Food/Drink – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:12:58 +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 First Impression: Pita Palace http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/first-impression-pita-palace/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/first-impression-pita-palace/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:50:55 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54163 Last month, Milwaukee’s first Golden Corral opened on Layton Avenue. For reasons we can’t quite grasp, the franchise’s arrival on the airport-adjacent causeway—which is also home to some quietly great restaurants like Kim Thai, LaLa’s, Pho Hai Tuyet, along with the venerable likes of the Nite Owl drive-in and The Packing House—came with its fair […]

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Last month, Milwaukee’s first Golden Corral opened on Layton Avenue. For reasons we can’t quite grasp, the franchise’s arrival on the airport-adjacent causeway—which is also home to some quietly great restaurants like Kim Thai, LaLa’s, Pho Hai Tuyet, along with the venerable likes of the Nite Owl drive-in and The Packing House—came with its fair share of excitement. The buffet chain’s gargantuan parking lot is full at all hours of the day and, after being told there would be a 45-minute wait to even get in when one contributor attempted to visit, we delayed (and possibly might flat-out abandon) our all-too-expected article about gorging ourselves there.

While Golden Corral seems to have captured the interest of hordes of hungry metro Milwaukeeans, we were far more interested in another restaurant’s arrival just a few blocks away from that buffet. After months of renovations and preparation, Pita Palace (789 W. Layton Ave., 414-988-8100) officially opened for business on July 23. The most exciting aspect of Pita Palace is the restaurant’s ownership affiliation with Al-Yousef, an excellent Middle Eastern market and restaurant that’s buried deep in Oak Creek.

Could there really be a place to get Al-Yousef-caliber cuisine in Milwaukee proper? We wasted little time before driving past the full Golden Corral parking lot and, instead, paying a visit to Pita Palace.

The space: The first thing you’ll notice upon entering Pita Palace is, well, it’s a palace. The high-turnover property, which was most recently the home of a Western-themed bar and grill called Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon, has been almost completely overhauled. Outside, the facade is updated, the siding has been stripped and repainted, and considerable landscaping efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Inside, the Big Buck Hunter HD: Duck Dynasty Edition machine, the Fast And The Furious racing games, the army of flatscreen TVs, and any semblance of a Western motif are all long gone. In their place, diners will find pillars, chandeliers and other swanky lighting fixtures, brand new tile flooring, and subtle interior accents like plants. They’re fake plants, but plants nonetheless.

With the removal of the bar where Wild Bill’s briefly slung beers and sugary cocktails, the dining area is considerably more spacious. Pita Palace has close to 30 tables, ranging from a cluster of two-tops to some 4-tops (some were pushed together to accommodate a large group during our latest visit), and a few booths. The only remaining TVs display the restaurant’s menu over the counter at the rear of the establishment. Despite the decidedly fancier feel, Pita Palace is an over-the-counter restaurant with fairly fast turnaround on orders, and lots of customers seeming to avoid eating there in favor of taking their food to go. That’s not a shot at the business, of course. Just don’t let the stone pillars dissuade you from coming in with a t-shirt on and grabbing something quick over your lunch break.

Milwaukee Record‘s food: We—under-dressed as always—stood near the counter with a menu in hand for a long time before just deciding to order a whole bunch of stuff. Our Mediterranean mastication tour started with a Chicken Shawarma Plate ($9.99) and a bottle of a popular Middle East and North African pomegranate non-alcoholic beverage called Barbican ($1.99). The latter was…interesting, but we’ll probably stick with one of the fountain Coca-Cola products next time around. Conversely, the heaping platter of tender halal-certified and spit-roasted poultry steaming atop seasoned yellow rice was excellent. When the main components were combined with the diced onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers, as well as the rich and delicious house-made hummus, it was elevated all the more.

Though the shawarma plate was quite filling on its own, we boldly pressed on and ordered a Falafel Sandwich ($4.99). The “sandwich”—closer to a wrap, but whatever—includes three pieces of the Palace’s fresh homemade falafel. Those three balls were cut in half and crammed inside grilled and golden shrak bread (pita and Lebanon bread are also available). The fried orbs of crispy chickpea are accompanied by Jerusalem salad (diced onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes), pickles, creamy tahini sauce and hummus, and pickled red onion. It was dense, compact, delicious, affordable, and something we’ve been craving since the day we ate it.

Already fans of the Chicken Shawarma Plate and the Falafel Sandwich, we decided to finish our middle eastern pilgrimage with a combination of the two. Get a meal that can do both, right?! Yes, we concluded our Pita Palace feast with a Chicken Shawarma Sandwich ($5.99), which offered all the same ingredients as the previous shrak wrap we had (except chicken subbed in for falafel), as well a matching level of execution. Wanting to see how the highly-touted falafel fared on its own, we treated ourselves to a six-piece order ($2.99). Made fresh and served both crispy and piping hot, we hope you’ll forgive us for eating one piece before taking the photograph below.

Of course, Pita Palace isn’t just shawarma and falafel. There’s a wide variety of hot and cold appetizers, ranging from hummus and arayes (pita bread stuffed with cheese) to bana ghannoug and foul madamas to chicken wings and lentil soup. There’s an array of entrees that run the gamut from beef and chicken shawarma or kabobs, ribeye steak and lamb chops, and some falafel- and mixed vegetable-based meals. There’s also a list of extensive family meals, which run between $45.99 and $89.99 and feed anywhere from four to 10 people. And yes, there’s dessert: kanafeh, baklava, warbat, and harissa. There’s just too much to try in one visit, so we’ll just have to stop by again. Somebody’s got to do it!

The verdict: Whether a result of being a fairly young establishment that’s still figuring it out or simply not possessing the inimitable charm of a secluded middle eastern grocer, Pita Palace didn’t quite compare to Al-Yousef. That said, this newcomer on Layton Avenue is still very good, and we’d venture to say its falafel is better than that of its associated predecessor. Combine that with a spacious and comfortable dining room, a location that’s in Milwaukee itself, and a larger menu, and Pita Palace has definite staying power. Wait in line at Golden Corral if you want. You can find us a few blocks away.

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240 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: Wisconsin State Fair (Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery, Door County Fish Boil) http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/240-friday-fish-frys-wisconsin-state-fair-slims-lakefront-brew-pub-eatery-door-county-fish-boil/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/240-friday-fish-frys-wisconsin-state-fair-slims-lakefront-brew-pub-eatery-door-county-fish-boil/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:40:39 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54295 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. he first time I saw Alice Cooper was at the Fond du Lac County Fair in 2006. I had plans to see him again, in 2010, at Waterfest in Oshkosh, but that show got cancelled because of a […]

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

The first time I saw Alice Cooper was at the Fond du Lac County Fair in 2006. I had plans to see him again, in 2010, at Waterfest in Oshkosh, but that show got cancelled because of a torrential storm, and I instead got stuck inside Oblio’s for six hours drinking brandy. When I saw he was coming to the Wisconsin State Fair this year, and that it was on a Friday, I decided it would be a good idea to finally see him again, and to see what the State Fair had to offer for fish.

I counted five places listed online that serve some sort of fish at the Fair: Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub & EateryDoor County Fish Boil, Catfish Johnny’s, Joey’s Seafood & Grill, and Saz’s Taste of Wisconsin. Since I really had no plan as to which place or places I wanted to try, and because the setting of the State Fair is a little more frenetic and unpredictable than your average fish fry location, I decided I would document the evening in the same vein as some of Milwaukee Record‘s great “minute-by-minute recap” pieces. And while there is no way in hell this will be as brilliant as the piece on 50 Cent at the Oak Creek Woodman’s or the one on the new IKEA, I hope you get something from this, maybe.

5:56 p.m. – Hey, I’m at the State Fair.

5:57 p.m. – But where the hell am I at the State Fair? Oh, I’m stuck between the Swine & Goat Barn and the Poultry & Rabbit Palace. How do I get through here and find fish…to eat?

6:03 p.m. – Oh look, there is the Water Street Brewery. That’s the place that has those deep-fried Old Fashioneds. I guess I usually get an Old Fashioned before fish…

6:11 p.m. – That was heavy. I can barely walk now and I don’t even think there was booze in that thing. My hands are sticky, I’m really thirsty, and I could go for a beer. But where’s the fish?

6:12 p.m. – Hey, it’s Pitch’s. They didn’t bring any fish to Summerfest, and now they didn’t bring any fish to the State Fair. And they have good fish, too. Should I yell, “Get some fish!” at them? No, that would be rude.

6:20 p.m. – After first walking right past it, I have arrived at Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery.

6:24 p.m. – They have a beer battered walleye fish fry ($13.00) and beer battered walleye sandwiches. They also have flights of Lakefront beer ($8.00). I order a fish fry and a flight.

6:26 p.m. – Sweet, a flight of beer! Hey, why wasn’t my ID given back to me?

6:27 p.m. – “You get your ID back when you return the flight ‘paddle’.” Oh, my bad.

6:28 p.m. – A guy from Lakefront Brewery asks me if I am from Milwaukee and gives me a Lakefront bottle opener.

6:33 p.m. – The fish arrives. I ask about the relationship between Lakefront and Slim’s. Is this connected to Slim McGinn’s in Brookfield? (I later find out it is.) “That I could not tell you,” a worker named Jack tells me. As he walks away, I wonder why he doesn’t know anything about the place he works at. I also wonder why he never asks for my money.

6:33 p.m. – …moments later… “Jack! You forgot my money.” Jack takes the money for my meal and beer flight, which I have had out since 6:24 p.m.

6:35 p.m. – Oh no, this tartar sauce is in a packet! It’s called Chef’s Quality.What quality of chef are we talking here?

6:37 p.m. – I ask what kind of beer is used to make the fish and a worker says it’s PBR.

6:38 p.m. – Hmmm…the sign says “Lakefront Beer-Battered Walleye.” Doesn’t that imply that it is made with Lakefront beer? By the time I notice this seeming contradiction, no one is nearby for a follow-up question. I am also still too exhausted from eating the deep-fried Old Fashioned to properly articulate my thoughts, so I fail to investigate this any further.

6:40 p.m. – Hey, that guy down the bar looks familiar. I saw him drink a pitcher of beer by himself at Gee Willickers once.

6:41 p.m. – This fish fry is much better than the ones I had this year at Summerfest. I mean, remember the french fries at the Venice Club? These fries are soooo much better. The coleslaw is extremely creamy—almost too creamy—but still pretty decent. The walleye has a nice light, crisp batter, and the walleye flavor really comes through, which is a good thing.

6:57 p.m. – There’s one more beer left on the flight. I think it’s an hour until Alice Cooper starts. I should probably check to make sure on the time, though.

7:01 p.m. – Elvis Presley is here and is arranging his water bottles on a table for tonight’s show. Actually, it’s John Van Thiel: The Voice of Elvis. There’s a bit of a difference, I guess. I remember that I saw “Fat Elvis on a Stick” on the menu. Is John Van Thiel aware of this? Should I tell him? I start getting a little nervous and decide to leave.

7:07 p.m. – Almost every damn kid has a plastic trumpet that is making an unbearable racket. I see one kid has broken their trumpet. Thank you, Jesus.

7:16 p.m. – Holy shit, look at these guys! I wonder who they are. Oh, it’s The Glam Band, warming up the crowd that is gathering outside of the Main Stage before the Alice Cooper show.

7:19 p.m. – One of the guys is now in the crowd playing the cowbell. This is all too much. I need to leave and start looking for more fish. I walk away as they are playing “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” because I can’t take it anymore.

7:29 p.m. – I am in front of a stand that has real stuffed animals for sale. One is a lion. I start thinking about the Milwaukee Lion. It is $1,589. I don’t buy it.

7:47 p.m. – I’m sitting on a red bench outside of Door County Fish Boil. Inside, a cover band can be heard playing Bon Jovi’s “Runaway.” I know I have to go in there. They have “Fish and Chips On-a-Stick.”

7:58 p.m. – I’ve finally made it in. I look at the paper menu and don’t see Fish and Chips On-a-Stick listed. I show them their online menu, and ask if they have what I want, and they say they don’t. I loudly yell “Smelt boat!” a few times, trying to get my order projected over the cover band. My ears are trying not to bleed.

8 p.m. – I start running toward the Main Stage with my smelt boat. I try a piece of smelt and it’s a little stale. I keep running.

8:05 p.m. – I get to the Main Stage and try to find seat. A guy stops me after seeing my Ramones shirt. He says he saw them in Milwaukee years ago. I ask him where, and we both yell “The Palms!” at the same time. I have trouble finding my seat. Life isn’t always easy.

8:12 p.m. – I have found my seat. I open the lemon juice packet for my smelt boat.

8:16 p.m. – Here’s Alice! The smelt starts tasting a lot better. I can’t tell if it is Alice or the lemon juice.

Sometime later – As I finished off my smelt, Alice went into “Woman Of Mass Distraction,” which includes the lyric: “She hooked me, she cooked me, she practically filleted me.” I was thankful to finish my smelt during this song, instead of during the following one, which was “Poison.”

9:45 p.m. – That was pretty awesome. I could go for some more fish, though, but I’ll wait until next week.

Takeaways: The deep-fried Old Fashioned almost killed me; I think there are five places at the State Fair that serve fried fish; Lakefront Beer-Battered Walleye is apparently battered with PBR, but is still pretty good; I’m not too fond of most ’80s cover bands, and I should just lighten up; Alice Cooper is 70, is still really good live, and still gets his head chopped off by a guillotine—he also improves the taste of smelt, I think.

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We’re having a ‘Half Baked’ after party at Vanguard. Who’s coming with us?! http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/were-having-a-half-baked-after-party-at-vanguard-whos-coming-with-us/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/were-having-a-half-baked-after-party-at-vanguard-whos-coming-with-us/#respond Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:05:20 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54159 In case you haven’t already heard, we’re joined forces with Lakefront Brewery for a special 20th anniversary screening of Half Baked at Avalon Theater on Wednesday, August 15. Tickets are $5. There’s also a $10 “Going Green” package that includes a movie ticket, a pint of Lakefront’s Organika organic white ale, and an Abba-Zabba candy bar. […]

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In case you haven’t already heard, we’re joined forces with Lakefront Brewery for a special 20th anniversary screening of Half Baked at Avalon Theater on Wednesday, August 15. Tickets are $5. There’s also a $10 “Going Green” package that includes a movie ticket, a pint of Lakefront’s Organika organic white ale, and an Abba-Zabba candy bar. It’s going to be awesome.

If you plan to come out to the movie and you want to keep the fun going after the credits roll, you’re hereby invited to join us at Vanguard for a Half Baked after party. The Bay View bar and sausage emporium will get in on the fun with a special sausage to fit the film’s theme (served from 9 p.m. until they run out), “something ridiculous” playing on the TVs, and a mix of “chongers” (stoner doom heavy and weed rap jams) curated by Vanguard and Dope Folks Records co-owner Chris Schulist.

So if you have a case of the munchies (oh god, sorry) after Half Baked, you know where we’ll be. Who’s coming with us?!

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We tried and ranked all the State Fair’s Milk House flavors…on the bleachers where those people had sex last year http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/we-tried-and-ranked-all-the-state-fairs-milk-house-flavors-on-the-bleachers-where-those-people-had-sex-last-year/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/we-tried-and-ranked-all-the-state-fairs-milk-house-flavors-on-the-bleachers-where-those-people-had-sex-last-year/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:30:17 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54110 The 2018 installment of the Wisconsin State Fair marks the 30th year of the Milk House. Situated near the South Grandstand Avenue near the Exposition Center, the structure—now called the Milwaukee Bucks Milk House—preserves the agricultural spirit of the State Fair, while also managing to remain affordable. Each day, the stand sells respectably-sized cups of […]

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The 2018 installment of the Wisconsin State Fair marks the 30th year of the Milk House. Situated near the South Grandstand Avenue near the Exposition Center, the structure—now called the Milwaukee Bucks Milk House—preserves the agricultural spirit of the State Fair, while also managing to remain affordable. Each day, the stand sells respectably-sized cups of ice-cold milk for just 50 cents per glass (seemingly the going rate for glasses of things in West Allis these days). It’s one of the things that makes Wisconsin State Fair special, year in and year out.

Over the years, Prairie Farms (which is located in Illinois—what the hell, Wisconsin State Fair?!) has cycled in a few new flavors. This year, Green Mint is the newcomer in the Milk House. Last year, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Caramel were introduced, with only the latter returning for this year’s Fair festivities.

Speaking of last year’s State Fair, remember when two people were arrested for having sex on the bleachers in full view of fair-goers in the Coliseum last August? Well, it happened! And by our calculations, August 7 is the one-year anniversary of that national—no, international—news breaking. In honor of both the Milk House’s 30th year on the fairgrounds and the one-year anniversary of those two people totally doing it on bleachers intended for seating at livestock shows or whatever, we decided to return to the scene of the crime and have that be the spot where we’d drink and rank all five milk flavors.

5. Green Mint
To be clear, the newest ad lowest-ranked Milk House inhabitant is still pretty darn good. However, there needs to be a worst of this strong quintet and this is it. One sip in, we thought it provided a creamy and refreshing burst. After a few drinks, though, we felt it became somewhat reminiscent of toothpaste. We’d recommend mixing a splash of Green Mint in with Chocolate or Strawberry. That failing, unless you’re crazy for mint, we think your 50 cents are probably better spent elsewhere in the Milk House.

4. Root Beer
This is the most original of the bunch and, like Green Mint and every other variety we’ll name here, very good. Still, the artificial Root Beer flavoring wore on our taste buds over time. One hearty slug is great. Come ounce six or so, we were over it.

3. Strawberry
We all knew deep down that Strawberry would never be number one. That said, a flavor we hadn’t had in ages and one we expected would rank near the bottom had a surprisingly strong showing. It was sweet, creamy, cold, and had a pleasant scent that helped combat the faint smell of manure in the Coliseum on its way to becoming Milk House’s middle child.

2. Sea Salt Caramel
We had some apprehensions going in (seemingly a first for that section of Coliseum bleachers). However, it quickly became clear to us why Sea Salt Caramel made the cut after debuting last August. It was goddamn delicious. The subtly savoriness worked in tandem with the sweet caramel flavor to boost this flavor, both taking turns during each hoist of the short-lived Styrofoam cup’s time in the sun. Initially, this was our champ, but after more thought, we figured it achieved unnaturally high marks on account of how surprised we were by this unconventional milk variety.

1. Chocolate
Yeah, it’s a boring winner, but you can’t fuck with the champ. There’s a reason chocolate has been a big-time contributor for generations: It’s good. Plus, we consider Chocolate to be the most versatile flavor for mixing with other milks. We’ll eat all eight “unique and unusual” new Fair foods in one day, but you won’t catch us mixing Strawberry and Root Beer milk together. That’s just crazy. Meanwhile, Chocolate goes with anything.

Whether mixed with another flavor or consumed all on its own, we thoroughly enjoyed the Milk House’s take on Chocolate milk. We didn’t even mind that we were drinking it during a mule show while sitting on the very same spot where two people boned in public a year ago.

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We tried (and ranked) all 8 finalists for best “unique and unusual foods” at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/we-tried-and-ranked-all-8-finalists-for-best-unique-and-unusual-foods-at-the-2018-wisconsin-state-fair/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/we-tried-and-ranked-all-8-finalists-for-best-unique-and-unusual-foods-at-the-2018-wisconsin-state-fair/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:00:07 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53923 Three words: Wisconsin State Fair. Starting yesterday and running straight through August 12, the annual celebration of all things Wisconsin will offer up oodles of entertainment, animals of every kind, that DNR shack where you can renew your hunting and fishing license, and bleacher sex. Oh, and food! Yes, a dizzying and/or worrying cornucopia of bizarre […]

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Three words: Wisconsin State Fair. Starting yesterday and running straight through August 12, the annual celebration of all things Wisconsin will offer up oodles of entertainment, animals of every kind, that DNR shack where you can renew your hunting and fishing license, and bleacher sex. Oh, and food! Yes, a dizzying and/or worrying cornucopia of bizarre foodstuff will once again be available for purchase, satisfying even the most exotic on-a-stick taste buds.

This year’s fairground festivities features an eight-pack of Epicurean oddities from seven food vendors who are vying for a coveted best “unique and unusual food” distinction in the 2018 Sporkies contest. We wasted little time, and headed to West Allis with an empty stomach and an open mind to try (and rank) all eight finalists.

8. S’mores Beer Float – Slim McGinn’s Irish Pub ($9.25)
After a few summers of success with the beer float at Silm’s Lakefront Brewery stand, the State Fair mainstay is back with a marshmallow-y variant on the combination of local beer and ice cream. This time around, Point Brewery’s Milkshake Malt Porter is the beer of choice, and boy, does it ever fall flat (both figuratively and literally). Here in the $9.25 dessert drink, the bitter and bland porter works in direct opposition with the otherwise-awesome Cedar Crest marshmallow chocolate ice cream.

The chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumb-rimmed glass seems to be more for appearance than anything else. At the end of the day, it’s fine, but either a beer or a traditional float would be a far better use of close to $10. Also, Slim McGinn’s Irish Pub is the only stand we’d visited during this experience that didn’t accept cards. That doesn’t factor into the rating, but just keep that in mind if you’ve ignored the rest of our advice and you still want to try this for some reason.

7. Pig Candy Cannoli – Brew City ($6)
Back in late June, Solo Pizza debuted a meaty dessert called the “Bacon Cannoli” at Summerfest. Our assessment of that is as follows:

“The pizzeria’s new Bacon Cannoli is basically a few slices of sweet and savory bacon that have been manipulated into the shape of a cannoli shell, then stuffed with a rich cream cheese and peanut butter filling, dusted with powered sugar, topped with bacon crumbles, and refrigerated. The cold bacon is greasy and messy (on account of its two open ends), but the Bacon Cannoli is arguably worth trying if you with to share it with a loved one or among a group of friends.”

Come Wisconsin State Fair time, Solo apparently doubles as “Brew City,” with an assortment of familiar Solo menu items like PizzaCones™, Bacon Ravioli, and what they’re now calling the “Pig Candy Cannoli.” We didn’t hate our initial experience with the cannoli, but this take on it was smaller, a great deal greasier, had far more powdered sugar, burnt bacon, and runny peanut butter innards. Even with all that, it wasn’t terrible. It was just a worse take on something we already weren’t so sure about.

6. Deep-Fried Turducken On-a-Stick – Water Street Brewery ($8.50)
On paper, Water Street Brewery has better odds to win a Sporkie than any other vendor in contention, as the stand has two of the eight finalist foods. However, those odds went down in our mind when we tried the Deep-Fried Turducken On-a-Stick. We found the impaled Thanksgiving dinner to be similar to the Turducken we had at Summerfest. The crispy outer edge wasn’t great, nor was the overly sweet cranberry drizzle. We did like the gravy and stuffing. The meat was just fine, even when adjusting for festival food standards. In all, it was too messy to enjoy on a stick and too dense to enjoy on a hot summer day on the fairgrounds. Sorry, Water Street. Better luck next time.

5. Wisconsin Hot Chicken Bombs – Water Street Brewery ($7)
Whoops! Water Street’s other entrant, the Wisconsin Hot Chicken, was also something of a letdown. The hamburger dills that topped these mushy morsels were nothing like the fresh and thick pickles on the promotional photo. The consistency of the mashed potato- and corn-stuffed chicken was softer than than you’d expect from hot chicken, but the tangy buffalo-adjacent sauce helped bail it out a bit in terms of taste. For $7, why not try it. That said, you could certainly do much better for your money and your mouth elsewhere at the fair.

4. Saz’s Breakfast Bombs – Saz’s Taste of Wisconsin ($6)
Who eats breakfast at the State Fair? As long as you don’t spend too much time pondering that, you’ll likely enjoy these Breakfast Bombs from Milwaukee-area festival magnate, Saz’s. “Bombs” are accurate descriptors for these two belt-bursting balls of cream cheese-stuffed French toast that are each wrapped with a thick slice of brown sugar-encrusted bacon. Each pair of bombs comes with a far-too-big container of rich rum raisin cream cheese frosting that takes these already awesome little things to the next level. Beer is sold separately.

3. French Onion Soup On-a-Stick – Slim’s PBR Park ($6.50)
Have you ever wanted to scope out a horse show or shop for a new Jacuzzi while eating a steaming crock of French onion soup? Well, the Wisconsin State Fair finally has your back. These two crispy fried wontons skins are packed with caramelized onions and two types of ooey-gooey cheese. Dip ’em in onion au jus or, if you’re bold, pour some of that shit in the open end. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Oh, and make sure to remove the stick, since this is more like a Midwestern egg roll than it is a “soup.”

2. The PorkSTACKular – Budweiser Pavilion ($12)
What’s to say? It’s good. With a pork patty, cornmeal-breaded and fried pickle spears, melted Swiss cheese, and a honey-drizzled pita, this is kind of Wisconsin’s answer to a Cuban (a Cuba City perhaps?). As awesome as this savory, smokey, and filling combination is, we can’t explain its $12 price point. Sub in a brat patty for the pork belly, drop the price to like $9, and we’ll be back for one of these every year.

1. Deep-Fried Spinach Lasagna Bites – Albanese’s Roadhouse ($9.50)
We’re as surprised as you on this one! Though fried pasta might not be our first choice for fair…uh fare, we found the Deep-Fried Spinach Lasagna Bites at Albanese’s Roadhouse to be delectably light and crunchy morsels of seasoned and battered noodles that were stuffed generously with ricotta and spinach. When dipped in Albanese’s “famous homemade marinara that’s been with [them] for five generations,” there are few things we’ve enjoyed more at the Fair this side of a cream puff, and simply no 2018 Sporkie finalist we like as much.

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239 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: Fritz’s Pub http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/239-friday-fish-frys-fritzs-pub/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/239-friday-fish-frys-fritzs-pub/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 13:44:48 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53884 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. “Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age’s most uncertain hour And sing an American tune” -Paul Simon “American Tune” nd they […]

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

“Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune”

-Paul Simon
“American Tune”

And they kept coming, more from England, and then from Germany and Ireland too, fleeing political unrest and famine, and seeking better lives for themselves and their children. And they brought their talents, music, and food, and it all became part of the “American Tune.” Some came from China and helped build the Transcontinental Railroad, while others sailed from Southern and Eastern Europe, past a lady holding a torch, and helped build The City That Never Sleeps. And there were some who were already here, and some who were forced to come, and they both refused to let their culture be snuffed out, and they added it to the “American Tune.” And they still come, from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, fleeing violence and poverty, and thinking of their young. And no matter where they’ve came from or when, they’ve all had dreams and stories, and they’ve all had names. One of them was named Dragoslav Djuric.

In 1955, Dragoslav Djuric, who was born in Germany, came to America with his family: his wife Katherine—a native of Yugoslavia—and their three children, Maria, Stephen, and Joseph. All they had with them were some trunks filled with clothes and some old photographs. They moved to Milwaukee, where Dragoslav—who was known as “Fritz”— got a job as a welder. But, in 1978, he did what so many who have came to this country have done: he started his own business.

Fritz’s Pub (3086 S. 20th St., 414-643-6995) opened on September 28, 1978, and for the first few years it was just a bar. The Djurics remodeled and expanded it in 1981, and began serving food. It has since been known for its Serbian offerings, such as the “Fritzburger,” as well as for its Friday night fish fry. Maria, Stephen, and Joseph have worked at Fritz’s since it opened, and after their father passed away in 1994, they kept it going. Fritz’s will serve its last fish fry on Friday, September 28, 2018—40 years to the day after it opened—and then Fritz’s will close.

I’ve had a fish fry at Fritz’s a few times before, and have been planning to get back for one more before it closed. When I arrived last Friday around 6 p.m., there was barely a seat to be found at the large U-shaped bar. I eventually found an open red leather barstool, put my name in, and ordered an Old Fashioned.

As I caught up with a friend, I periodically looked into the kitchen, where Joseph and Stephen could be seen dipping fish in batter and preparing meals. The orders kept coming—both to-go and for dining in—and the brothers never seemed to pause from their work. Maria was stationed at the far side of the bar, and was keeping tables moving by taking down names of those who wanted to dine, and by going into the dining room and making sure everything was running smoothly there as well. About six or so other employees were also working, putting in their full effort to keep customers satisfied. It was over an hour before we were seated, and by then the crowd was starting to thin out a little bit, but not completely. Sure, I could have just eaten at the bar and gotten my food a lot sooner, but this was going to be my last time here for fish, and I wanted to do it right.

The fish choices are simple: small, medium, or large—meaning two, three, or four pieces of fish in a meal, priced at $10.95, $11.95, and $12.95, respectively. Everything about Fritz’s fish fry is distinct, and if you’ve been there before, you know what I’m talking about. Each time you go in, you already know what the taste and texture of everything will be, and those are the same things that have kept you coming back time and time again. You could be blindfolded and given a bite of fish or tartar or coleslaw, and you’d know exactly where you were. This is probably in part because the food is homemade.

Fritz’s has some of the best beer battered cod you will find anywhere within the city limits of Milwaukee. The fish is cut before deep frying, so when it is served to you it resembles a butterfly fillet, even though that is not the case. The quality, well-coated fish wasn’t overly greasy, but you could still tell there was no way you were eating something that was healthy. This isn’t the kind of fish you cut with a fork, this is the kind that you pick up and rip apart with your hands before dipping in tartar. The tartar is handmade by Joseph. It was thick and sweet with lots of pickle, and almost seemed to have notes of honey mustard in it.

Maria makes the coleslaw by hand. It was creamy, with the smallest cuts of cabbage and carrot imaginable. The cream seemed to completely encapsulate every morsel, but the slaw somehow still had a crunch to it, probably because it had been recently made. It exuded a sweetness, and yet it is possible it had a hint of onion in it, too. Tyler Maas of the Milwaukee Record once told me it was maybe the best coleslaw he ever had, and I’d say it is pretty excellent as well.

Maria also bakes the rye bread, which was better than the bread I’ve had at most fish frys. I was also given a heaping helping of seasoned potato wedges. They too were great, but because everything else at Fritz’s is so superb, they seem to get relegated to the background. I cleared my plate of everything except for a few of them, which I put in a box to take home, but then forgot to take.

Dragoslav “Fritz” Djuric came to America and raised his children with his wife Katherine while working as a welder. He eventually opened his own bar and restaurant, which his children then had the opportunity to work at. They took up this calling and kept the business going for the past 40 years. Their children, the third generation, went off to other careers—which in some way is a testament to the American Dream itself, that your children will have the opportunity to pursue their own dreams—so they are closing the place down in September.

What have immigrants given to this country? Well, one thing they’ve given is the fish fry at Fritz’s Pub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Get yourself down to Fritz’s to enjoy one while you still can. You only have nine Fridays left.

Takeaways: It’s a family-run business, started by Fritz, and now operated by his children—Maria, Stephen, and Joseph; they are closing exactly 40 years to the day after when they opened; the food is homemade, and the flavors are of high quality and distinct; especially high marks for the fish and tartar pairing, as well as for the coleslaw; you may have to wait awhile for a table, or to get your food, but it’s worth it; they make comedic posts about this and other things on their Facebook; they now have “retirement hours” and are only open Fridays and Saturdays; you only have nine Fridays left of this Milwaukee institution; somebody buy this place and keep it exactly as it is. RECOMMENDED

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Last June, The Love Shack opened in the Third Ward. The tiki bar and island-inspired restaurant moved into a swanky waterfront property at 106 W. Seebooth, which previously housed Wine Maniacs. Today, just over 13 months after it opened, The Love Shack’s management announced the bar and restaurant will be closing, with intentions to rebrand and open with a new concept.

Friday, general manager Kyle Blades posted the following message on The Love Shack’s Facebook page:

“Hello, friends of The Love Shack – It is with mixed emotions that we’re announcing today that we’ll soon be closing down the shack to rebrand. Over the last year plus we have learned a great deal about what you love, like, and would like to see change about our fun little joint. We’ll be using that feedback to craft an establishment that you’ll love even more. Over the next few weeks we’ll have a lot more details but in the meantime, we invite you to come in and have some of your favorites for the last time, purchase some great glassware and apparel, and take advantage of some amazing drink specials that we’ll feature. There has never been a better time to enjoy The Love Shack for a few more days and look forward to a very bright future. Thank you, Kyle Blades, General Manager.”

If you want to say goodbye to Love Shack, stop by soon. Stay tuned for more details on what’s coming to 106 W. Seebooth in the near future.

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FieriCon will transform Walker’s Point into Flavortown on August 25 http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/fiericon-will-transform-walkers-point-into-flavortown-on-august-25/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/fiericon-will-transform-walkers-point-into-flavortown-on-august-25/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:21:37 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53818 We’ve entered August, but Milwaukee’s festival season isn’t slowing down at all, even though we’re now in the summer’s last full month. In fact, there are some new events that are coming up in August, including this weekend’s Danny Boone Fest outside DanDan and Black Arts Fest at the Henry Maier festival grounds. On August […]

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We’ve entered August, but Milwaukee’s festival season isn’t slowing down at all, even though we’re now in the summer’s last full month. In fact, there are some new events that are coming up in August, including this weekend’s Danny Boone Fest outside DanDan and Black Arts Fest at the Henry Maier festival grounds. On August 25, Walker’s Point will also be host to a whimsical new celebration of all things flavorful when FieriCon comes to Milwaukee.

Last November, the inaugural event honoring polarizing Food Network personality Guy Fieri descended on an unsuspecting New York City. Milwaukee native Andy Holcomb, who now lives in Chicago, took notice and had an idea to bring it to the Midwest.

“After reading about FieriCon in New York, I thought about hosting one,” Holcomb says. “My wife said, ‘You have at least 20 jackass friends who would love to do this.'”

Holcomb approached FieriCon founder David Gold about potentially having an installment of the goofy, gluttonous affair in his hometown. With Gold’s blessing, Holcomb set out to plan Milwaukee’s first FieriCon.

“Milwaukee as a city has a gift for day drinking, bar crawls, and anything that is a little out of the ordinary,” Holcomb says. “Also, I don’t think Chicago can handle all the flavor this event would bring.”

Milwaukee’s FieriCon aims to transform Walker’s Point into Flavortown, USA on Saturday, August 25. The bar crawl is tentatively scheduled to start at Lost Valley at 2 p.m. and wrap up at O’Lydia’s at 8 p.m. There are also stops planned at MobCraft, Fuel Cafe 5th Street, Hamburger Mary’s, Steny’s, Central Standard Distillery, and Zad’s. Official maps and schedules will be handed out to participants the day of the Con.

Tentative map/schedule. Subject to change.

“I’ve always enjoyed that area of town. Also, half the fun of a pub crawl is walking to the next bar,” Holcomb says. “Walker’s Point has a good number of bars to choose from that are spaced out nicely for walking between.”

So what does FieriCon entail? Basically, Holcomb says the only expectations are to “embrace all things Flavortown and dress like Guy Fieri.” He also urges those in attendance to drink a lot of beer and tip their bartenders. FieriCon is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, you can email Holcomb at fiericonmilwaukee@gmail.com. Frost those tips, Milwaukee. FieriCon is coming and it’s going to be “off the hook.”




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238 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: A.J. O’Brady’s Irish Pub & Grill http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/238-friday-fish-frys-a-j-obradys-irish-pub-grill/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/238-friday-fish-frys-a-j-obradys-irish-pub-grill/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:48:09 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53455 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. s I looped around the back parking lot of A.J. O’Brady’s (N88 W16495 Main St., Menomonee Falls, 262-250-1095) there wasn’t one parking spot to be found. “No problem,” I thought, as I drove down the block past a […]

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

As I looped around the back parking lot of A.J. O’Brady’s (N88 W16495 Main St., Menomonee Falls, 262-250-1095) there wasn’t one parking spot to be found. “No problem,” I thought, as I drove down the block past a line of parked cars, “I’ll just park on the road.” I pulled behind the last car and looked up to find a sign that said “90 MIN PARKING 8AM TO 6PM EXCEPT FRIDAY 8AM TO 9PM EXCEPT SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS 30 MIN PARKING 2AM TO 6AM.” I read it a few times and couldn’t tell if I was reading it properly (maybe I’m still not?). “Am I just an idiot and can’t figure this out,” I thought, “or is this sign really telling me that I have to move my car in 90 minutes or I’ll get a parking ticket?” Could people really be given parking tickets during their Friday fish fry? I decided that there was no way in hell that could possibly happen in Wisconsin, so I stayed parked and went inside.

I had been to A.J. O’Brady’s once before, on February 21, 2014, just eight weeks after I started keeping track of which fish fry locations I went to each week. I remember having all-you-can-eat fish, and seem to remember having three different kinds of fish at once as well, but I can’t remember that for sure. It was my hope to have a similar experience this time around.

Although it was already 7 p.m., the place was still swelling with a dinner crowd. I was thus surprised to hear it would only be about a 20-minute wait for a table (it ended up being not much more than that). I took a seat at the bar and found a card that listed six types of unique Old Fashioneds. I was at a loss as to what to pick until I saw that the “Cherry Old Fashioned Smash” was made with Traverse City American Cherry Bourbon. Back when I was in high school I used to march in a parade with a band at Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival. “A toast to memories,” I thought. The sour soda that topped it seemed to help bring the bourbon flavor to prominence, and it was a bit boozy anyway, but still good.

While sipping the drink, I tried to read some of the written-on dollar bills that were hanging from the ceiling above the bar. I also noticed a Guinness countdown clock that said it was 239 days until St. Patrick’s Day. I thought that was interesting considering this was fish fry #238, and an idea came to mind, but I thought I’d sit with it until after dinner.

After being seated, I took a closer look at the menu, which was almost as confusing as the parking sign outside. Most of the regular fish frys were listed in the same section as the sides, while the soups were listed in the all-you-can-eat section—but it was only slightly apparent that this was being done because the soups were included with the all-you-can-eat meals. Kick up your feet and let me try to break down this menu for you:

The white fish meal (available pan fried, baked, deep fried, or blackened pan fried or baked) is $6.99, the Guinness battered cod meal is $7.99, and the lake perch meal (available pan fried or blackened pan fried) is $13.99. Soup or salad can be added to the white fish or cod meal for $1, but apparently not to the perch. The meals also include a choice of pub fries and coleslaw, waffle fries and coleslaw, or potato pancakes with applesauce. Mashed potatoes or veggies can be added for a dollar, and an extra coleslaw or applesauce can be bought for 50 cents. The white fish and Guinness battered cod are also available as all-you-can-eat, for $9.99 and $10.99, respectively. The all-you-can-eat meals also include a choice of soup or salad. You get to choose a potato option as well. All fish meals also include warm bread (actually warm rolls) and Irish butter (when available). Was that a confusing paragraph? Try reading the menu.

I ordered the all-you-can-eat Guinness battered cod with the potato pancakes, and chose clam chowder as my soup option. Having a fish fry without coleslaw just doesn’t seem right, and after initially forgetting to order a side of it, I flagged my waitress back down and ordered one. The rolls and clam chowder were quickly brought out, and complemented each other perfectly. Now, I know there is something actually called Irish butter, and this is probably what I was given, but when it was brought to the table colored green I could only think that maybe it was just “Irish” butter. The chowder was above average; it was moderately above average in its taste, had an average amount of clam and vegetables, and was exceptional in its creamy texture.

I’m sure other restaurants serve Guinness battered cod, but I’m not sure I’ve had it. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty original idea. The cod was covered in a uniform, encased batter. It had a unique flavor that I can’t quite put my finger on. Did it taste like Guinness? I don’t think so, but that must have been where the underlying flavor was coming from. The tartar was thin and was made with a sweeter relish, but beyond that it didn’t have too much flavor. The pancakes were smaller in circumference, but this was made up for in their thickness. They were a little stringy around the edges, but the browned outside helped hold them together. Inside they were soft and fluffy, and overall they had a mild flavor. There wasn’t much going on with the coleslaw, but I’m still glad I bought it so I felt complete. The rolls took the place of the usual rye bread. After clearing my plate, I had another piece of cod, as well as a piece of white fish.

I thought about all the dollar bills hanging from the ceiling, and how I had spent some time trying to read them. I also thought about how I had never hung a dollar on a ceiling before. So, before I walked out the door, I wrote “#238 MilwaukeeRecord.com” on a dollar bill and asked a bartender to hang it on the ceiling for me. Go and find it.

Takeaways: dollar bills hanging from the ceiling; Old Fashioned options; solid chowder; the butter was green; cod battered in Guinness; excellent price for an all-you-can-eat meal, which also comes with soup or salad; the menu confused me, and so did a parking sign outside; if you walk across the street from the restaurant you can see some falls in Menomonee Falls.

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Prepare for Wisconsin State Fair with Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom’s Strawberry Cream Puff Tart Beer http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/prepare-for-wisconsin-state-fair-with-pabst-milwaukee-brewery-taprooms-strawberry-cream-puff-tart-beer/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/prepare-for-wisconsin-state-fair-with-pabst-milwaukee-brewery-taprooms-strawberry-cream-puff-tart-beer/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:58:50 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53393 As we recently mentioned, Milwaukee’s craft beer scene is experiencing a period of immense growth, change, and evolution that is resulting in some exciting and innovative new brews. In the wake of two new breweries opening and more on the way, Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom is keeping things exciting and celebrating the arrival of […]

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As we recently mentioned, Milwaukee’s craft beer scene is experiencing a period of immense growth, change, and evolution that is resulting in some exciting and innovative new brews. In the wake of two new breweries opening and more on the way, Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom is keeping things exciting and celebrating the arrival of another Wisconsin State Fair with a brand new beer that’s a nod to a Fair favorite.

On August 2, the taproom will host a launch party from 4-8 p.m. for its Strawberry Cream Puff Tart Beer. The 4.8 ABV sour is said to be “a playful twist on the classic cream puff.” Not only was the beer accented with the addition of natural strawberries, actual cream puffs were added during the brewing process. According to a press release, this beer will only be available at the Wisconsin State Fair and at the Pabst taproom on the corner of Juneau and 11th street.

Here’s the full press release:

MILWAUKEE (July 26, 2018) – Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom will release its newest brew, a Strawberry Cream Puff Tart beer, at an in-house launch party from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 2. The Strawberry Cream Puff Tart beer arrives just in time for the Wisconsin State Fair, and is a playful twist on the classic cream puff.
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This beer is a 4.8 ABV | 12 IBU sour, brewed with a unique malt bill consisting of Maris Otter, Pilsen, and triticale hopped with El Dorado to give a fruity tropical aroma. Not only is it made with natural strawberries, but also made with real cream puffs. Three dozen cream puffs were added to the mash mixer during the brewery process. The beer was finished with a natural strawberry puree producing a session, fruity sour perfect for enjoying during the warm summer months.

“Everyone knows and loves the cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to combine one of the state’s most beloved summer events with our creative brewing,” said John Kimes, Pabst senior staff brewer. “Our Strawberry Cream Puff Tart beer is a refreshing take on the classic cream puff with a summer infused strawberry twist.”

The Strawberry Cream Puff Tart beer Launch Party will feature a limited food menu by Great Lakes Galley and limited edition crowler releases of the Strawberry Cream Puff Tart beer at Pabst Milwaukee Brewery on Thursday, August 2. This beer will only be available at the Wisconsin State Fair and at the Pabst taproom on the corner of Juneau and 11th street.

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