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Italian Beef Sandwich in NYC?

I tried to get a local Italian deli in my Brooklyn hood to start making these. I gave him recipes, web site links, and told him to watch the Man Vs. Food episode at Al's. He kept saying he'd try it sometime. I thought he'd corner the market and at least get a few write-ups (even the laziest journalist could come up with a NYC vs. Chicago story). Sadly, he never did it and last month they went out of business. They'd been in Brooklyn since the 50's.

Jul 28, 2010
pastoralia in Manhattan

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

I'm intrigued by this. I remember Infusino's but why in a gas station?

Jul 21, 2010
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Wanna eat like a local

Sounds like a plan!

Wanna eat like a local

I'm going down in a week and these are great rec's.

One question: On Tark's web page they say they have a happy hour. Is there actually a place to sit? I picture it as a take-out only kind of place.

New York foodie coming to Fort Lauderdale

MMMmmmm....Calypso sounds great...I love me a roti.

New York foodie coming to Fort Lauderdale

Good tip sobeiam...

Here's a question for anyone: I've never had boiled peanuts. Does anyplace around Fort Lauderdale sell them? If not, I read you can buy the peanuts at Publix and cook them yourself. I'm guessing if I do this these store bought peanuts aren't going to look like the same kind of peanuts I would buy at the circus. Any tips? I have the Lee Brothers Cookbook so I've got a recipe. I just need the right ingredients.

New York foodie coming to Fort Lauderdale

These all sound great.

The more I get to know Fort Lauderdale the more I realize there's lots of BBQ places and raw bars. So, I'm certainly into that. I can't think of anything better than sitting on a waterfront eating fresh fish and oysters and other treats from the sea.

About how many hours (minutes) away is Miami from FL? I've always wanted real Cuban coffee. I've had good Cuban sandwiches in NYC but I can't seem to find the coffee.

Is there any good Cuban coffee in FL for my morning pick me up?

New York foodie coming to Fort Lauderdale

I've never been to Fort Lauderdale but a friend has invited me down and I'm looking for any hidden gems (he'd probably be happy at a Waffle House...which, of course, I am too but I can't eat there every day). I've searched the boards and haven't found much, Fort Lauderdale probably isn't at the top of the world's must-eat places but there must be some good stuff. Seafood? Cuban? What is Floridian food anyway? Not really looking for fancy...just good, honest, tasty food that I'm not going to find in NYC.

I'll be taking a trip to Miami so I've got plenty of advice for that city. Thanks.

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

An interesting article...if I still lived there I'd do it but on a limited visit there are other places I'll stick with.

Nov 24, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

No mention of the grill. Glad to see the rosewater lemonade is still there but yes, the new interior is soulless.

Nov 09, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?


Do you know anything about Abu's? The last time I was back in Milwaukee I walked by and noticed their redesign (which I didn't like) and also noticed that I couldn't see their grill anymore. The best part of their schwarma was that it was nice and crispy around the edges from grilling it over hot coals. Do they still do this? Abu's was one of my favorite places when I lived in Milwaukee but I don't want to "throw away a visit meal" and realize everything I loved about Abu's has changed.

Nov 07, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

Just so you know the Palm Garden is inside the Lakefront Brewery.

Definitely try it...great time was had by all!

Oct 27, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

Whoa...that is an interesting piece of info! Do you know if it just the one on Oakland or do all of their stores carry it?

Oct 20, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

I was born and raised in Milwaukee and left in 1997 to liver in New York. I went back to visit a couple of months ago and these are the places I recommend in my foodie opinion.

Right off the plane the debate was between Kopp’s and Oakland Gyros (the one on Layton Ave…five blocks from the airport). We decided on Oakland Gyros. A good call. Huge portions, fluffy pitas, fresh feta, tangy tzaziki…damn fine way to start.

We checked into our hotel: The Iron Horse. Best hotel in the Midwest. Don’t believe me? Look up customer reviews on tripadvisor.

That night, instead of having a great meal, we went to the Milwaukee Ale House for great beer. Delicious beer, fun atmosphere, huge space with river views. We ended up eating some wings and nachos (it’s vacation). They were either the best things we ever had or we were drunk.

The next morning we had brunch at Café Hollander for their breakfast burger (beef patty, gouda cheese, 2 eggs, tomato, lettuce and bacon).

Wasn’t as good as I remembered but the Bloody Mary with a shot of beer was still mighty palatable.

After a day of tooling around we hit up 3 Brothers for dinner. We arrived at 6pm with reservations but it didn’t seem necessary since there were only four other people in the restaurant. Even though I’ve lived in Milwaukee all of my life I, regrettably, never ate here until now. A wonderful meal. We started with the chicken and dumpling soup and the Serbian salad. Simple ingredients that exploded in your mouth with flavor. Get the salad. It’s magical. I went with the roast pork while my wife had the lamb shank. Both fell off the bone. Delicious. You cannot go wrong here.

We followed this up with a two-block walk to the Palomino Bar. My new favorite place. They serve southern comfort food but we stuck to the $2 PBR’s.

The next day was a trip to Kopp’s for lunch. Everyone whoever moves out of Milwaukee knows that a trip home is incomplete without a trip to Kopp’s. If you’ve never been and you’re in Milwaukee it’s a MUST EAT.

Full on Kopp’s we hit up some North Avenue bars (Vitucci’s, The Landmark, the sadly defunct Von Trier’s) and ended up at everyone’s favorite Mexican late night love/hate spot Jalisco’s. Is it good food? I don’t know…I’ve never had it sober.

Breakfast the following day was at Alterra’s great space down by the lakefront for a perfectly portioned sized chorizo breakfast burrito. Delicious.

Later that day we stopped at Speed Queen BBQ. My wife found the sauce too sweet and the meat a little to fatty. I have always loved this place but I had to agree with her. Maybe it was an off day? Maybe my taste buds had been overexposed to too much booze and good food? I don’t know but afterwards I sort of felt like I should have had something else.

OK…the days are blurring together and I’m even starting to bore myself. Here are the places you can’t miss in Milwaukee.

Coerper’s 5 O’Clock Club. Some old-timers say it’s not the same. I don’t care. It’s the best steak I’ve ever had. Period. It shames Brooklyn’s Peter Lugers. This place is A MUST for carnivores. Good God it’s fucking good.

Zaffiro’s Pizza. There’s a lot of thin crust pizza places and everyone has their favorite they grew up with. I grew up with the now defunct Pepi’s off Forest Home. Zaffiro’s is every bit as good. People here in New York don’t understand what I’m talking about when I saw “cracker-thin” crust. They think they have the market cornered on pizza. They are wrong. Zaffiro’s is every bit as delicious at DiFara’s in Brooklyn.

Fish Fry at the Palm Garden inside the Lakefront Brewery. Polka Band. Beer battered fish. Giant dance hall. Potato pancakes. This is the place.

Other places:
-Comet Café on Farwell
-Koppa’s Deli (just go inside to see the strange and wonderful decorations. Pick up a t-shirt


-Smyth Restaurant inside The Iron Horse Hotel. I wish I’d taken pictures of my meal but I didn’t. Fresh, local ingredients. Impeccable presentation and service. A great high-end spot for dinner. The bar (Branded) inside the hotel also has wonderful high-end bar food. Try the Beer-Cheese soup. It’ll blow your mind.

-Fuel Café for the Seattle in the 90’s punk rock feeling.
-George Webbs at least once for breakfast or bar time burgers, eggs, and hashbrowns.

-Mar’s Cheese Castle in Kenosha. A cheese store/restaurant/bar? Why not? In the 70’s it was also a motel. Only in Wisconsin.

-O&H Kringle in Racine.
-The Milwaukee Public Market for food shopping or lunch
-The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago for their famous Apple Pie baked in a bag. It’s like rainbows and unicorns of goodness in your mouth. Worth the trip believe me.

If you’re visiting Milwaukee for the first time you can’t go wrong with these choices. There are others to be sure…next time.

Oct 20, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

Maybe that is the place? It sounds familiar.

Oct 01, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

Do any of you Milwaukeeans know of the burger place that's on the southside? I think it's somewhere in the 20s off Ramsey Ave? It begins with an "M" I think. I've never been there but old-timers insist it's the best in Milwaukee.

I'm a Kopp's fan but I wonder if it has to do with nostalgia because everytime I go back to Milwaukee (from NYC now) Kopp's is my first stop and I always love it.

Sep 25, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Montreal Bagels in NYC (coming soon)!

Holy shit ! This is great news. I love Montreal and this will be great to have a bit of here.

I seem to have missed where in Cobble Hill this will be...can anyone give me the cross streets?

If you can't wait for the poutine...check out Sheep Station. I think it's better than the stuff I had in Montreal (don't hate me Quebecois).

Jul 23, 2009
pastoralia in Outer Boroughs

Milwaukee, WI

Having grown up in Milwaukee and now living in New's true there isn't a pizza like DiFara's in Milwaukee but it's also true you can't find a delicious thin crust pie like Zaffiro's in New York.

Jul 13, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Milwaukee, WI

Oh, I got Usinger's covered. My gma works there and send me sausages every year.

The problem I have with Mimma's is it's Italian...and there's some pretty damn good Italian in Brooklyn/NYC.

I'm thinking Mader's will be the choice...or maybe I should do that Serbian place in Bayview? Followed by drinks at At Random?

Jul 08, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Milwaukee, WI

Silly question:

I'm going back to Milwaukee (where I grew up) this summer from New York. I pretty much have every meal planned.

Fish Fry at Lakefront Brewery
Coerper's, Kopp's, Sobelman's, Speed Queen for meats
Zaffiro's, Pizza Man for pizza (I've heard Pizza Man has improved- true?)
Branded at The Iron Horse (our hotel) for a romantic dinner

But I have one night where I'm getting taken out to dinner and I can't decide between Mader's or Mimma's. I've never been to either one. Bear in mind my wife (from Portland, OR) will be with me and I'm looking to give her the "Milwaukee experience."

Jul 06, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Downtown Milwaukee Breakfast?

Cafe Hollander on Downer has a pretty delicious brunch.

Milwaukee food help

Why do you say Coerper's it "out of touch"?

Milwaukee food help

Thanks for this tip...Hinterland looks wonderful.

Milwaukee food help

Polka music? Fish Fry? Beer? That sounds great!

Milwaukee food help

I keep forgetting about Sandford's. Their sample seasonal menu looks amazing. Anything with ramps and fiddlehead ferns is OK in my book.

Milwaukee food help

Hello all,

I'm a former Milwaukeean who has been living in New york for the last decade. I'm coming back for a visit this summer and am overwhelmed at all of the new dining choices in my old home-town.

Besides the obvious stops that I'll be making: Five O'Clock Club, Kopps, Speed Queen, Zaffiro's, The King and I (dig that Volcano Chicken), George Webb's, Philly Way, At Random, Vitucci's possibly a PJ's sub or two...I'm wondering about a few things.

1) I'm going to have a family get together...not too big (maybe 12 people) and need advice on a good, casual, and not too pricey place for dinner. I'm thinking the Milwaukee Ale House or Cafe Hollander? Or maybe someplace cool and eclectic? Third Ward, Downtown, East Side are the best places. I was thinking La Perla since we're staying at The Iron Horse but then a bunch of Mexican food followed by a night of drinking could be a bad idea.

2) I want to take my wife out to a romantic spot. I've heard good things about it any good? Any other choices?

3) I need a good fish fry. I went to one at Turner's last time I visited and it was OK...not as amazing as I remembered. Fish Fries that aren't on a Friday are good to know about too.

4) Steakhouse. I like it old-school; Coerper's and the Rafters is what I grew up with. I'm not so into the trying too-hard to be fancy places (i.e Carnevor) I can get that in New York. Some people I know swear by Butch's and Mo's. I kind of compare every steak to the ones at Coerper's 5 O'Clock (including Brooklyn's Peter Luger and let me tell you Coerper's beats them hands down)...I'd hate to go someplace else and be disappointed.

5) Any dog-friendly bars/restaurants? We're bringing our pooch and she loves to watch us drink.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

I guess the last two times I was there it was winter (I know- great time to visit) and the Nite Owl looked shuttered. I'll have to check it out when I go back this summer.

Not sure what other place further west you're referring to...all I know is that the Brat N Stop is no more across from Howell Ave.

May 20, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Good Eats In Milwaukee?

I grew up in Milwaukee (south side) and I've never heard of the Nite Owl... Was this the place near the airport? Didn't they close years ago?

And I know the OP didn't ask but Coerper's 5 O'Clock Club has the best steaks in the Midwest. I live in NYC now and it puts Peter Luger's to shame.

Agree with what everyone else has to say:
BBQ- Speed Queen
Burgers- Kopps, Sobelman's
Pizza- Zaffiro's (if you want a stuffed pie you can try Edwaurdo's on Hwy 100)
Tex Mex- I'm no expert but wouldn't La Fuentes or La Perla work for this?
Best malt- Kopps (but I've never really tried anywhere else)
Thai- it might not be authentic but the Volcano Chicken and The King and I is a must-have when I visit

And whoever rec'd Martino's- thanks! I was looking for a good Italian Beef the last time I was home. Is this near Mazos? They are supposed to have an amazing burger (I've never tried it).

May 19, 2009
pastoralia in Great Lakes

Best time to go to Di Fara's?

I love DiFara's but the frustration just isn't worth it...especially since I've discovered Artichoke.

May 19, 2009
pastoralia in Outer Boroughs

Peter Luger=nothing but hype

BLT Steak and the Strip House. But when I really think about it...I rarely go to a steakhouse here. I might have steak on a menu but I don't ever go to a place known for steaks. Any suggestions for something that looks like my picture above (from The 5 O'Clock Club in Milwaukee, WI)? Thick, charred on the outside and juicy pink in the middle? Lugers steak seemed to thin and not charred enough for me.

May 06, 2009
pastoralia in Outer Boroughs