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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/15 20:02:38 (permalink)
Mekato's has just more than coffee and bakery. Their food is also very good.
Empanadas, arroz con pollo, chicharrones, yucca, etc.

PS - of course your boss is more than welcome.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/15 20:45:19 (permalink)
Assuming abe_froeman and Mr. Maki drive up with us, we'll be a full car.  Unless someone is driving a full sized van with seating for 15, there's not much more consolidating we can do.

Breakfast is not crucial to me, but I won't speak for the other members.  An 11:00am-noon start would be good.  Anything earlier than that, and I think we'll meet up with you at the second stop.

As for the rundown, wherever you plan to go, I will follow.  The only food "must do" for me, as I said in an earlier post, would be the Public Market.  I've been to the one in Cleveland, and I'm very curious to see how Milwaukee's version compares.  Also in the very strong interest category is the Frank Lloyd Wright neighborhood.

Aside from that, I trust your judgment to take us to the best, most essential places in the metro area.

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/15 21:14:00 (permalink)
I've got room for three bodies ( warm, breathing ones preferably ) in my car, if anyone wants to leave their car behind and ride with me. 
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 03:08:32 (permalink)
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Mekato's has just more than coffee and bakery. Their food is also very good.
Empanadas, arroz con pollo, chicharrones, yucca, etc.

PS - of course your boss is more than welcome.


I'll vouch for Mekato's high food quality.  The family also has an outlet here in Chicago which I have visited many times.  Their empanadas are particularly good, especially when served with their unique chimichurri salsa.  The chimichurri is a vinegar and light oil base with a distinctive  herb mixture featuring highlights of garlic and cilantro.

If you're looking for feedback, I think I'd like to focus on the groceries on this trip, but if we're looking to fill a slot, I certainly would not object to a stop at Mekato's.

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 08:53:03 (permalink)
An 11am start is preferable for me as I'm an early riser.

My only requests in order - Market, Sprecher, FLW, skip McBob's (just ate there).  I don't mind if none of the requests get filled...just my feedback.

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 09:41:09 (permalink)
I can't speak to the minivan capacity until we are a little closer to the date and I know the in/out status of the irisarbor children and hangers-on-
if all associated family members tag along, we'll be a full minivan of 6-
if the young-uns bug out- we could be as few as 2...
 
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post edited by irisarbor - 2009/09/16 09:43:43
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 14:36:58 (permalink)
Chuck L and I and probably Gyp will be in a car, so we'll have room for 1 or 2.

So, from my understanding, the YES places are:

Glorioso's/Sciortino's Bakery
FLW driving tour
Metro Market
Sprecher Brewery

MAYBE:

El Rey Grocery
Parthenon Grocery
Lucky Grocery
Mekato's Bakery
Kopp's or Leon's

So, we still have cutting to do.
How late do we want this thing to run (said mostly to the out-of-town Contingent)?
11 AM start time is fine, but people that are prone to be late must remember: Glorioso's must be done first, and y'all must be on time, as they close at 12.30, and it will be busy. Even on a slow day, it takes almost 10 minutes to make a sandwich.

If we do the Sprecher, I'd give that 2 hrs. If we do the FLW drive, that's what? 1/2 hour? And Metro Market will be at least 2 hrs, too.  Glorioso's about an hour.
So right there, that brings us to 5 o'clock, and that's not counting Mekato's or a custard stop (Kopp's is right by Sprecher, though).
If we add any other grocery stores, the day gets later. I'm fine with it, but I'm wondering what the out-of-towners think.

The Metro Market, I think, should still be the last stop, as ppl can eat, wander about, then leave at their convenience, without "missing out" on any of the other stops.



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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 14:46:15 (permalink)
irisarbor
 
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Glad someone got that.


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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 14:52:51 (permalink)
For this out of towner, a later wrap time is not of as much concern to me as a late morning start time.

As for where we stop, if Sprecher is going to take a two hour chunk out of our day, I can easily skip that.  The main points of interest for me, along with the Metro Market, are Glorioso's/Sciortino's Bakery, El Rey Grocery, Parthenon Grocery, and Lucky Grocery, with the FLW tour in there as a nice diversion if we have time.

And while I know this might be sacrilege for some, if we run out of time I can even skip the custard stop (the horror...the horror...).

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 14:54:43 (permalink)
I would rather go to more groceries, too, but it seems more ppl want to go to Sprecher.

Can I get Ayes and Nays, everyone?

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 14:55:37 (permalink)
And Buddy - you know perfectly well that you'd probably swing by Kopp's on the way out of town, even if the rest of us don't go.


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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 17:37:46 (permalink)
My vote is for Sprecher, with a stop at Kopp's or Leon's if possible.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 17:49:41 (permalink)
Stopping for custard on the way out of town will very likely happen if it doesn't happen as part of the trip. 

Mr. Maki and I didn't get to go to Mekato's the last time the group went there, so it would be nice to go there, but as buddy pointed out, there is a Chicago location we could go to anytime.  The FLW thing is a must see for me, and other than that, I'll trust the judgment of the natives.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 18:23:26 (permalink)
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MAYBE:

El Rey Grocery
Parthenon Grocery
Lucky Grocery
Mekato's Bakery
Kopp's or Leon's


I vote for Lucky and Mekato's simply because I am not familiar with those! Fun to try new places.

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The Metro Market, I think, should still be the last stop, as ppl can eat, wander about, then leave at their convenience, without "missing out" on any of the other stops.

I like that idea.   Since I'm already familiar with that one I won't feel bad if I bow out early.

Speaking of which...  I better drive myself on the the whole tour because I'm not sure how long my energy will last (I have a pulmonary disease).  Any time is fine with me. Wait, I lied, not before 9 am please :)

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 19:26:35 (permalink)
Sprecher's....sigh. Would love to do it but a 2 hour committment, I dunno. I think we can drop it so we can eat @ Mekato's (I forgot they have food).

Kopp's is down the street from me so it's not a make or break. Unless they are having that Pancake & Syrup custard, in which case let me know, I will bring a baggie of chopped breakfast sausage links.

Leon's--either I am getting older or the scoops are getting smaller.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 20:01:38 (permalink)
Christin,

I think there may be some confusion among the out-of-towners regarding Metro Market and the Milwaukee Public Market.  They may not be aware that they are two different things when voting.

Nanakusa and the Ale House are both within walking distance of the Public Market if we decide to end there.

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 20:39:27 (permalink)
You're right, Jim.

People, we are talking about the Milwaukee Public Market.

Which, BTW, closes at 6 PM on Sunday.

Chuck L and I sat down and hashed it out tonite. One of us will post what we've come up with.


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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 20:46:45 (permalink)
I'm going to think this over in Buffalo!
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 21:09:43 (permalink)
I'm working on a new map based on everyone's feedback here.
This looks like probably the most doable tour at this point.
10:30 or 11:00  Glorioso's/Sciortino's Bakery (If the northern Contingent members get to Glorioso's first it would be easier for everyone to get in. It's very cramped at times.)
El Ray Supermarket
FLW drive by
Mekato
Parthenon
Milwaukee Public Market.

As much as I'd love to spend a Sunday afternoon in the Sprecher sampling room, I don't see that fitting in. However, a good friend of mine puts together a Milwaukee area brewery tour every year on Friday the 13th. The next one comes up in November. If anyone is interested in joining us, let me know.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 21:12:44 (permalink)
Oh, and where are my manners. Welcome to Roadfood.com cjucoder!
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/16 21:36:26 (permalink)
New map here: Contingent tour
I set the locations up in order on the left, with location websites if available.  (Actually, Google did all the work.)
Feedback?
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/17 00:36:52 (permalink)
Have we settled on a date yet?  Saturday, October 17th is now out for me.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/17 02:18:13 (permalink)
I think we're looking at Sundays at this point.  So far, the 18th of October seems to be the best date for the most people.

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/17 07:03:57 (permalink)
Yep, Sunday, Oct. 18th is the date.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/17 15:37:55 (permalink)
ChuckL50

New map here: Contingent tour
I set the locations up in order on the left, with location websites if available.  (Actually, Google did all the work.)
Feedback?


Lookin' good!!!
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/17 20:29:29 (permalink)
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Oh, and where are my manners. Welcome to Roadfood.com cjucoder!


Thanks Chuck :)

ChuckL50
I set the locations up in order on the left, with location websites if available.  (Actually, Google did all the work.)
Feedback?


I love this lineup and tour. Thanks for setting up the map, I'll just load up the GPS (because I'm a geek and I use a GPS even when I know where I am going) and follow you guys around!
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/18 01:36:00 (permalink)
Sounds good to me. The date works and the destinations sound good.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/09/18 11:50:26 (permalink)
So far I don't have anything going on that day so I guess I'm a possible.

Chuck, the brewery tour sounds interesting so please post details as they become available.  I've actually had a couple of good non-Wisconsin taps recently: Domaine Du Page from Two Brothers in the FIB-burbs, and Alpha Male IPA from Three Floyds in Indiana.

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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/10/09 13:44:02 (permalink)
Fooey - I thought I was going to be able to get in on this one, but if it is going to be on the 18th - I'm doing a Tastefully Simple party.  I'll keep watching in case something changes.
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Re:A Roadfood Tour of the Milwaukee area 2009/10/11 20:06:30 (permalink)
Just bumping this up as a reminder.
This Sunday!
See you at Glorioso's/Sciortino's Bakery.
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