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This Bites: Navigating a week overflowing with Milwaukee food news

Each week on “This Bites,” Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and explore our previous episodes .

There’s a new Bartolotta restaurant coming to Hartland, and the intriguing unknowns of the project lead off this week’s episode.

The Commodore – A Bartolotta Restaurant will take up residence in a 117-year-old building on the shores of Nagawicka Lake. If the name wasn’t enough of a clue, Ann points out that the main-level dining room is likely to be inspired by the yacht clubs of the 1920s (think art-deco design) while embracing modern Lake Country.

The restaurant is projected to open next summer, so it’ll be a little while before we get a look at the new place — and learn what they’ll be serving up, food-wise. Meanwhile, you can pass the time listening to us talk about all the other culinary news happening around Milwaukee:

  • Indulge Milwaukee will welcome some of the state’s top cheesemakers to the event’s Wisconsin Cheese Pavilion. You can try their offerings — as well as tons of other food and beverages — at American Family Field this Saturday and Sunday.
  • Southside Dining Week will happen Sept. 17-24, with 31 participating restaurants offering signature meals for a mere $15.
  • Mancave BBQ is slated to open Sept. 3 at 4701 N. 76th St., continuing the rapid expansion of the city’s barbecue options. Owner Michael Thao said he’ll have Texas-style fare, plus a few unique cultural twists.
  • There’s an Asian food market coming to the North Side in early 2023. Mong Teng Food and Deli plans to sell fresh produce, canned goods, frozen food and grab-and-go meals.
  • The North Side will also get a new food-truck park that will initially focus on lunchtime service, with the possibility of adding entertainment down the line.
  • Not to end on a down note, but Milwaukee Ale House will close its current downtown location Sept. 11, although it sounds like they’re looking to set up shop elsewhere.

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