Kin brings innovative sushi to the heart of Wauwatosa

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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 talking about sushi in Wauwatosa, meat raffles, new flavors of pies, barbecue and hamburgers.

Dip Dip at Kin by Rice and Roll | kinbyricenroll.com

Ann did a review of a new sushi place in Wauwatosa called Kin by Rice and Roll. She shares the story of how the restaurant came to be. It’s a cool space: The color scheme has moodier blues and grays than its sister restaurant Rice and Roll, and the menu is bigger. The chef uses bacon in the cuisine, and even in maki rolls. He’s also doing more pickling. Highlights include an appetizer called Dip Dip, which is a spin on ceviche. There’s something called Flaming Tuna Sushi Rice, too. Expect a lot of bright flavors.

Next we’re talking about meat raffles, a dive bar staple. But we’re talking about a higher end one at Bavette, featuring some truly decadent pork. There will also be a cheese tasting. The event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Mr. Dye’s Pies has come up with a new flavor. It’s called Blueberry Hill: a blueberry pie infused with fresh ginger and orange zest. We discuss all of that, as well as a tasty-sounding barbecue pop-up, in this week’s episode. Stream it below.

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Warm up with Milwaukee’s most comforting hot alcoholic beverages

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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 hot drinks. We’ve got all kinds of great recommendations to share for Milwaukee’s best warm, boozy drinks. We’re also talking about a cool new zero-waste grocery store, and a new brunch spot, and a couple of clever pop-ups. Stream and read about the episode below.

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Fall is over and winter is here — or it feels that way at least. So we’re talking about some great places to get some hot drinks of the adult variety. Foundation Tiki Bar, which is known for great cocktails, offers a hot buttered rum on Mondays, and it also offers hot toddy’s. It’s a secret recipe, and although we’re not sure if it’s available yet, it’s worth looking forward to.

Von Trier has a slew of hot drinks, including a hot buttered rum. There’s also a hot butterscotch made with butterscotch schnapps. And if you have a sweet tooth, the Almond Joy is a decadent desert drink. County Clare Irish Pub also has a nice selection of hot drinks. It has a hot cider with Bacardi Limon and a cinnamon stick. They also have a hot whiskey and, of course, a version of Irish coffee. But if you’re looking for a truly exceptional Irish coffee, Ann recommends the one at Rochambo on Brady Street, which uses a soft cream.

There’s a cool new grocery store opening in Walker’s Point called The Glass Pantry. It’s a zero-waste store that will be opening on 5th Street. Expect lots of bulk bins. Customers can bring in their own containers to fill them, which will significantly cut back on landfill waste. It’s promising to sell about 200 products to start, many from Midwest suppliers, and it will specialize in reusable items. The owner also plans to offer classes and workshops that will teach about sustainable living. She also hopes to offer kombucha on tap and fresh produce.

After a conversation about how the brunch tradition became so boozy, we discuss a pop-up at Amilinda: a Korean meal from Perilla Kitchen. The meal includes Korean pork belly in a spicy-sweet sauce, an Asian pear and lime-sesame vinaigrette salad, seasonal greens and napa cabbage kimchi. It sounds incredible.

And speaking of pop-ups: Oak and Oyster has been doing a lot of them. Their latest is a New York-style deli, featuring a homemade bagel with house-cured salmon lox. Hear us discuss all that and more on this week’s episode.

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Milwaukee businesses that do pumpkin spice right

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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’re discussing a range of subjects, including a new series of meals called Tables Across Boarders, where 100% of the proceeds go to the chefs preparing the dinner. It kicks off Nov. 4 at Tricklebee with an Eritrean Dinner. It will be followed by meals at Amilinda and Tandem on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, respectively.

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Ann contributed a couple of pieces to the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine, The Women’s Issue. She profiled three entrepreneurs operating out of the Sherman Phoenix: developer JoAnne Sabir, baker Adija Greer-Smith and snack maker Marcia Taylor. She describes their conversations, which touched on Greer-Smith’s experience competing on a Food Network cookie challenge.

And Ann also wrote about the great scourge of the season: pumpkin spice. There are a lot of people who actually love pumpkin spice, which is now in everything from cereal to granola to Spam. So Ann spotlighted seven businesses that are offering local pumpkin spice products that she recommends, including Stone Creek’s Downer Cafe, which offers a pumpkin spice waffle that she describes as very, very rich.

The Soup Otzie also offers what Ann says is an exceptional Thai pumpkin crab soup. And Great Lakes Distillery has a pumpkin seasonal spirit.

Then we close out the episode discussing a “Hamilton”-inspired meal and a noteworthy promotion at Pete’s Pops. Stream the episode below for all the details.

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Fiserv Forum is offering some clever new dishes this Bucks season

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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 talking about all the new foods featured at the Fiserv Forum ahead of the upcoming Bucks season. We’re also talking about a new restaurant that just opened at the Iron Horse Hotel, and some news about Egg & Flour Pasta Bar. And finally we close the episode with another edition of Ask Ann.

New menu options at Fiserv Forum | Photo courtesy Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are undefeated in the pre-season, and when the regular season kicks off fans will have some new culinary options to choose from at Fiserv Forum. Sobelman’s is going to offer fried pickle chips. There will also be a Fiserv Forum-exclusive “Gyro Dog” from Klement’s, a curry chicken bowl from FreshFin Poke, Pork Carnitas Torta from El Rey, a hand-carved brisket plate from Iron Grate BBQ, a dish called “Happy Chicken” from Dan Dan, and a margarita slushy from Casamigos.

In other Fiserv news, the chef behind Red Light Ramen will be opening up a hamburger and hot dog joint in the arena. It will offer two types of burgers. The Ardent Burger will be a butter burger topped with cold-pack horseradish cheese sauce, iceberg lettuce and pickle slices. He will also offer a French Onion Burger topped with cold-pack horseradish cheese sauce and caramelized onions. There will also be a Tiger Dog which is a 12-inch hot dog topped with tiger sauce, haystack onions and Gehl’s cheese sauce.

Don’t miss this big news about a local favorite: Egg & Flour will open a second location in Bay View in early 2020. The pasta shop will be similar to its Crossroads location, with counter service and an ever-changing menu of fresh-made pastas. It will also offer a large beer and wine selection and to-go options, so you can buy fresh pasta to make at home. It will also host pasta classes.

And finally, Ann closes out the episode with another installment of Ask Ann, which she fills with some reliable restaurant recommendations. And no, she did not forget about Riverwest.

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‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ author Samin Nosrat is 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.

On this week’s edition, we’re talking about a celebrity chef coming to UWM later this month, a new burger shop coming to Brady Street and a new restaurant coming to Miller Park. We’re also talking about an oyster fest and a Malort cocktail competition.

The UWM Distinguished Lecture Series is featuring a lecture from Samin Nosrat, New York Times columnist, author and host of the Netflix show “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.” The event takes place Oct. 22.

Samin Nosrat | Photo courtesy Netflix

A new burger stand is coming to Brady Street. Inspired by places like Kopp’s and Leon’s, Hot Box Burger Shop heading to Brady Street with frozen custard and boozy custard drinks will open at 707 E. Brady St., with a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and sausages. The beef will be sourced locally and there will be a secret menu. They’ll also have adult-frozen custard drinks. They’re aiming to open early next year.

In other news, Friday’s at Miller Park will be no more. It’s being replaced by a restaurant with a name to be announced later, as revealed in a comedic video featuring Bob Uecker.

We also talk about the Battle of the Chefs, which returns Oct. 13. It’s a three-round chef competition that benefits a good cause.

And oyster fanatics take note: Oyster Fest is back at the Harbor House. There will be 15 kinds of oyster on the menu. Not into raw oysters? There will be boiled oysters, too. It runs Oct. 14-27.

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

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Milwaukee’s best brunch spots and a farewell to Pastiche

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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 kick off this week’s episode with some unfortunate news from Tandem. The owner Caitlin Cullen shattered her ankle, which will interfere with service. She’s looking for experienced chefs, servers and bartenders to help out. If they can’t find that, she’s looking for a crowd-sourced loan to pay staff at the restaurant. Hopefully the community turns out the way it did recently for a cash mob at Coffee Makes You Black.

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Next, our conversation turns to brunch. Ann shares some of her favorite brunch spots, including Merriment Social, a place that makes even healthy sound delicious. She also gives a shout out to a spot in Elm Grove called Zisters, which offers everything from avocado toast to eggs benedict and chocolate-lover’s pancakes, and talks up the mimosas at Sweet Diner.

It’s not often we get to report Riverwest news on this show, so it’s exciting that Wonderland is opening at 732 E. Burleigh St., in the former West Bank Cafe. The restaurant was inspired by the Wonderland amusement park that used to be open on the Milwaukee River. It’s a diner with a very modern look.

We also talk about the Empty Bowls fundraiser, which is now in its 21st year. It’s Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Kern Center, and will feature nearly 2,500 handcrafted ceramic bowls with proceeds benefitting groups that address food insecurity. There will be more than 30 restaurants serving soup and bread.

We also discuss a “Hamilton”-themed meal planned at the Rumpus Room and a closing of a major downtown restaurant: Pastiche. You have about three months left to visit before the location turns to a new concept. The good news: Pastiche’s Brown Deer location will stay open.

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Milwaukee’s best dumplings

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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 all things dumplings. We also discuss a cool pop-up that’s happening at Laughing Taco and revisit a classic steakhouse. Stream the episode below.

Dumplings at DanDan | facebook.com/dandanmke

The new edition of Milwaukee Magazine is out, and Ann did a dumpling roundup. We’re both huge dumpling fans, and Ann shares five of her favorite places, including a top pick that’s worth the extra time and effort (expect to wait about a half an hour for your order): Lucky Ginger, at 221 N. Water St. Other favorites include DanDan, The Cheel, Easy Tyger and Momo Mee.

This coming Sunday, Chicago will host its World Dumpling Fest at Navy Pier. They do all types of dumplings, including pot stickers. It sounds like it’s worth the drive.

Next, Ann previews an a few unusual cooking classes, including one about polenta, and teases her feature on dining at the Deer District in the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

And then Ann visits Jake’s Steakhouse, a classic family steakhouse with dishes like panko-crusted walleye and truffled deviled eggs. Jake’s has also modernized its menu a bit by offering mocktails. It also has a dessert tray, which lets you see your dessert options before you order. It’s really hard to get out of Jake’s without ordering dessert.

And finally, we close this edition of This Bites with news of a pop-up at Laughing Taco. And no, it isn’t tacos. Jennifer Kim from the Chicago restaurant Snaggletooth will offer a menu of cured fish and bagels, including trout pastrami. Think of it as a celebration of both Jewish and Mexican cuisine.

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Milwaukee Film Festival’s ‘Film Feasts’ series spotlights culinary-themed cinema

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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 previewing the Milwaukee Film Festival’s “Film Feasts” series and sharing some big news about Snack Boys. Read about it and stream the episode below.

‘The Good, The Bad, The Hungry’ | ESPN Film

The Milwaukee Film Festival is one of the fastest growing festivals in the country, and this month it announced the lineup for its Film Feasts series, featuring six films with a culinary focus. Most are documentaries. Ann runs down the highlights, including “Ave,” a film about a 12-year-old with both Jewish and Palestinian grandparents. He tries to bring them together through a fusion dinner. It’s a coming of age tale, and the kid is played by Noah Schnapp, or “Stranger Things.”

Another highlight is “Eat Up,” which looks at Boston’s attempt to create a better school lunch program. And then there’s “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry,” a crowdpleaser about competitive eating, including one of the most famous competitive food eaters of all time: Takeru Kobayashi.

We share some big news about Snack Boys, located in Walker’s Point. It’s moving to the East Side, into the former Hotel Foster space. It’s a bigger space for the bar and restaurant, and another score for North Avenue, which has seen considerable development lately.

The Deer District continues to grow as well. Uncle Buck’s and Red Star, two ew bar/restaurants, will open to the public this weekend.

And we have some happy news to share about Brunch: It is reopening after flooding. It has relocated to 714 N. Milwaukee Street, and will host some Grand Opening celebrations later this month. And finally, we preview an Armenian dinner that Sanford is hosting.

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There’s a secret steakhouse in the Saint Kate hotel

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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 discussing the newest restaurant in the arts hotel Saint Kate, and why you probably haven’t heard of it. We’re also talking about a legendary chef who is opening his first restaurant in Chicago, and a new taco joint from the owners of BelAir Cantina coming to Shorewood. Get the scoop below.

The Dark Room | Photo courtesy Saint Kate

Hidden in the Saint Kate hotel is a restaurant called The Dark Room (or TDR for short), a secret steakhouse. They haven’t posted too many photos or said too much about it. It just opened. They do have a menu posted on their website, and it’s standard steakhouse fair, with an eye toward the decadent. They also have dry-aged reserve steaks. If you’re not into steak, they have lobster tail, too, as well as Amish chicken and sweet corn ravioli. Ann gives us all the details.

Then Ann shares some huge new changes coming to Bacchus, which reopens on Sept. 16. And we look at a new tapas restaurant coming to Chicago called Jaleo, which is the product of world-renowned chef Jose Andres, who won a Noble Peace Peace prize for his activism and advocacy. I’ve been to one of his restaurants and it was a remarkable experience.

We also discuss a special pop-up, Fine & Dandy’s Fried Chicken Sunday Supper. And we discuss some Shorewood news, including the North Shore Bank Shorewood Feast this Saturday, which will feature a ton of food.

Also there’s a new taco joint coming to Shorewood. The founders of BelAir Cantina will open HIYA Taco at 4144 N. Oakland Ave. in early 2020. It’ll feature a mix of traditional, breakfast and non-traditional tacos, with at least 14 kinds of tacos on the menu, as well as shareable plates.

And finally, we discuss a paella throwdown called Paella Palooza at Hotel Madrid on Saturday, Oct. 12, and a crawfish boil at Twisted Fisherman on Saturday, Sept. 21, featuring the Extra Crispy Brass Band.

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The temperature is dropping and tea service has returned to the Pfister

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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.

Ann’s “Ask Ann” column is back in this month’s issue of Milwaukee Magazine, and she’s tackling a big question: What is up with restaurant names? Also we’ve got a bunch of Milwaukee restaurant news to cover: Small Pie is coming to Crossroads Collective, Lazy Susan is doing some cooking classes, and afternoon tea is back at the Pfister Hotel. We talk about all that and more in this week’s episode.

Tea service at the Pfister Hotel | Courtesy Pfister Hotel

Restaurants used to have straightforward names like Charles’ Place or John’s Steakhouse. But you don’t find those kinds of names any more. Now you’re more likely to find a Birch and Butcher or a Glass + Griddle. Ann explains the idea behind names like that, which are meant to be suggestive of a kitchen’s techniques and philosophy.

There’s a new addition coming to the East Side’s Crossroads Collective food hall: Small Pie, the sister bakery to Honeypie in Bay View. They’re open in a few weeks, filling the space that was left behind by Laughing Taco. The addition means that the food hall will once again be at full occupancy.

Speaking of Bay View, that neighborhood’s wonderful restaurant Lazy Susan is hosting cooking classes. They’ll teach people how to make dishes from Europe with a series of monthly cooking classes that start Sept. 10 with Spain.

In case the pumpkin spice lattes didn’t tip you off, fall is around the corner. And in another sign of fall’s return, afternoon tea is returning to the Pfister Hotel. It’s a highly traditional affair, with service provided by an expert tea butler. If you want to feel pampered, this is a great destination. You can also order traditional sandwiches and scones and deserts. It’s also hugely popular: You have to make a reservation. But you also have some time: The tea service runs now through May.

And finally we have some news of another new deep dish pizza place coming to Milwaukee. You can stream this week’s episode below.

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