Milwaukee’s most satisfying winter comfort foods

Milwaukee’s most satisfying winter comfort foods

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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.

We’re kicking off 2020 by discussing comfort foods to warm you up this winter. We’re also discussing all things arepas and sharing the scoop on a Milwaukee food tech incubator. Stream this week’s episode below.

Pancakes at Cafe at the Plaza | Photo courtesy Cafe at the Plaza

Ann highlighted five Milwaukee comfort foods as part of a cover story for Milwaukee Magazine about how to not only survive a Milwaukee winter but enjoy it — something that isn’t always easy. Her picks are a mix of savory and sweet and high end and low end. And of course she included pancakes: the lemon poppyseed pancakes at Cafe at the Plaza. They sound amazing.

She also endorses the cassoulet at Pastiche in Brown Deer, an off-menu favorite that is incredibly rich and delicious. Hotel Madrid’s beef wellington and Char’d Korean Sunday Special also get a nod, as do the s’mores at Hangout MKE. Who doesn’t want the memory of a campfire s’more during the dead of winter?

Arepa’s Place |

Did you know you can find great arepas at Brookfield Square? There’s a counter in the foodcourt at the mall called Arepa’s Place that features amazing Venezuelan arepas. What’s an arepa, you ask? It’s a griddled corn cake filled with meat and cheese and sauces. They’re like a sandwich, and they’re incredibly satisfying — especially the ones they serve with a garlic cilantro sauce.

Then we highlight a very special meal for people who love spicy foods from Sap Sap Kitchen. Get all the details on that and more in this week’s episode. Stream it below.

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