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Cheese and the Great Milwaukee Fish Fry
And a little Indian food, for something ethnic.
Image from G. Mirch Masala menu.
Basmati and Brie
So Bavarian Inn, bastion of the Friday fish fry served with a side of tartar and live polka music, has closed (700 W. Lexington Blvd.). And just as there are restaurant endings, there are beginnings. For lovers of curries, rice dishes and the like, G. Mirch Masala is serving both Indian and Pakistani cuisine in the one-time home of The King & I II (7225 N. 76th St.). Long operating hours is the theme here. They’re open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Are Indian buffets your thing? The restaurant offers a daily buffet (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Weekday price $7.99; weekends $9.99. (414-353-7300)

How do you feel about LaClare Farm Evalon goat cheese? It earned the title of Top U.S. Cheese a few days ago at the 2011 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. Apparently, this is only the second time a goat cheese has won the title in the history of the awards. You can buy this goat cheese at West Allis Cheese & Sausage (6832 W. Becher St. and 400 N. Water St., in Milwaukee Public Market). The local shop is close to making cheese history on the corner of Oakland and Linnwood (2974 N. Oakland Ave.). You see, there will soon be a third location of West Allis Cheese & Sausage. The store, at the location of the former Bella’s Fat Cat, is about a week from opening. Besides an extensive selection of cheeses and sausages (brats and beef sticks), the new location will serve sandwiches, soups and some crafty varieties of mac and cheese. The location has 12 tables, so you can stay and keep eating cheese. What goes better with a block of Irish cheddar than… a cappuccino? The East Side digs have an espresso machine and (thanks to its previous occupant) a frozen custard machine! And a frozen dairy product makes perfect sense here, if you ask me. By the way, West Allis’ cheeses of the month honor St. Patrick.  All Irish cheeses (cheddar, Swiss) are on sale for the month of March.  

Fry Me to the Moon

Lent isn’t the only reason to eat fried fish, but it’s the biggest reason to just say yes to the fry until the end of April. One local restaurant that recently joined the fry bandwagon is the très French Le Rêve Patisserie & Cafe in Wauwatosa. The offering is beer-battered cod with frites and coleslaw ($14.95). It’s available only during dinner on Fridays (starting at 5 p.m.). Le Rêve also has a new bar! The staff moved some tables and pastry cases to accommodate the now full-service liquor bar. Diners can also hunker down and eat at the bar. Or sit up straight and eat at the bar... (7610 Harwood Ave., 414-778-3333)

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