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Milwaukee in Early May

I had a wonderful meal recently at Lazy Susan in Bay View. Another idea for you to put in the rotation.

I was underwhelmed by my visit to EC3, mostly by the lacking service. If you are picking between Blue's Egg & EC3, I'd pick Blue's every day of the week.

Mar 09, 2015
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes

Fresh turkeys in Milwaukee area

Probably too late now, but the best around are the fresh heritage birds at Yuppie Hill Poultry. I did order a bird on pretty short notice a couple years back from Jen Ehr Farms over near Madison. That was a local heritage bird, although it was frozen. They come to the West Allis farmers market where you can pick up.

Nov 17, 2013
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes

Since MKE discussions have been slow, how about your shopping recs?

There are actually FOUR different Sendik's "clusters" in Milwaukee. Originally there were only three:

#1...the Shorewood (Oakland Ave) Sendiks

#2...the Downer Avenue Sendik's

#3...the Whitefish Bay Sendik's

The Shorewood store was the original one, founded in 1926. The Downer Ave store opened in 1929. The couple who owned both of those had three sons. After WWII one son ended up continuing the Shorewood store. Another continued the Downer store. The third opened the WFB store in 1949. From that point forward all three stores were separate entities although they shared the same Sendik's name.

The Shorewood store was sold to the Nehring family some time ago. The Nehrings also run V. Richard's in Brookfield and G. Groppi in Bay View.

The Downer store is still owned by descendants of the original brother. The Bayside and Elmbrook stores are part of that "branch" although they are selling the Bayside store to the Whitefish Bay Sendik's part of the family.

The Whitefish Bay store has turned into the largest enterprise of them all. This is the "red bag" Sendik's that advertises on TV. It wasn't until relatively recently that this "branch" has expanded significantly around the area.

The large Brookfield store at Capitol & Brookfield Roads which opened in 2001 is owned by a cousin of the Whitefish Bay "branch" of the family. It is a stand-alone location not affiliated by ownership with the other three.

Feb 06, 2013
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes

Since MKE discussions have been slow, how about your shopping recs?

I like Outpost for dairy and other local items. That's where I get my Yuppie Hill eggs, Sassy Cow dairy & Purple Door ice cream. Also a good selection of Wisconsin yogurt. Very good beer selection, too.

I like Woodman's but they are not convenient to my side of town. Unfortunately that means I go to Pick 'n Save for pantry items and get meat & produce at Sendik's.

I still like Grasch's for meat. Again not on my side of town, but worth it for special occasions. Expensive but you get what you pay for, and the butchers there are top notch.

Don't forget European Homemade Sausage on the south side for the best Polish this side of Poland.

Feb 06, 2013
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes

Elkhart Lake-Sheboygan area eats

Lake Street Cafe in Elkhart Lake. It'll be packed on a race weekend, but it's worth the wait.

I have heard the Paddock Club next door is good too, but I've never been.

Jul 08, 2012
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes

Looking for smoked eel in Milwaukee

My bet would be Parthenon Foods at 92nd & Cleveland.

Jul 07, 2012
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes

1st Time in Milwaukee

My thoughts:

HOTEL: Don't stay at the Ambassador Inn. It is the ugly across-the-street sister to the Ambassador Hotel, which is actually quite nice. The problem with both properties is they're in a less-than-great part of town without anything within walking distance. Stay somewhere downtown where you can walk to bars & restaurants in the evening.

BREAKFAST: I've lived here for three decades, and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Blues Egg is the best in town these days. You should expect to wait at peak times (weekends). No biscuits n' gravy on the menu, though. I lived in Missouri for a few years, and I've determined that biscuits 'n gravy is a decidedly southern staple that northerners do not excel at.

SAMMICHES: Benji's Deli in Shorewood for New York/Jewish deli staples: corned beef, pastrami, etc. I'm not sure what constitutes a "Chicago deli"--can you elaborate?

BRATS: Quite honestly, the best brats are fresh ones you've grilled yourself over charcoal in your backyard or in the Miller Park lot. If there's room in your car for a mini grill & some charcoal, pick up some fresh (not pre-cooked!) brats at the Usinger's HQ on 3rd St. As a result, I don't know much about restaurant brats in town. I suspect the Old German Beer Hall does a decent job. The Miller Park brats are ok, but the buns tend to get soggy and the brats are the inferior pre-cooked variety.

MILLER PARK: Best food at MP is the Ribbie's Cafe brisket (cart on the loge level, third base side) and the poutine or garlic fries from the Third Base Fry Bar on the field level. The burgers are pretty good too, if you get 'em with cheese & grilled onions.

SIT DOWN PLACES: Rumpus Room would be my pick. Nice atmosphere, good food, not "fancy." Great selection of beers & whiskeys.

Jul 07, 2012
MilwaukeeChow in Great Lakes


The only place I can think of is the Norske Nook in Osseo. There you will find the best pie in the state. The rest of the menu is typical comfort food--hot sandwiches swimming in homemade gravy, next to a pile of mashed potatoes. Nothing terribly exciting or innovative, but, far better than any of the chain fast food junk off the rest interstate.

Norske Nook Kaffe Hus
13807 7th St, Osseo, WI 54758

Milwaukee Looking for new ideas

Omega on 27th & Morgan is, IMO, the best 24 hour Greek/diner place in the city. Beats Ma Fischer's food by a mile. Only in Milwaukee will you find dinner specials that include entree, soup or salad, dessert, AND BEER.

My favorite Mexican is Riviera Maya in Bay View (2200 ish block of S. Kinnickinnic.) Much more of a true restaurant experience as opposed to the Walkers Point places, which are more of a loud cantina type atmosphere. They have six mole sauces--out of this world.

I-70 St. Louis to Denver

Depending on when you leave St. Louis, I'd recommend Ernie's Cafe in downtown Columbia, Mo. Great breakfast spot (and breakfast is served until 3 p.m.)

Or, skip the stop in CoMo and save room for some Kansas City BBQ. Plenty of threads on KC 'que around here, but I will put my 2 cents behind Arthur Bryant's.

In-N-Out, Fatburger, Culver's Throwdown

I grew up in Milwaukee, lived in LA for a few years, now I'm back in Wisconsin. Don't get me wrong, there are few things better than watching planes land at LAX while chomping down a Double Double. But, I agree that Culver's wins the burger competition hands down. They're much juicier and have a better true beef flavor.

May 05, 2008
MilwaukeeChow in Chains