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This Bites: Fried chick’n, food truckin’ and road trippin’

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 .”

We get this week’s episode rolling with a deep dive into Milwaukee’s fried-chicken scene, which gave me the opportunity to lay down a maker for the correct way to do chicken and waffles (spoiler: enough with the chicken breast already). Then Ann recounts the foodie road trip that took her all over the state — Sheboygan, Madison, La Crosse and more.

Listen below to find out why Milwaukee Magazine decided to expand its borders for this culinary excursion and hear our fried chicken chat. You’ll also get the details about an eagerly anticipated pop-up pizza spot and how one community turned an eyesore into a food-truck destination.

Five places for fowl

Did you miss National Fried Chicken Day again? If you didn’t have July 6 marked on your calendar, no worries. It’s not like you need an excuse to chow down on this wonderful way to prep poultry. Ann scoured the city to find the very best, which we won’t give away here except to say none of them contain the word “Kentucky.” Listen to our discussion and then head over to her article for the list.

Pop-up pizza

Starting in August, one of the finest occasional pizza offerings in Milwaukee will be on a regular basis, when the Pier Garden opens in the Third Ward. This pop-up located at The Starling event space (102 N. Water St.) is a partnership with Tall Guy & a Grill catering, which operates Flour Girl & Flame pizza, makers of a truly excellent Detroit-style pie. Ann has all the details over at Milwaukee Magazine.

From empty lot to full bellies

The site of a former Clark gas station in Grafton will welcome vehicles once again, but in a much tastier format. Food trucks will set up shop in the lot at 1020 Washington St., now called Grafton Station. The Smokin’ C’s BBQ & Rotisserie was first to secure a spot and will be there every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through October, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal (subscription required).


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