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The Last Post on Bones [11 Mar 2009|01:17pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

Hello everyone! As some of you may have noticed, there was a post earlier today which was confusing and appeared to be spam. I deleted it. Just wanted to say to the poster that either you are a spammer and shall be kicked from this group, your account has been taken over by bots, or, if you really meant that post to deal with booze or food in the Milwaukee, WI area, please let me know (if you did, that did NOT come across at all!). Whatever the case, you have three days to reply to this post if you don't want to be kicked from this group.

So please folks, post away about fabulous (or terrible) booze and food experiences in the Milwaukee/Southeast WI area, but please, no spam!

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Jimmy John's Rocks! [10 Feb 2009|01:56pm]

"subs so fast you'll freak"... This was the slogan that immediately caught my attention when I got inside Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich. I love trying new things, especially food. So I dropped by, for the first time at their branch in 6969 N Port Washington. I was starving and craving for subs that time so I thought this was the perfect place, expecting that I'll freak out with their subs and stuff. So I was seated on my bar stool and ordered the best seller in the house (Tom Turkey) with cheese... then right before my eyes was the fastest preparation of subs anyone can imagine. The crew built my sub for less than 25 seconds - now that's lightning fast. It was as quick as a US military disassembling a rifle. Record breaking that is. So there, I freaked out big time. Deliciously freaked out. Great stuff!
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Restaurant Review: Alem's Ethiopian Village [15 Mar 2008|09:32am]

Alem's Ethiopian Village
307 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI

First: No, I do not work here, and no, I am not associated with this restaurant in any way. I just really love this place and it's within walking distance of where I live and cheap, so I have a personal interest in helping advertise for the place because I want them to stay open! It's a new business and I hate finding a great new restaurant and falling in love with it only to see it go under. I'll try to keep this review as objective as possible, however.

The Food:If you're not familiar with Ethiopian food, try looking at the wikipedia article, which is what I did before I went. Very vegetarian friendly. They have chicken, lamb and beef dishes, but really I go there for the vegetarian dishes. I've brought vegetarian friends there and they were also pleased. I don't know how this place compares to other Ethiopian restaurants, but on its own, it's fantastic. I've never been disappointed and I eat there about once a week.
Items I can personally vouch for:
If you like coffee, try the Ethiopian coffee. It's fantastic.
The honey wine is also delicious.
The "Awaze Tibs," which is beef and onions (and maybe some green peppers? can't recall) was good, if you like spicy. I'm in the "medium" tolerance range, so if you're sensitive to spiciness, this might not be for you.
There's a chicken dish that comes with homemade cottage cheese, I can't remember the name. About the same range of spicy as the Awaze Tibs. I prefered this to the Awaze Tibs (but I tend to like chicken more than beef anyway). Very tender and juicy.
My favorite is the vegetable platter. Several different vegetable dishes of various levels of spiciness. Only one registers as spicy enough to mention its spiciness to me. My favorites are probably the Shiro Wot, the collard greens (sorry, can't remember the name) and a yellow split pea whose name I also can't recall off the top of my head. But I've tried most (maybe all) of the vegetable dishes now and I like all of them.

The Price: Very reasonable. Lunch is cheaper. My sig. other and I split one vegetable combo platter and can both eat until we're full. One vegetable platter costs about seven or eight bucks at lunch time, if I remember correctly. So for two people to get lunch at a restaurant in Milwaukee for a combined total of about eight bucks is pretty freaking awesome. Three people can also comfortably share two of the two vegetable dish plates, if you're willing to share.

The Atmosphere: I really love this place. Sometimes it smells like some kind of incense (smells like sage to me?) so if you're really sensitive to that, you might not enjoy yourself. It's never been overpowering to me and I've never actually seen smoke in the air or anything, so don't worry about smoke in your eyes or anything like that. They play some music but it's not too loud. I really dig the decor, a lot of art on the walls.

The Service: There's always only been one waiter/ress working when I've been there, which has never been a problem when I go in because it's fairly small and quiet, but the times it's gotten a little busy when I've been there, they do have to work pretty hard. However, I've never had a problem getting a refill or anything. Also, I think there's only one cook, so if it gets busy, there might be some waiting involved. Try going at lunch time if you can. Not only is it cheaper but it's a lot less busy. Everyone who works there has always been friendly. :)
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yums [16 Mar 2007|10:29am]

Has anyone been to the Ethiopian Cottage on Farwell yet? I can't wait to try it out as I love Ethiopian food.
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Ok, foodies... [12 Jul 2006|06:31am]

[ mood | awake ]

Because there hasn't been a post in this community about food for a long time...
Because I am tired of searching for reviews online and would like to hear what "normal" people think,
I am asking for your opinions :)

A friend and I (who both moved to Milwaukee for school last summer and didn't have time/money to get out during the school year) are presently involved in a once a week go out to eat/lounge night. Our policy is that we never try the same restaurant or lounge twice, because we're trying to be clever explorers. I say lounge, incidentally, because neither of us are big on drinking and basically when we go out we are interested in meeting new people and I like to have a chocolate martini :) Basically, what I'm interested in is places that you absolutely love and would recommend that we try (whether it be a restaurant or a lounge/bar). I'm a vegetarian (ovo-lacto if it matters), she's an omnivore, and we're both pretty adventurous eaters I would say. I would love to try some of the finest restaurants in Milwaukee but at the present time I really can't afford $70+ a plate places - though anything under $25 (for an entree) would be ok as long as the food is phenomenal.

Here are some places we've tried:
Restaurants - Trocadero, Casablanca, African Hut, Benihana, Tandoor House, Fujiyama, The King and I, The Chancery
Lounges/Bars - Wicked Hop/Jackalope, Taylors, Hi Hat, Vucciria

Of course I've been to some other places as well but I think that might give you a pretty good idea of the types of places I like :)

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Art vs Craft Fair [21 Jun 2006|09:25am]

*Art-vs-Craft* *Art-vs-Craft* *Art-vs-Craft* *Art-vs-Craft* **Art-vs-Craft*

The 4th bi-annual Art-vs-Craft show is THIS WEEKEND!
Saturday June 24th
from 10am-7pm

Michael J. Cudahy Student Center at MSOE
1025 N. Broadway (between Highland and State St.)
Milwaukee, WI

For more information (directions, vendors, and more!) please visit their website artvscraft.com

PS: THERE IS A BAR AT THE EVENT! this addendum makes this relevant right?? ;)
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[10 Oct 2005|12:00pm]

New winter menu at Trocadero starts today.
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Aussie Aussie Aussie! [28 Sep 2005|07:39pm]

Anyone looking for something different this weekend should try out some Australian cuisine/beer. The Milwaukee Bombers Australian Football Club is hosting the 2005 National Tournament at the Polo grounds in Merton where Australian casual foodstuffs will be availible for sale during the tournament, and plenty of Coopers beer to wash it down. Entry to the site is free, but parking at the location is $5. A free shuttle will be providing transportation from the free surplus parking to the event. See below for directions from I-94.


I-94 West
Take the 16 West/PEWAUKEE exit - EXIT #293C (7.7 miles)
Take the MERTON AVE./NORTH AVE. exit - EXIT #183
Turn RIGHT on CR-KC (MERTON AVE.) (0.8 miles)
Turn RIGHT on CR-K (0.2 miles)
Turn LEFT on DORN RD. (2.6 miles)
Turn LEFT on CR-V V (0.8 miles)
Polo Fields will be on your LEFT

Surplus Parking (North Lake Elementary School)
Continue on CR-V V past Polo Fields (1.0 miles)
Lake Elementary School will be on your LEFT
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Review: Bosley on Brady, Restaurant- Florida/Seafod/Fine Dining [14 Sep 2005|05:36pm]


I want to tell you about a wonderful restaurant called Bosley on Brady Street.
Here's a link to another webpage which provides lots of details about the restaurant, including location, phone, hours, etc: (Bosley on Brady).

Bosley has an excellent, relaxed atmosphere, with vibrant colors and superb artwork on the walls.

It's an american-style restaurant, kind of centered around Key West types of foods.

They have an broad selection of entrees. I've yet to have a single food item there that wasn't divine! Their crabcakes and key lime pie are, in my opinion, the best to be found in Milwaukee.

The owners are very involved in the restaurant, and are frequently found running about helping out. The head manager is quite friendly, as is the head bartender (which some of you might know from other locations in the past). Their head chef definately knows what he's doing.

Be sure to stop in some time, and check the place out! Tell them that Chris sent you.
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[31 Aug 2005|01:30pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Has anyone been to the new, unfortunately named (if you've an immature sense of humour), Balzac Wine Bar?

I'm intrigued, as it seems to be a project of the owners' of Trocadero, one of my favourite places to eat and imbibe around town.


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Check this out! [11 Aug 2005|03:57pm]

Espresso Christoph, a new coffeehouse near UWM at 3116 N. Downer Ave., will be hosting an Accoustic Songwriter Showcase featuring Mike Mangione, Chip Cruz, and Throw the Starfish Back. The showcase will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. The event is free and open to the public.

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Late night eats and other 24-hour joints [15 Apr 2005|10:30am]

I was wondering if anyone had any good tips for places around town that are open 24 hours or at least until 3 a.m. during the week. Not just places to eat, but other places to hang out or do something. Any all night bowling alleys? Or anything like that? All night theatres?

Anyways tell me what you know. Thanks!
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Sort of another shill from me for the restaurant I work at, but it's stuff that's good to know... [01 Apr 2005|01:34pm]

[ mood | devious ]

Hello Milwaukee! Some of you may remember that I work at Twisted Fork on the East Side. Perhaps this is bad form, and if so, feel free to delete it, but we've now started running bar specials, and since this place is called BOOZEfoodmke, I thought you'd like to know about them. So here we go!

All of these bar specials start at 10pm, and run until bar time unless otherwise specified.

Mondays -- 1/2 off glasses of wine, and $5 martinis
Tuesdays -- it's Smirnoff TwisTuesday, so get $3 Smirnoff Twist cocktails and $2 Smirnoff Twist and Red Bull drop shots
Wednesday -- P4, that is, Pizza, Pitchers, Pool and Pabst. $15 gets you a Pitcher of Miller Lite and a Pizza, plus you get a free game of Pool (or darts) with your $15 purchase. (Pizzas available from 10pm-midnight) There'll also be cheap cans of Pabst all night, as well.
Thursday -- Student ID Night gets you 1/2 price on most drinks, provided you've got a valid ID that says you're over 21, too. Heck, we'll throw in $2 bombers, too, since we love you students so much...
Friday and Saturday -- Join us for Anti-Happy Hour! From 10pm to 2am, you get 1/2 price mixers, wine, and beer, as well as $2 Jager bombs and $1 cans after 10pm.
Sunday -- we call this one "3-2-1-Free". $3 tall, $2 bombs, $1 drafts, and from 10pm-12am, free wings

Also worth noting...Monday through Friday, from 2pm-6pm, we finally have a Happy Hour, with 1/2 price rail drinks and drafts.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, we've turned the banquet room into a pool room! There's two pool tables back there, two dart boards, a jukebox, a Golden Tee machine, and a video projector tied to a digital cable box. And yes, you can smoke cigarettes back there...think of it as an extension of the bar seating.

Now, the obligatory disclaimer...while we will do our best to honor all the specials we've listed here and in the restaurant, sometimes we run out of stuff, and in that case, we'll make a substitution that's as close to the spirit of the special as possible.

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The Hi-Hat for Brunch [28 Mar 2005|10:56am]

This past Sunday I went to brunch at the Hi-Hat. It was deeeeelish. The Hi-Hat is located at 1701 N. Arlington Place. I'd been there before for drinks but had never tried any of their food. My boyfriend and I had no Easter Sunday plans and we were both interested in a tasty brunch with good coffee. The Hi-Hat did not disappoint.

When we walked in, the first thing I noticed was how loud it was. I think the building just has insane acoustics and it sounds a lot more packed than it is.

We were informed of the specials (a stuffed French Toast that sounded absolutely sinful and I almost got it but decided that I'd prefer something less sweet) and the service was decent considering that it was fairly busy. Their menu consisted of things like French toast, breakfast burrito, Florentine omelet. I got the Florentine omelet with toast and potatoes and my boyfriend got the "crepes and cakes" which consisted of crab cakes and some crepes. We both enjoyed our meals. The prices were average for those types of plates and the amount of food was decent.

The positives:
Timely service
Great coffee
Tasty food
A nice brunch menu selection

The negatives:
The table was really small considering the size of the plates and then our waters and coffees; we were really tight on space
While my boyfriend's food came out quite hot, mine was only warm and I think it must have been waiting in the kitchen whist his was being prepared. It wasn't too bad but I would have preferred it hotter. I will have to go back and see if this was just a fluke occurrence (I have a feeling it was).
It was louder than I'd prefer for a lazy Sunday brunch of reading the paper and drinking coffee but it was nice to know that so many other people were out enjoying their brunch as well.

If anything, I suggest you at least give a try. While it may not be for everyone (perhaps too noisy or busy), I think many people could enjoy the brunch they offer.

Over all, it was a really positive experience and I'm looking forward to going back again!
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Vivo Urban Grill [17 Feb 2005|08:43pm]

Vivo Urban Grill is very tasty. The lower level dining room is very romantic and quiet while the upstairs dining room (smoking in the bar) is more open and noise-friendly and features a HUGE fireplace. Great food, wine, cocktails, and can be as low key or classy an evening as you like. Reservations accepted but not Discover.

Also serving Lunch(mon-sun) and Brunch(Sat-Sun). I'd come after 12 for brunch. to get the salad and sandwich menu too.

On Ogden by the Panera Bread/ Chipotle, near the pick n' save.
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Please help! [17 Feb 2005|06:18pm]

I'm looking for a nice restaurant to dine at for prom. The only problem is that two out of the three restaurants I'm looking at, I have no clue about.
If you have been to Polaris (the revolving restaurant at the Hyatt) or Pieces of Eight (or The Castaway, there's a name change coming), please fill me in about how it was. I really want to know about service and price, the last thing I want is some snotty waiter at an uber-expensive place. And of course, a quick review of how good their food is will also help.

Thanks in advance!
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[27 Dec 2004|11:59am]

[ mood | satisfied ]

If you haven't tried Pacific Rim yet, do so as soon as you can. My husband and I celebrated the anniversary of our first date there on Christmas. The meal was wonderful. He had the roasted duck plate. Because of his food allergies he had to forgo the usual sauce, but the chef and our waiter went out of their way to find something he could have. We usually don't run into people so accommodating when we present the problem of his allergies at restaurants. In fact we're usually met with faint condescension and are outright ignored. Not so the Pacific Rim; they took us seriously and found an alternative. I had The Pacific Ocean Grilled which is a bed of pasta covered with shrimp, scallops and a lobster tail. I had to share bits of the seafood with my husband because of the size of it all. We both had alcoholic beverages, me the Mai Tai, he the Gentleman's Chocolate Covered Cherry. If you like coffee with a kick try that. For dessert we split a plate of the best green tea ice cream either of us has ever had. When it was all said and done we got out of there for a mere $100 this includes the price of the meals, drinks and generous tips to our waiter and the coat check girl. For the size and quality of our meals it should have been so much more.

Cross-posted to cityofmilwaukee

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Restaurant Review - Roots [22 Nov 2004|04:36pm]

Restaurant Review - Roots

Roots Restaurant
1818 N. Hubbard
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 374-8480
Reservations required for 1st floor fine dining.
Basement casual dining is first come, first serve - just grab a table

I’ve heard lots of good things about this restaurant in the recent past. Everything from “..it’s just too awesome..” to “..I love their dessert..” to “.. I have no idea what I ate, but it was pretty good..” So, curious, I decided to grab a couple friends and check it out.

From what I had heard, this was a “vegetarian-friendly” place .. so I had images of my worst visits to Beans & Barley in mind when we arrived at the restaurant (I am most decidedly a carnivore). When we got there, a smartly conservative dressed girl greets us and asks us for our reservations. Well - I didn’t know that there was actually a restaurant in Milwaukee that still took reservations. She informed us that the upstairs (which was only about half full) was booked for the evening, but we could seat ourselves in the basement for a more casual experience. After taking a look around the 1st floor dining room, filled with perfect people, with perfect hair, perfect cloths, perfect makeup, and perfect manners, all talking in subdued tones over their glasses of red wine .. we all decided we would be more comfortable in the basement, whatever that was.

So, down we go, and we are greeted by noise .. not the loud obnoxiousness of most “bars” that serve food .. but the din of people having a good time. We quickly found a table and settled ourselves down, and the waitress was right there as soon as the last person got their jacket off and sat down. She explained to us newbies that the upstairs was all fine dining, but down here was casual dining - different atmospheres, but the same menu from the same kitchen. Great deal! This was much more comfortable than the upper crust trendy feel of the upstairs. We all kicked back, and ordered drinks.

The water came first (as usual) - with a slice of lemon and a slice of cucumber in it to give it a fresh taste (and to hide the fact that Milwaukee tap water tastes god-awful). Our drinks followed shortly - a round of beer for everyone! Their selection on tap was quite good (great selection of micro-brew as well as Ale & Stouts .. there was a noticeable lack of watered down domestic beer - which was not missed at all)

L. and I started our meal with the soup of the day .. a divine winter squash soup garnished with white truffle oil and some sort of green sprout that had a bit of a bite to it - perfect compliment to the sweeter taste of the soup.

Dinner was fabulous! Shrimp penne pasta for me - with a light garlic sauce and sun dried tomatoes. This dish was just *bursting* with shrimp! A pleasant surprise. I was expecting pasta with token shrimp and got a whole school of the things instead! The tomatoes gave a great accent to the savory sauce. The sauce was perfect intensity - not too strong, not too weak, and not drowning the pasta. Don’t get me wrong, I love sauce - I just feel bad when I get a plate of pasta and immediately feel the need to throw it a life-jacket.

The sandwiches the others ordered looked yummy as well (and if the noticeable lack of conversation after dinner was served was any indication - they were well enjoyed!) The yucca chips they served with them were a great alternative to the traditional potato chips - slightly sweeter, but a little more oily. Paper thin texture, but lots of flavor.

Dessert was a sinful combination of crème de Brule and chocolate mousse. I could have died a happy girl with that combination! Definitely need to go back, if only for that! The mousse was perfectly savory - sweet, rich, just a bit bitter, the way chocolate is supposed to taste. And I can’t say enough good things about the crème de Brule .. but, I’m a little biased, it’s my favorite dessert, and you have to do a lot of work to wreck it.

All in all - I was impressed with Roots - at least the basement of Roots. The service was excellent, the food, tho a little prices for the entrée’s, was reasonable for the quality you got. I will definitely be visiting here again.

I wish I had made the journey when the outdoor patio was open. Would have been nice to have a table outside overlooking the Milwaukee River and downtown.
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more of a plug than a review: Twisted Fork - American/Comfort/Fusion/Quite hard to describe, really [16 Jun 2004|01:59pm]

[ mood | weird ]

Where: Twisted Fork
Address: 2238 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Website: hopelessly out of date, but if you want it, www.twisted-fork.com

Full disclosure, I work at the Fork, but as a host, so come in, don't come in, I get paid the same amount. No tip out for me. I hadn't seen it mentioned here, but I recall lostvirtue mentioning it in one of her personal LJ posts a while back, so I figured I'd bring you guys up to date on the place, if you've never been/never heard.

I'll just hit the highlights and news and whatnot. If you're on the East Side, we've got menus posted, and most of the people at the host stand will be happy to let you peruse one if you stop inside. We took over the old Oriental Pharmacy space next to the Oriental Theatre, since it was sort of sitting vacant after it's last incarnation as a liquor store. Our "motto," more or less, is "Comfort - Food - Drinks," so we really want you to like us. We try to be relaxed and groovy, even if our corporate owners (Roaring Fork LLC, the guys who manage the Milwaukee/Madison Qdoba franchises) sometimes aren't sure what they want the restaurant to be. Anyway, the menu just got switched around a bit for the summer, focusing on some lighter fare, an expanded appetizer selection, and doing away with some of our less popular items.

For Carnivores and Omnivores, we've got some panini-style sandwiches, in the $7.95 to $8.95 range, that come with fries, fresh fruit, or applesauce. Standard sandwiches and burgers round out the hand-held food category. We've added a Thai inspired burger and a very messy Ivanhoe Burger that's topped with our cheese and artichoke dip. Burgers are around the same price as the paninis and are available with a chicken breast or black bean patty in place of the beef. We've also got some steak and seafood dishes, but the price on those jumps up a ways; Sesame Ahi Tuna is $16.95, Beef Tournedos (a pair of 4 oz. tenderloin medallions, pecan crusted, garlic glazed or plain, with green beans and choice of potato) runs $19.95.

For Vegetarian and Vegan diners, admittedly, the selections are a bit more limited, but we are trying to make you happy, too. We're rolling out a few new appetizers that can double as meals. We've got a new Pita Pizza that is a grilled pita topped with hummus, grilled veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli and red pepper), Monterey Jack cheese and basil vinaigrette for $7.95, but leave off the Jack cheese and it's very Vegan-friendly. There's also a hummus plate (homemade hummus, for the record) with roasted garlic, nicoise olives and toast points for $6.95 and a Veggie panini sandwich, again with cheese that can be left off. Several fresh salads are also available and can be customized to have no animal products (cheese or the occasional hard boiled egg).

There's a Friday fish fry as well as some sort of fish special (it changes from week to week), and some sweet desserts, including a 3-way plate of creme brulee, featuring classic, espresso, and pastry chef's choice, which was Key Lime the last I knew (again it changes). We've got espresso, cappuchino, and a special house blend of Alterra coffee.

As for the servers, they're by and large a friendly group. If you come in, ask if Chuck is working, as he's a favorite among guests and employees alike. Twisted Fork has a fully loaded bar, a pretty nice wine list, and some good cocktail specialties (I'm partial to the Forkgasmic, but that's because it was my contribution to the drink menu).

Average ticket for 2 people at lunch is going to be around $25 with tax but before tip, assuming 2 sodas, a beer, and two sandwiches/burgers. For dinner, it'll probably be closer to $40 if two people opt for entrees and a glass of wine each, but it's very seldom that you'll leave hungry, and we try quite hard to make sure things are to your liking.

Reservations are accepted, but unless you're coming in with a huge party, or you want to come in on a Friday or Saturday, you probably won't need them. If you want to make them, though, the phone number for Twisted Fork is (414) 431-1080.

Anyway, hope you don't mind this little plug for my place of employment, but I think we're kind of a fun place, if a bit steep for your average lunch-goer. If you've got a date though, we're a nice place to consider.

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