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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:16:04 CDT


On the Burger Trail: The Bliss Burger at Route 76 Diner

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:03:00 CDT

When I visited the Route 76 Diner, a new 50s-era throwback restaurant located in the former Griddlers Cafe in Greenfield, I was very much looking forward to sinking my teeth into what I hoped would be a deliciously satisfying old school diner burger.

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Full of Beans Cafe is now open and serving up cozy coffee comfort

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:03:00 CDT

In September, we announced the news that a new cafe was moving into the newly renovated Mabbett and Breeds building at 184 S. 2nd St. in Walker's Point. And, beginning today, the cozy cafe is officially open to the public and decorated for the holidays to boot.

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OnMilwaukee's best dining of 2017-18

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Find the best dining options of the 2017-2018 season.

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Milwaukee brunch guide

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:10:00 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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Get Your Ass In Here: Polonez

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee boasts the 5th largest Polish population and yet has only one Polish restaurant, Polonez. Pierogis, anyone?

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Burning Through Brew City: Wisconsin Cheese Mart's spicy cheeses

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 18:01:00 CDT

The next stop on our spice excursion brings us somewhere both predictable for a food tour through Wisconsin and unexpected for a spicy food hunt: cheese. Can cheese even be truly spicy? Let's head to the Wisconsin Cheese Mart to find out.

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Milwaukee fish fry guide

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:16:00 CDT

It's one of Milwaukee's most cherished and distinctive culinary traditions: the Friday fish fry. This long-lived ritual is alive and thriving in Milwaukee - especially, but not only, during Lent. It's a big list, so dig in and read on.

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Did you know the most popular avocado was invented by a Milwaukeean?

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:57:00 CDT

Like avocado toast? Well...Rudolph Hass, who was born in Milwaukee and lived here until in his twenties, invented the Hass avocado that today accounts for more than 80 percent all avocado crops in the United States and 95 percent of California's.

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Thank Cod it's Fryday: Klemmer's Banquet Center

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:04:00 CDT

In this series, we're trying out some of the city's most popular fish fries. You'll find commentary, pro tips and ratings of the three staples of a classic Wisconsin fry: namely the fish, the potato pancakes and the classic Wisconsin style brandy old fashioned.

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Does new Trump administration tipping proposal really promote equity?

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 14:03:00 CDT

A proposal brought forward this week by the U.S. Department of Labor could change the way tips are handled in the service industry. But does the proposal actually contribute toward solving income disparities among industry workers?

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Chefs' tattoos and the stories behind them: Daniel Jacobs of Dandan

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:01:00 CDT

Chef Daniel Jacobs' tattoos are diverse and beautiful, reflecting a variety of aspects and times in his life, from valued personal relationships to his career as a chef, adolescent pastimes and his hometown of Chicago.

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Menu redux at Yokohama begets new ramen, izakaya-style bites

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:16:00 CDT

If you've ever doubted the influence a new chef wields over the cuisine at a restaurant, it takes little more than a brief look at the newly minted menu at Yokohama to underscore the point.

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Blaze Pizza opens Thursday, and LeBron James thinks you should go

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:02:00 CDT

A new Blaze Pizza is opening on the East Side. And while the chances are probably slim that you'll meet LeBron James there (though who knows?), you could score yourself a free build-your-own pizza on Friday, Dec. 8 if you play your cards right.

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Put your burger-eating pants on; Shake Shack is almost here

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:31:00 CDT

It's burger time! And that's because Shake Shack - the New York hot dog stand turned global burger empire - opens tomorrow, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. In the meantime, we've got a sneak peek at some of the things you can expect when you visit.

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On the Burger Trail: The Foolery at Foolery's Liquid Therapy

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:03:00 CDT

This monster burger had to have been a good seven or eight inches tall. Skewered with a pick to ensure that it wouldn't topple, it showcased a mean pile of crisp onion strings, a good amount of melted cheese and a fried egg that obscured the burger entirely.

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Mistral slated for Dec. 11 opening in Bay View

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 17:15:00 CDT

The former bar space adjacent to the Avalon Theater at 2473 Kinnickinnic Ave. has been under construction for the past few months in preparation for its transformation into Mistral, a new Mediterranean restaurant that promises a refreshing new dining experience.

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Bayside Bruegger's closing Dec. 10

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:25:00 CDT

Another Milwaukee-area Bruegger's is closing its doors. This time, it's the Audubon Court location, and according to employees there, its final day is Dec. 10. The Downtown Bruegger's on Mason and Water Streets closed a year ago.

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Thank Cod it's Fryday: Erv's Mug

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:03:00 CDT

In this series, we're trying out some of the city's most popular fish fries. You'll find commentary, pro tips and ratings of the three staples of a classic Wisconsin fry: namely the fish, the potato pancakes, and the classic Wisconsin style brandy old fashioned.

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Chefs' tattoos and the stories behind them: David Loper of Doc's Smokehouse

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:03:00 CDT

"Tattoos are a way to say who you are," says Sous Chef David Loper of Doc's Commerce Smokehouse. "And no one can negate what you've said. It's on my body. And it's a meaningful thing. Some of mine are really sentimental ... and I think they look really badass."

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Do This: Hotel Madrid's first anniversary dinner and celebration

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Hotel Madrid, 600 S. 6th St., turned one year old this November. To celebrate, the Walker's Point bar and restaurant will host a multi-course dinner and celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

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Former Industri Cafe chef takes helm at Delafield restaurants

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:16:00 CDT

Chef Robert Klemm, former owner of Industri Cafe in Walker's Point and chef at The Villa at Heaven City, has accepted a new position as executive chef for two Delafield area restaurants.

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Freshfin Poke opens Thursday in Third Ward

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:03:00 CDT

Freshfin Poke's second location opens on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Milwaukee's Third Ward. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that the restaurant will be opening its third location at The Corners of Brookfield.

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Farewell, La Fuente

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:58:00 CDT

The super-cheesy Tex-Mex entrees and not-handcrafted margaritas served in glasses with cactus-shaped stems went out with first-run episodes of "Friends" for a lot of people. But I never stopped liking La Fuente.

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Texas de Brazil Churrascaria opens today at Mayfair

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, the new Brazilian-American steakhouse at 2550 N. Mayfair Rd., will introduce its churrasco and rodizio-style dining to Wisconsin guests beginning at 5 p.m. tonight.

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On the Burger Trail: Thee Dirty Burger at The Vanguard

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Don't expect a traditional burger with an all-beef patty, special sauce, lettuce and cheese at The Vanguard. After all, it's a sausage joint. Nonetheless, this sausage-slinging bar deserves your attention for its filthy good Dirty Burger.

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FreshFin Poke slated to open Brookfield location

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:54:00 CDT

The western suburbs will soon have their first taste of FreshFin Poke, the East Side fast casual restaurant that's made a name for itself by serving fresh, healthy poke bowls.

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O'Lydia's unveils new menu

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Last week, O'Lydia's, 338 S. 1st St., introduced a new menu that focuses on "elevated bar food and sharable appetizers," according to manager Rick Sackett.

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La Fuente closes restaurant, converts Walker's Point location into event space

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:47:00 CDT

Beginning today, La Fuente's Milwaukee location at 625 S. 5th St., will be closed for regular business. Instead, owner Jose Zarate will be using the building, which he purchased in 1983, as a special event space.

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Burning Through Brew City: Guadalajara's Bistec en Chile de Arbol

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:45:00 CDT

The Burning Through Brew City quest takes us to Guadalajara, where we try not just one but two tantalizingly spicy treats. So did the two devilishly spicy dishes spell double trouble for Nick and Matt?

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3 Dishes: Mark Salamone of Dorsia

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:46:00 CDT

In this series, we ask chefs to recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. In this edition, we talk with Mark Salamone of Dorsia about the housemade pasta and pizza that makes Dorsia stand out from the crowd.

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Shake Shack to open Dec. 6 in Third Ward

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:16:00 CDT

Put on your burger-eating britches, because Shake Shack is on the cusp of opening.

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Belli's Bistro and Spirits slated for former Pastiche space in Bay View

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:33:00 CDT

Last summer, we reported that BV 3001 Restaurant and Lounge would be moving into the former Pastiche space at 3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. However, those plans have since fallen through, leaving the vacant restaurant open to a new tenant.

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Coffee, fluffy eggs and unicorns rule at the new Red June Cafe

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:03:00 CDT

There's a new option for coffee, breakfast and lunch Downtown, thanks to the opening of Red June Cafe. It's difficult to miss the cheerful cafe with its black and white awnings, painted windows and bright red door, all of which are indicative of the cafe's friendly neighborhood personality.

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An old-fashioned fish off: Wisconsin's fish fries vs. England's fish and chips

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:05:00 CDT

We slather our cod in tartar sauce and prefer potato pancakes. They dip their haddock in curry and have sides of mushy peas. Which one is better? We reeled in the experts for answers.

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2Mesa will breathe life back into a warm Martin Drive restaurant space

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:01:00 CDT

The half-timbered Tudor cafe at 4110 W. Martin Dr. - formerly Birdie's - always exuded warmth and a welcoming vibe. Now, Il Mito and Zesti Chef Michael Feker and his wife Maricela will open a Mexican restaurant called 2Mesa there in January after some renovations are complete.

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On the Burger Trail: Cheeseburger at Dr. Dawg

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It was a blustery afternoon when I drove up to Glendale to check out the burger at Dr. Dawg. And if any of you are giving me sidelong glances for expecting a Chicago-style hot dog joint to serve up a great burger, you'd be even more surprised by how many people recommended the burger as a must-try.

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Snack Boys promises serious cuisine with a not-so-serious attitude

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:01:00 CDT

There are time when leaving your expectations at the door is entirely the right protocol. Such will be the case at the forthcoming Snack Boys, a restaurant expected to open in the former All Purpose space at 814 S. 2nd St. sometime in mid-to-late December.

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Thank Cod it's Fryday: Canal Street Cafe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:02:00 CDT

If you're looking for a spot where you can find a solid fish fry that's served seven days a week, look no further than Canal Street Cafe, located just inside the front doors at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

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Wood-fired delights await at Birch + Butcher, which opens today

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:03:00 CDT

We got a first look at the space and menu at the new Birch + Butcher restaurant during the restaurant's soft opening on Thursday, Nov. 16. And there's every reason to put the restaurant on your list of spots to visit.

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New menu at Cucina Italian Restaurant pays homage to regional Italian fare

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:03:00 CDT

Changes have been brewing at Cucina Italian Restaurant, 725 E. Woodlake Rd. in Kohler. That's thanks to influence brought to the restaurant by chef and manager Bill Terranova, who began his tenure in late 2016.

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3 Dishes: Patrick Murphy of Kindred

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:01:00 CDT

In this series, we ask chefs to recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. In this edition, we talk with Patrick Murphy of Kindred about creating comforting, memorable fare that's appropriate for sharing.

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Thrillist names Five O'Clock Steakhouse among best in nation

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:03:00 CDT

National publications are taking a hint from OnMilwaukee readers these days, it seems. In our 2017 Dining Month Readers Poll, you selected Five O'Clock Steakhouse among your favorites in the city in two categories. And now Thrillist has done the same.

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7 great reasons to check out Cantina Tequila and Taco Bar on Old World 3rd

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:07:00 CDT

It's been just over three weeks since Cantina moved into the space at 1110 N. Old World 3rd St. that formerly housed Matador. We got a look at some of Cantina's top offerings. And here are seven good reasons to check it out.

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3 dishes: Joshua Rogers of Smyth

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:03:00 CDT

In this series, we ask chefs around the city to recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. This time, we talk with Joshua Rogers of Smyth at the Iron Horse Hotel about his approach to food as well as the impact his team has on the menu.

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On the Burger Trail: The Plaza Burger at Cafe at the Plaza

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:03:00 CDT

For as many times as I've dined at the Cafe, I've never ordered a burger. So, I ordered up the cafe's namesake burger: The Plaza Burger featuring a half-pound beef patty, Wisconsin cheddar and American cheeses, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a brioche bun.

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Birch + Butcher retail space now open at North End

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:03:00 CDT

The butcher shop portion of Birch + Butcher, the new restaurant and superette located in the North End's Denim Park development opened softly this weekend, serving fresh hot coffee from Chicago's Dark Matter and a selection of fresh meat cuts, cheeses and charcuterie.

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Get Your Ass In Here: Ned's Pizza

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:01:00 CDT

Since 1969, Ned's Pizza on 27th Street has quietly but firmly dominated the classic pizza scene. Some call it the "Zaffiro's of the South." Get in there, Milwaukee.

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Burning Through Brew City: Hot Head's 414 Fire fried chicken

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:16:00 CDT

After our first test of Hot Head's spice level landed a little lukewarm, the Bay View restaurant actually went back to the kitchen and challenged us with a new hellish concoction: 414 Fire fried chicken. And how could we say no to a challenge?

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Thank Cod it's Fryday: Jonny Hammers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:26:00 CDT

Jonny Hammers is a spot with personality and a distinctly friendly vibe. And if the rumors I've heard are true, the kitchen puts out better-than-average bar fare. In fact, there were all the indications that this could well be the perfect spot to encounter a true hidden gem of a fish fry.

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Sake Tumi to debut new menu, interior upgrades next week

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:32:00 CDT

Changes are on the horizon at a Downtown sushi staple. Sake Tumi is gearing up to debut a new menu, as well as the beginnings of an interior refresh, on Monday, Nov. 14.

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