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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 05:16:03 CDT


McDonald's cheese curds: Cheesy deliciousness or just meh?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:01:00 CDT

How are the new cheese curds at McDonald's? Do they live up to the delicious squeaky beauty to which we are accustomed in Wisconsin? Steve Palec headed out to McDonald's to try out the new combo and he dished on what he liked, and didn't like.

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Games, go-karts and more await at the new Point Burger Bar in Pewaukee

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:01:00 CDT

In many ways the new Pewaukee location of Point Burger Bar mimicks its sister restaurant in terms of the look and feel of the dining area and bar. But, cool features like a game room and adjoining indoor go-kart track set this Vegas style burger bar apart.

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Second location for The Ruckus planned for Wauwatosa

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:17:00 CDT

What's better than one Ruckus? Apparently two.The owners of Colectivo have been working since last spring to open their new fast casual burger and ice cream concept, The Ruckus. Now, it looks as if another location is in the works for Wauwatosa.

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The Laughing Taco taqueria on its way to Walker's Point

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:01:00 CDT

Plans are still in development for a new taqueria concept coming to Walker's Point. The restaurant is a collaboration between Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent and his wife, Lucia Munoz, and is expected to open as soon as this spring.

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Kitchfix delivers healthy, sensible meals to your door

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:03:00 CDT

Josh Katt founded Kitchfix, a meal delivery service that's always free of gluten, dairy, corn and soy products. "Kitchfix provides people with convenient, clean, crave-able and consciously prepared meals," says Katt.

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AJ Bombers, Holey Moley and Smoke Shack opening this week at Mayfair Collection

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:16:00 CDT

Hospitality Democracy restaurants AJ Bombers, Smoke Shack and Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts are preparing to open this week at the Mayfair Collection. All three concepts will be located in front of the new Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel next to Pizza Man.

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Point Burger Bar opens this week in Pewaukee

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:02:00 CDT

A new Pewaukee location of Point Burger Bar will open this week adjacent to the Veloce Indoor Speedway. The Las Vegas-style burger bar owned by restaurateur Brian Ward debuted its first location on the Northwest Side in fall 2015.

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6 cheeses to add to your holiday cheese plate

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:01:00 CDT

We asked Patty Ehlers Peterson of Larry's Market to recommend a few cheeses to add to our cheese plates this season. Happily, she obliged. So, here are five recommendations for eating, cooking and using on your holiday cheese boards.

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New Monterrey eatery will offer upscale southern cuisine on near South Side

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:01:00 CDT

The new Monterrey restaurant is being prepped to open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The venue, which is headed by chefs Robert Bergeron and Dion Jefferson, will focus on affordable upscale cuisine inspired by Southern and creole cooking.

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Sprezzatura pop-up series focuses on regional Italian culture and cuisine

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:01:00 CDT

A brand new pop-up concept focusing on the food and beverage of Italy will launch its inaugural dinner series in Milwaukee in January 2017. Sprezzatura will offer curated dinner experiences focused on regional Italian cuisine and culture.

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Bodegon offers diners a new look at Spain

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:01:00 CDT

Bodegón, the fine dining restaurant at the new Hotel Madrid, made its debut on Tuesday evening at 6th and Bruce. And it might be something of what you would expect. But, maybe not. We've got a preview of what you can expect when you visit.

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Chef Talk: Karen Gill of Down to Earth Chef

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:06:00 CDT

In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Karen Gill of Down to Earth Chef about choosing to be a personal chef, how to make the job work, how she gets to cook what she wants and loving the process of cooking.

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Take a peek at updates and dishes at the refreshed Cafe Hollander on Downer

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:54:00 CDT

Sunday, Nov. 20 marked the re-opening of the original Cafe Hollander, located at 2608 N. Downer Ave., which got a spruce up for its 10th anniversary. We've got a peek at the updated interior as well as some new items on the restaurant's menu.

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New book offers the scoop on Milwaukee frozen custard

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:01:00 CDT

There are many things that make Milwaukee great. One is our custard. Milwaukeeans have been wild about this egg-laced frozen treat since at least the 1930s. But, where did it come from? How is it made? "Milwaukee Frozen Custard" has all that and more.

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Kopp's new Travel Pak makes flying with custard a breeze

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:03:00 CDT

Frozen custard is best enjoyed at the stand where you bought it just moments ago. But for folks who live outside Milwaukee and want to be able to bring some of this delectable treat home after a visit, transporting custard can be a challenge. Worry no more. Kopp's has come up with a solution.

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Drool-worthy seafood dishes are on the docket for Third Coast Provisions

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:45:00 CDT

This evening, we got a sneak peek at the menu for the forthcoming Third Coast Provisions, a seafood restaurant slated to open soon in the space that originally housed Carnevor. And, while the dishes have yet to be tasted, they look positively drool-worthy.

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Rapid review: Bavette La Boucherie

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:06:00 CDT

It's been three years since Chef Karen Bell opened Bavette - a butcher shop and restaurant - in the Third Ward. Recently OnMilwaukee stopped in for lunch.

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Get a peek at The Tandem, which is gearing up to open Nov. 22

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:31:00 CDT

The opening of The Tandem in Lindsay Heights marks the culmination of a labor of love that began with an historic building and has evolved into the creation of both a neighborhood gathering place and a bridge between Downtown and Lindsay Heights.

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Kindred in Bay View seeks to conjure spirit of family

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:01:00 CDT

Kindred is a new restaurant slated to open as soon as mid-January in the new Kinn hotel in Bay View. The co-operators for the restaurant are sisters Marija and Vesna Madunic, owners of Firefly Urban Grill in Wauwatosa and Gracious Events catering.

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What to drink now: 6 Thanksgiving wine recs from c.1880's Joshua Wolter

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:01:00 CDT

Stuck in a wine rut? Or just looking for something more interesting to pair with your next meal? We've got your number. In this installment of "What to Drink Now" we talk with Joshua Wolter of c.1880 about wines you should be drinking on Thanksgiving.

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Chancery in Tosa to be reborn as Jose's Blue Sombrero

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:01:00 CDT

The Chancery has been a mainstay on State Street in the Village of Wauwatosa since 1978. But, starting in January, renovation will transform the restaurant into a Jose's Blue Sombrero. Take a look a the renderings to see what's in store.

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Growing Power's Allen joins Chef Alice Waters at food perspectives event Friday

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:01:00 CDT

Four renowned food leaders - including Growing Power's Will Allen and Chez Panisse Chef Alice Waters - unite Friday Nov. 18 to discuss how farming, social justice and the culinary arts can be powerful tools for economic and cultural development locally, nationally and internationally.

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Tacos return to Lucille's Piano Bar space on Old World Third

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:01:00 CDT

Tacos are once again on the docket for Milwaukee's burgeoning downtown entertainment district thanks to a new concept that will open later this year in the former Lucille's Piano Bar. Interestingly, it's full circle for the space which once housed Gus' Mexican Cantina.

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Wing nut: Pineapple habanero wings at Motor

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:02:00 CDT

Pineapple habanero is November's wing of the month at Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum. We stopped in to try them.

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3 dishes: Cristina and Jason Tofte of Tofte's Table

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 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 Cristina and Jason Tofte of Tofte's Table in Waukesha.

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Milwaukee's best dining of 2016-17

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:01:00 CDT

Season's eatings! The weather may be getting colder, but Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, is just cooking up, dishing out your winning picks in this year's Best of Dining poll.

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Chef Talk: Story Hill BKC's Joe Muench

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:56:00 CDT

In the latest episode of Chef Talk, Kyle Cherek sits down with Chef Joe Muench of Story Hill BKC to chat about balancing all of the facets of life in and out of the kitchen, what he cooks off the job and the future of fine dining.

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Only in Wisconsin: 4 outrageous cheese curd recipes you've got to see

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:16:00 CDT

If you live in Wisconsin, there is a very high likelihood that you love cheese and cheese curds. But it's possible none of us loves them quite as much as Nick Chipman, who spent his summer creating four outrageous recipes using some of Wisconsin's best.

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Good City launches brewery brunch starting Nov. 13

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:17:00 CDT

There's a new spot to try out for brunch this weekend. Good City Brewing will launch an all-day brunch menu beginning Sunday, Nov. 13. The menu, which will feature a combination of savory and sweet items will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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West Milwaukee Sendik's to open Nov. 15

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:30:00 CDT

West Milwaukee residents will have a new place to shop for their Thanksgiving dinners, as the much-anticipated Sendik's location on the east side of Miller Park Way - between Mitchell and Burnham - opens Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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Maison aims to be worthy new tenant for Meritage space

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:01:00 CDT

Maison, a restaurant specializing in classic French cuisine, is slated to open in the Washington Heights Neighborhood at 5921 W. Vliet St. in the former home of Meritage. We spoke to Chef Michael Quinn, who will head the new restaurant.

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9 Milwaukee frozen custard stands we miss

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:56:00 CDT

While the fame of Gilles, Leon's, Kopp's and Culver's endures, through the years, dozens of other custard stands have come and gone. Here is a sampling of some of them, from the new book, "Milwaukee Frozen Custard."

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5 delectable details you'll find at Hotel Madrid

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:01:00 CDT

Back in September, we told you a bit of what to expect from both Vermutería 600 and Bodegón, the bar and restaurant located on the first floor of Hotel Madrid. But you'll be able to take a look for yourself beginning Tuesday, Nov. 22, when both venues make their debuts.

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Last night, tacos won by a landslide

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 09:12:00 CDT

No matter who you voted for, perhaps you celebrated your contribution to democracy with a taco or two. Tuesday night, Boone and Crockett, Burnhearts and Sugar Maple in Bay View rallied with Chicago's 5 Rabbit Cerveceria for the spirited, tongue-in-cheek "#TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner."

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How Neiman Marcus' collard greens blew up the damn internet

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 15:01:00 CDT

The internet and its users were set ablaze in recent weeks as news spread that luxury retailer Neiman Marcus was selling trays of collard greens for $66. Posts about the offering went viral, inciting a new hashtag: #gentrifiedgreens. What can we learn from it all? Plenty.

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First look: Total Wine and More in Brookfield

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 13:02:00 CDT

On Thursday, Total Wine and More - the country's largest independent wine, beer and spirits retailer - opens its first Wisconsin store in the Calhoun Crossing Shopping Center, 17300 W. Bluemound Rd., in Brookfield. We took a peek inside.

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Don't fret, Milwaukee: There are still great spots to get deals on election day

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:54:00 CDT

There's no excuse for not voting this year. We've got all the information you need to get it done, including information about the ballot, candidates and your polling place, along with great Election Day offers from area bars and restaurants.

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Moxie closing in on opening date in Whitefish Bay

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:55:00 CDT

MOXIE, the spunky new Whitefish Bay Restaurant which plans to open later this month, will feature an upscale casual atmosphere with a full bar where diners will be able to enjoy their choice of lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

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What's all The Ruckus in Shorewood?

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:32:00 CDT

It's sprouted quickly in the Village of Shorewood, growing from an old Verizon store's ashes into a well-designed, soon-to-be new restaurant that embraces the charm, scale and walkability of the neighborhood. Here's a photo gallery of The Ruckus, coming soon to Oakland Avenue.

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Newly minted EsterEv offers delicious new tasting menu inside dandan

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 11:08:00 CDT

If you've been missing some of the non-Chinese-inspired dishes offered up by Chefs Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of dandan, there's good news on the horizon. EsterEv, the new restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept inside dandan, opens Thursday.

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Featured server: La Merenda's Nikki Hildebrandt

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:04:00 CDT

Anyone who's had a rough day or week should consider swinging by La Merenda and sitting in Nikki Hildebrandt's section. Hildebrandt, a career waitress who started in the industry 26 years ago, is one of the warmest and most dedicated servers in the city.

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3 dishes: Thomas Hauck of Karl Ratzsch

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 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 Thomas Hauck of Milwaukee's iconic Karl Ratzsch.

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Chef shift on the horizon at Wolf Peach

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 15:06:00 CDT

Beginning this December, Wolf Peach Chef Cole Ersel will turn over executive chef reins to long-time colleague Chef Kyle Toner. But, despite the changes, diners can continue to expect the same rustic European-style fare they've always enjoyed.

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Wisconsin cheesemaker named 2016 Martha Stewart American Maker

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 12:40:00 CDT

Award-winning Wisconsin cheesemaker Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese has been named one of Martha Stewart's 2016 American Makers. The news comes on the cusp of the annual release of one of Wisconsin's most anticipated seasonal cheeses, Uplands' Rush Creek Reserve.

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Angelic Bakehouse acquired by Ohio-based Lancaster Colony

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 11:42:00 CDT

Jenny and James Marino, owners of Cudahy-based Angelic Bakehouse, have announced plans today to sell their company to Lancaster Colony Corporation, a maker of specialty foods based in Ohio.

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Lori's picks for Milwaukee's best restaurants, 2016

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 11:02:00 CDT

Almost daily, I'm asked to give my recommendations for places to eat and drink. At least as often, people ask me to share my "favorite" restaurant, an admittedly impossible task. This list is an attempt to curate some of those favorite spots from 2016.

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Chez Jacques is closed

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 16:15:00 CDT

Milwaukee has lost another classic. Chez Jacques, the French restaurant at 1022 S. 1st St., has closed. The last day of business for the restaurant was Sunday, Oct. 30. Owner Jacques Chaumet says he's had a good run, but it is time for him to move on.

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Hamburger Mary's to open in Walker's Point Nov. 2

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:35:00 CDT

Hamburger Mary's will bid adieu to its Bay View location and reopen in snazzy new digs at 730 S. 5th St. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Please note that, during its first week in the new location, Hamburger Mary's will be open for dinner only.

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Milwaukee's best barbecue, 2016

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:06:00 CDT

Last year, it was Atlas BBQ smoked not only its tasty meats, but the rest of the competition in the best barbecue category. Would the Grafton-based barbecue joint pull it off for a second year? Or would it be another restaurant's turn to grill its competitors?

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Milwaukee's best Mexican/Latin American restaurant, 2016

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:56:00 CDT

The best Mexican/Latin America category is always a hotly contested one during of Best of Dining poll, and this year's results were no different, with the top five all landing within 100 voters of one another. But what restaurant emerged on top?

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