Odd Duck Is Back – Almost!

Whoop, whoop! The wait is almost over.

Odd Duck, which announced plans last summer to move from its longtime Bay View home to new digs, is really close to feeding diners again. The globally focused small plates restaurant is taking dinner reservations – at the new space, 939 S. Second St. in Walker’s Point – beginning Friday, March 31.

Owners Melissa Buchholz and Ross Bachhuber bought the Walker’s Point building in 2021. It was formerly occupied by Meraki, which closed in 2020. Owning their own building was a goal of the partners, who’ve said while they’ll miss Bay View, they’re excited to be a part of the WP’s resto scene. The space also offers more seating and an expanded kitchen that Bachhuber has called a “game changer” in terms of giving them the opportunity to spread their wings even more than they already do.



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As for the menu, I can only tell you what they’ve been teasing on social media – things like quesabirria with suckling pig; crispy oyster mushrooms with tsukemono pickles, purple daikon and wagarashi mustard; a large plate of wood-fired za’atar flatbread, pickles, eggplant salad, lemon roasted beets, hummus with zhoug, fennel-citrus olive; and Trout Under a Fur Coat salad (a plate from menus past). 


Photo courtesy of Odd Duck
Photo courtesy of Odd Duck
Photo courtesy of Odd Duck





Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.