Where are we eating during Asian Restaurant Week?
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.
Cultural-recognition months like the one we’re in the middle of right now (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in case you need reminding) exist to recognize the contributions these individuals make to our country. While there are plenty of ways to do that, Ann and I are particular fans of the culinary approach, which sets up nicely for the start of Asian Restaurant Week.
The inaugural event sponsored by local group ElevAsian runs May 14-20 and — like the month as a whole — shines a light on the delicious Asian and Pacific Islander cuisines available throughout Milwaukee. Ann put together a helpful guide you can find over at Milwaukee Magazine, and we also highlight a few on this episode of the podcast to get you started next week and beyond.
That’s the meaty middle of the episode, but we start with another piece of AAPI-related news: the Cocina Filipina food truck, which has stepped into the void left by the sudden closing of Meat on the Street. The new woman-owned Filipino food option got right to it with a soft opening you can be a part of today at Zócalo Food Truck Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. They’ll also be at Thiensville’s Food Trucks in the Park on May 18, and all over the area in general in the months (and hopefully years) ahead.
The rest of the episode is dedicated to three pieces of exciting news:
- A “rule-free” dining concept called 1033 opening this month in the former Laughing Taco space.
- A second location for Curry Hut, which will open its doors in mid-July at 1888 N. Humboldt Ave.
- In sort of mixed news, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls decided to close its Sherman Phoenix restaurant … but for a good reason: to focus on taking the brand national.
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