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Your Milwaukee summer food bucket list

Here's your preview of the best of summer in Milwaukee dining (and drinking!) and some events that are kicking the season off right.

Each Friday on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine’s foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites. This Bites is supported by Society Insurance.

Read more and listen to the whole podcast below.

Milwaukee Magazine's summer food and drink preview

Grab June's issue of Milwaukee Magazine to start your summer bucketlist. It's got your list of must-do highlights for the next three months: the patios, the festivals and the drinks (especially rosés).

In the summer city guide, Anne gives her selection of rosés for everyone's taste and where to find the best bottles, leaving you nothing to "wine" about.

The summer issue also brings a great feature about "The Queens of the Scone Age," profiling Molly Sullivan of Miss Molly's in Tosa and Jaceleen Latin-Kasper, who is the pastry chef at Batches and DanDan. Ann talks to these women about how they're bakin' things up and influencing the scene in Milwaukee.

Another one to add to your Milwaukee summer eating bucketlist is the Nite Owl Drive In. This hidden gem near the MKE airport is one of the city's best kept secrets when it comes to a great burger. It's not quite for night owls though. And, it's not really a drive-in either. But, with it's vintage sign, this classic diner has all the nostalgic charms of its history as a drive-in that used to be open 'till 2 a.m.

More importantly though, it's preserved its family burger recipe. The meat is delivered every morning and the restaurant closes when they run out. The burger is nothing fancy, but all the ingredients are fresh and juicy, giving it bucket list-worthy quality.

New Stone Creek cafe

The new Stone Creek on Downer is now open—with a cafe! We're excited to check out this long-awaited expansion of Sone Creek's offerings beyond coffee and pastries. Now, they'll have waffles, egg sandwiches and more. They're calling their new kitchen adventure Project EAT, which is focused on locally-sourced food. For the summer, Stone Creek is also rolling out new cold brew coffees on tap and cold brew cocktails, mixed with lemonade and flavors like mango or berries.

Uncle Wolfie

Uncle Wolfie's is poppin' up to serve you brunch at Amilinda for two days: June 3 and June 4 at 11 a.m. They're previewing the food and drinks offered at Uncle Wolfie's new Brewers' Hill breakfast tavern that's opening in a couple months. The prix fixe menu features a bread service, a coffee Bloody Mary and more.

Cluck Yeah

June 10 at noon is Cluck Yeah, a chicken cook-off at Sugar Maple. It's Central Waters vs. Iron Grate—Anello's Carolina BBQ Chicken vs. Aaron's Chicken Kebabs.

Char'd review

Tarik visited Milwaukee's new Korean fusion restaurant Char'd, which opened last week in the old Hinterland space. This is the third Korean place we have now in the city, which is kind of a big deal. He visited for dinner and loved the beef tartare, seafood pancake and the bulgogi. Tarik highly recommends all of them. There's a lot to explore on this traditional-with-a-twist menu and he's looking forward to the kimchi paella on the next visit. They have small to large plates for dinner and a great-looking lunch menu. You'll definitely be hearing more about this place soon.

P.S., if you are a chef or a restaurant and have a food-related announcement or event, please send us any information or press release to

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee