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Camp Bar Tosa opens this Saturday at noon in the Tosa East neighborhood. Get an old fashioned and go camping!
Camp Bar Tosa opens this Saturday at noon in the Tosa East neighborhood. Get an old fashioned and go camping! (Photo: Camp Bar Tosa Facebook)

Camp Bar Tosa opens Saturday

In March, Lori Fredrich reported that Camp Bar was adding a second location in East Tosa. 

Indeed, Camp Bar Tosa opens this Saturday, Oct. 18, at noon. A ribbon cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the new location at 6600 W. North Ave.

 

The new location is modeled closely after the Shorewood location at 4044 N. Oakland Ave. Like Shorewood,  there's no kitchen but Camp will partner with a local restaurant to offer food. 

Camp Bar was voted "best bar atmosphere" in the 2014 OnMilwaukee.com Readers Poll for its cabin atmosphere, "up yonder" signage and taxidermied animals.

I look forward to checking out the new space soon, and have no doubt Camp Bar Tosa's vibe will be just as entertaining and welcome as its original. 

See you there soon!  

A new option for dine-in, take-out and delivery for wings, sandwiches, ribs and more.
A new option for dine-in, take-out and delivery for wings, sandwiches, ribs and more.

First look: Wings Over Milwaukee

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Back in August, we reported that "Wings Over" was adding a Milwaukee location at 1434 E. Brady St. David Gordon and partner Ben Fuller are bringing the franchise to the area -- they also own Wings Over Madison. 

The new option for finger-lickin' wings, ribs and more opened yesterday on Brady Street. Diners can enjoy more than 23 flavors of wings -- both bone-in or boneless -- including sauces, dry rub and Buffalo style.

Wings Over Milwaukee claims they serve only the "largest, meatiest, tastiest wings available" -- which is a pretty big claim. My favorite wings in town include Points East Pub and Magoo's -- so how do these compare? 

The parmesan-garlic and sweet chili bone-in wings. 

I'm a sucker for dry rub wings -- and prefer my wings bone-in -- so it was pretty easy for me to decide what to try first. I ordered the parmesan garlic dry rub -- which was noted as a favorite on the menu board -- and the sweet chili. I liked the rub as well as the sauce -- and the meaty wings were a good size. The outsides were crisp and the inside was tender and cooked through. I'm looking forward to trying a few other of the dry rubs -- especially the Texas mesquite. 

The chicken tender size boneless wings with honey bbq. 

The boneless chicken wings are huge -- apparently Wings Over Milwaukee wants to give you strips and exceed your expectations on these. I really enjoyed the honey barbecue sauce -- tangy while not overly sweet. While I typically don't order boneless if I was in the mood for some chicken strips -- aka these boneless wings -- I would order these again. 

Wings Over Milwaukee has your standard sides of french fries, onion rings …

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Leinenkugel's has several new brews coming out of 10th Street Brewery and the IPL is one of them.
Leinenkugel's has several new brews coming out of 10th Street Brewery and the IPL is one of them.

A beer with Dick Leinenkugel (and team)

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit 10th Street Brewery, meet Dick Leinenkugel and try out some new brews. When asked to go, I laughed -- of anybody on the editorial staff here I am among the least likely to go out for a beer. But, duty called -- and I really enjoyed myself. 

10th Street Brewery (part of Miller Coors craft brewery division) is the one that you see immediately to the right of Highway 43 North just past Downtown -- you know the one. The night's itinerary included trying out the brand spanking new Leinenkugel's IPL -- or India Pale Lager to those of us who know nothing about beer. I got to try that -- and more -- as well as check out the brewery itself.

After sitting down at the private bar in the brewery Dick Leinenkugel joined us and started pouring things for us to try. He was like a kid in a candy store -- "oh, look what I found!" A bunch of beer nerds -- otherwise known as really smart beer folks -- and I got to try a few things that were just bottled. Fresh beer! Apparently it really does make a difference. That is why is there is a "born on date" on beers.

The new IPL is a good blend of what (apparently) folks like about IPAs blended with lagers. I am known for trying a sip of IPAs and shaking my head in disgust at the bitterness. The new IPL does have a smoothness that I enjoyed and I could taste the tinges of Hallertau Mandarina Bavaria (they supplied the name, like I would actually know this) that brought a hint of tangerine to the brew. 

I got to sample a few other freshly brewed beers, too -- one being the Winter's Bite that will be sold in Leinenkugel's Explorer Packs this winter. I really enjoyed this creamy black lager; the hint of cocoa spice was just perfect and didn't overpower. 

The other brew that I loved last night was Big Eddy, an imperial schwarzbier with Door County cherries, that had been bottled that day. I'd never tried the Big Eddy line -- don't judge me beer snobs. It wasn't on my radar when …

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Uncanny Soup Co. opened today at 612 N. Water St. serving homemade soups, sandwiches and more.
Uncanny Soup Co. opened today at 612 N. Water St. serving homemade soups, sandwiches and more.

First look: Uncanny Soup Co.

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

Last week we reported that Uncanny Soup Co. was coming to Water Street and opening soon. I stopped over for a first look -- and the soup of the day. 

Uncanny Soup Co. has four homemade soups every day, plus two specials. The every-day options include jambalaya, baked potato (add your toppings), chili, chicken vegetable (add in pasta, rice or dumplings) and cream of tomato parmesan. Today the specials were cheesy chicken enchilada and cheesy broccoli. Soup prices start at $4.50 for a cup and $6 for a bowl -- both come with homemade bread, which is a small roll.

New soup for you! 

There was a hefty opening day crowd in the updated space at 612 N. Water St. that previously housed a sub shop.

I opted for a bowl of the special cheesy chicken enchilada. The soup had a good base heat for the enchilada flavor and had shredded chicken and pieces of softened tortilla through out. Cheesy was an apt heading for this soup -- it was indeed cheesy and melty goodness.

The daily special of cheesy enchilada with bread and a side salad.

The menu also includes a variety of sandwiches -- including "Mom's Meatloaf" and a rolled pork sandwich -- that sounded like must-trys. You can opt to do your typical half and half. The breakfast frittata on flatbread also sounded intriguing and, at $5.25, it includes coffee.

Uncanny Soup Co. is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and you should also look for the soups at your local supermarket.  

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