Pulling back the curtain on two Milwaukee success stories
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.
Secrets aren’t fun. Sharing them is — the juicier, the better. In this week’s episode, we spill the tea not once but twice, although one of them would more accurately be described as savory rather than juicy.
That particular secret comes from Reynold’s Pasty Shop, a mainstay on Burleigh Street that serves up the delicious dish (you might call them “meat pies”) in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Ann took on the difficult assignment of visiting Reynold’s recently and, in addition to enjoying a pastry pocket from the menu, talked to owner Yinka Adedokun about what keeps people coming back.
She shares some of that conversation in the pod before we move on to our second secret: the person responsible for making every visit to Elsa’s On the Park feel like a special occasion. General manager John Jordan is the one who sets the bar for Elsa’s staff, and Ann served up a few questions to learn how someone with no restaurant experience makes the restaurant experience so outstanding for Elsa’s customers.
Here’s what else we cover in the episode:
- Just in time for Halloween weekend, The Last of Us is coming to Bay View via a pop-up at cocktail bar Lost Whale.
- Egg & Flour’s Adam Pawlak will venture away from Milwaukee to the vaunted “Up North” for a six-course meal at Bootleggers Lodge.
- Dia Bom is offering pickup and delivery right now ahead of its January opening, and plans to have a speakeasy element in the new space.
Ann and I appreciate that you made space for us this week. If you enjoy what we do, consider sharing the pod with a food friend or leaving a review wherever you listen. Thanks.