This Bites: Best of Milwaukee, Dish of the Month, Hard Cider and More

The culinary podcast featuring 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and MilMag’s Ann Christenson talking about all things dining-related.

Welcome to the latest installment of This Bites. That’s the weekly dining podcast that runs Friday mornings at 8 a.m. on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee featuring 88Nine’s Tarik Moody and me. You can listen to our whole podcast here. We start off discussing MilMag’s Best Of Milwaukee story, including both the winners of some of the food-category awards from our Readers’ Choice survey and our editors’ picks. For example, Egg & Flour won the Readers’ Choice award for Best New Restaurant. Listen to our podcast to hear about more winners. 

Another story from the October issue we cover is Dish of the Month, which runs periodically in the magazine. This time around, I covered laab, a meat-based salad that’s known as the unofficial dish of Laos. Laab is sometimes found on the menus of Thai restaurants that incorporate a few specialties of Laos. The laab that I cover in the magazine is found at the Lao pop-up restaurant called Thum, located inside Crossroads Collective food hall. 

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Also in the mix is a business called Cache Cider, which is scheduled to begin production in Bay View this fall. Local musician/founder Ethan Keller has a passion for single-varietal hard apple cider. Cache Cider will reflect that. 

Union House Cedarburg is the name of a bar-to-be that will serve craft cocktails, shareable plates and cookies. The cookies would be served at a walk-up window. Hear more about that. 

We wind up the episode talking about Shef, a 2018 startup that enables cooks to sell their homemade food in their local communities. The company works with immigrants, refugees and out-of-work restaurant cooks. The service is not available in the Midwest – yet – but it’s an idea with loads of potential and we’d love to see it implemented here. 

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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.