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Brady Street's Mac Shack offers wood-fired mac and cheese

On this week's episode of Milwaukee's longest-running culinary podcast, we're talking about a cool cookbook featuring recipes from 40 Wisconsin restaurants. We also have news about a mac and cheese spot that just opened off of Brady Street, and news about Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent doing a residency at Hidden Acres Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Sister Bay in Door County.

Mac Shack |

Mac Shack is now open near Brady Street, at 1701 N. Humboldt Ave., and its menu is mighty tempting. The restaurant features a wood-burning stove that OnMilwaukee reports can cook a bowl of mac and cheese in about five minutes, and that we imagine must lend an interesting flavor to the dishes.

Among those dishes are the Buffalo Chicken Mac (breaded chicken, Buffalo sauce, green onion, hot Cheetos), an Elote Mac (also with hot Cheetos), and a Greek Freak Mac (grilled chicken, veggies, goat cheese and tzatziki). Dishes are priced between $11 and $13.

Milwaukee Mag goes deep on Asian cuisine in Milwaukee

We also talk about the new cover story from Milwaukee Magazine about Milwaukee's Asian food scene. "There's so many cool things happening," Ann says about the article, which discusses Chinese, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine. "It's a hodge-podge of things you can try and learn about Asian cuisine, too," Ann says. For instance the article includes a guide to some of the different foods you can buy at local Asian grocers.

There's also a cool article about how to eat soup dumplings, an item that's still quite rare in this market. Ann called the owner of Momo Mee, who offered to do a demo on how to eat the dumplings without scalding your mouth.

Wisconsin restaurants featured in new cookbook

Pick 'n Save has started selling a really cool new cookbook in collaboration with OnMilwaukee and the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation. It features recipes from 40 restaurants across the state, including Uncle Wolfie's, Braise, Honeypie, Lake Park Bistro and Strange Town.

It's available at all Pick 'n Save locations from across the state.

Hear us talk about all that on this week's episode below.

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