This Bites: Try This Korean Fried Chicken Bar

Plus: a new development in Sherman Park and a new place to get your Sunday hot ham and rolls.

On the latest This Bites podcast (on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee), it’s a new month of new eats. Tarik Moody and I talk about the grand opening of the Sherman Phoenix, a development in the Sherman Park neighborhood that officially opened on Nov. 30 and offers everything from liquor-infused popcorn to vegan food. It’s also the home of Funky Fresh Spring Rolls

On the East Side, Merge is doing its thing with wings in the old Yokohama space on East Kenilworth. Merge bills itself as a “Korean fried chicken bar,” but the menu offers much more, including burgers, tacos, kimchi mac and cheese, and corn dogs.

SmallPie, the pie-centric offspring of Honeypie, has added some new items to its menu. The bakery-restaurant’s savory hand pies now come in flavors like chicken curry, ham potato and three-year cheddar, classic Cornish beef, and cheesy BBQ pork. Other new items include pot pies, savory scones and Sunday hot ham and rolls.   

We finish up the segment talking about Milwaukee Magazine’s December issue, featuring the Best New Restaurants cover story. Restaurants range from Birch + Butcher to Strange Town.

Listen to “Nov 30th – Sherman Phoenix, Charred, Small Pie and an extended conversation about Anne” on Spreaker.



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.