Zocalo is offering private heated greenhouses for diners this winter

Zocalo is offering private heated greenhouses for diners this winter

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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 celebrate five years of This Bites by discussing a really cool collaboration between the Zocalo Food Park and Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge. We also discuss the Urban Eats MKE initiative, the new rooftop dooms at Braise, some Thanksgiving pie recommendations and the wonders of country ham.

The greenhouses at Zocalo | Photo courtesy Zocalo

Walker’s Point’s Zocalo Food Park has teamed up with Bryant Cocktail’s Lounge for a hand-crafted cocktail menu of seasonal flavors, each paired with foods from the resident trucks at Zocalo. That includes tacos, arepas, bagels and dishes from the weekend guest trucks that will be on site.

And guests can enjoy them in little, heated structures that look like greenhouses and rest over the picnic tables. It’s a clever way of addressing the pandemic. It starts on Nov. 25, just before Thanksgiving, and seating is available by reservation, with pricing varying depending on which day of the week it is. “I just think it’s a really cool idea,” Ann says.

Zocalo isn’t the only restaurant offering domed outdoor dining this winter. Braise in Walker’s Point is also offering two heated domes on its roof, and they’re themed: One has a summer theme, the other a winter theme. They’re available by reservation only and can accommodate six to nine people. Reservations are available in 90-minute blocks.

Urban Eats MKE supports Black and Brown restaurants

We got an email about a new website launched in partnership with Small Neighborhoods/Jordan Tian, MKE Black, Project Onyx and Jim Donahue, we are launching a new website called Urban Eats MKE. “It is designed to get Milwaukee Black and Brown restaurants online so people can order from them,” they write. “We are in stage one of the launch focused on getting Black and Brown businesses to get signed on the site. There is no cost to restaurants to sign up.”

So if you now any Black- or Brown-owned restaurants in Milwaukee, you can encourage them to sign up.

Hear us discuss all that and more, including country ham and Ann’s list of Thanksgiving pie recommendations, on this week’s episode below. (Elegant Pies’ famous apple pie in a bag makes Ann’s list, of course).

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