Food/Drink – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:40:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Food/Drink – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 We buried a free George Webb burger in a time capsule in the woods and will unearth it one year from now http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/buried-free-george-webb-burger-time-capsule-woods-unearth-one-year/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/buried-free-george-webb-burger-time-capsule-woods-unearth-one-year/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:30:31 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57568 n Thursday, October 18, 2018, Wisconsin burger chain George Webb made good on a longstanding promise/promotion and handed out free hamburgers to celebrate the Milwaukee Brewers’ recent 12-game winning streak. From 2 to 6 p.m., thousands upon thousands of people took advantage of this promise/promotion. Folks across the state dutifully lined up outside their friendly […]

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On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Wisconsin burger chain George Webb made good on a longstanding promise/promotion and handed out free hamburgers to celebrate the Milwaukee Brewers’ recent 12-game winning streak. From 2 to 6 p.m., thousands upon thousands of people took advantage of this promise/promotion. Folks across the state dutifully lined up outside their friendly neighborhood Webbs. They slowly shuffled inside. They were handed a free burger. They walked out. It was amazing.

We were among those people. At about 1:30 p.m., we got in line outside the George Webb on Oakland Avenue. The line was long, but not really that long. Folks were in good spirits. A woman talked about getting a free Webbs burger the last time the Brewers won 12 in a row, in 1987. A man grumbled about some kids from nearby Riverside University High School who were trying to cut in line. There were news crews.

Finally, at 2 o’clock, the line began to move. We slowly shuffled inside. We were handed a free burger. We walked out. And, um, that was it.

So, what to do now? We couldn’t just eat the thing. We had to do something. After all, we were the same website that once ate at every George Webb on planet Earth in a single day. Wasn’t there a story about a guy who still had his burger from 1987? Didn’t some guy bronze his? And that’s when it hit us:

We would construct a crude time capsule, put our free George Webb burger inside, and bury it in the woods. In exactly one year, we would unearth the thing and look at it.

Sixty minutes and one perplexed spouse later (us: “I need a box, some packing tape, and a shovel!”), we were in the woods.

We felt good about our impromptu time capsule. It had a picture of Uecker on the top and some Milwaukee Record stickers on the outside. We dated it. We sealed the burger in a ziplock bag. We double-bagged the entire box. We wrapped the thing in packing tape. We had failed to track down a shovel, so we dug a hole in the ground using the ice scraper from our car. We buried our free George Webb burger in a time capsule in the woods.

Now, about the unearthing part. Letting the thing sit there until the next time the Brewers win 12 in a row makes the most sense, but who knows how long that will be? Another 31 years? No, we’ll unearth it exactly one year from the day we buried it. Maybe we’ll re-bury it after checking in on it, or maybe not. Either way, we’ll be sure to document the event. And no, we’ll never reveal where it’s buried (it’s somewhere in Milwaukee County).

See you on Friday, October 18, 2019. Go Brewers.

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The Vanguard will serve up burgers, punch, and laughs this Halloween as a comedy club called “The Punchline” http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/the-vanguard-will-serve-up-burgers-punch-and-laughs-this-halloween-as-a-comedy-club-called-the-punchline/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/the-vanguard-will-serve-up-burgers-punch-and-laughs-this-halloween-as-a-comedy-club-called-the-punchline/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:17:28 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57576 The Vanguard isn’t afraid to shake things up. On top of regularly changing up its menu in new and exciting ways, the owners of the Bay View bar and sausage emporium have shown no hesitation to occasionally break format during their first four years in business. Beyond once turning its patio into a pop-up record […]

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The Vanguard isn’t afraid to shake things up. On top of regularly changing up its menu in new and exciting ways, the owners of the Bay View bar and sausage emporium have shown no hesitation to occasionally break format during their first four years in business. Beyond once turning its patio into a pop-up record store, temporarily serving ribs and fried chicken, and kindly giving plucky upstart publications a sausage for a weekend, The Vanguard has been known to take things to the next level for around Halloween.

For one night in late October of 2015, the business changed its name to Golden Dragon and specialized in Chinese cuisine. The following year, Vanguard served up seafood as a single-night venture called “Hook Line & Sinker.” Last year, the business took the holiday theme to weirder, more obscure, and infinitely more awesome territory when it spent Halloween as a Seinfeld tribute restaurant known simply as “A Restaurant About Nothing.” So how will The Vanguard transform this year? You’re going to laugh!

The night of Wednesday, October 31, the sausage joint will temporarily turn into “The Punchline,” an ’80s-style comedy club.

“I think people get confused by our Halloween events,” Vanguard co-owner Chris Schulist says. “Our idea behind them is, if the people behind Vanguard were to open another place with a totally different concept, what would it be? Kind of like our dream bar and restaurant.”

Not only will the The Punchline offer oodles of laugh from a talented lineup of Milwaukee comedians, chef Patrick “Paddy” Joyce created some comedian-inspired burgers, and Ricky Ramirez has crafted some punch and punch bowl concoctions for the occasion. And there’s sure to be a surprise or two along the way. Schulist tells us patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite comedians “or, honestly, just dress ’80s.”

Milwaukee might not have a true comedy club at the moment, but for one night, The Punchline will fill that void and fill Bay View’s bellies with burgers and punch in the process. We’ll see you there!

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D14 Brewery & Pub is closing http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/d14-brewery-pub-is-closing/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/d14-brewery-pub-is-closing/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:53:27 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57509 While Milwaukee tries to figure out exactly what is going on with Frank’s Power Plant, we have more bad news on the Bay View business front. District 14 Brewery & Pub is closing “before the end of the month.” According to a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post from the business’ owner, the four-year-old taproom will cease […]

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While Milwaukee tries to figure out exactly what is going on with Frank’s Power Plant, we have more bad news on the Bay View business front. District 14 Brewery & Pub is closing “before the end of the month.” According to a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post from the business’ owner, the four-year-old taproom will cease operations in a matter of days.

Here is the full statement:

Good news and bad news guys.

Good news is we have a new sour beer hitting the taps today! The Final Hour Sour is a very nice barrel fermented sour. More tart than my typical sour so slightly less approachable. Nice tropical fruit notes and a dry finish.

Also Brewers play at 4 and we will have the sound on!

Bad news is that this beer is aptly named. D14 will be closing it’s doors for good before the end of the month. To say it breaks my heart to say this, is an understatement. I won’t get into all the why’s, except to say it is simply time to move on.

That being said our 4th Anniversary (and farewell) party will go on as planned this Saturday. I will stay open for sure until the 26th. I will likely bottle any remaining beer and have a bottle Release and final blowout the following week.

Thanks everyone
Matt

D14 opened in September 2014. Since it started brewing on Howell Ave., a number of new breweries have opened in Milwaukee, including four right in Bay View (three of which remain in the neighborhood). In its four-year run, the business was a popular meeting spot and a participant in Bay View Jazz Fest. Stay tuned for updates on the property. In the meantime, go have one last pint at D14 while you still can.

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The Vanguard’s new menu features wild boar sausage, kimchi fries, meatloaf burger, and more http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/the-vanguards-new-menu-features-wild-boar-sausage-kimchi-fries-meatloaf-burger-and-more/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/the-vanguards-new-menu-features-wild-boar-sausage-kimchi-fries-meatloaf-burger-and-more/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:56:16 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57405 Since opening in late 2014, The Vanguard has quickly established itself as the pinnacle of tubed meat delicacies in Milwaukee. Beyond its everyday offerings that have wowed critics, lured professional athletes and visiting celebrities to dine in Bay View, and captured the hearts of both locals and Bill Burr alike, the popular bar and restaurant […]

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Since opening in late 2014, The Vanguard has quickly established itself as the pinnacle of tubed meat delicacies in Milwaukee. Beyond its everyday offerings that have wowed critics, lured professional athletes and visiting celebrities to dine in Bay View, and captured the hearts of both locals and Bill Burr alike, the popular bar and restaurant also likes to shake things up every now and then by changing its menu.

Two weeks ago, we issued a warning that The Vanguard would saying “last call” to nine menu items, which would be phased out by October 15. Though it’s unfortunate to see these delicacies go, a ton of new items will be taking their place. Starting today (October 16), The Vanguard will be offering seven new styled sausages (five of which have vegan alternatives—noted with a “v”), a massive meatloaf burger, a new type of poutine, kimchi fries, a pair of vegetable-based sides, and a few new brunch options. Starting at 11 a.m. today, The Vanguard will be offering the following menu items:

Styled Sausages

Furio (v)
Italian Sausage with romesco, lemon aoli, and crostini, served over garlic beans (no bun)

Milan Cevapi (v)
Coriander- and oregano-seasoned lamb/pork sausage with ajvar, tzatzitki, feta, pickled red onion, pita, and iceberg lettuce (no bun)

The Klaus (v)
Pork sausage with bacon, thyme, and white wine. Topped with kraut, house-made fig mustard, and chives

Kimchi Dog (v)
All beef hot dog with housemade kimchi, fried egg aoli, scallion, and sesame

Jorge
Beef sausage with grilled scallion, garlic, and chili flake. Topped with chimichurri, roasted cherry tomato, mayo, parmesan, and served on grilled baguette

The Mandalorian (v)
Wild boar, mushroom, rosemary, and red wine sausage topped with butternut squash, orange bourbon sauce, sarvecchio

Curry Chameleon (v)
Chicken and pork sausage with tamarind and cilantro seasoning. Topped with green curry sauce, bamboo shoot, toasted cashews, and cilantro served over fries (no bun)

Burgers

The Brutus Beefcake
Beef and pork meatloaf with melted gouda, horseradish sauce, beef gravy, lettuce, tomato, and onion on grilled sourdough

Poutine and Fries

Belgian Beef Poutine
Beer braised beef, smoked gouda, grimbergen gravy, and apples atop french fries

Kimchi Fries (v)
House-made kimchi, scallion, mango chili sauce, and sesame

Sides

Pan-Fried Carrots (v)
Carrots topped with honey, turmeric, chili flake, and mint

Uncle Ricky’s Green Beans
Fried potato topped with creamed green beans, mushroom gravy, and crispy fried onion

Brunch

Chicken + Biscuits
Fried chicken sausage, buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy, and fried egg

Vanguard Brunch Bodega
Bacon, pork, fried egg, and Velveeta-stuffed sausage topped with fried egg aoli, Tabasco, cheddar, and chive served over fries

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Travel Channel’s ‘Food Paradise’ will film at Von Trier tonight, Crafty Cow on Wednesday http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/travel-channels-food-paradise-film-von-trier-crafty-cow/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/travel-channels-food-paradise-film-von-trier-crafty-cow/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:25:59 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57357 he love affair between Milwaukee and food/travel shows continues. Following in the august tradition of the Travel Channel visiting Sobelman’s Pub & Grill and Comet, Spike TV dooming the old Y-Not III and Campbell’s Irish Pub, and 8,000 other visits we’re probably forgetting about, the Travel Channel’s ever-popular Food Paradise will descend on the East Side’s venerable Von […]

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The love affair between Milwaukee and food/travel shows continues. Following in the august tradition of the Travel Channel visiting Sobelman’s Pub & Grill and Comet, Spike TV dooming the old Y-Not III and Campbell’s Irish Pub, and 8,000 other visits we’re probably forgetting about, the Travel Channel’s ever-popular Food Paradise will descend on the East Side’s venerable Von Trier tonight, and Bay View’s Crafty Cow on Wednesday.

Food Paradise focuses on specialties from restaurants located all around the country that fit one specific episode theme. The program will be filming at the German-themed bar and restaurant tonight from 5-8 p.m., and at the new-ish Bay View hot spot on Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by!

Milwaukee is no stranger to Food Paradise, either. The Old German Beer Hall, The Vanguard, Merriment Social, Good City Brewing, Ward’s House of Prime Rib, and Five O’Clock Steakhouse have all popped up on the show in recent years. Von Trier, meanwhile, is the same Von Trier you’ve always known and loved (RIP “midcentury cocktail lounge” rebranding), except even better. Crafty Cow, meanwhile, beefed up its menu this past summer.

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Lakefront is celebrating National Cheese Curd Day with “Rainbow Unicorn” cheese curds, more http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/lakefront-national-cheese-curd-day-rainbow-unicorn-cheese-curds-more/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/lakefront-national-cheese-curd-day-rainbow-unicorn-cheese-curds-more/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:05:01 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57381 oday, as we all know, is National Cheese Curd Day. Wisconsin, as we all know, loves its cheese curds. So what is cheese-curd-loving Wisconsin doing for National Cheese Curd Day? Who knows, but Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery is going all out with some “Rainbow Unicorn” cheese curds (with sparkles), taco cheese curds, pizza cheese curds, funnel […]

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Today, as we all know, is National Cheese Curd Day. Wisconsin, as we all know, loves its cheese curds. So what is cheese-curd-loving Wisconsin doing for National Cheese Curd Day? Who knows, but Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery is going all out with some “Rainbow Unicorn” cheese curds (with sparkles), taco cheese curds, pizza cheese curds, funnel cake cheese curds, and spicy cheese curds. It’s a beautiful time to be alive.

Yes, for one day only (today from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) Lakefront is offering all the above specials, plus a 50-percent discount on its regular fried cheese curds. Oh, and if you want a taste of all of Lakefront’s wacky offerings, you can totally get a cheese curd flight. Again: a cheese curd flight. Did we mention it’s a beautiful time to be a live? Here’s the gooey info:

Monday, October 15th is National Cheese Curd Day! Since we know a thing or two about cheese curds with our award winning “best cheese curds in town,” we wanted to celebrate!

Join us all day and enjoy half off our regular fried cheese curds! Thing is, we couldn’t stop there. We’re so excited to announce that we will be offering RAINBOW UNICORN CHEESE CURDS WITH SPARKLES! (pictured below)

We’re also offering these BRAND NEW FLAVORS for 1 day only:
~ Taco Cheese Curds with Avocado Dip
~ Pizza Cheese Curds with Marinara
~ Funnel Cake Cheese Curds with Chocolate Sauce
~ Spicy Cheese Curds with Garlic Ranch
Tough decision right? Why not get a CHEESE CURD FLIGHT and try them all!?

Aw cheese, you’ve done it again!

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Westallion Brewing Company’s Candy Corn Cream Ale is exactly as good (or bad) as you think it is http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/westallion-brewing-companys-candy-corn-cream-ale-is-exactly-as-good-or-bad-as-you-think-it-is/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/westallion-brewing-companys-candy-corn-cream-ale-is-exactly-as-good-or-bad-as-you-think-it-is/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 22:38:08 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57313 Unpopular opinion…wait, unpopular fact: candy corn is good. No matter what Lewis Black and more than half the western world might say about it, candy corn is one of the best parts of fall. One of the other great aspects of autumn is the release of new seasonal beers. Up until this point, candy corn […]

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Unpopular opinion…wait, unpopular fact: candy corn is good. No matter what Lewis Black and more than half the western world might say about it, candy corn is one of the best parts of fall. One of the other great aspects of autumn is the release of new seasonal beers. Up until this point, candy corn and fall beer existed in separate corners of the seasonal tradition. However, a local brewery recently found a way to incorporate the polarizing fall treat into a new beer that tastes exactly as good (or bad) as you imagine.

Over the weekend, Westallion Brewing Company made news with the release of its Candy Corn Cream Ale. The young West Allis-based brewery concocted a recipe that blends malts and sugars you’d expect from a traditional cream ale with a house-made candy corn flavoring to make a scary good beer that’s perfectly suited for Halloween.

Sunday afternoon, curiosity brought us to Westallion to try the new beer. After a customer assured us it was much better than it sounded, we purchased a pint of Candy Corn Cream Ale for $5. The 5.5 percent ABV beer has a light orange hue and a strong candy corn scent. Despite its unmistakably smell, the beer’s sweetness is actually pretty subtle. In fact, it’s slightly bitter, and we found it to be an all-around balanced and tasty beer.

Stephen Colbert may not be a fan, but if you’re in the minority of folks who like candy corn and craft beer, it’s absolutely worth taking a fall drive to get some Candy Corn Cream Ale. If candy corn isn’t your thing, maybe Westallion’s Peanut Butter Porter is more your speed.

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249 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: Ray’s Butcher Shoppe http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/249-friday-fish-frys-counting-rays-butcher-shoppe/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/249-friday-fish-frys-counting-rays-butcher-shoppe/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 05:35:45 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57238 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. rowing up in Fond du Lac, I wasn’t brought to Milwaukee too often as a child. My only recollections of being in the city in the 1980s and ’90s are of a few trips to the Milwaukee County […]

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Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here.

Growing up in Fond du Lac, I wasn’t brought to Milwaukee too often as a child. My only recollections of being in the city in the 1980s and ’90s are of a few trips to the Milwaukee County Zoo, a school field trip to a church, and annual Brewers games at County Stadium. Each year, my uncle would buy me and my cousins tickets for a baseball game; my dad would come along as well. I don’t remember much about the games—most of my memories of going to County Stadium consist of everything else that happened besides baseball.

Each year’s ritual went something like this: We would arrive in Milwaukee and park on Dana Court, off of Hawley Road, next to a strip club called Monreal’s Encore. (I checked the city directories going back to 1982, and it can be confirmed that this strip club has existed since at least the last time the Brewers went to the World Series, meaning it definitely was Monreal’s Encore when I was a kid.) I had no idea it was a strip club at the time. In fact, I probably didn’t even really know much of what happened in a strip club, or that they even existed.

After we would park, we would eat cold sandwiches in the car, and then crawl below the Dana Court bridge and walk under power lines between two cemeteries, heading east towards County Stadium. There was always garbage and graffiti everywhere. Eventually we would find a specific spot in the fence where the bottom was cut, and we would shimmy up through it and walk to County Stadium. During the 1990s, this was my basic conception of Milwaukee—a strip club, graffitti, garbage, and finding the right spot in a fence so you could crawl through it.

At the stadium, we always had seats in the bleachers. I remember using binoculars, and my dad or uncle would always bring a small portable radio in order to listen to Bob Uecker. Being that we were so far away, these were the things that helped us better understand what was going on with the game.

This past Friday, in honor of the Brewers winning their division, and in honor of my childhood memories of the Brewers and of Milwaukee in general, I decided to go on an adventure. After seeing that Monreal’s Encore had a fish fry, my initial thought was to get one to-go from there and eat it outside of the place, just like I ate those cold sandwiches all those years ago. I called them and asked if they had “food to-go for takeout,” and they said they didn’t. I suppose they probably don’t get that request too often, and maybe they didn’t even understand what I was asking. I then thought maybe I could just go there, order food, and then say I was full and have it boxed up so I could go outside. I also thought maybe I could just eat inside of the strip club. In the end, I came up with another idea.

I left my house one-and-a-half innings into the game, turned Uecker on in the car, and headed to the Pick ‘n Save on Holt Avenue. I scanned the non-alcoholic beer section. They had one of my favorites, O’Doul’s, but it just wouldn’t do. The Brewers were competing in a playoff game and I needed a non-alcoholic beer made by Miller. I needed Sharp’s.

I headed to Oklahoma Liquor and picked up a cold 12-pack of Sharp’s. I drove past Fritz’s and saw their open sign was on (they are staying open on Fridays until they find the right buyer), and I drove past Grainger’s. Eventually I arrived at Ray’s Butcher Shoppe (4640 W. Loomis Rd.; 414-423-1322).

Opened by Ray Konkel in the late 1970s, Ray’s Butcher Shoppe was originally on Howell Avenue. It has been at its current location on Loomis Road since 1989. It is a full-on meat market, with steaks, ribs, homemade sausages and brats, jerky and beef sticks, and just about every other meat you can think of. They cater pig and chicken roasts, and party trays and salads are also available. I had been there once before, for Sunday hot ham and rolls. They’ve had a Friday night fish fry for as long as they’ve been at their current location.

When I ordered, I was asked if I wanted a two piece or three piece meal, and I went with the latter. I was also asked if I wanted french fries or steak fries, and what type of soup I wanted. Since seafood chowder was an option, I quickly chose that.

To-go orders are put in big paper bags, names are called out, and if no one claims them right away they are set on a cart. While I was waiting I checked to see if they had Sharp’s beer in their cooler. Nope. At least I hadn’t wasted my time by making multiple stops. After about 10 minutes, my name was called and I was out the door.

I circled the city, following I-894 to the west and then to the north, and then heading east on I-94. Uecker was in the background on the radio. It was the fourth inning. I hit some traffic caused by an accident as I got closer to Miller Park, and I began to get antsy. I had to get to my destination before it got too late.

And then I was there, at a spot I hadn’t been at in about 20 years—the spot that was my original understanding of what Milwaukee was. I parked outside of the Encore, and grabbed my paper bag of fish, a Sharp’s beer, and a small portable radio. I laid out my spread on the concrete guard of the bridge I used to climb underneath, and I turned on Uecker on a little radio, just as my dad or uncle had done when we used to sit in the bleachers of County Stadium.

I tried hard to focus on the food in front of me, and on the game, but my thoughts kept drifting back to my childhood, and the mosquitos started attacking with a fierceness I hadn’t anticipated. Instead of three pieces of fish, I was actually given four. They were short in length, but thick and juicy. They were covered with a thin and rather tasty batter, and came with quality tartar sauce. The french fries weren’t anything special—just some plain crinkle cuts that made me pine for what the steak fries might have been. The coleslaw came in a small container, had a light cream, and had small cuts of cabbage with a piquant bite. The roll was satisfactory, and the seafood chowder was smooth and flavorful, and even had some shrimp in it. The Sharp’s almost tasted like a beer, and was better than I remembered from past experiences.

I thought about walking under the bridge and trying to find the spot where the fence used to be cut, but the pathway to get below the bridge looked even more treacherous than it had in the 1990s, and the mosquitoes were getting really annoying. As the sixth inning began, I packed up and headed home. Uecker was on the car radio in the background, the rhythm of his voice following the rhythm of the game, just as it had when I was a kid climbing through fences and sitting in the bleachers of County Stadium.

Takeaways: Ray’s Butcher Shoppe’s fish fry would be good for eating at a picnic in a park or at a beach on a nice day—it is also good for eating on a bridge outside of a strip club next to some cemeteries; decently priced at $9.95; Rays has six and 12-piece fish buckets so you can bring all your friends; Sharp’s beer is okay, non-alcoholic beer is okay; Did anyone else used to park next to the strip club and crawl through that fence? Was this a well known thing? Does anyone still do this? Please message me if you have any information about this.

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AJ Bombers will transform into “Bernie’s Bombers,” feature a Braun Double Bacon Burger http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/aj-bombers-bernies-bombers-feature-braun-double-bacon-burger/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/aj-bombers-bernies-bombers-feature-braun-double-bacon-burger/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 05:02:28 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57160 rewers and burgers: it’s a beautiful time to be alive in Milwaukee. Whether it’s free Sobelman’s burgers or the possibility of free George Webb burgers, Milwaukee businesses are going all out to celebrate an incredible 2018 Brewers season. Add to that list AJ Bombers, which, from Friday, October 12 through the end of the NLCS, […]

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Brewers and burgers: it’s a beautiful time to be alive in Milwaukee. Whether it’s free Sobelman’s burgers or the possibility of free George Webb burgers, Milwaukee businesses are going all out to celebrate an incredible 2018 Brewers season. Add to that list AJ Bombers, which, from Friday, October 12 through the end of the NLCS, will transform itself into “Bernie’s Bombers.” Both the downtown location and the Mayfair Collection location will feature free custard or tap beer to anyone decked out in Brewers gear, plenty of Brewers-themed specials, oodles of peanuts (natch), and the Ryan Braun-created Braun Double Bacon Burger. Like we said, it’s a beautiful time to be alive in Milwaukee.

Here’s all the info:

Buy Me Some P-nuts (and Burgers) and Cracker Jack!
AJ Bombers brings the stadium experience into the restaurant

Wish you were cheering on the Brewers from inside the stadium this October? AJ Bombers is proudly inside Miller Park all year long supporting the Brewers (and feeding Brewers fans), and they’re bringing that stadium experience into the restaurants (both downtown Milwaukee and Wauwatosa’s Mayfair Collection) to celebrate the playoff series. Beginning Friday, October 12 through the end of this series, AJ Bombers is turning into Bernie’s Bombers in solidarity with the Crew.

“Bernie’s” Bombers will feature:

– A free cup of original custard or tap beer to any guest joining us decked out in Brewers gear through the series

– An MB baseball mitt-shaped locally-made soft pretzel, served with beer mustard cheese and regular cheese sauce

– A specialty burger created by Ryan Braun, for AJ Bombers—the Braun Double Bacon Burger. It is two smashed patties, American cheese, Nueske’s bacon, Bombers sauce, beer mustard cheese sauce, lettuce, and tomato

– P-NUTS! Bombers has the ultimate p-nut delivery system, and p-nut shells lining the floor, just like inside the stadium

– CRACKER JACK! Bombers will premiere the Cracker Jack custard concrete (which will be part of the new fall menu coming in November)

– The entire menu is going Brewers-crazy with menu items named after the Crew and this exciting time of year

– The restaurants will have the sound on and simulcast every Brewers playoff game on their multitude of televisions

“AJ Bombers has enjoyed a long partnership with Miller Park and the Milwaukee Brewers,” says John Walch, president of Hospitality Democracy. “We’re thrilled about the success of the Brewers this season and look forward to bringing that Miller Park-energy to our AJ Bombers restaurants. Besides, what could be a better way to cheer on the Brewers than a burger, p-nuts, maybe some cheese curds, and definitely some custard?”

In addition, AJ Bombers’ sister restaurant Holey Moley will be featuring blue and yellow sprinkles on a specialty donut throughout the series, while supplies last.

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Help finally bring ramen to Milwaukee by donating to the Ramen Nom Icon crowdfunding campaign http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/bring-ramen-milwaukee-donating-ramen-nom-icon-crowdfunding-campaign/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/bring-ramen-milwaukee-donating-ramen-nom-icon-crowdfunding-campaign/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 05:25:27 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57099 ake yourself back to the fall of 2017. Donald Trump was president. The LEGO Ninjago Movie was in theaters. Milwaukee was in the grip of ramen fever. Yes, long before the poke craze, the axe-throwing craze, and the gameshow/cat-petting/escape room/rage room craze had descended upon the city, Milwaukee was all about ramen. Now, one year […]

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Take yourself back to the fall of 2017. Donald Trump was president. The LEGO Ninjago Movie was in theaters. Milwaukee was in the grip of ramen fever. Yes, long before the poke craze, the axe-throwing craze, and the gameshow/cat-petting/escape room/rage room craze had descended upon the city, Milwaukee was all about ramen. Now, one year later, it appears there may be even more ramen on the horizon—if you’re willing to kick in a few bucks.

Enter Ramen Nom Icon, a curiously named, currently theoretical ramen joint that wants to set up shop in Bay View. In order to do that, business partners Ivan Wayne Baker III, Christopher Rick, and Daniel Warschkow have turned to crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise money to buy the needed kitchen equipment. A flexible goal of $25,000 has been set; as of this writing, a little over $3,000 has been raised.

In case you were wondering, Ramen Nom Icon won’t be your grandma’s ramen joint. “We plan on having two traditional types of ramen—one miso broth and one tonkotsu (pork bone) broth, and a rotating specialty bowl that will change every 4-6 weeks,” says the Indiegogo campaign. It continues:

Everything will be made fresh from scratch, except for the eggs because we’re not chickens. Our focus is on fresh, flavorful ingredients locally sourced whenever possible. The rotating ramen bowl will be a weird and experimental option. While the other bowls are traditional in style, this will be anything but. This will delineate our ramen shop from all others. It will probably agitate ramen traditionalists because we have plans to upend what the word ramen means in Milwaukee.

Also, the eventual shop will sport a “Lovecraftian visual theme,” because “Ramen Nom Icon” is pronounced like “Necronomicon.” Huh.

The folks behind Ramen Nom Icon acknowledge that the ramen craze isn’t as “hot” as it used to be, but note that they would be “over 4 miles from the current epicenter of ramen in Milwaukee.” (That epicenter would be the East Side.)

On their Facebook page, the business partners say they are “working on putting together a schedule of pop ups as a series of stepping stones toward the opening of the shop.” Until then, a $100 donation will get you some free ramen and your name on the wall, while $2,500 will get you a $1,000 in-house account and your very own “branded ramen bowl.” Ramen.

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