‘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.

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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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Celebrating the Best of Milwaukee and saying farewell to closing restaurants

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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 the new Best of Milwaukee issue of Milwaukee Magazine, and some of Ann’s favorite places to eat. We also discuss some restaurant closings, secret saloons and more. Stream the episode below.

Carnevor, Ann’s pick for best steakhouse | facebook.com/CarnevorMKE

This year Ann decided to offer up her picks if they differed from Milwaukee Magazine readers. Her first pick was steakhouse. Readers opted for 5 O’Clock Steakhouse; Ann argued for Carnevor. It’s not a cheap meal, she concedes, but it’s impossible to have a bad meal there. And then there’s tacos: Readers loved Belair Cantina. Ann opted for Chilango Express. What about sandwich shop? Readers went for Glorioso’s. But Ann makes a case for Boo Boo’s Sandwiches. And if you want to learn Ann’s picks for barbecue, you’ll have to stream the episode.

Kindred on Kinnickinnic Avenue has closed. The restaurant, which opened in 2017, cited a lack of customers. The owners will continue to operate a catering company. Could it be that Bay View is just too saturated with restaurants right now? Dino’s in Riverwest, meanwhile, has closed its doors after 50 years. The beloved Riverwest Italian restaurant said farewell on Wednesday.

Also in this month’s Milwaukee Magazine, Ann writes about secret saloons. She goes beyond the Safe House, looking at Shanghai, a speakeasy connected to crossroads collective. It’s a cool place, dark and otherworldly, and it feels like an homage to the Oriental Theatre. Meanwhile the Third Ward has Bugsy’s, which has been open for six years now. Don’s Diner also has an unusual rec room in its back called the Naughty Angel.

A beloved pizzeria is back. Pepi’s Pizza has returned by popular demand. After years on the South Side, the resurrected pizzeria has planted itself in West Allis. They have some unusual specials, including a seafood special and, ugh, Hawaiian pizza (the pumpkin spice of pizza). But they have traditional Italian dishes, too.

Speaking of West Allis, TomKen’s is expanding. Known for its fried chicken, the restaurant is opening Neighborhood Draft Washington Heights, which will focus on draft beer. And finally, we give an update on an event called FuD Tech, which runs this weekend at State Fair Park.

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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.

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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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