It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!!

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2010/04/28 07:11:30 (permalink)

It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!!

I don't have a lot of info, yet, but FOOD WARS is coming to Milwaukee!
They'll be filming May 6, 7, and 8.
It's the classic and much-revered SOBELMAN'S vs. the young upstart AJ BOMBERS.

May the best burger win!


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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/28 07:57:36 (permalink)
    The best Milwaukee burger can't win. George Webb is not in the contest.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/28 08:04:51 (permalink)
    Obviously, you've never had Sobelman's or AJ Bombers.

    Webb's are great, for greasy spoon burgers, but they are NOT on a level of AJ's or Sobelman's.


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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/28 08:36:45 (permalink)
    If I had to guess about a Food Wars episode in Milwaukee, I would have guessed Kopps vs. Leon's for best frozen custard.  Of course, Milwaukee is a great burger city, too.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/28 08:42:12 (permalink)
    That would be good, too, but neither of those places got on the ball and contacted The Travel Channel.
    AJ Bombers started a veritable campaign a couple months ago, and it paid off, obviously.

    If anyone in the food biz needs tips on how social networking helps your business grow, the perfect case study is AJ Bombers in Milwaukee. They've made news stories and TV stories not just in Milwaukee, but in the NY Times and some business journals and such.

    This latest coup is just one of many. They have a loyal following and a repeat customer base. And it's mainly due to social networking on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/28 12:05:59 (permalink)
    Loved Sobelman's the first time I was there (about 2 years ago), and really disappointed the 2nd time (within the last few months).  The burgers certainly didn't look handpacked and tasted pretty average.  I don't know if anyone has the same sentiments. 
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/28 21:44:59 (permalink)
    What a marketing coup by AJ Bomber's.  But I think this is a phony Food War.

    Unlike some other foods (Itailian beef, hot wings, cheesesteaks, Jucy Lucy's, etc.) when one thinks burgers, no one city jumps into anyone's mind - especially not Milwaukee. 

    And as buffetbuster stated, several other things come to mind before burgers when Milwaukee food is mentioned (how about a fishfry war?). 

    Furthermore, AJ's and Sobelman's are not even the first two places that I think of when Milwaukee burger is mentioned.  Both places are also very new in Roadfood terms, Sobelman's less than 15 years and AJ's maybe 1 year.  Rivals? - I don't think so.

    Each place offers a very good burger and I prefer AJ's burger, but that doesn't mean I won't return to Sobelman's.

    Do you choose A?



    Or B?



    I think this shows that the Food Wars program is stretching to define rivalries where they do not exist.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 13:41:26 (permalink)
    Another writeup can be found here.

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 13:46:48 (permalink)
    Brad_Olson

    Another writeup can be found here.

    Brad
     


    Sounds like the Food Wars producers were duped.


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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 14:04:52 (permalink)
    I'll bet they won't care as long as they get some good video out of the deal.

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 17:05:57 (permalink)
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    Brad_Olson

    Another writeup can be found here.

    Brad
     


    Sounds like the Food Wars producers were duped.


    How so?
    How else, exactly, do you think Food Wars/Travel Channel/ANY of these types of shows come up with their ideas? From others...people who contact the producers or the channel.
    I'm sure if there's a couple places around you that might make it to Food Wars, DDD, Bizarre Foods, Man vs Food, or any of those types of shows, and you were to contact them, and have others contact them to hype whatever place it is, the producers would at least take a look to see if there's anything worthwhile. They obviously found something worthwhile for Sobelman's vs Bombers. There's no duplicity.
    There is, however, lots of media attention, increased traffic for both businesses, and a good draw for The Travel Channel, as well as Milwaukee, in general.

    And, FYI, if you think you aren't "duped" every time you watch TV, you need to open your eyes.

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 17:13:54 (permalink)
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    Brad_Olson

    Another writeup can be found here.

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    Sounds like the Food Wars producers were duped.


    How so?
    How else, exactly, do you think Food Wars/Travel Channel/ANY of these types of shows come up with their ideas? From others...people who contact the producers or the channel.
    I'm sure if there's a couple places around you that might make it to Food Wars, DDD, Bizarre Foods, Man vs Food, or any of those types of shows, and you were to contact them, and have others contact them to hype whatever place it is, the producers would at least take a look to see if there's anything worthwhile. They obviously found something worthwhile for Sobelman's vs Bombers. There's no duplicity.
    There is, however, lots of media attention, increased traffic for both businesses, and a good draw for The Travel Channel, as well as Milwaukee, in general.

    And, FYI, if you think you aren't "duped" every time you watch TV, you need to open your eyes.
     


    Ohhh, attack mode.


    This is "how so", IMHO of course:


    David Sobelman said he saw the show and called Joe Sorge from AJ Bombers. The two owners launched a viral war, hyping their food on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere on the Internet. The trash talking caught the attention of show producers.
    No so called food war existed between the two businesses, so they started one just to get on TV.  


    Hmmmm, I'm feeling duped from reading your post.


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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 17:23:52 (permalink)
    For more info on shooting schedules and whatnot, check out http://theburgerwhisperer.com/

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 17:32:08 (permalink)
    joerogo

    You're SOOOOO RIGHT...EVERY "war" on that show and others has been a real, true war...no hype.

    Whatever.

    Again...it's you who's being duped if you think any of these shows are "real'.

    AJ Bombers has been hyping their product since before they opened. MANY people have compared the two burgers...the classic Sobelman's and Bombers...just not on "paper", so to speak. The two owners know of each other, of course, and Sobelman's is definitely in danger of losing their Best Burger in Milwaukee status. That is LOCAL KNOWLEDGE. If they happened to hype it up for the producers, what's the big deal?
    And who cares, anyway?? It's TELEVISION. I wasn't "on the attack" before (although you obviously were). Now? Well....I would be, except that, seeing as you're a non-resident of the city of Milwaukee, I officially don't care anymore what you happen to think.
    Have fun watching all your "reality" shows on TV.

    post edited by X1 - 2010/04/29 17:33:37
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 17:35:40 (permalink)
    Duped!
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 17:38:58 (permalink)
    Of course, the doubters could just come to Milwaukee and do a taste test of their own.....


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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 19:31:18 (permalink)
    I agree with X1 on this one.

    The only "wars" worthy of this fine television reality type show (I say with sarcasm in case everybody didn't get that) are REAL "Hatfield and McCoy" rivalries that have existed through generations?

    So what if the restaurants themselves marketed their way into this episode? Both of these restaurants have been established as having two of the best burgers in the city way before this came up (It is likely joerogo is not aware of that). I suspect that is why they chose each other for combat and this marketing campaign.  Kind of sounds like what this show is about.

    Are there other burgers just as good or better in the city? Um, probably, yes, so? This just sounds like silly fun to me. It's okay that TV is that once in a while IMHO. Frankly I'm in the mood for some silly fun and I like that this show is coming to my hometown.

    post edited by cjucoder - 2010/04/29 19:40:21
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 20:02:10 (permalink)
    I guess I do want to add that I agree with buffetbuster and JRPfeff in that I would have preferred to see an episode more representative of what is unique about this area, like fish fries or custard, but oh well.  Like I said, silly fun is okay with me!
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 20:15:43 (permalink)
    I was duped by Food Wars.

    Until now, I actually thought the places they featured were rivals.  Based on this example, I now doubt that many are.

    It is nice to see these local restaurants featured.  It will be one of the few times I watch Food Wars, based on the half episode I previously watched.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/29 21:34:06 (permalink)
    There was a food war in the city of Milwaukee and after really ugly and somewhat public fighting the Dom and Phil DeMarinis and Mama DeMarinis pizza battle came to a tenuous truce.
    Pizza's were and are basically identical and what made matters worse they are within 2 blocks of one another in the shadows of the somewhat famous Three Brothers Serbian restaurant.
    A recap can be found here Food fight   Basically it had to do with an old school Italian promising his sons the business when he died or retired; this after they both had worked hard and had expanded the family business by opening other locations. The daughters disagreed and found an ally in their mother, Lucille aka Mama DeMarini. Truce terms were hush hush but that was a real Food War, not a made for TV kerfuffle. I'd recommend either for a visitor to Milwaukee and if they weren't such big pies, a party could easily do both, what with the short walk and all.
     

    Mama DeMarini's
     

    Dom and Phil's DiMarini's a short walk away
     
     
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/30 20:57:52 (permalink)
    I knew I didn't like that show for some reason.
    joerogo is right, Duped.
    you call those things in the pictures burgers? they look like small patties with a lot of crap piled on.
    wheres the beef?
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/30 21:13:50 (permalink)
    sk bob

    .................... you call those things in the pictures burgers? they look like small patties with a lot of crap piled on.
    wheres the beef?

     sk bob, Obviously eating swamp grass fed beef has taken its toll.
    Here my friend, is a Sobelman creation for you.
     

    Got beef?
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/30 21:18:17 (permalink)
    Want a Bloody from Sobelman's to wash that burger down?

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/30 21:32:26 (permalink)
    The link I posted above, http://theburgerwhisperer.com/ has pics of AJ Bombers burgers. No skimping on the meat!

    Also...Bombers Bloodies have, as a garnish (besides the pickle, lime and lemon wedge), a slice of a bacon and cheese wrapped hamburger patty. 
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/04/30 22:11:05 (permalink)
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    I'll bet they won't care as long as they get some good video out of the deal.

    Buddy


    Right. I'm sure the production costs on this type of show are about 38 cents and the same amount of people will watch this episode as have watched the other episodes. So it really doesn't matter. I just had Sobelman's yesterday. Haven't had AJ Bomber's yet but would like to get there before this airs.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/05/01 09:26:09 (permalink)
    stack up the patties, thats original.
    now I can see from that picture that the patties good size.
    that is a good looking bloody mary.
    don't knock swampgrass beef untill you've tried it.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/05/01 13:50:52 (permalink)
    Likewise, don't knock the Sobelman's Burger until you've tried it.

    See how that works?

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/05/01 14:19:54 (permalink)
    I'd pass on both of those burgers shown as A and B.
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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/05/01 15:14:36 (permalink)
    We'll have our own Burger War (see-a smilie.  I don't really want to have a "war") at Gahanna Grill come August.  I'm counting the days.

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    Re:It's Hamburger FOOD WARS in Milwaukee!! 2010/05/01 15:17:23 (permalink)
    Are burgers even regionally appropriate for Milwaukee? 
     
    Most of the shows I saw pitted long time competitors serving regional food items.  The bbq in lockhart, wings in Buffalo, sonara dogs, etc. were worth watching, at least for the last 5 minutes of the show.  And I like the fact that they do blind tasting.
     
    As much as I can appreciate two hometown businesses going head to head, it definitely is a break from the shows tradition.  What's next, scrambled eggs in Sheboygan?" />
     
    AND HEY!!!! Who Cares?????  It's ......."NOT" Really Real!!!! Ya Know???? IT'S TELEVISION!!!!!
     
     
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