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  • Post #121 - March 25th, 2017, 7:17 am
    Post #121 - March 25th, 2017, 7:17 am Post #121 - March 25th, 2017, 7:17 am
    Grasch's Foods of Brookfield, just west of Milwaukee was purchased by a Sendick's. Captain John who managed the Fish Department is gone.
    I finally stopped yesterday to take stock of the changes.
    I can no longer reccamend the new Sendick's for anything.
    The fish is now typical Sendick's fare, all previously frozen, thawed with the typical 'slumped' apperance. Unique hard to find items are gone, no huge, never frozen Gulf Shrimp, no anything but the usual staples of any fish department. Meat selection is vastly reduced. Prices remain high.
    Visited the OutPost food co-op after a two year absence since I asked for and received my membership fee back.
    Expensive as ever! Fresh fruit and vegetable selection not any different than any large market these days. Tomatoes and avocados from Mexico labeled Organic. Pine nuts from China.
    Picked up raw peanuts, Israeli Cous Cous and Canadian Wild Rice to last me another two years. How the OutPost stays in business is beyond me except like the former Grasch's, location, location, location.
    Woodman's or Fresh Farms on Touhy easily outclass either of the above two grocery stores in Milwaukee and surroundings.-Richard
  • Post #122 - April 4th, 2017, 7:36 am
    Post #122 - April 4th, 2017, 7:36 am Post #122 - April 4th, 2017, 7:36 am
    A Revered Milwaukee Restaurant, Karl Ratzsch, Says Goodbye

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/dini ... -ipad&_r=0
    "Sandwiches are wonderful. You don't need a spoon or a plate!"
    Paul Lynde
  • Post #123 - April 4th, 2017, 12:08 pm
    Post #123 - April 4th, 2017, 12:08 pm Post #123 - April 4th, 2017, 12:08 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    A Revered Milwaukee Restaurant, Karl Ratzsch, Says Goodbye

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/dini ... -ipad&_r=0


    I can't say I'm surprised. The renovation was not a complete success IMHO but I'm still very sad to see it go.
  • Post #124 - April 4th, 2017, 12:58 pm
    Post #124 - April 4th, 2017, 12:58 pm Post #124 - April 4th, 2017, 12:58 pm
    Yes, not surprised. Places like this never take well to a "make-over." It was a traditional place with traditional customers. They did not take well to the changes. He took a risk and got stung. Bad plans it appears.
  • Post #125 - April 6th, 2017, 9:15 am
    Post #125 - April 6th, 2017, 9:15 am Post #125 - April 6th, 2017, 9:15 am
    We were frequent customers for decades but about 2000, things changed.
    We had some memorable meals there with some memorable German Ausleses .
    My particular favorite was goose shank.
    With an 'after-show' menu, the Apple pancake was memorable.
    The clientel died and then times changed.
    We went to Mader's once.
    -Richard
  • Post #126 - April 10th, 2017, 6:39 pm
    Post #126 - April 10th, 2017, 6:39 pm Post #126 - April 10th, 2017, 6:39 pm
    Here is another take on this. https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles ... osing.html I do like that this article encourages you to go to those local places you love before they disappear. We are beginning to wonder what the future of brick and mortar retail holds. I am very glad that I lost that fight with my husband about creating a website!
  • Post #127 - April 11th, 2017, 5:12 am
    Post #127 - April 11th, 2017, 5:12 am Post #127 - April 11th, 2017, 5:12 am
    I'm afraid it's not as simple as just patronizing an establishment!
    Of the establishments listed, I eat at Jake's once in awhile.
    Purchase sausage from Usingers once in awhile.
    But Usingers is not going to close, at least it's core business.
    Both are in the 'City' and are simply not easy to get to.
    Jake's North Avenue location is doomed, but there are other locations but not with the ambiance.
    We have a relatively 'free economy' and it's many factors that can decide the fate of an establishment. Some factors easy to analyze and some not so easy.
    Ratzsch's was dead many years before closing when it was originally sold. Many times it's a case of both the owner and the clientel moving on, so to speak.
    Change is the norm, a phycologist will tell you and people don't like change.
    So I move on!-Richard
  • Post #128 - May 31st, 2017, 2:56 pm
    Post #128 - May 31st, 2017, 2:56 pm Post #128 - May 31st, 2017, 2:56 pm
    Not that it's hard to find a decent custard in Milwaukee area, but I have to mention Bubba's in Pewaukee. It reminds me of a Culver's that's slightly off. I had the eponymous burger and was pretty happy with that. Something about fresh meat and chees sauce. Got a quart to go for the rest of the brood. Everyone was very happy with the Reese's Dough. Not sure it's worth the drive from Chicago, but if you're in the neighborhood, you'll be richly rewarded.

    1276 Capitol Drive
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    (262) 695-8189
    http://bubbasfrozencustard.com/
  • Post #129 - May 31st, 2017, 3:31 pm
    Post #129 - May 31st, 2017, 3:31 pm Post #129 - May 31st, 2017, 3:31 pm
    I really enjoy Classic Slice in Bayview. Super casual with some shared tables, beer and wine only. The crust has great chew. Interesting specialty pizzas and daily/weekly specials. Locals order a custom slice for the best value.
    http://classicslice.com/
    2797 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
    (414) 238-2406
    Reading is a right. Censorship is not.
  • Post #130 - September 25th, 2017, 4:37 pm
    Post #130 - September 25th, 2017, 4:37 pm Post #130 - September 25th, 2017, 4:37 pm
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    Came across a really great pizzeria in Milwaukee over the weekend. Based on my one experience, it's better than anything serving a similar style in Chicago.

    Wy'East originally started as a food truck in Portland (Wy'east is what the Multnomah people called Mt. Hood) but the owners, a couple originally from Milwaukee, moved back home and opened a brick and mortar spot last year. Co-owner James Durawa, who makes the pizzas, worked at the fantastic Apizza Scholls before going out on his own.

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    The menu consists of about a dozen pre-designed pies as well as a couple bases for a build-your-own option. We opted a version for the Hot Marmot, which comes with really good pepperoni, fresh garlic, and the sweet and tangy Pacific Northwest treat, Mama Lil's peppers. The Hot Marmot is at the top of the post. Our change was to only get pepperoni on half, although there was a miscommunication that initially (and only temporarily) left our pizza with Mama Lil's just on one half as well.

    We also tried the Three Sisters, which comes with mushrooms, a solid amount of fresh garlic, and basil.

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    Any place can put together good toppings. What separates Wy'East from the back is the crust, which is a long-fermented dough that is the contemporary American style first made famous by Chris Bianco and mastered in Chicago by Great Lake (RIP). Wy'East's crust isn't on par with those two, but it's got the crispy/chewy thing going really well and if they sold loves of bread made from the dough, I'd have taken one or three back home with me.

    Wy'East
    5601 W. Vliet Street
    Milwaukee, WI
    (414) 943-3278

    Limited Hours:
    Wed & Th 4:30p–9p
    F-Sa 4:30p–9p
    Su 4:30p–9p
  • Post #131 - September 26th, 2017, 9:34 pm
    Post #131 - September 26th, 2017, 9:34 pm Post #131 - September 26th, 2017, 9:34 pm
    The pizzas look great, but the drinks portion of the menu is referred to as... "Bevi's". I'm afraid that I cannot support this establishment.
  • Post #132 - October 12th, 2017, 10:42 am
    Post #132 - October 12th, 2017, 10:42 am Post #132 - October 12th, 2017, 10:42 am
    We're going to be in Milwaukee for Thanksgiving, just for a change of pace. Any suggested place for Thanksgiving dinner?
  • Post #133 - November 2nd, 2017, 10:12 pm
    Post #133 - November 2nd, 2017, 10:12 pm Post #133 - November 2nd, 2017, 10:12 pm
    Anyone have a lead for respectable Manhattan clam chowder in MKE; even better if available for carryout? Got a 95 yo grandfather I'd like to track some down for.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dave
  • Post #134 - November 3rd, 2017, 8:48 am
    Post #134 - November 3rd, 2017, 8:48 am Post #134 - November 3rd, 2017, 8:48 am
    BadgerDave wrote:Anyone have a lead for respectable Manhattan clam chowder in MKE; even better if available for carryout? Got a 95 yo grandfather I'd like to track some down for.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dave


    Recall seeing Manhattan clam chowder on this list. However I haven't had soup market in years so can't personally vouch for it.

    https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles ... aukee.html

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