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Milwaukee Road Trip, and not a bratwurst had [pics]
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  • - May 4th, 2015, 9:05 am
    - May 4th, 2015, 9:05 am Post #121 - May 4th, 2015, 9:05 am
    Another attempt in getting some others to share some stuff over here, the board has been pretty sluggish of late but it did pick up in the last week, maybe we can continue forward with the momentum? Talking to all the people so quick to support their favorite GNR's but give little to the board outside of that. Step your game up. Today's trip to MKE is a sausage centric one. I'd say encased meats is something most people would associate foodwise with the biggest city in the state of Wisconsin but that said theres not many famous well known places pushing 100 year old recipes. Though there seems to be a recent boom in the trade.

    phaseolus wrote:Suggestion for a future trip up here -- a Longman & Eagle partner, a former Odd Duck chef and another guy finally opened The Vanguard in Bay View a few days ago. I haven't been there yet but people I know are raving about it even with the limited menu they're starting out with. I'm kinda curious about their "house Cheez Wiz"...

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    The Vanguard

    The Vanguard has become my go-to food/drink spot while up here which is quite often with a recent consulting gig I took at the casino. Everyone I've stopped in with really seems to enjoy the place as I have yet to hear any complaints. As mentioned up above The Vanguard is co-owned by a Longman & Eagle partner, who like many others, decided to make the move north. So far so good.

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    a peek inside

    The menu has switched up a few things here and there but as long as they keep doing what they're doing it's all going to be great. The combination of craft sausages and draft cocktails is so Milwaukee you just know this place is going to deliver the goods. The drinks are all $8 and for the most part have been satisfying while the sausages range in price from 4-8 dollars per link. What I really respect about this place is all of the encased meats are made on-site. My one minor gripe is the choice of S. Rosen's buns. Milwaukee and the entire state of Wisconsin is a bakers paradise, there has to be better. The Sheboygan Hard Rolls for one. The different sausage creations all have flavor inspirations from around the globe. Some stick close to the old world way (Housemade Brat) while others read like they were made at Midnight after catching the Munchies while watching a marathon of 'That 70's Show.'

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    Red Hot Zerkel (Pork Sausage / Powered Flamin' Hot) house cheese whiz, onion ring, pickled jalapeno

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    Piri Piri Pork (Pork Sausage / Piri Piri Sauce) pickled cactus, bleu cheese, hot sauce

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    Kilig (Pork Sausage / Palm Sugar / Soy Sauce) lime, bean sprout, basil, cilantro, chili sauce, hoisin

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    Jamaican Lamb Currywurst (Lamb and Pork Sausage) served on a bed of fresh cut fries, Jamaican curry, caramelized onion, scotch bonnet jam
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    Goodkind

    Next stop up is Goodkind, also in the Bay View neighborhood. These guys were one of the pioneers in the recent rotisserie cooking trend as they were doing it when they opened a couple years back. The machine sits in the partially open air kitchen which sits inside the redone house it calls its address. Classic Midwest vibes inside as they stay open late (1a) and have an impressive beer list as well as original house cocktails. I've enjoyed plopping down at the bar a couple times. The food is always on point, though we did have a calamari dish that was too heavily salted one trip in.

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    Spicy Crab Pasta - Bucatini | San Marzano Tomato | Dungeness Crab | Rapini |Pepperoni | Basil Oil

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    Hungarian Gyula Sausage - Duck Fat Cabbage Noodles | Dill Pollen Sour Cream
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    Mekong Cafe

    Last stop is a spot thats been serving a wonderful selection of Thai, Laos and Vietnamese Cuisines since 2008. You'll want to zero in on the Laotian part of the menu and Grandma Chanta’s Special which happens to be her old family recipe sausage. It's made with sauteed Laotian herbs and served in your choice of chicken or pork with steamed vegetables and an extra funky Laos style papaya salad. It definitely hits the spot. Anyone got anything to share over here or have I fallen on deaf ears? It takes a village.

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    Grandma Chanta’s Laotian Sausage
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    The Vanguard
    2659 S Kinnickinnic Ave
    Milwaukee, WI 53207
    (414) 539-3593

    Goodkind
    2457 S Wentworth Ave
    Milwaukee, WI 53207
    (414) 763-4706

    Mekong Cafe
    5930 W North Ave
    Milwaukee, WI 53208
    (414) 257-2228

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