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Dining - Jan. 16, 2017
The Ruckus opens this week in Shorewood
Looks like the ruckus is about to begin in Shorewood. The new fast casual restaurant from the owners of Colectivo will offer up a basic menu featuring burgers, hot dogs and ice cream along with housemade churros served up fresh and hot with dipping sauces.
Dining - Jan. 16, 2017
Purple Door Ice Cream closed through Jan. 31
Looks like you'll have to suppress your local ice cream cravings for a couple of weeks. The Purple Door Ice Cream scoop shop at 205 S. Second St. is taking a two week hiatus.
Dining - Jan. 16, 2017
3 Dishes: Tony Kora and JJ Lert of Rice N Roll Bistro
In this series, we ask chefs around the city to describe their restaurants in their own words and recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. In this edition, we talk with Chefs Tony Kora and JJ Lert of Rice N Roll Bistro.
Dining - Jan. 15, 2017
A last look at Cempazuchi, which closed Saturday
Cempazuchi quietly closed its doors Saturday night. It's not always possible to revisit an old favorite before it closes, but we were lucky enough to pay a visit on Friday to bid adieu to the restaurant, which opened in April 1999.
Dining - Jan. 13, 2017
EsterEv changes reservation system to accommodate diners
Despite its obvious advantages to the restaurant, EsterEv - the chef's table restaurant inside dandan - will switch its reservation platform from Tock to OpenTable beginning this afternoon. And the changes were made specifically with the customer in mind.
Dining - Jan. 13, 2017
On the Burger Trail: Mazo's
It seemed appropriate to begin our hike down the burger trail with one of Milwaukee's classic cheeseburgers. So we paid a visit to Mazo's, the cozy old-school diner that's been slinging delicious burgers since 1934. How does the burger stack up?
Dining - Jan. 12, 2017
A peek at Milwaukee's first poke restaurant: FreshFin Poke
Much like Pokemon (the game), poke (the food) is a trend that's been sweeping the nation. And it's finally reached Milwaukee. Although it didn't quite make its Thanksgiving deadline, FreshFin Poke on the East Side is nearly ready to make its debut.
Dining - Jan. 12, 2017
Get a taste of Little Italy at Santino's, which opens next week
A new Bay View restaurant, Santino's Little Italy, will officially open to the public on Friday, Jan. 20. The cozy Italian restaurant has been a long time coming. But after countless months of remodeling, a long neglected venue will be reinvigorated.
Dining - Jan. 11, 2017
Former Mimma's Cafe on Brady Street will be reborn as Dorsia
When Jeno and Lorenzo Cataldo purchased the Mimma's Cafe property last fall, there was much speculation about what was coming to the space. According to information gleaned this afternoon, the restaurant is slated to reopen sometime this spring as Dorsia.
Dining - Jan. 11, 2017
It's HUGE. Monster Pizza MKE opens today on East Side
There's something big coming to Oakland Avenue on Milwaukee's East Side. Monster Pizza MKE opened today at 11 a.m. at 2856 N. Oakland Ave. in the former SoLo Pizza. And it's going to be huge.
Dining - Jan. 11, 2017
Rockford's Blue Water Grill aims to contribute to Bronzeville revival
A veteran Milwaukee chef aims to bring a casual fine dining restaurant to the burgeoning food and entertainment district along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. James Garner says he expects to open Rockford's Blue Water Grill as early as April or May of this year.
Dining - Jan. 9, 2017
Test your tater tot talents & support the arts at Wayward Kitchen & Bar
Are you the guardian of a tater tot casserole recipe that no one can resist? If so, you might just want to get your recipe ready for the second annual Turnout for Tots Tater Tot Casserole Cookoff at Wayward Kitchen Co. in Walker's Point.
Dining - Jan. 6, 2017
Junior's Custard has closed
The sign at Junior's Custard, located at 6005 W. Appleton Ave., turned dark the weekend of the New Year's holiday. And, much to the chagrin of area residents, the popular custard stand has remained dark for nearly a week.
Dining - Jan. 6, 2017
Reimagining Brady Street: What would you like to see?
There have been numerous closures on Brady Street in recent months, sparking a change in the nature of the popular neighborhood. It's not the first time the area has seen change. But, it begs the question: what's in store for the future of this street?
Dining - Jan. 6, 2017
On the Burger Trail: In search of Milwaukee's best burgers
Next week, we'll launch a new series called "On the Burger Trail," in which Lori Fredrich will explore wonders of the iconic hamburger. She'll indulge at a variety of area restaurants, judging each beefy spheroid on the basis of its individual merits.
Dining - Jan. 4, 2017
"Tour de Tosa" to feature four village restaurants in progressive dinner event
This January, enjoy the "Tour de Tosa," an event showcasing dishes and drinks from around Europe, served up in a "progressive dinner" format, where guests move from restaurant to restaurant for unique dishes and a wine or beer pairing.
Dining - Jan. 4, 2017
Cempazuchi to close after nearly two decades
Another Brady Street staple, Cempazuchi Comida Bravo, has announced that it will close in the coming weeks. Known for its regional Mexican cuisine, including mole and fish tacos, the restaurant opened to the public in spring of 1999.
Dining - Jan. 2, 2017
13 late night dining options for food lovers
Typically, late night dining guides cater to the post-bartime crowd and contain options like pizza, gyros and the metaphorical food equivalent of Taco Bell. But, what happens if you're simply a late eater? Or you've gone to a show and need a late dinner?
Dining - Dec. 30, 2016
Lori's picks for Milwaukee's best restaurants, 2016
Almost daily, I'm asked to give my recommendations for places to eat and drink. At least as often, people ask me to share my "favorite" restaurant, an admittedly impossible task. This list is an attempt to curate some of those favorite spots from 2016.
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Holiday Guide - Dec. 30, 2016
2016 picks: Lori Fredrich
Wow, 2016. What a roller coaster you have been. You've been great. And terrible. And wonderful. And tragic. But, in the words of poet Sarah Kay: "I have seen the best of you, and the worst of you, and I choose both."
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