Milwaukee’s Downtown Dining Week is back, with an emphasis on curbside pickup

Milwaukee’s Downtown Dining Week is back, with an emphasis on curbside pickup

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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 of our long-running food show, we’re talking about the return of Downtown Dining Week, Iron Grate BBQ’s new soup endeavor, and a real cool gift box featuring Black-made products from across the Midwest.

But first we talk about MKE Black, an organization that supports Black-owned businesses in Milwaukee with a business directory. Last year they created some gift boxes, and for Black History Month they’re doing a “support Black food trucks” event on Feb. 20 at the Beerline Trail Plaza. It’ll feature the food trucks Karol’s Kitchen, Africa’s Finest Cuisine and Bebe’s Food Truck. The event will also feature gift boxes from Bronze Box.

Bronze Box aims to support Black-owned small businesses with curated gift boxes of products ranging from Lush popcorn to toffee. They include products from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Iowa. You can even get a monthly subscription. Twenty percent of the profits will go to MKE Black. I run through some of the most tantalizing boxes that they offer on this week’s episode.

Downtown Dining Week returns

Andrew Feller

Downtown Dining Week is back, and it’s running longer than a week. The promotion began yesterday and will run through Sunday, Feb. 7.

More than 20 Downtown Milwaukee locations will be participating, offering special multi-course lunch and dinner menus. Lunches are $13, dinners are $25 or $35, and diners are encouraged to tip generously. As you’d expect. there will be an emphasis on curbside takeout during the event, although there will be limited indoor and outdoor options available as some locations, too.

Participating restaurants include AJ Bombers, Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, Brunch MKE, Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar, Café at the Pfister, The Capital Grille, Cubanitas, Flannery’s, The Knick, Mason Street Grill, Oak Barrel Public House, Oggie’s, Onesto, Proof Pizza, Rodizio Grille, Smoke Shack, The Social American Tavern, Third Coast Provisions, Third Street Tavern, Vagabond, Ward’s House of Prime, Who’s on Third and Zarletti.

You can find all the menus here.

Hear us talk about all that and more, including Iron Grate BBQ’s Southside Soup stand and a Milwaukee Magazine article about nine place to go for unique hot chocolate, on this week’s episode below.

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