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The Dream is back, brunch pops up and BBQ comes to 3rd Street

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Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

There are unwritten rules that apply at every casino in the world — always split aces, hands off other people’s chips, don’t forget to tip the dealer. We’d like to add a Milwaukee-specific one: Eat at Dream Dance Steakhouse.

Food and beverage director Mike Christensen told theJournal Sentinel that the reopening of the restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has been a six-month effort, culminating with Wednesday’s first service in almost three years. The pandemic-forced break has brought a new chef and new menu that’ll add some flavors of Italy, in part to compensate for the casino’s Bella Italiana restaurant not returning.

We get to that in the meat of this snack-sized episode, which includes our usual roundup of other culinary news:

  • Ann’s made no secret of her affection for Discourse Coffee, which will join forces with Triciclo Peru for a pop-up brunch this Sunday.
  • A raw bar, small plates and wine will star at a new restaurant in the former Laughing Taco location in the Third Ward.
  • 3rd Street Market Hall’s getting crowded, with Smokin’ Jack’s BBQ graduating from ghost kitchen to food truck to a spot in the downtown food hall.

We wrap this episode by venturing outside Milwaukee — way outside — for a thoughtful chat about the closing of Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant many consider the best in the world. Thanks for sticking with us after last week’s break, and we’d appreciate it if you’d subscribe, like, review and share wherever you listen to us.

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