For the seventh straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi. 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 2013."
October is here and because I'm a lifelong Mets fan and now nearly lifelong Brewers fan, that means I need to figure out which team to root for in the postseason.
In the series that ended last night, my choice was clear. There was no way I'd root for the Cardinals – though I do love the city of St. Louis – and a friend is a die-hard Pirates fan (being a Pittsburgh native).
So, we met up at McGinn's Sports Bar, 5901 W. Bluemound Rd., yesterday to watch the game and root for the black and gold. Although the Pirates didn't win, I did because I tasted, for the first time, McGinn's sweet, sweet maple bourbon chicken wings.
Once our server Kim told us about the maple bourbon option, I stopped listening, because my choice was clear. So, other than "hot," I can't tell you what the other options are. But I know you can add ranch, bleu cheese and celery, which I did.
The wings are pretty big and meaty. So, while I ordered 10, I probably could've been fine with even 7 or 8, and at 65 cents each, they're a bargain.
But the sauce. Oh man, the sauce. It's sticky and gooey and sweet and with rich maple flavor and a hint of bourbon bang.
If you haven't tried these wings yet, run, don't walk...
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.