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Unexpected delicatessen treasures in Milwaukee...

Thank you, Fydeaux, for adding to the list of take-out deli treasures. Next time I visit Larry's, I will inquire. If they have discontinued the bisques, I will let them know of your high regard. Maybe they will put them back on the menu.

If you don't asks...you don't gets.....

Sep 16, 2013
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Diples in Milwaukee...

...well, actually in West Allis:

The wonderful "Parthenon Foods" on Cleveland Ave sells, among other treasures, splendid homemade diples. I just finished a portion (accompanied by a pear cognac obligato). A picture of this poetic event is included.

Sep 15, 2013
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Unexpected delicatessen treasures in Milwaukee...

True enough that Larry's is a bit pricey, but I am willing to pay a few extra rupees for the ambiance. It is a quaint, small shop; a bit quirky but a nice chance of pace from the behemoth "Fresh Market" and "Whole Foods" places that somehow (and thankfully) have not succeeded in driving Larry's out of business.

Plus, apropos the original subject of this thread, Larry's has a dish in the take-out deli section of their shop worthy to be placed on the " unexpected delicatessen treasures list:

Creamy Coleslaw.

It is rich, a touch peppery and sweet... altogether tasty.

So far then, we have on the list:

Grilled Asparagus -Glorioso's
Churros - El Rey
Coleslaw -Larry's Market

I do hope that I will not be the only compiler!

Sep 15, 2013
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Unexpected delicatessen treasures in Milwaukee...

Thank you, Fowler, for your detailed response. I'm familiar with all the eateries you mention except Jakes. I was there many years ago in the "Ben Barkin" era, and found it quite good. But now they have different owners; I don't know if the place has maintained its quality. I should give it a try.

I don't think I phrased my query as well I could have. I'm not looking for a good "sit-down" deli in Milwaukee...quite frankly, I don't think anything around here stands in the same constellation as, for example, Manny's, in Chicago. That's where go when I want to have a real corned beef sandwich!

What I 'm looking for around here are impressive foods found in the "take home deli" sections found in food markets. Milwaukee is not big enough (alas, or thankfully, depending upon one's point of view) to have great sit-down delis, but it is big enough to have charming independent "ethnic" food markets (like Glorioso's) that have excellent "prepared food" sections. I hope that clarifies my question. And in those sections may be found dishes like the wonderful grilled asparagus I found at Glorioso's the other day.

Now that I have clarified my query, here is another addition to the list:

The churros at any El Rey market.

Sep 03, 2013
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Unexpected delicatessen treasures in Milwaukee...

Deli quality around here is uneven. All the more pleasant, then, to find an unexpected culinary treasure behind the glass to purchase and take home.

Here is one I found yesterday:

Grilled asparagus from Glorioso's Italian Market on Brady Street.

Anyone want to continue the list?

Sep 02, 2013
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fee-fi-PHO-fum in Milwaukee

PHOtographic evidence of PHOnomenal PHO at PHO Hai Tuyet on Brown Deer Road.

Thank you for the recommendation....

Sep 02, 2013
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fee-fi-PHO-fum in Milwaukee

Thank you for the suggestions, ciao59chow. Just like the Prefect of the Parisian police in Poe's "The Purloined Letter" the truth was right in front of me. Just last week, I had a great chicken curry in the Hmong Market cafe and noticed that most of the customers were enjoying steaming and exotic looking pho, served up in gigantic bowls. Why I didn't remember this scene when I wrote my query yesterday is anyone's guess.

So... the Hmong Market Cafe on 76th Street it is! I'll give it a go and report back soon.

If this sort of thing keeps up, I'll be a good candidate to become the Prefect of the Parisian police....

Aug 25, 2013
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fee-fi-PHO-fum in Milwaukee

So...where can I pack away the best pho in Miltown?

Had what I thought was a delightful bowl at "Pho Viet" on South 27th for lunch today...but since I know next to nothing about what constitutes a good bowl, maybe I was operating under some sort of culinary delusion.

Was I?

Reassurance or edification gratefully accepted...

Aug 24, 2013
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Fried Rice frustration in Milwaukee...

The cafe may be a Milwaukee treasure, but the neighborhood certainly is not. Some industrialized parts of Milwaukee manage to be quaint and picturesque, but not this one. It is grimy and depressing. This makes the Hmong Market Place all the more alluring. It stands out as an exotic, colorful island siting in the middle of an ocean of urban sprawl. The purple rice was a colorful dish in a colorful cafe; a welcome distraction form the sad ambiance of North 76th street.

Aug 11, 2013
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Fried Rice frustration in Milwaukee...

Well...in my search for decent fried rice, I think I have stumbled upon something better....the purple sticky rice at "Long Chen Noodles and Grill" on North 76th Street. Having an absolutely splendid serving of chicken curry and a fine egg roll along with the rice certainly helped! I highly recommend this charming cafe located in the back of the Phongsavan Hmong Market Place. A Milwaukee treasure!

Aug 11, 2013
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Fried Rice frustration in Milwaukee...

Well...I at last have found my Milwaukee dream fried rice. The only problem is that the restaurant, WOK CUISINE, is located in a far north-western suburb of our fair city:

Shoreview, Minnesota.

Aug 07, 2013
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Fish Boil worth it?

I would go a step further:

It is something not to try, ever.

Aug 05, 2013
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Fried Rice frustration in Milwaukee...

Thank you. I'll give it a go and report back.

I'm not really looking for anything "authentic"...but rather the unadventurous, but reassuring, "comfort food" that was the staple of the Chinese restaurants of my 1960s childhood. Perhaps I'm looking (for lack of a better term) for "retro-Americanized" fried rice. I'm surprised (and slightly embarrassed to admit) that this sort of dish has an appeal that transcends "authenticity". On the other hand, there are probably worse culinary crimes....

Jul 30, 2013
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Fried Rice frustration in Milwaukee...

I have recently been searching high and low for a respectable serving of Fried Rice in this place, and have been disappointed at every turn. Any recommendations?

Jul 28, 2013
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Showing off in Milwauke....

It is slightly, not significantly, less expensive than Tess....the entries being in the teens rather than the twenties.  I had, as an appetizer, a potato pancake (different from the Eastern European variety, more of a mashed potato croquette) and saffron risotto for the entree.  My wife judged her scallop dish  to be superb;  the other two dishes were "sugo" the house pasta, and a chicken in some sort of citrus cream sauce.  No patio...but the tables on the sidewalk fulfilled that requirement.

Funny that you mention The Pizza Man.    Last time our friends visited, that is where we took them.  Soon after, it was no more. 

That was a wonderful  patio.

Jul 21, 2013
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Showing off in Milwauke....

It is a with a twinge of embarrassment (commingled with a good dose of old-fashioned guilt) that I admit to not following any of the excellent suggestions offered.

We took our guests to Sala da Pranzo.

Hampshire is a pleasant side street (why I was seemingly so obsessed with the requirement that the restaurant be on a side street is fodder for another discussion), the food was knowledgeably prepared and never fails to please. It might not be imaginative and it probably isn't hip, but the food is tasty, and that should count for something.

Our guests left the restaurant with one more piece of evidence that, yes, Milwaukee is indeed a hip town.

That was the goal.

I do plan, in the future, on trying out many of the places that were so helpfully recommended.

Jul 21, 2013
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Showing off in Milwauke....

Thank you for the heads up....plus, as it turns out, it is next door to La Merenda (they will be there with their reletives tonight.) It would be good to take them to another part of town tomorrow. So...the search continues.

Jul 18, 2013
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Hip in Milwaukee....

When asked recently on this board for a list of restaurants in Milwaukee that are "imaginative and hip" a perceptive responder mentioned in passing that deciding what is "hip" is a subjective judgment; something determined by "the eye of the beholder." True; what is hip to one person may be intolerable to another. This makes me curious. What are some "hip" Milwaukee eateries and or pubs. What makes them that way?

Here is my (incomplete) list:

Huan Xi (Murray Ave.) the food is alway tasty, sometimes superb, and the propriator's small children are often being tended to by the propriator's parents. This domestic/culinary scenario could easily fool the customer into thinking that they are having dinner in someone's kitchen in a suburb of Shanghai.

For me, that's hip.

Mister Señor (also on Murray Ave.) The burritos and nachos (take-out only) are served up (on the right day) by a gentleman whose name is "Dude".)

For me, that's hip.

McBob's (North Ave.)

Upon completing my first Mexican plate (very tasty!) at this venerable west side establishment, I was presented with a bumper sticker that said : "I lost my taco virginity at McBobs."

For me, that's really hip.

Anyone want to make the list longer?

Jul 18, 2013
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Showing off in Milwauke....

Thank you for all the interesting suggestions. Tess is under serious consideration...the only thing holding us back is the priciness of the place. (Perhaps the ambiance and cooking are worth it. In terms of location it wins hands down.) La Merenda would have been at the top of the list as well; we have always been happy there. Alas, the Milwaukee branch of our friend's family are taking them there tonight. I have been to several of the other places mentioned. I sense that my motivation for posting the original query was that we are ready to try a new place.

Blue Jacket is it. I will report back and thank all of you for your help.

Jul 18, 2013
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Showing off in Milwauke....

Old friends are visiting this weekend. We want to take them out for dinner on Friday night to a place that is hip and imaginative, but not too pricey or pretentious. Does such a place exist in our fair city? A place on a side street, with a nice patio, in an old neighborhood. Is "The Brew City" there yet?

Jul 18, 2013
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