THE COVID PANDEMIC has forced small businesses to pivot in creative ways and for many restaurants, that goes beyond just offering delivery options. The gourmet marketplace with online ordering is an absolute dream come true for Milwaukee-area foodies. Check out these picks from local restaurants and purveyors.
1100 S. 1ST ST.
Start your holiday shopping off right with a treat for yourself. Don’s Grocery and Liquor turned from a diner into a speakeasy and neighborhood burger and shake shop stocking nostalgic junk food snacks of the hostess variety, bottles of booze, wine and their famous milkshakes to go. This cookie dough shake ($6.95) is every bit as decadent as it sound and can be ordered for curbside pick up or delivery.
LOCATIONS IN WALKER’S POINT, SHOREWOOD AND WAUWATOSA
The Indulgence Chocolatiers chocolate lover’s gift set ($57) is the perfect gift for any choc-o-holic and includes 12 assorted truffles selection by the chocolatier, three chocolate bars, premium toffee and cocoa mix. Their truffles are equally pleasing to the eye and the appetite. Indulgence has recently re-opened all three of its Milwaukee-area locations and easy online ordering for all of their products.
10600 W. BLUEMOUND RD.
These MKE Char-cup-eries from MKE Charcuterie are the most adorable and delectable little snacks for small, COVID-safe gatherings. At $6 per cup, order in increments of four and choose from the MKE Classic mix of gourmet cheeses and meats or the “Yooper” blend with “Cheese to please the Midwestern palate.” Order these or any of their specialty boxes online for pick-up at one of six area pick-up locations.
4512 N. OAKLAND AVE.
Scout Wine Merchants is a new wine shop and marketplace that is opening Thanksgiving weekend. Co-owner Emily Laga selects and stocks specialty olive oils, salts, spices and sauces with an emphasis on unique, global flavors from small batch producers. These gourmet oils and vinegars from Seka Hills in California are sure to please even the most sophisticated palates. Pick up the elderberry balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and wildflower honey at the shop starting this weekend.
1101 S. 2ND St.
Braise has an impressive array of groceries, recipe kits and take-and-bake items available for curbside pick up and delivery Tuesday-Saturday. This is all in addition to their delicious restaurant menu they offer as well. Try the Crazy Dave’s Old Fashioned Mix to up your cocktail game. Their blended old fashion elixir contains seltzer, their “filthy” cherries and orange zest for $10 that makes 6-8 drinks. Just add your own booze, or order a bottle from Braise to go with your kit. Call 414-212-8843 to order or online.
6. Kind Oasis
2169 N. FARWELL AVE.
Kind Oasis Daily Relief Gummies in assorted fruit flavors ($39) are made with organic hemp extract and a perfect little chill treat that comes in handy especially for the holiday hustle. Each gummy contains 25 mg of CBD and no THC. Enjoy one or two gummies a day as part of your daily wellness routine. This new East Side “modern apothecary and general store” opened this summer and is chock-full of wellness products and unique gifts.
You can find Jenna Kashou at the Kind Oasis on Friday, Nov. 27 from 1-3 p.m for their holiday pop-up shop. She’ll be signing copies of her book “100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die” and they’ll be sale for 20 percent off.