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Keeping warm in Milwaukee with winter bites, pho and takoyaki waffles

Each week on Radio Milwaukee,  Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on  This Bites.

On this week’s episode of our long-running food show, we’re talking about Ann's guide to the best winter bites in town, Silver City's Phobruary, Chinese New Year at Dan Dan, a cocktail pop-up at Hawthorne Coffee, Takoyaki waffles from Red Light Ramen, a new restaurant coming to Bay View and more. I also talk about my journey to become a certified sake professional.

Ann's guide to the best winter bites in town

With the polar vortex upon us, Ann shared some of her favorite local food products that are perfect for this bone-chilling weather over at Milwaukee Magazine. She featured items like Chalkboard Door County Cherry Granola, soup from Wisconsin Soup Co. and Pat's Hot Sauces.

Silver City's Phobruary returns as a 'Pho To Go' experience

Phobruary returns this month to Silver City. This time the participating restaurants are offering 'Pho to Go.' This year's restaurants include Bamboo Restaurant, Thai Bar-B-Que and Vientiane Noodle Shop.

From the website:

This year the restaurants will not provide the $5 Pho special; however, they will continue to make delicious authentic Pho for everyone to enjoy. 2021 is the most vital year for patrons to participate in Phobruary. Small business owners need the support more than ever as they continue to take precautions and work through the pandemic so they can stay afloat. 

There are many ways to support the following three international restaurants. Order takeout, purchase gift cards and/or leave a kind review on social media platforms. 

  • Bamboo in Silver City | 3427 W National Avenue | 11:00am – 8:30pm | (414) 316-9023
  • Thai Bar-B-Que | 3417 W National Avenue | Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 11:00am – 8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm (closed Tuesdays)  | (414) 647-0812                        
  • Vientiane Noodle Shop | 3422 W National Avenue | 10:00am – 9:00pm | (414) 672-8440

Chinese New Year at Dan Dan

Dan Dan is offering a special to-go menu for Chinese New Year, which is the year of the ox. For $75, you can get three courses for two. You must place your order by the end of the day.

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