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Tastes of Spring
Buckley's new menu, and soul food Sundays.
Bountiful Pork Buns 
The May issue of Milwaukee Magazine will start hitting newsstands next week. The top restaurants cover story is sweet on 25 local restaurants, one of which may or may not be Buckley’s Restaurant and Bar. (Do you like the air of mystery?…) With each new menu, Buckley’s chef Thi Cao is threading in a little more of his cooking style. How so? On the spring dinner menu, take note of these additions: pork buns (steamed buns filled with braised pork belly, hoisin and kimchi, $7); banh mi sandwich (Vietnamese BBQ pork with pickled carrots, daikon, jalapeno and chile sambal sauce, $10); brick-grilled, spice-rubbed Cornish hen with braised kale and Greek yogurt sauce ($19); and trio of pork with apricot mostarda ($20). Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun 10 a.m.-midnight. (801 N. Cass St., 414-277-1111)

Sweet Fix
I’m in need of a treat by Bernadette. Preferably, a three-layer coconut cake. Bernadette Hunt has been selling her cakes, pies and other creations – under the name Treats by Bernadette – at Mayfair Mall since 2010. But her sweet-making, enterprising nature was activated long before that. If your thing is red velvet cupcakes, caramel cake, sweet potato pie and peach cobbler, Hunt is your go-to baker. And she now has a second location – at 7934 W. Burleigh St. – where you can buy cupcakes to go, place an order (for whole cakes, pies, cobblers, chocolate-covered strawberries, etc.), or come in on a Sunday for something really special. Hunt and her husband just launched their Sunday Soulful Dinner at the Burleigh Street location. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, you can get a complete soul food supper. Last Sunday, they served roast chicken with green beans, potatoes, buttermilk cornbread and other dishes. This week, it’s not confirmed, but the meal could be turkey and dressing, collard greens and mac and cheese. The cost per person ranges from $10 to $15. Call ahead to place an order. If you’re just thinking about cupcakes (which are $4 each), Hunt says she usually has these varieties in the case: red velvet, caramel, coconut, German chocolate, turtle, and double chocolate. Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Check out the Treats website here

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