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Some love for Milwaukee’s Beard-worthy restaurant scene

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Dishes from (clockwise from top left) Lupi & Iris, DanDan, Buttermint, Amilinda, Story Hill BKC and Amilinda.

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.

Positive Yelp reviews are great and all, but chefs and restaurant owners looking for validation usually have their eye on a couple big prizes: Michelin Stars and James Beard Awards. The latter recently announced this year’s semifinalists, and Milwaukee wound up with a nice mix of James Beard veterans and debutants.

That’s where we start this week’s episode, giving even more love to the talented people at Black Shoe Hospitality (operators of Story Hill BKC, Buttermint, Blue’s Egg and Maxie’s), DanDan/EsterEv, Amilinda, and Lupi & Iris. If you haven’t picked up a fork at any of those places, this is a great reminder to get out there and enjoy these great options we’re lucky to have.

Click that “Listen” button at the top of the page, and you’ll also hear us talk about:

  • Ringing in the Lunar New Year at places like DanDan and a couple West Allis gems — Sze Chuan and Lucky Bakery & BBQ.
  • Welcoming back Mr. Dye’s Pies, which ended a five-month hiatus by opening a new spot at 3rd Street Market Hall.
  • Waving goodbye to E&F Pizzeria as it held its final service at Crossroads Collective (although Egg & Flour is still churning out pasta).

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Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee