Bar Louie at Bayshore Town Center has big competition. By name, anyway. Big Daddy’s Brew & Que has m. (You may remember this spot as Ovation Restaurant next iPic Theater.) Big Daddy’s menu is que-y. For example: ribs (St. Louis style and baby back), beef brisket sandwich, pulled pork and chicken, shrimp and catfish po’ boys, burgers and sides like mac and cheese and sweet corn pudding. Specials include Monday’s full rack of ribs ($9.95) and Tuesday’s $1 sloppy Texan sliders. For extra dough, there’s Big Daddy’s Feeding Frenzy, a two-person meal of beef tenderloin, brisket, rib tips, pulled pork, fries, baked beans and cornbread ($29.95). There’s a larger version that feeds five to six people ($79.95). The website features a photo of a pretty young blond wearing flannel and a cowboy hat. I don’t think that’s Big Daddy. Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-2 a m.; Sun: 11 a.m.-midnight. (5800 N. Bayshore Dr., 414-203-0404)
Richard Blais! Nigella Lawson! Blais and Lawson! This month, two big-names are Milwaukee bound, courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurant Group. First up (on Feb. 21) is Lawson, the British author of cookbooks like How to Be a Domestic Goddess. She will sign copies of her new Nigellissima. A former contestant on Top Chef, Blais will promote (and put his John Hancock on copies of) his new book, Try This At Home, on Feb. 28. Both events begin at 6:15 p.m. and feature a four-course dinner. The $135 per-person cost (not including tax and gratuity) for each event does include a copy of the book. Event location: The Grain Exchange Room (225 E. Michigan St.) Call 414-727-6980 for reservations.
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