The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Jan. 30

Café Corazón’s new location, a Wes Anderson-themed pop-up and more make the list.

1. Check Out the New Brown Deer Location of Café Corazón 


I’d heard the new location of Café Corazón (4102 N. Bradley Rd.) has been crazy busy, and I could see why when I stopped by for a Sunday night dinner: The place is pretty small – only 45 seats, including the bar. We got there a bit later – 6:45 p.m. and they close at 8 p.m. so the place was clearing out. The food came hot and fast, the chips fresh from the fryer. I ordered one of my standbys – salmon tacos with a side salad – and was pleased. My only complaint was the portion of salmon was on the meager side. Still, the food was delicious, and I’m happy to see a former A&W root beer stand put to good use.

Café Corazón in Brown Deer; Photo by Ann Christenson

2. Ice Skate at Red Arrow Park (on a week night)


I went ice skating twice this week. The first time was on Monday, to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my husband. As we waddled onto the ice, we had the whole rink practically to ourselves! We had enough space to skate around without risk of taking someone else down with us when we inevitably stumbled. When we stopped by the rink again the following Sunday, it was a much more crowded experience, and there were a lot of children. While it was still lovely, I recommend snagging a weeknight skate if you can.

Red Arrow Park; Photo by Visit Milwaukee



What’s Brew City’s best? We’ve picked 16 of our favorite Milwaukee craft beers for a March Madness-style tournament, but it’s up to you to pick the winner! Will it be bright and hoppy? Dark and malty? A zippy lager? Every one is worthy of the title; who will claim the sudsy crown?

3. See Cost of Living


I highly recommend checking out Cost of Living at Renaissance Theaterworks, running through Feb. 12th. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play deals with the issues that come up between people with disabilities and those who care for them. The actors are all superb, and the play brought up many feelings in me that lingered for days. Tickets are available online.

4. Get Whimsical at The Sugar Maple’s Wes Anderson-Themed Pop-Up


The Sugar Maple’s been getting wild with the theme nights recently. Back in October, the Bay View bar did a Studio Ghibli-themed pop-up, and now it’s transforming into an homage to legendary director Wes Anderson, the man behind Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel and more. There will be a costume contest, themed drinks, Anderson-inspired art on the walls, etc. You can catch the pop-up from Thursday to Sunday. I’m really looking forward to this one. And I have a great idea for The Sugar Maple’s next pop-up: an M. Night Shyamalan theme. All night, you think the cocktails are alcoholic, but at the end of the night, the bartenders reveal that they are, in fact, not. And everyone is left … just kinda irritated.

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5. Tag Along on J. Kenji López-Alt’s Pizza Odyssey


For a few days last week, this celebrated cookbook author and food personality munched his way through the beating heart of America’s tavern-style pizza scene. He spent a couple days in Chicago with one side trip to Milwaukee, sampling Zaffiro’s (our staff’s favorite here) and Wells Brothers in Racine (a wild-sounding bratwurst-sauerkraut-pickle-cheddar-mustard-raw onion pie). I was a little disappointed he didn’t check out Balistrieri’s or other tavern-style purveyors in Ann Christenson’s 2021 pizza guide, but his Instagram feed has become a must-do list for the Chicago joints. Anyone know how many pizza boxes can you carry onto an Amtrak?