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West Allis

This west suburb of Milwaukee – formerly an industrial powerhouse of its own – houses several fun parks and delicious restaurants, within easy driving distance of Downtown. The area's biggest draw, however, is the Wisconsin State Fair Park & Expo Center, which plays host to the Milwaukee Mile, Pettit National Ice Center and several festive summer events – including, of course, State Fair.

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TomKen's restaurant undergoes major renovation

Aug. 18, 2015 7:48 p.m.

Because of the popularity of the restaurant, TomKen's Friendly Fried Chicken will undergo a major renovation and expansion project that started quietly this week and will, hopefully, conclude in October. Don't worry, Wing Night isn't going anywhere.


Offerings are fresh and unique at Lucky Bakery & BBQ

Aug. 17, 2015 11:02 a.m.

West Allis has always been a sort of under-rated hot spot for gems like TomKen's Friendly Fried Chicken, Antigua and Chef Paz restaurants. But, most recently, it's also become the city's best spot to sample Chinese bakery and barbeque.


The gross glory of competitive eating

Aug. 15, 2015 5:19 a.m.

This year was by far Molly Snyder's best speed eating effort, but after downing a baked potato covered in cheese and three full-sized cream puffs she feels ridiculously bloated. See the glory and grossness in this video.


Wit and wisdom from the State Fair Step Wives

Aug. 14, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The women who enter the culinary competitions at the Wisconsin State Fair are pretty intrepid. They're also driven, funny and extremely loyal to one another.


#WeWant: State Fair edition

Aug. 13, 2015 3:01 p.m.

The Wisconsin State Fair is one of the greatest things ever. Here are just a few of the things #WeWant while we are there!


5 weird things you can buy at State Fair

Aug. 12, 2015 1:39 p.m.

The Wisconsin State Fair is great on so many levels, but as an infomercial enthusiast (read: sucker), I have a particular fondness for the zillions of oddball products sold in the Exposition Center. I could spend all day browsing and watching the pitchmen do their thing.


Wait, there are THREE Wisconsin State Fairs?!

Aug. 11, 2015 3:02 p.m.

It makes sense if you think about it, but it was news to me that Wisconsin has three - not one - annual State Fair. And just because I hadn't heard of them doesn't mean the Northern Wisconsin State Fair and the Central Wisconsin State Fair are newbies.


Confederate flag won't be sold at State Fair

Aug. 11, 2015 12:35 p.m.

I was afraid Wisconsin State Fair might sell some "Stars and Bars" stuff this year, but my concerns have been put to rest: according to Kristi Chuckel, Communications and Marketing Manager, you won't find any Confederate flag merch at the fair.


No bull: State Fair serves up deep-fried testicles

Aug. 9, 2015 9:08 a.m.

Every year, the Wisconsin State Fair has numerous adventuresome new foods, from chocolate-smothered bacon to deep-fried butter. This year, Big Sky Bar & Grill, located at Third and Central Streets on the north end of the fair grounds, gets the blue ribbon for the fair's boldest grub.


8 questions for Milwaukee foodie Bryan Peters

Aug. 7, 2015 10:57 a.m.

Milwaukee is filled with amazing people. And some of those people are wild about food. Take Bryan Peters, for example. He's a pork crazy locavore with a penchant for hats.