The Third Ward’s New Italian Joint

                                          Photo courtesy of Olga Thomas Photography It’s been a busy summer for AJ Bombers owners Joe and Angie Sorge. They revved up their baking program with the new pastry shop, Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts in the Landmark building (316 N. Milwaukee St.). They also hauled arse to get yet another venture off the ground before summer’s end. That’s Onesto (221 N. Broadway, 414-308-1600), an Italian place next to Sorge-owned Swig. The restaurant group is not just doing doughnuts…

Just Desserts- A Primary To Remember

MH: I’m just glad I can stop getting fliers in my mail for the 19th Assembly District primary that Brostoff won. CH: I’m really going to miss Chris Moews’ radio ads, though. He liked to remind people to vote for him, however they pronounce his five-letter last name. MH: Even after hearing the instructions, I still wanted to call him Chris Meows, which I’m sure no hardened street criminal ever has. CH: There weren’t many surprises last night, except for, perhaps, the 6th Congressional District. MH: I had picked Grothman, but Leibham has serious name recognition in a large part…

Goodkind Hosts Collaborative Dinner

                                  Kate Riley pottery photo by Adam Ryan Morris                                  The Plate Collective is a dining event unlike other dining events. On Sept. 9, six local chefs will prepare a six-course meal at Bay View’s Goodkind (2457 S. Wentworth Ave.) on plates made by artist Kate Riley, of Craft Girl Studio. Riley – whose work appeared in the May 2013 issue of Milwaukee Magazine – collaborated with the participating…

Walker’s Point Foodie Week

                               Photo of Braise Restaurant by Adam Ryan Morris Walker’s Point Foodie Week sounds like August’s answer to early summer’s Downtown Dining Week. The event — which starts this Saturday Aug. 9 and concludes on Aug. 16 — follows a similar premise: three-course, prix-fixe menus offered at various dining spots. What makes it different: It’s not limited to restaurants (included are Indulgence Chocolatiers and Stone Creek Coffee, offering a pairing or gift set), and the fixed-price menus ($21 and $31) are for dinner only. Resto participants include…

Story Hill BKC to Open Thursday

                                      Story Hill BKC – the first phase of which opens Thursday, Aug. 7 – is the younger sibling of popular West Side spots Maxie’s and Blue’s Egg. The owners know a thing or two – or 10 – about opening restaurants, eh? And yet, Story Hill – restaurant, coffee bar and wine shop (5100 W. Blue Mound Rd.) – isn’t like the others, co-owner Dan Sidner acknowledges. “This one is a challenge,” he says, “We’re doing a lot of things differently.”…

Just Desserts- Inside the New Poto’ Hotel

Chocolate mousse cake with popcorn, a banquet item. Please join us for our subjective evaluation of Milwaukee’s latest hotel. But is it the greatest? In exactly two weeks, the new Potawatomi Hotel & Casino opens to the public, but today, it opened for a special open house, one that our two associate editors, Claire Hanan and Matt Hrodey, took as an opportunity to test the bathroom scales and “soaking tubs,” and also some of the food. Here’s what they found. MH: So the first thing we noticed was there was an empty limousine parked outside with a municipal license plate.…

Bavette’s Burger Night

                                                  Photo via Shutterstock Bavette owner Karen Bell has had great weather these last several weeks for her weekly Burger Night at the Third Ward butcher shop (330 E. Menomonee St., 414-273-3375). Every Wednesday night (5-9 p.m.), the Bavette staff fires up the grill out on the sidewalk patio and offers up a burger dressed a little different each week. “Different,” meaning the toppings change. Last Wednesday, the grass-fed beef burger came with goat cheddar, roasted…

Stubby’s Cheese-a-palooza

                                                         Photo via Shutterstock Our beer writer, Dan Murphy, mentioned the Stubby’s 4th anniversary party this Saturday (August 2) in his latest Brew City column. Yeah, they’re going to be tapping rare beers. But what Mr. Murphy didn’t mention is that they’re also going to be offering cheese – a lot of cheese, garnering it the name Cheese-a-palooza. This replaces the Pork-a-Palooza that Stubby’s had been doing for the last few anniversary parties. I…

Morel Restaurant Debuts Friday

                                                 Photo via Shutterstock      Looking for a new restaurant to check out this weekend? You can’t get much newer than Morel (430 S. Second St.), the Walker’s Point venue making its debut on Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. After construction delays set back Morel’s opening, owner Jonathan Manyo is more than ready to show off the interior (“French farmhouse” is his vibe comparison) and cuisine (better to explain with examples). First, there’s a section…

Potawatomi’s Hotel Dining

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (1721 W. Canal St.) announced this morning that Stone Creek Coffee has inked a deal to serve its coffee in the 381-room, 19-floor hotel, opening on August 18. The “exclusive partnership” will give Stone Creek primo visibility – the roaster’s coffee bar will be positioned next to the reception desk in the lobby. In addition to a full menu of coffee drinks and teas, the coffee bar will sell pastries and baked goods from the Stone Creek Kitchen. This is certainly good news for Stone Creek, which started with one location in Whitefish Bay back in…