First Impression: Sabor Tropical

This story begins in the final days of 2016. As one year drew to a close and gave way to 2017, Midwest Diner decided to call it quits. Unbeknownst to anyone, the sudden closure of the venerable 24-hour greasy s...

First Impression: Hemp World CBD Cafe

It's been quite a year for CBD in Milwaukee. After finally hitting store shelves this summer, Cannabidiol (better known as “CBD”)—a hemp extract that’s a distant relative of marijuana without THC—has become muc...

First Impression: Stock House Brewing Co.

Following a Kickstarter campaign, considerable construction, various delays, and approval from the City of Wauwatosa, Stock House Brewing (7208 W. North Ave., 414-739-9876) officially opened last week. Owned by...

First Impression: SmallPie

Last week, Bay View—a neighborhood that's already home to such dessert destinations as Babe's Ice Cream, Canfora Bakery, and Honeypie—got a little bit sweeter. SmallPie (2504 E. Oklahoma Ave., 414-763-7067) off...

First Impression: Pita Palace

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 restauran...

First Impression: Vennture Brew Co

We've now reached a point in which there's a new brewery opening in Milwaukee every month. An incredibly busy 2017 in local microbrewing—the likes of which had never been seen before in Milwaukee—now looks to b...

First Impression: Component Brewing Company

Though Milwaukee craft brewing has yet to hit a point of oversaturation, the city has reached a place in which breweries are literally opening on top of each other. In early 2017, Eagle Park Brewing opened a ta...

First Impression: Pizza Di Famiglia

Bay View isn't exactly hurting for pizza. Even with the recent loss of Little DiMarinis, the neighborhood is still bursting with a wide variety of pizza purveyors to suit almost any 'za craving. Places like Dom...

First Impression: Oscar’s Winner’s Circle

In spring of 2011, Elisabeth Stoeger and husband Oscar Castañeda quietly opened Oscar's Pub & Grill on 17th and Pierce. It didn't take long for buzz to build around the bar and restaurant, its excellent sel...

First Impression: Birch + Butcher

“Contemporary Midwest cuisine.” The chosen style of cuisine served at the new Birch + Butcher (459 E. Pleasant St., 414-323-7372) feels as amorphous and open a concept as the space the restaurant occupies. The ...

First Impression: Wisconsin Pizza Authority

If there’s one thing Milwaukee doesn’t need, it’s probably another pizza place. However, if there’s one thing Milwaukee will never get tired of eating, it’s probably pizza. Last month, we learned the city’s Eas...

First Impression: Izzy Hops

Whether you believe Milwaukee's East Side is growing up, in the midst of being whitewashed by developers, or simply changing, you're correct. Rising rent has resulted in the closure (or in the impending rebrand...

First Impression: Hungry Sumo Sushi Bar

Bay View isn't hurting for quality restaurants. Adding to the culinary acumen the neighborhood boasts is a wide-ranging cast of newcomers who are bringing a welcomed dash of variety to the bounty Bay View alrea...

First Impression: Sushi Go

It's safe to say the food truck trend is in full swing in and around Milwaukee. Most every outdoor event in town now includes an edible component provided by mobile restaurants. Moreover, food trucks are someti...

First Impression: Grate Modern Mac & Cheese

Every franchise starts somewhere. Before McDonald's took over the world in the ruthless hands of Ray Kroc, it was a small burger outfit operated by Maurice and Richard McDonald in San Bernadino, California. The...

First Impression: Gathering Place Brewing Company

Last year was an unprecedented one in Milwaukee craft brewing. In 2016 alone, Third Space, Good City, and Urban Harvest opened in town. Black Husky, MobCraft, and Like Minds opened tap rooms in the city, and En...

First Impression: Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery

Last August, Milwaukee learned that former Taqueria Aztec chef Francisco Sanchez and business partner Ruben Piirainen were planning to open a restaurant, cafe, and art gallery on Howell Avenue in the former sit...

First Impression: DiModa Pizza & Hotspot

As Milwaukee struggled to keep pace with the steady stream of news regarding East Side bar and restaurant closings throughout 2016 and up until , the slow demise of Trocadero got sort of lost in the shuffle bac...