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’Pez Dispenser En route to the new location of Lopez Bakery, I pass a man on a street corner, waiting for the bus and moving his limbs slowly and fluidly in the manner of tai chi. Always something interesting to observe in Cudahy. Down on Packard Avenue (5430 S.), Lopez has a cheerful spot, with […]

’Pez Dispenser

En route to the new location of Lopez Bakery, I pass a man on a street corner, waiting for the bus and moving his limbs
slowly and fluidly in the manner of tai chi. Always something interesting to
observe in Cudahy. Down on Packard Avenue (5430 S.), Lopez has a cheerful spot,
with several tables if you want to have a chimichanga and hang out. This Lopez,
you see, isn’t just a bakery. Come in at 6 a.m. and eat huevos rancheros or
Gordo’s Special (egg, ham, bean and cheese on a hard roll) with a Mexican hot
chocolate. At noon, move on to tamales ($4.50 for a half-dozen), tostadas,
enchiladas, flautas, tacos and burritos. Back at the car, key in the ignition –
did you forget something? The case is jammed – jammed, I tell you. Churros
(cylinder-shaped pastries), elephant ears, cream cheese pockets, molasses pig
cookies, fruit-filled empanadas, bread pudding, flan. I’m getting overwhelmed
thinking about them. Open at 5 a.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. on Saturday; closing at
8 p.m. most days. 482-2442.

Tini Place

A martini sounds appealing right now. A Scotch, too.
Delafield is full of surprises lately. In last week’s “Dish,” it was the
Delafield Hotel and its high-end restaurant, Andrew’s. This week, it’s Twist
‘n Olive
, a new “upscale” lounge whose liquid menu includes martinis,
Scotches, cognacs, gins, bourbons, beer and wine. Stogies for the smokers, too.
Owners Amy and Nicholas Williams hold down day jobs – she as an investment
broker, he as an IT guy. Their evenings belong to Twist ‘n Olive. Look for
weekly live entertainment and a patio this spring. Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.-12
a.m.; Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 2-10 p.m. Hillside Terrace
Shopping Center, 2730 Hillside Dr., 262-646-5483.

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Thai Two

One of the last times you’ve heard me talk about
Jefferson Street was upon the demise of Los Mitos a few months ago. Now that
we’ve stopped mourning, we can welcome Singha Thai II, spawn of Singha
Thai I in West Allis. The front dining room/bar, formerly dark and lacking
warmth, is elegant and rich looking with carpeting, violet tablecloths and
intricate tapestries. The menu is its mother. Would you believe there are 188
dishes on it? I’m looking at a carryout menu right now. It’s pretty incredible.
Noodles, curries, Thai salads, soups, even the strangely appealing steamed
tapioca with coconut. Check out number 2 for yourself. 780 N. Jefferson St.,
226-0288.

Irritation of the Week

How do you feel about banquettes – those
long upholstered benches pressed against the wall in many dining rooms? For me,
in one respect, they’re ideal. Usually you’ll have a banquette with a row of
tables facing it and chairs on the side of the table opposite the banquette. I
like to take a seat at the banquette so I can watch what’s going on in the room.
My dining companions get a view of the wall. That’s the price they pay. But
banquettes have their drawbacks. For one, they kill your back – unless, in rare
instances, there are pillows to support you. The annoying thing about them, more
than lack of back support, is getting shoehorned into a banquette table with too
many other diners. I might have her purse digging into my side or his coattails
on my lap. I might be straining to not overhear a conversation at the table next
to mine. Now…what’s so great about banquettes?

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Can’t get enough
dining? I chat about restaurants every Friday with Jane Matenaer and Kidd O’Shea
on “The Mix.” Listen between 8 and 9 a.m. That’s 99.1 WMYX-FM.

E-mail your worst restaurant gripes to me at ann.christenson@milwaukeemagazine.com

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