celebrates Joe Bartolotta, and Milwaukee restaurants embrace all things crab

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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’re previewing Festa Italiana, examining Chicago’s take on a traditional Wisconsin supper club, discussing a new pizza place on Mitchell Street, sharing news of a new crab joint and looking at a new snack bar in Washington Heights. Stream the episode below.

Festa Italiana’s crab-eating contest | facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee

One of the city’s most popular ethnic festivals, Festa Italiana will feature a few new vendors this year, as well as cooking demonstrations, a cannoli eating contest and a kid’s pizza-making contest. This year’s fest will also feature a tribute to Joe Bartolotta.

Then we look at Chicago’s misguided stab at a supper club: St. Clair Supper Club, which charges an exorbitant amount for a fish fry ($44). But beyond the price, the menu has some nice nods to traditional Wisconsin supper club staples.

Tony’s Pizza is coming to Mitchell Street (604 W. Historic Mitchell St.), which promises pizza with a Latin touch. Expect ingredients like beans, cilantro and habanero peppers, as well as traditional pizzas, and hamburgers. It’s aiming for an early August opening.

Crabs are officially hot right now. Oak + Oyster, 724 N. Milwaukee St., is now hosting a pop-up concept called Pistol Pete’s Crab Shack. The menu features a New Orleans flair. Boiled, pickled peanuts, anybody? And in other crab news, Crab It Your Way has opened at 823 N. 2nd St. They’re describing the menu as Louisiana-style food with a Midwestern twist.

And finally, an intimate new bar called Charles E. Fromage has opened in Washington Heights at 5811 W. Vliet St. The menu features snacks like olive salad and five-cheese spread, as well as a variety of Wisconsin beers and a rotating wine list. There will also be locally made sodas.

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The best bites at Bastille Days, and a festival for sangria fanatics

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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 talk about a French festival (Bastille Days) and a Spanish one (Sangria Fest). Plus there’s news of a new diner coming to Riverwest. Stream the episode and read about it below.

Bastille Days | easttown.com

Bastille Days is back, marking summer’s halfway point. And we’ll admit it: Not all the food at Bastille Days is authentically French, but there are quite a few French specialties there if you’re in the mood for them. Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro offering beef bourguignon and crème brulee. Birch + Butcher is there, too, offering a French spin on a fried chicken sandwich. Lagniappe Brasserie is featuring escargot and a free range lamb sandwich. Le Reve Patisserie will be offering croissants, baguettes, sandwiches and warm brie with honey. And the North Shore Boulangerie will be offering tarte flambé.

Ann also highlights some of the non-French offerings on the menu, including a pastrami and pickled peach sandwich and, of course, Saz’s combo platters.

Hosted by Hotel Madrid, Sangria Fest will be held from 2-6 p.m. this Sunday, and as you’d expect, it will feature lots of sangria. The event brings together mixologists from a variety of cocktail bars, who will offer seven different sangrias to sample. There will be snacks and food, too, as well as a live DJ.

In other exciting news, Diplomat is now serving lunch. Starting this Monday, the Brady Street restaurant will serve lunch with options including the Diplomat burger, a ribeye sandwich and a Caesar salad.

And Riverwest is getting a new restaurant, which isn’t something we get to report as often as we’d like. We don’t know much (including the name of the restaurant or the date it will open), but we know that it’s a diner where the West Bank Cafe used to be and the owners of Art Bar are involved. Maybe Riverwest will get its own poke restaurant now, too.

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Dining along Historic Mitchell Street, Peach Week returns

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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, we’re talking about Ann’s nostalgic summer food memories, dining along Historic Mitchell Street, Peach Week, Mai Tai Day, Malort Fest and more.

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In addition to sharing her summer food memories, Ann shared three restaurants where you travel back in time — Nite Owl, Fred’s Custard and Grill and Kenosha’s Frank’s Diner.

Historic Mitchell Street

We also talked about places to dine along Historic Mitchell Street. We mentioned places like the Pakistani restaurant Anmol, the Indian-Pakistani grocery Sasta Bazaar, Lopez Bakery, Syrian restaurant Damascus Gate and more. You can check it out in full detail in the July edition of Milwaukee Magazine.

Peach Week 2019

Then from July 8-14, Tree Ripe Citrus‘ Peach Week returns with some amazing events.

  • July 9, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at SmallPie: Fresh peach sale and pie.
  • July 10, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Peach Dinner at The Diplomat: Come join us for a Georgia peach inspired dinner with Chef Dane Baldwin. Sweet, savory and boozy, he is incorporating peaches into everything. Reservations recommended.
  • July 12, 5 – 8 p.m., at Maxie’s: Peach inspired dishes and fresh peach samples
  • July 13, 5 – 8 p.m., at Story Hill BKC: Fresh peaches, dishes, and pairings, oh my!
  • July 13, 4-8 p.m., Peach Social at The Palomino: Come celebrate with an afternoon of fresh Georgia peaches, pork, barrel-aged cocktails, and pie! Peach pies from our Honeypie Cafe bakeshop kitchen, peach-soaked bourbon cocktails from the bar, peach ice cream, peach inspired side dishes, and of course, fresh Georgia peaches for sale from Tree-Ripe Fruit Co.
  • July 14, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Blue’s Egg: Stop by to try-out peach themed breakfast and brunch items at the Milwaukee or Shorewood locations.
Mai Tai

This Sunday is Mai Tai Day and Great Lakes Distillery got you covered. Visit their tasting room on Sunday and they will make you featuring Roaring Dan’s Rum and Good Land Orange Liqueur. If you can’t make it, they provided a recipe for you.

2 oz. Roaring Dan’s Rum
3/4 oz. Good Land Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz Orgeat Syrup (Recipe Here)
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients together in a mixer with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice, garnish with an orange slice and serve with a straw. Note: Don’t skip the Orgeat syrup — this is what makes it a Mai Tai!

If Mai Tai’s aren’t your thing, Story Hill BKC will be hosting an Argyle Winemaker dinner on July 15. It will be a four-course dinner paired with wine from Argyle’s Winery in Oregon.

Finally, for those who like really ‘flavorful’ beverages, Ray’s Growler Gallery is teaming up with Jeppson’s for Malort Fest on July 27. There will be Malort-infused slushies and more.

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Summer in Milwaukee means it’s time to dine outside

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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, we’re talking about Ann’s massive cover story for Milwaukee Magazine looking at the best places to dine outdoors this summer, and Ann shares her favorite rooftops, food trucks and summer drinks, including some clever seasonal cocktails at Odd Duck and a Star Wars-themed drink at Merriment Social.

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We also talk about The Dock at Bradford Beach, which is now open and features food, craft beer, wine, cocktails and frozen drinks, such as pina coladas. Hours for the Dock will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. If it’s a warm autumn, concessions could be open into October.

Meanwhile, MooSa’s, just south of Bradford Beach, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It’s run by the owners of Casablanca restaurants on Brady Street and in Brookfield.

We also give some love to Upstart Kitchen, a food-centered business incubator that gives budding entrepreneurs access to a professional-grade kitchen and ecosystem of community support, and look at Blue Mangoes, a Milwaukee-based dried fruit social enterprise that is raising its first investor round of funding.

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Twisted Plants offers a new spin on vegan comfort food

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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 look at the new food hall coming to Bay View, preview the 2019 Garlic Fest and look at the Sporkies. Read about and stream the episode below.

We kick off the episode by talking about a new food truck we’re excited about: Twisted Plants, which specializes in plant-based comfort foods. They offer a vegan veggie patty, sliders with barbecued jackfruit and an interesting wing dish.

Then we preview Sunday’s Garlic Fest, which features original garlic-heavy dishes from some of the city’s finest restaurants. There will also be live music, games for kids, a petting zoo and a raw-garlic eating contest.

Ann then introduces us to the Sporkies, an annual State Fair food competition, and describes some of the decadent dishes that will be competing, including hot dog nachos.

And we close the episode by looking at the new food hall coming to Bay View, which will feature a heated patio. It’ll be 1.5x bigger than the East Side’s Crossroads Collective. It’s scheduled to open in 2020.

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