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Milwaukee’s top restaurants, a new café at MPM and a nod to pound cake

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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.

Everybody loves a countdown — NASA, people in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Swedish rock band Europe. Milwaukee Magazine does as well, and they have one in their newest issue that is right in our wheelhouse: the city’s top 25 restaurants.

Because we’re a precision podcast, Ann starts this episode talking about the methodology behind the list’s creation. As she explains, “It’s going to restaurants. It’s tasting. It’s experiencing.” That’s some methodology we can all get behind, I think.

We give you a taste of the list by discussing a few of the restaurants that made the cut, but if you want the whole buffet, pick up the March issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Here’s what else you’ll hear on an episode absolutely packed with culinary news from around the city:

  • The Milwaukee Public Museum will elevate their food offerings with a new cafe run by Meat on the Street’s Alexa and Matt Alfaro.
  • Sherman Park Grocery Store will give some love to the criminally undercelebrated National Pound Cake Day this Saturday, March 4.
  • There’s a new menu at Saffron in the Third Ward that head chef Abhishek Patil traveled to India to develop.

We also venture outside Milwaukee to talk about food-related films at SXSW and the exploding popularity of sake. Cultured individuals like myself have enjoyed it for years, but it seems the rest of the United States is finally catching up. If you’d like to help the podcast’s popularity explode, review and subscribe wherever you listen, or share it with your food-loving people. Thanks.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee