Are these the five best cheeses in Wisconsin?

Are these the five best cheeses in Wisconsin?

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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, we’re talking about a few piece Ann wrote for Milwaukee Magazine, including Four Great Milwaukee Restaurants worth the drive, and we also have some news about the beloved Nite Owl Drive-In, which opened this week for the season. It’s a bucket-list place to go for a burger: The meat is hand-ground every morning and when they run out, they close for the daay. We’re also excited that there’s a new BBQ joint called Bro’s Backyard BBQ coming to the North Side at 1742 W. Atkinson Ave.

But we kick things off with a topic near and dear to many of us in Wisconsin: cheese. Ann has a piece ranking the state’s top five cheeses, and her picks include Pleasant Ridge Reserve, from Upland Cheese, which has won a ton of awards. It’s made from grassfed cows so the cheese is nutty, sweet and earthy. She also recommends Grand Cru Surchoix, from Roth Cheese in Monroe. It’s got an almost mushroom flavor that’s perfect for grating over pasta, Ann says.

And if you like dry, crumbly cheese, SarVecchio Parmesan is hard to beat. It has some almost caramel-like flavor notes.

Four Wisconsin restaurants worth the drive

Usually on this show we talk about restaurants in the Milwaukee area. But those are hardly the only restaurants in the state worth checking out. In her new piece for Milwaukee Magazine, Ann highlights four great Wisconsin restaurants worth the drive. Her picks include L’Etoile, perhaps the most esteemed restaurant in Madison (she likens it to Madison’s version of Sanford).

Ishnala Supper Club is very different but also amazing. It’s a supper club in a very rural area, surrounded by hundreds of acres of state forest, and it is really gorgeous. It’s the perfect place to go for a prime rib and an Old Fashioned. It’s seasonal and will open for its 68th season this month.

External Use Ishnala Supper Club in Lake Delton | Photo courtesy of Travel Wisconsin

Hear us discuss those places and more on this week’s episode below.

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