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Milwaukee’s already a dining destination. Time to let the world know.

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Dishes from (clockwise from top left) Lupi & Iris, DanDan, Buttermint, Amilinda, Story Hill BKC and Amilinda.

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.

You don’t need to be a certified foodie to know Milwaukee has a dining scene that rivals just about any city in the United States. Apparently, the folks at Eater have taken notice and placed Milwaukee in the running to be named one of the top dining destinations in the world. Best of all, you can help land the coveted title.

Every year, the digital media outlet puts together its “Where to Eat” guide to highlight “the most exciting places to dine all over the world.” It also reserves a spot on the list for one reader-selected location, which this year is down to four U.S. cities: Milwaukee, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and Louisville. Eater offered a few words about each one, and here’s what it had to say about our hamlet:

“As Milwaukee, Wisconsin gets ready to host Top Chef season 21 in 2024, long-established chefs like Adam Siegel and stalwart eateries like Palomino Bar and La Dama continue to reinvent themselves and the city’s dining scene.”

They didn’t have a ton of room to go into all the reasons why Milwaukee deserves the honor, but presumably the city will get all kinds of shine when all of us visit Eater’s website and click the button next to “Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” Incidentally, you get one vote per IP address, so feel free to participate on your phone, home computer, work computer and all the computers at your local library.

While you’re bouncing around to all those devices, feel free to listen to the rest of this episode as Ann and I chat about:

  • A roundup of the area’s best Puerto Rican food that Ann and her colleagues put together for the latest issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
  • Three new cookbooks that would make great gifts for the chef in your life — or for yourself (also exclusively in the magazine).
  • A new leader for the Fondy Food Center, Milwaukee’s oldest farmers market.
  • A second location for Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette, which will take over a bit of space at Good City Brewing on Farwell.

Thanks for making space for us once again this week. Enjoy the episode, and drop us a rating or review wherever you might listen.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee