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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:16:03 CDT


On the Burger Trail: The Mc Dot at Red Dot Tosa

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Red Dot might be famous for its poutine (and that's a worthy reason to visit). But what about their burgers? We found out this week with a visit to the neighborhood bar in East Tosa.

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Taking a break from summer beer to taste new wines ... and one vodka

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:04:00 CDT

With beer season in full swing - though of course it's always beer season in Brew City - I admit I've fallen a bit behind on tasting new wines. But I have set my mind to the task - and I know you're thinking, hard work - and uncorked a few that I'm sharing with you here.

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Eat cake! A peek at Molly's Cafe and Pastry Shop, which opens Saturday

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:01:00 CDT

July 22 happens to be Pastry Chef Molly Sullivan's birthday. It's also the day on which her dream of opening a cafe comes true. So, when you pay your first visit to Miss Molly's Cafe and Pastry Shop, ordering a piece of cake is absolutely the right thing to do.

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La Plancha Honduran restaurant to open on Historic Mitchell Street

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:01:00 CDT

La Plancha is slated to open on Historic Mitchell Street this fall. La Plancha, which means "the iron" in Spanish, will serve a combination of familiar Latin American fare, as well as Honduran specialties including baleadas, papusas and torrejas.

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A local love story: Afro Fusion Cuisine partnerships beget growth

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:01:00 CDT

It's been five years since the launch of Afro Fusion Cuisine. And growth for the Wauwatosa-based small business has been based largely based on local support, including partnerships with Hometown Sausage Kitchen and Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative.

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Transfer Pizza uncovers and might revive The Haven Bar name

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:02:00 CDT

In 2015, brothers John and Russell Rossetto - owners of Transfer Pizza - bought the former bar building next door at 107 W. Mitchell St. On the west facade of the bar they've uncovered an old sign advertising The Haven Bar. So, what now?

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Autism-friendly cafe opening in Riverwest

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:20:00 CDT

Nic and Nicole Quiles plan to open Milwaukee's first Autism-friendly community café - called Caban's Cafe - in October 2017.

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The Bacon Co. pop-ups are all about the pig

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:01:00 CDT

What do you picture when we say the word "bacon"? In all likelihood, your brain goes directly to the crispy, caramelized strips most often found on breakfast plates and in BLTs. But a new bacon-based restaurant concept is working to augment that vision.

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8 quotable dishes to relish at the Ambassador Hotel's The Fitz

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:01:00 CDT

The new restaurant at the Ambassador Hotel was named with a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald, an author whose beautiful prose ruled during the roaring '20s. Interestingly, that same prose is an apt descriptor for some of our favorite dishes at The Fitz.

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Charles E. Fromage to feature cheese, wine and more on Vliet Street

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:01:00 CDT

There's something delightful coming to the old LA Family Barbers space. And the venue's name and tagline are as clever as can be. Charles E. Fromage, "a place where adults can be adults," is both a play on words and an apt description of what guests will find.

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Arancine are the belle of the ball at Festa Italiana

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:01:00 CDT

We're less than a week away from the 40th annual Festa Italiana (July 21-23), where one of the most popular dishes served is arancine, Sicilian fried rice balls. But, what are they? And how are they made. Dean Cannestra of Divino shows us how.

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Freshfin Poke to open second location in Third Ward

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:04:00 CDT

There will be another healthy lunch option in the Third Ward beginning this fall. Freshfin Poke, the East Side restaurant specializing in made-to-order poke bowls, will open a second location in the Landmark Building beginning this fall.

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Milwaukee brunch guide

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:06:00 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: The double cheeseburger at Kroll's East

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:01:00 CDT

You've got to appreciate the history in a place that dates back as far as Kroll's. The story begins in the 1930s. And it's up for debate whether or not Kroll's beat Solly's to the punch in terms of being the first to serve butter burgers.

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Do this: Two Thursday night food events you won't want to miss

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Looking for something to do this evening? You're in luck. Here are two ways to enjoy our great, but fleeting, Milwaukee summer: Big Paella at Hotel Madrid and Taps and Tapas at Red Lion.

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Goody Gourmets to close Brown Deer shop, open in Glendale

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:02:00 CDT

The City of Glendale Plan Commission approved plans for a new location for gourmet popcorn and confections retailer Goody Gourmets. The snazzy new shop will offer an expanded product selection as well as a seating area for customers.

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Roaring Fork celebrates 50th Wisconsin Qdoba with free chips and queso

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:01:00 CDT

Milwaukee-based Roaring Fork Restaurant Group will celebrate a milestone on Thursday, July 13, as it opens its 50th Qdoba Mexican Eats franchise location in Wisconsin. And that means free chips and queso for customers next week.

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Miss Molly's Cafe and Pastry Shop to open July 22

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Milwaukee pastry chef Molly Sullivan has wanted to own a cafe for as long as she can remember. And her dream will come to pass just in time for her birthday on Saturday, July 22, when Miss Molly's Cafe and Pastry Shop officially opens to the public.

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The new Sabrosa Cafe and Gallery is quaint as can be

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Looking for a spot to go for breakfast or brunch this weekend? Look no further than the bright sunny new cafe on Howell Avenue in Bay View. It's bright, homey and welcoming. And the menu offers both breadth and depth enough to satisfy a variety of diners.

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Ashley's Bar-B-Que to open at Pabst Eleven25 food court

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 16:19:00 CDT

After a long run of tough luck, Ashley's Bar-B-Que is back. It's now offering delivery through UberEats, and, even more exciting, the restaurant will be bringing its barbecue and soul food to a new location in the Pabst complex.

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On the Burger Trail: The house burger at Easy Tyger

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Easy Tyger has a relaxed casual vibe. And its menu showcases flavors of Southeast Asia through the medium of familiar and comforting dishes like the ever-so-slightly Asian-inspored house burger, which I tried on my latest visit.

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Take the Milwaukee challenge: Champion vs. Gold Rush fried chicken

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:30:00 CDT

In honor of National Fried Chicken Day - the most flavorful of all the holidays - here's part one of our 2015 two-part fried chicken challenge, pitting Champion Chicken against Gold Rush. Who wins?

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Take the Milwaukee challenge: Nino's vs. TomKen's fried chicken

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 13:56:00 CDT

In honor of National Fried Chicken Day - the most flavorful of all the holidays - here's part one of our 2015 two-part fried chicken challenge, pitting West Allis' TomKen's against Shorewood's Nino's Southern Sides. Who wins?

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Not just tacos: Mazorca weaves story of culture, experience through food

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 13:01:00 CDT

Food, by its very nature, tells a story. Vegetables tell the tale of the soil in which they are grown. Family recipes relay food traditions passed on from generation to generation. In kind, Mazorca - a new taco truck in Walker's Point - tells a story through tacos.

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Sabrosa Cafe and Gallery opens today in Bay View

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:01:00 CDT

Beginning today, there's brand breakfast, lunch and brunch spot to enjoy in Bay View. After a soft opening over the holiday weekend, Sabrosa Cafe and Gallery opened its doors to the public today at 7:30 a.m. at 3216 S. Howell Ave.

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The Village Cheese Shop opens in Wauwatosa

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 12:03:00 CDT

There's a new place to purchase cheese, charcuterie, wine and specialty foods in Wauwatosa Village. The Village Cheese Shop, located in the former firehouse at 1430 Underwood Ave., quietly opened in mid-June.

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Take a look at the new rooftop patio at Good City Brewing, which opened today

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 18:30:00 CDT

There's another rooftop patio in town. And this time it's on the East Side. We reported on the expansion at Good City Brewing, which includes a new event space as well as a rooftop patio, which opened just in time for the holiday weekend.

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On the Burger Trail: Major Goolsby's cheeseburger at Summerfest

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

We're in the throes of Summerfest. So, it only seemed right to take swift left on the Burger Trail to visit at least one of the vendors at the Big Gig. And it seemed right to focus on one who's been part of the Fest for more years than we can count.

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Eat this now: (New) lunch at Rare Steakhouse

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

We tried a virtual smorgasbord of items off the new lunch menu at Rare Steakhouse. And we've deemed it not only a great spot for an impressive business lunch, but also a great spot to stop for a mid-day glass of wine (or two) and appetizers.

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New digs beget exciting changes for Iron Grate BBQ Co.

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

The former Quick Wok at 4125 S. Howell Ave. is undergoing a steady transformation. The exterior has been painted gray with yellow accents. And a brand new sign is waiting to be hung on the front of the building. It's all in preparation to become the new home for Iron Grate BBQ Co.

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First Look: DiModa Pizza and Hotspot

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:56:00 CDT

In Italian, "di moda" means "fashionable" or "trendy," hence the owners of the new DiModa Pizza and Hotspot - which opened in the former Trocadero space this weekend - thought it was the ideal name for their concept.

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What chefs eat: Zach Espinosa of Mr. B's Steakhouse

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Zach Espinosa says that the way he eats has been forged largely by the identity he's created as a chef. That means fresh, high quality ingredients, and not too many of them. His picks for great restaurant dishes reflect his experience at both Harbor House and Mr. B's.

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McDonald's adds McDelivery in Milwaukee with UberEATS

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:00:00 CDT

McDelivery on UberEATS is available at more than 50 McDonald's restaurants throughout Milwaukee.

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Chef Talk: Chef/owner AJ Dixon of Lazy Susan

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:06:00 CDT

In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with AJ Dixon, chef and owner of Lazy Susan, for a conversation about the restaurant's namesake, how she landed in Bay View and how everything and anything inspires her food.

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Move over, delivery boys; delivery bots are now legal in Wisconsin

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Time to start welcoming our new robot overlords - and tip them generously for dropping off our dinners. A new Wisconsin law officially allows ground delivery robots to roll on sidewalks and crosswalks on their way to drop off nline-ordered packages.

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If you take away my black coffee, I will kill you

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:39:00 CDT

I love black coffee, so I took a little umbrage to a new study published in the journal Appetite, which cited a connection between black coffee drinkers and sadists, psychopaths and narcissists.

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King Crab Shack's Vietnamese-Cajun seafood is coming to Brady Street

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

The unique, zesty culinary hybrid of Vietnamese-Cajun seafood is coming to Brady Street. At least, that's what signs on the former Pepi's Place storefront, 1330 E. Brady St., would suggest, as it appears The King Crab Shack will open a second location there soon.

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Milwaukee Public Market renews Moo and Brew anew for you on June 22

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:56:00 CDT

Celebrate National Dairy Month - otherwise known in Wisconsin as any of the 12 months of the year - with Moo and Brew, a local cheese, ice cream and beer tasting hosted at the Milwaukee Public Market on Thursday, June 22.

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Everyone's a wiener on Wednesday with $1 Portillo's hot dogs

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:01:00 CDT

Hot diggity dog. It's wiener Wednesday at Portillo's, and that means special pricing on hot dogs. In celebration of summer weather, as well as its new location in Greenfield, Portillo's has announced a special one-day-only $1 hot dog offer.

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What chefs eat: Tony Ho of RuYi

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:06:00 CDT

Chef Tony Ho was born in Hong Kong, where the influence of Great Britain was pervasive. By the time he moved to the U.S. at age 23, he'd fallen in love with Italian fare and developed a diverse palate for any number of ethnic cuisines.

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On the Burger Trail: Cheeseburger at Solly's Grille

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Butter is the start of the show at Solly's, which is known for being one of (if not the) first to serve a Wisconsin butter burger. In fact, according to George Motz's documentary "Hamburger America," Solly's goes through 125 to 150 pounds of butter per week.

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Upgrades to Italian Community Center honor the past while looking to future

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:56:00 CDT

Significant upgrades are in the works for the Italian Community Center, an entity which has only seen minor renovations since opening in 1990. This year will see upgrades to the ICC's meeting rooms, ballroom and Festa Hall, with future improvements planned for Cafe La Scala and the adjoining courtyard.

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Old school venue with rooftop dining planned for former Pastiche in Bay View

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:42:00 CDT

It looks as if the former location for Pastiche Bistro and Wine Bar in Bay View won't be vacant for long. In fact, BV 3001 Restaurant and Lounge, an old-new-school venue with a neighborhood supper club vibe, could open in the space as soon as late August or September.

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Stella Van Buren offers comfort food with ambiance

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Long seen as being being overpriced and underwhelming, there's been an upward trend in hotel dining as brands change their approach to food and decor. Such is the case with venues like the newly minted Stella Van Buren, the Italian steakhouse at the Westin.

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7 tip-top reasons to watch "The Great British Baking Show" on PBS

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:01:00 CDT

If you haven't already fallen in love with "The Great British Baking Show," I must encourage you to give it a whirl. It's become a national obsession in the U.K., but it also grown a niche following amongst foodies in the U.S. And for good reason.

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Dairy ambassadorship plays big role for newly minted Alice in Dairyland

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 16:12:00 CDT

A long-standing Wisconsin tradition took effect this week as Crystal Siemers-Peterman began her role as the state's 70th Alice in Dairyland. The annual position began in 1948, and today's Alice plays a distinctly different role for Wisconsin than in the past.

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On the Burger Trail: Cheeseburger at Nite Owl

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:01:00 CDT

There's something special about seasonal fare. Asparagus tastes best when it's fresh and local. Citrus fruits shine brighter in the winter. And the first burger of the spring or summer at Nite Owl is rock-solid proof that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."

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Looking for a better way to meet your health goals? Meet PlateJoy

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:02:00 CDT

PlateJoy, a new personalized menu and grocery delivery service, launches today in Milwaukee. The tech-enabled start-up has solved the problem of planning healthful meals for your family, while catering to individual nutritional needs and desires.

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Summerfest cooks up a second annual Big Gig BBQ for Sept. 3

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:24:00 CDT

It's time to mark your calendars for a day filled with barbecue and live music at the Summerfest grounds. The Big Gig BBQ is back, and it's ready to showcase some of the best rubbed, slathered and smoked meats in the area.

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Every day is like sundae; happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 12:01:00 CDT

Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day and even though it's Wednesday, it sure feels like a sundae. In fact, in Wisconsin, where ice cream and the related frozen custard are beloved, every day is like sundae.

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