By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 03, 2021 at 6:01 PM

What’s it like to be the home of Alton Brown-approved crullers? Just ask Joey Carioti of Cranky’s, a doughnut shop that’s been serving up delicious housemade doughnuts (with a side of community) in Wauwatosa for over 20 years.

This week, we’re talking to Carioti, who has taken on the role of second generation operator of the business about life in the doughnut shop world. During our chat, he shares the tale of Cranky’s origins, the ups and downs of running the family business and the creative ways they’ve worked to keep the business afloat during a global pandemic. Along the way, we also challenge him with burning questions like “Is Cranky Al really Cranky?”

Find out this week on the FoodCrush podcast!


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.