First Look: Simple Cafe
Simple Cafe opened last week on Milwaukee's East Side.
Where would you open a restaurant in greater Milwaukee?
It's all about location, right? For restaurants, though, isn't it about the food? Does location matter? Should restaurants cluster? Not sure? Here's what a few experts said. Dive in, and then chime in with your thoughts.
Marketbar coming to Third Ward
Marketbar will open in the Third Ward this summer - potentially as early as June of 2013.
In search of the perfect pizza: Schneider's
Schneider's intrigued me with its low prices and thick, spicy pizza sauce. But I had to remember: you get what you pay for.
In search of the perfect pizza: Trattoria di Carlo
With a little help from his family, first-generation Sicilian-American Carlo Pedone opened Trattoria di Carlo on Howell Avenue 10 years ago. I stopped by to check out the Barbecue Chicken Pizza.
Chef makes avante-garde food accessible at c. 1880
Chef Thomas Hauck's dishes at c.1880 are bright, offbeat, purposefully plated and intelligently crafted. He has soundly developed both sides of his chef brain. It is, after all, important to be both an artist and a technician. c.1880's early success is the result of Chef Hauck honing both of these skills to a fine edge.
Tossing peanut shells on floors remains good, clean fun
This week, I took my kids to AJ Bombers for the first time and they were absolutely enthralled by the free peanuts and how it was customary to toss the shells on the floor. This experience reminded me of being a kid and going to the Ground Round on Port Washington Road.
Deli, butcher shop opening in Third Ward
Giovanni's Italian Deli and Bugby's Back Alley Saloon will open in late March in the former Centanni, 218 N. Water St. Bavette Butcher Shop is also on the way in the Third Ward.
Packing it in at a fish fry landmark
My never-ending quest for the perfect fish fry - which, by my definition, includes potato pancakes - took me to an admittedly obvious spot last week. The Packing House, 900 E. Layton Ave., is not only not a secret, it's the opposite of a secret. But, I admit, I'd never made it over to the restaurant across from the airport, to give it a try.
Will McDonald's pay you to eat there tomorrow?
Here's the deal. Buy a Big Mac or Sausage Egg McMuffin at the regular price and get a "second one of the same item for the temp. yesterday at noon." So, what if the temperature's less than zero?
INdustri Café hires new executive and sous chefs
INdustri Café has hired a new executive chef and sous chef, according to owner Robert Klemm.
Alterra Cafe opening in Third Ward
Last week, OnMilwaukee.com reported that Third Ward Caffe had closed. Today, Alterra Coffee Roasters announced it is building a cafe in the closed space in the Historic Third Ward.
Le Reve gets February facelift
This February, Le Rêve Patisserie and Café, 7610 Harwood Ave., will close for a few weeks to allow for an interior facelift.
In search of the perfect pizza: Barbiere's
Barbiere's longevity is impressive given its proximity to another popular Italian restaurant with two locations just a few blocks away. Barbiere's website explains it is about "Family, Superb Food and Quality Ingredients." I guess there is enough business to go around if you produce a quality product.
Refuge Smoothie Cafe to open on East Side
Joshua Janis, the owner of Red Rock Saloon, will open the Refuge Smoothie Cafe, 2328 N. Farwell Ave., around April 1.
In search of the perfect pizza: Klasiana
Across from the south end of Southridge Mall is a strip mall where I noticed "PIZZA" in large red letters. I went in for a closer look and found the name "Klasiana" next to those letters. Ylli Proko started Klasiana over six years ago, and it the business has become a family effort with a diverse menu.
Third Ward Caffe is closed
According to its website, the Third Ward Caffe, 225 E. St. Paul Ave., is now closed for good.
Milwaukee's Omanhene Chocolate will star at Golden Globes
Attendees at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards will have the opportunity to taste Omanhene Chocolate, thanks to a new partnership between the Milwaukee-based chocolate company and Prima Dolce.
AJ Bombers to serve at Summerfest
AJ Bombers, 1247 N. Water St., will be a part of the Summerfest 2013 dining options. The award-winning burger restaurant will be located across from the Miller Lite Oasis.
Big Daddy's Brew & 'Que on tap at iPic
According to its website, iPic Glendale, located in Bayshore Town Center will soon add a new restaurant. Big Daddy's Brew & 'Que is set to open "in the next coming weeks" - according to an online posting - and the eatery is currently accepting employment applications for servers, bartenders, hosts and kitchen staff.
BMO Harris Bradley Center beefs up arena dining experience
To kick off 2013, the BMO Harris Bradley Center has polished itself up and added some new food to the menu available at all events in the arena. We got a peek today.
Jake's Deli makes Grand entrance
Today, I gave the new Jake's a try, and you know what? The tiny storefront below the food court tastes exactly like Jake's. Which is awesome. I ordered a corned beef sandwich on rye with mustard for $8.24 and attempted to complement that with a bowl of matzo ball soup. Oddly, Jake's was out of matzo ball soup at 11:30 a.m., so I went with chips and an iced tea.
In search of the perfect pizza: Dom & Phil's DeMarini's
The DeMarini name has a long history in the Milwaukee-area pizza scene. On my visit to Dom & Phil's I met Phil's wife, Ann, who gave me some of the history of Dom & Phil's emergence to the entrepreneurs they are today.
Northerners get jambalaya right
One thing that can be a problem with jambalaya is that people get so intent on ratcheting up the kick they overwhelm the flavors. That's not the case at this new pub and grill.
Divino Wine and Dine now open
Divino Wine and Dine, 2315 N. Murray Ave., is now open for business.