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6519 W. North Ave.
North Avenue in East Tosa has been exploding with new places to eat, drink and be merry, but few received the kind of neighborhood buzz as the western outpost of Bay View’s acclaimed Vietnamese-inspired Hue.
Though there are some other Asian food options nearby, the crisp, fresh flavors of the noodle bowls, stir frys and pho noodle soups at Hue have quickly made it a North Avenue destination.
Type of food: Vietnamese-inspired.
Prices: Appetizers from $6.50 to $14, pho from $10 to $16, and entrees from $11.50 to $19.50.
Vegetarian friendly? Yes, pho, noodle and rice dishes come in veggie-only options and with tofu is available, too.
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Parking: There’s plenty of street parking. Don't park in the lot west of the building, as it doesn't belong to Hue, and you may get a ticket.
Vibe/dress: The decor is sparse and no-frills tasteful and the service friendly. Come as you are.
Hits: Bún Đặc Biệt (pictured above) is a pretty great noodle bowl, with a rich variety of ingredients. A pair of grilled shrimp skewers and flavorful charbroiled lemongrass-garlic beef sit atop a bed of white vermicelli noodles and a mix of mint – adding a satisfying freshness – cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon and shredded lettuce, topped with crushed peanuts and nước mắm sauce.
The Cơm Xào (picture above) is also delicious, served with a side of jasmine rice. With shrimp added to the stir fried vegetables, it makes for a hearty, healthful meal.
Misses: The decor could be a little more inspired.
Insider tip: Don’t miss the patio, when the weather allows.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.