This Bites: The Japanese Pancake You Need to Try

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

On the latest This Bites (on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee), Tarik and I talk about this incredibly delicious pancake known in Japanese cuisine as okonomiyaki. Before we tell you where to get it in Milwaukee, we sort through the new food items this season at Fiserv Forum. We also talk about the new burger/hot dog joint that Justin Carlisle – owner of Ardent, Red Light Ramen and Laughing Taco –  is opening at Fiserv as well.

On Oct. 18, the new restaurant that replaced Smyth at the Iron Horse Hotel opened for business. It’s called Ash, and its name is inspired by the wood-fired hearth that is both the source of much of the cooking at Ash and a focal point of the dining room. Tarik and I talk a bit about that and the fact that Egg & Flour, the pasta place at Crossroads Collective food hall, is getting a second location, in Bay View.

In my latest “Ask Ann,”a Q&A column that appears periodically in Milwaukee Magazine, I name some local restaurants that I consider fallbacks when I want a good meal. So Tarik and I discuss those places and why I like them.

Finally, we circle back to okonomiyaki. This savory pancake often has cabbage mixed in the batter, and comes covered in various toppings such as bonito flakes. You’ll hear what makes this pancake so good and where you try it (Meraki!).


Listen to “New Food at The Fiserv, New Restaurant, Egg & Flour and more.” 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.