Last week, O’Lydia’s, 338 S. 1st St., introduced a new menu that focuses on "elevated bar food and sharable appetizers," according to manager Rick Sackett.
"We did away with some apps that weren’t doing well and all of our dinners," says Sackett. "People just don’t come here for ‘dinner dinner.’"
The updated menu has new sandwiches, including a tasty pulled-pork sandwich made with a Guinness and Jameson glaze ($11) and a "Macs" section with a variety of macaroni and cheese dishes, including our new favorite bacon-and-gouda mac topped with blue cheese ($9) that is creamy, flavorful and fantastically comfort foody. There’s also a Wisconsin mac and cheese, alfredo mac and buffalo chicken mac.
"We just introduced the mac and cheese last week and it’s already killing it," says Sackett. "We also refreshed our presentation with new plates and dishes. It was time for a facelift and we wanted everything to look and taste very now."
Most importantly to this diner, O'Lydia's still offers its incredible reuben rolls and serves late night. Dig in, Milwaukee.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.