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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:16:03 CDT


Explore newfangled CSA options at Local Farmer Open House March 11

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:01:00 CDT

In a world with so many intractable problems - homelessness, war, financial and political instability - joining a CSA is a small, but concrete act that improves our land, community, economy and quality of life. It's a small act with big consequences

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Eat this now: Build your own poutine at Red Lion Pub

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

If you're a fan of the Québecois specialty comprised of French fries and cheese curds covered in gravy, then you're going to be pretty stoked that you can now can build your very own uniquely unctuous basket of poutine at Red Lion Pub. Yes, really.

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Jack Rabbit Slims trades its smoker for a pizza oven

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:43:00 CDT

Jack Rabbit Slims, 8028 W. National Ave. in West Allis, is undergoing a bit of an identity change. The restaurant, which opened in December 2015 as a country music bar and barbecue restaurant, has taken the last few months to step back and reevaluate.

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On the Burger Trail: The Sconnie Cheese Burger at Cafe Calatrava

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Cafe Calatrava's "Sconnie Cheese Burger," features a Miller Bakery Pretzilla roll, short rib, a brisket and sirloin burger, American cheese, dijonaise, Maple Creek Farms smoked bacon, melted onions, house pickles and a side of malt vinegar chips.

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Taste and Toast to take place Downtown March 6-10

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:02:00 CDT

Get out and enjoy Downtown during Taste and Toast, an annual event featuring specially priced small plates, appetizers and beverages at a variety of downtown bars, restaurants and lounges. This year's event takes place March 6-10 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Greenfield will be next location for Portillo's expansion

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:50:00 CDT

The South Side will soon have its very own taste of the Windy City as a new 9,000-square foot Portillo's - complete with a variety of its beloved menu items and a double drive-thru - is on the way to Greenfield.

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UberEATS launches Milwaukee delivery today

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:01:00 CDT

Feeling hungry? Maybe you're craving sushi from Sake Tumi. Tabouleh from Casablanca. Or a Barrie Burger from AJ Bombers. Well, thanks to digital technology, there's now yet another way to satiate your craving. UberEATS officially launches its Milwaukee delivery service today.

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Milwaukee Public Museum explores food, from farm to fork in "Global Kitchen"

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:03:00 CDT

Perhaps more than ever, we love to see the world through the window of our dinner plates. A new exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum digs down into our love of food to explore and explain the path of food, from farm to fork.

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Eat this now: Lunch at Crazy Water

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

When was the last time you dined at Crazy Water? If it's been a while, or you've never had the pleasure, take the time to set up a lunch date at the Walker's Point staple, which offers a modestly priced menu of lovely salads, sandwiches and entrees.

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Milwaukee home to four semi-finalists for 2017 James Beard awards

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:40:00 CDT

This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2017 awards. And Milwaukee has four reasons to be proud. Semifinalists will now move on to a voting body comprised of former Beard Award winners.

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Kennedy's Disease no match for chef's interminable spirit

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:01:00 CDT

The restaurant line-up alone should make you want to buy tickets for the upcoming Dim Sum + Give Some event. But the story behind the event is even more compelling. It begins with a local chef's sobering diagnosis and ends with an interminable sense of hope.

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Urban Beets slated to expand cafe, offer dinner service

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Urban Beets, the vegan-friendly cafe which opened almost exactly a year ago at 1401 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., is slated to be bigger and better thanks to an expansion plan that should be completed by late spring or early summer.

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Odd Duck celebrates five years with retrospective celebration

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:40:00 CDT

In honor of its fifth anniversary, Odd Duck will host a retrospective celebration complete with a series of throwback and favorite dishes from a number of chefs who have worked in its kitchen, along with favorite cocktails from the original Odd Duck menus.

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Hello Falafel to launch brunch Feb. 26

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:01:00 CDT

Hello Falafel, the Middle Eastern inspired fast casual restaurant at 2301 S. Howell Ave. will launch brunch service beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday Feb. 26. Brunch will include a variety of new dishes, as well as mimosas made with freshly squeezed juices.

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Doc's Commerce Smokehouse to bring Southern style barbecue Downtown

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:01:00 CDT

More barbecue is coming to Milwaukee.This time, it's in the form of Doc's Commerce Smokehouse, a restaurant specializing in Southern style barbecue including Central Texas style whole brisket and its signature pepper-heavy rub.

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Valhalla sets sights on March opening

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:03:00 CDT

Vallhalla, the anticipated Scandinavian bar and restaurant proposed for Old World 3rd Street, is on track for a March opening. Melissa McNulty and her husband, Ken, began construction on the 19th century building in late 2015, but encountered delays.

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On the Burger Trail: Brass Monkey Pub and Grill

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

There are a number of burgers from which to choose on the Brass Monkey menu, but when we found their most popular burger is actually the Pub Burger, a double cheeseburger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo, it seemed like a no brainer.

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In search of Milwaukee's perfect pizza

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:56:00 CDT

Milwaukee loves pizza. Our neighborhoods are filled with pizzerias - all unique, bursting with flavor and filled with storied histories. One Milwaukeean has eaten his way through the lion's share. His hard work translates into your guide to great pizza in greater Milwaukee.

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Vennture Brew Company signs lease in Washington Heights

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:01:00 CDT

Vennture Brew Company - a multi-faceted community-centric micro-brewery and coffee shop - has signed a lease this week on two storefronts in Washington Heights, with the hope of opening the new concept sometime this summer.

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5 spots you (probably) didn't think of for Valentine's Day

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:06:00 CDT

Sure, we all have our favorite romantic places, but if you're looking to show your sweetheart something different and new, perhaps one of these establishments might appeal.

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There's more to love at the updated Mason Street Grill

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:01:00 CDT

After a brief closure to complete an interior refresh, Mason Street Grill is prepped and ready to reopen to the public. We stopped by to snap a few pictures, and here are some of the things to which you can look forward on your next visit.

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Gaze in horror upon KFC's The Chizza

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:01:00 CDT

Have you watched the ads for those Taco Bell fried chicken-shelled chalupas and thought to yourself, "That looks too healthy"? Well, meet The Chizza, KFC's new pizza option with, you guessed it, the crust replaced by fried chicken.

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Think summer with Chillwaukee ice pops

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

If the winter doldrums have you down, we've got something summery that might just be the antidote. Chillwaukee, a brand new bike-powered ice-pop truck, is rolling into town beginning May 1, and you're going to love what it has to offer.

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Winter Smorgasbord event to highlight purveyors from Wisconsin Foodie

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:01:00 CDT

As "Wisconsin Foodie" prepares to enter its 10th year, creator Arthur Ircink is inviting fans to experience a smorgasbord of flavors from the chefs, farmers and producers who have been featured on the Emmy Award-winning television show.

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Chef Zach Espinosa to take reins at Mr. B's, A Bartolotta Steakhouse

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 10:07:00 CDT

Chef Zach Espinosa will take on a new challenge as head chef for Mr. B's, A Bartolotta Steakhouse. The news comes with the departure of Chef Dane Baldwin, who has been a part of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group since 2004.

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Former Plum Lounge chef Adam Pawlak joins Black Sheep

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:55:00 CDT

Known for his creative small plates and inventive dishes, many infused with elements from his Italian heritage, Chef Adam Pawlak will continue bolstering the options at Black Sheep, which is driven by seasonal and local ingredients.

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New Family Meal offering at Balzac tackles issue of food waste

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:01:00 CDT

"Waste not, want not." It's a saying that's been used for centuries to remind people that they should care for their resources. But it's also a fitting description for a new Family Meal offering at Balzac, which aims to call attention to, and help eliminate, food waste.

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3 dishes: Chef Josh Peterson of Motor Bar and Restaurant

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

In this series, we ask chefs around the city to describe their restaurants in their own words and recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. In this edition, we talk with Chef Josh Peterson of Motor Bar and Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

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Milwaukee brunch guide

Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:32:00 CDT

The weekly grind hardly allows time for a.m. bacon, eggs and hash browns, and if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down fast. That's why weekend brunches are such a relaxing treat. Check out our list of the local Sunday morning hot spots and take some time to savor simple and elaborate breakfast treats.

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On the Burger Trail: Mainstream Bar and Grill in Waukesha

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:01:00 CDT

The Mainstream burger took center stage next to a healthy pile of crisp, skin-on french fries. The burger stood tall exposing its toppings which included melted American cheese, shredded lettuce, a thick slice of tomato, ketchup, mustard and pickles.

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Meet S'mores: the new Girl Scout cookie

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 16:16:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee gave this newbie a nosh and found it to be, like all Girl Scout Cookies, deliciously and dangerously addictive, but lacking in personality.

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Can Grand Avenue really pull off this food hall thing?

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:01:00 CDT

Back in 2013, Bon Appetit Magazine declared that "Food halls are the new food trucks." It seems they were correct. As Americans have grown increasingly more obsessed with all things culinary, food hall fever has swept the country like wildfire. And soon, Milwaukee will have one, too.

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A sneak peek at San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 15:01:00 CDT

The ribbon has been cut at the new San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana, a passion project spearheaded by the Calderone Club's Gino Fazzari. The new restaurant will be the first VPN certified pizzeria in Milwaukee and one of only four in the state.

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Phun is brewing: Get ready for the 4th annual Phobruary in Silver City

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:56:00 CDT

The time is ripe to get out and warm up with Silver City's annual Phobruary, a celebration of all things pho. And this year's festivities in Silver City have upped the ante. From voting to pho challenges and chopstick-making, you won't want to miss the Phobruary phun.

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Drink this now: Rishi Craft Brew

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:16:00 CDT

Don't be surprised if you see a rash of Rishi Tea tap handles cropping up around the city in the coming months. Milwaukee's local tea purveyor has released a new product, Rishi Craft Brew, which takes everything you know about tea and turns it ever-so-gently on end.

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Punjabi Accent, Milwaukee's first Indian food truck, rolls out today

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Beginning this week, Milwaukee will have its first Indian food truck. Punjabi Accent is taking its wares to the streets, bringing a roving buffet of delectable Punjabi-style specialties - including curries, tikka masala, and na'an - to folks on the go.

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Calderone's Fazzari cuts the ribbon on new Pizzeria San Giorgio

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:30:00 CDT

Pizzeria San Giorgio - located in the former Thai Palace, 838 N. Old World 3rd St. - will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. with Mayor Tom Barrett and Bucks President Peter Feigin. The pizzeria is expected to open to the public on Thursday.

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New Heritage Dairy Center takes shape in Plymouth

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:21:00 CDT

Downtown Plymouth will get a number of upgrades over the next year. One is a brand new Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center, which will highlight Sheboygan cheesemakers and the State's strong cheese-making tradition and heritage.

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More upgrades on the way for Mars Cheese Castle

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:01:00 CDT

Since 1947, the Mars Cheese Castle Kenosha, has been an iconic cheese-themed destination. And thanks to a partnership with Milwaukee-based Retailworks, Inc. it will undergo additional renovations which are expected to be completed by summer.

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Goody Gourmets ready to pop with new look in Shorewood

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:10:00 CDT

I was a bit taken Aback when I stopped at Goody Gourmets in Shorewood yesterday, and saw it closed. No need to worry, though, the space is just getting a facelift and ripping out some old carpet. The popcorn, in all of its amazingness, will remain the same.

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On the Burger Trail: Hooligan's Super Bar

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:01:00 CDT

This week, the burger trail led us to the East Side where we made a stop at Hooligan's Super Bar, a cornerstone of Milwaukee's East Side since 1936 ... and, as it turns out, a pretty fair spot to get satiation for the occasional burger craving.

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Chef Talk: The best of 2016

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:06:00 CDT

For this new episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek looks back at 2016, revisiting some interviews from the past year and sharing some great clips and answers that may not have made the cut in previous episodes.

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I met Don Gorske, the man who's eaten 29,000 Big Macs - and counting

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:16:00 CDT

Don Gorske is in the Guinness book of World Records. He has consumed more than 29,000 Big Macs. And today, he was at the McDonald's on 66th and North Avenue to hand out limited editions of Big Mac sauce in a bottle, as well as interact with admirers.

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5 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Milwaukee

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:01:00 CDT

It's almost time to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which falls on Jan. 28 and is traditionally celebrated for approximately two weeks. It's a great time to learn more about - and exercise an appreciation for - Chinese culture. Here are five ways you can do just that.

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Eat this now: Ooey gooey raclette dishes at West Allis Cheese Shoppe Cafe

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:01:00 CDT

What's ooey gooey and especially delicious in the middle of winter? Raclette, that's what. And beginning this weekend, the West Allis Cheese Shoppe Cafe launched three raclette dishes, served up with all the classic theater for which the Swiss dishes are known.

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Sixth annual SoundBites promises memorable tastes and tunes

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:49:00 CDT

Milwaukee's hottest chefs, some from the city's newest restaurants, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee DJs will serve up one-of-a-kind music-and-food pairings at the station's sixth annual SoundBites fundraiser Thursday Feb. 9 at the Iron Horse Hotel.

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After busy opening weekend, The Ruckus makes changes to service hours

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:11:00 CDT

Last week, we gave you a first look at The Ruckus, the new fast casual restaurant serving up burgers and ice cream in Shorewood. Originally, the restaurant announced it would be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. However, it appears the restaurant is making some changes to its hours.

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Fortune Restaurant to launch dim sum in February

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:01:00 CDT

The paucity of dim sum in Milwaukee is beginning to lessen. Fortune Restaurant in West Allis announced this weekend on Facebook that dim sum is coming soon. We spoke with a restaurant representative who provided some detail about the new offering.

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Explorium Brewpub will bring a touch of local to Southridge starting next week

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Explore. Taste. Discover. It's a sentiment that adorns the wall opposite the bar at the new Explorium Brewpub at 5300 S.76th St. just inside Southridge Mall. It's a tagline that owner Michael Doble says sums up the idea behind the new bar and restaurant.

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On the Burger Trail: Sal's Pub and Grill in Menomonee Falls

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:01:00 CDT

This week's stop on the burger trail - which was recommended by OnMilwaukee reader Lillian Lakritz - took us to Menomonee Falls, where we visited Sal's Pub and Grill, a low-key bar and restaurant which offers up an expansive list of pub fare.

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