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Crossroads adds egg rolls in homecoming for family-run eatery

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A close-up of an egg roll stuffed with collard greens and kale just after getting dipped in a deep-red sauce.
Ready to Roll

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.

It’s been heartening to see a few places around the city devoting space to foodmakers looking to take their next step toward evolving their business. Turning Tables recently celebrated its first birthday, and Crossroads Collective has welcomed a rotating selection of vendors to its East Side food hall for almost five years.

About a month shy of that five-year anniversary, the hall will welcome its newest resident: Ready to Roll, which will dish out handcrafted artisan egg rolls from the Corner Pop-Up at Crossroads.

Although Ready to Roll will be new to the intersection of North Avenue and Ivanhoe Place, the owners aren’t short on experience. Shatoia Robinson launched the eatery as a food truck in Chicago back in 2011 and is now back in her hometown to take the business in a different direction with help from her mom, Sandra.

The family feel translates to the menu, which took inspiration from Sandra’s grandmother in items like meatloaf cupcakes and a superfood egg roll featuring her collard greens. We dig into the offerings a little more on the podcast, and you can find more details in Sophie Bolich’s story over at Urban Milwaukee. Here’s what else you’ll hear on this episode:

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