Not your average taco filling. But Gypsy Taco isn’t your average maker. The truck – I guess you could call it more of a trailer – lives on the Boone & Crockett patio and services that bar’s barrel-aged cocktail drinking crowd. The Gypsy himself, Mitchell Ciohon, uses his fine-dining background to infuse his offbeat tacos with some razzle-dazzle, so expect drizzly schmears and garnishes of things like whipped goat cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds and arugula salad. His juicy-decadent shredded pork (the soda braising liquid leaves a mildly sweet finish) topped with cabbage, jalapeño, sliced radish, homemade pickles and a jigger of aioli – holy flavor burst! Add the extra creaminess of queso for $1. That’s what the Gypsy calls “Stallis-style.”
Kindred’s opening menu starts in its small but share-able way, with lemongrass mussels, piri piri fried chicken leg, duck confit flatbread, parsnip gnocchi, fontina-stuffed lamb meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and edam cheese croquette. Read more…
The menu is divided into meat, seafood and vegetarian categories (the Celtic ??triskele?? symbol has three interlocked spirals). The restaurant is a tad south of Walker??s Point restaurant developments, and that gives it sleeper status. A terrific place for mussels (the Tuesday-night special), burgers and create-your-own mac and cheese.
One of your first sights upon entering Carnitas Don Lucho is the counter. Yes, there’s an unseen kitchen in this space, but at the counter where you place your order, you will marvel at the glistening pork carnitas, the butt cooking right there, hunks of which are lopped off and sold by the pound. The tender confit-like meat is akin to manna folded inside large, fresh corn tortillas. Drizzle fresh lime and Lucho’s smoky pasilla chile salsa (one of up to six sauces) over the meat. The taco doesn’t need much more to enhance the flavor.
Think about dessert first. The pies (honeypie to banana cream), cupcakes and other sweets are all made in-house. Take a seat in a booth under photos of somebody’s relatives and have a pasty, mac and cheese or a Wisconsin grass-fed beef burger. Now back to that other topic – pies.
Imagine a place where you can get a duck BLT sausage, a cheddarwurst, chili dog and scads of others ?? all links, no patties. Imagine no more. That is the modus operandi of this super-delish counter-service sausage emporium, which is also serious about draft cocktails, whiskey and bourbon.
This Bay View institution still has a Schlitz brewery globe hanging over the bar – a piece of historic Milwaukee in an otherwise old-world, Eastern Europe bubble. The effect of dining in the home of an old relative (who happens to be a great cook) keeps people coming back, for stars of the show like chicken paprikash, cevapcici (sausage) and the incomparable burek.
The patrons seated around the bar finish each other’s thoughts, let alone sentences. This is that kind of place. The pizza has a solid rim of breadiness, and it’s strong and on the thicker side of thin. The toppings are what make it. More is more. If you can see crust under big chunks of sausage and vegetables, you’re not at this Bay View institution.
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