Empanada spot moves from brake and motor to brick and mortar
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.
Restaurant openings are almost always a cause for celebration on the podcast. But it reaches another level when it involves someone already known for contributing to Milwaukee’s overall deliciousness quotient.
We start this week’s episode by discussing one of those someone’s: Pedro Tejada, whose South American-inspired food truck has a brick-and-mortar location as of this week. La Cocina Del Sur Empanada Bar hosted a soft opening last weekend and its first official guests Wednesday evening.
The restaurant at 701 E. Keefe Ave. will go well beyond the dish in its name, although empanadas will be well represented with flavors like chorizo potato cheddar, corn poblanos cheddar and ropa vieja. We talk about the range of menu items you can expect when you visit, along with a few other news items:
- ARIA’s broast-ish chicken now has its own night, as the eatery at the Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel dedicated Sundays to the dynamic dish.
- Maxie’s annual Mardi Gras menu is back as of next Friday and will stick around through Feb. 21.
- Also making a very welcome return is Iron Grate BBQ owner/chef Aaron Patin, who will host the pork-themed Central Standard Winter Luau.
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