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Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Wed, 11/25/09 12:12 PM
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All Wisconsin and northern Illinois roadfooders-- want to spread the good word about local roadfood hotspots? NBC affiliate looking to do a feature piece on the Roadfood phenomenon.  I know you've done some great trips to Leon's, Mr. Perkins, Jake's, Kopps, Serb Hall and my favorite, McBobs-- now share the fun on TV!  Please respond to this thread or call TODAY'S TMJ4 at 414-967-5381. Thanks, Maureen Mack, Executive Producer (and frozen custard fan!)

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Wed, 11/25/09 12:22 PM
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Cool beans Maureen.

Just twist our arms (like we need it).

Jim

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Wed, 11/25/09 12:55 PM
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How cool is that?  You are all going to be famous!

Maureenm-

Your favorite is McBob's?  Oh, I like you already!  Welcome to Roadfood!

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Wed, 11/25/09 2:51 PM
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I actually live in the McBobs (McRoberts) family homestead... the owner's mother's house in Wauwatosa. Looking forward to a fun Roadfood story!

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Wed, 11/25/09 7:56 PM
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Hey..how cool is that

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Thu, 11/26/09 6:46 AM
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Hi, Maureen!

I sent you a DM on Twitter and an e-mail.

So, Contingent - who's willing to go on TV and talk food? We need  representatives!

I'm guessing they'll do some kind of interview with a group at a fave restaurant, so a restaurant probably needs to be picked out, as well.


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Thu, 11/26/09 8:34 AM
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  WHEN!? WHERE!? This is too cool, please keep this thread going with more info... I may have to break my vow about NEVER getting on a Greyhound Bus!  

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Thu, 11/26/09 9:59 AM
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X1,

Let's start an eating agenda to lure the Southern end of the CONTINGENT up here.  McBob's is one stop, where else do we go?  We could try to retrace one of buffetbuster's Milwaukee eating tours, but I don't think any of us are man/woman enough.  How about an ethnic tour like Buddy set up last Spring - a stop at Speed Queen and maybe we end the day at Ilija's Place?

I'd also like to get Cafe Lulu on the itinerary.  Their pies are the second best in the MKE area.

jrp

ps - Will Buddy's Super Station affiliation present a conflict of interest for his participation?
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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Thu, 11/26/09 10:13 AM
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When's this all takin' place?

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Thu, 11/26/09 10:30 AM
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JRPfeff -

Those three are excellent suggestions, but the ending would probably be at Kopp's, even if it's unofficial. haha!

Oh, and no offense, but I haven't been back to Lulu since they "lost" my reservation for 6 people, and then were totally rude about it and basically said, "Oh, well too bad." Not even an apology. I'm not exaggerating - ChuckL50 and the other 4 can vouch for me. It's how we ended up at (and liking very much), Cafe Centraal.

EatingTheRoad
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Maureen has not returned yet, to give us details, or contacted anyone (that I know of) via email or other method. So, I guess we wait and see.


So, I sent her an email and Twitter DM - did anyone else besides me call or send an email?



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Thu, 11/26/09 1:55 PM
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JRP, the only conflict I can think of would be if I'm working when you all want to do the tour.  Otherwise, my behind the camera profession shouldn't present a problem.

I agree that the best way to present the "Roadfood phenomenon" is by taking Maureen on one of our tours.  We probably don't want to make it too ambitious; say four stops total.  As to where we go, I leave that up to the local experts.  If my station were doing the story, (come to think of it, I just might suggest it) I would organize the Chicago tour.  WTMJ is your hometown station so make up the list and we'll show up.

As always, Sundays work best for us, but if that doesn't suit WTMJ's schedule we'll make the sacrifice.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 3:22 AM
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McBob's

Glorioso's

Speed Queen

That bakery Sandy D'Amato owns, it's a block away from Metropawlis, MFL & Mrs MFL took me there

Ilija's


JRPfeff---your Inbox is full for PM's.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 10:21 AM
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I just got a PM from someone that's working with Maureen.
She said WTMJ4 hopes to air the piece in December, which means we have to organize this NOW. It'll be tough with the holiday parties and obligations and all, but we can do it!

So, let's pick a day first, then decide where we're going.

I will be in New Orleans Dec 3 - 8th, and ChuckL50 will be in New Orleans Dec 3 - 7th. If you end up filming the weekend of the 5/6th, then so be it.

I'm sure the 24/25/26 will be out for most people, but maybe Sunday the 27th would be available.

The other weekends are:

Dec 12/13
Dec 19/20

I guess, if the Chicago part of The Contingent doesn't mind driving up on a weekday, we could do just ONE place (plus Kopp's) on a weeknight for dinner.

Since it'll be December, I'm gonna throw in my veto for anyplace we have to dine a la trunk.

What say you all?

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 10:32 AM
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X1 - I think if we pick a Sunday it would work best.  That get's Buddy & Co. up here and also probably increases restaurant availability.  Later is probably better than sooner, but I'd like to stay away from Christmas.  How about the 13th?

jrp

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 11:36 AM
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The 12th or 13th will work for us. For pizza and corned beef, I suggest Zaffiro's and Benji's. Both are open on Sunday. Solly's Grill makes a great banana malt. I've yet to experience Sobelman's for a burger and Nina & I haven't been to McBob's for corned beef, but have experienced their food at Irishfest.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 11:41 AM
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I'm pretty sure the 13th works for me.

Anyone else?

Where are our Usual Suspects?

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 12:15 PM
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I'm in and the 13th is fine with me.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 12:48 PM
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I've been thinking, and I'm with Buddy and JRPfeff - Later in the day, fewer stops. 3 stops - 4 maximum.
Starting around 1, maybe, at McBob's, then go from there, ending at Kopp's. Kopp's can be an unofficial stop or an official - I think it should be official, but we can debate that.

Also, let's try to keep the places we choose on the lower end of the expense scale, as it is the holiday season and people are more strapped for cash now more than any other time of year. Another reason to keep the stops to just 3 (or 4).

Perhaps McBob's (a place that seems like everyone agrees on), the bakery S_D referred to, a dinner place, and Kopp's. That sounds like a reasonable, do-able day.



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 12:53 PM
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Also, if we need to kill time (and digest) between the bakery and dinner, perhaps a stop at the Spice House, Penzey's or Usinger's. There, people will have a choice to spend money or not, and it's fun to look around. Perhaps get some holiday shopping done.

I know that adds another place, but it's not a dining place. We could also skip the bakery in lieu of one of these places. I still think it'll be a reasonable day, even with the bakery.

Discuss. Tawk. Have some cawfee.



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 12:54 PM
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I think the bakery that S-D is referring to is Sandy D'Amato's  Harlequin, unfortunately it is closed. I believe He closed it earlier this fall.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 12:56 PM
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Oh. Well.
That killed that idea. Thanks, L4WI!

So...then I guess the idea of stopping at Penzey's/Spice House/Usinger's still stands?

Anyone?



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 2:30 PM
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Oh that bites. Thanks Pam, for letting me know. (is that Pam?) That was the idea, is that it wasn't necessarily a dining place. Dang.

13th works for me.

I am down for Penzey's, should we map it like we did last time? (and when I say we I mean THANK YOU CHUCKL) We might be zigzagging, but if we start @ McBob's & work our way south it should be ok. And no matter what we decide, our Illinois brethren will stop @ Kopp's with or without us.

So where is a non-expensive dinner place? Are we agreed on Ilija's?

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 2:43 PM
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If we are up for a family-style meal at Ilija's Place, I'll call Ilija and get a price per person and availability for the 13th.  His prices are not bad if you can stay away from the adult beverages.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 5:14 PM
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Don't call yet - I'd like a few more ppl to chime in. I realize it's the holiday weekend, and some ppl may be out of town.
Let's at least wait 'til Monday, to give everyone a chance to see this.


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 5:40 PM
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The Spice House 
1031 North Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
888-488-0977 (Phone) 414-272-0977 (Phone) 414-272-1271 (Fax) 
  Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday
9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday
12 - 4pm  

 

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Usingers

1030 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee Wisconsin, 53203
Phone: (414) 276-9100
Gifts: (414) 276-9105
Toll Free: (800) 558-9998
Fax: (414) 291-5277

Our store is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday and 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday. We are closed on Sundays plus the major holidays.
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McBobs 
4919 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53208-1119
(414) 871-5050

Payment Types:
ATM Available
Discover
MasterCard
Travelers Checks
Visa
                      
Dining Hours:
Breakfast:
Sunday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
 
Friday 8:00 am to 10:30 am
 
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch:
Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
 
Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 12:00 am
Dinner:
Sunday 11:00 am to 12:00 am
 
Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 12:00 am
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Speed Queen Bar-B-Q 
1130 W Walnut St • Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205 
Phone : (414) 265-2900

Dining Hours:
Closed :
Sunday
Lunch:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 am to 12:30 am
 
Friday 11:00 am to 3:30 am
 
Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 am
Dinner:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 am to 12:30 am
 
Friday 11:00 am to 3:30 am
 
Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 am
Payment Types:
Cash Only
Travelers Checks
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Solly's
4629 N Port Washington Rd Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212 
Phone : (414) 332-8808 • Fax : (414) 332-8875
Dining hours:
Breakfast:
Sunday 8:00 am-11:00 am
Monday 10:00 am-11:00 am
Tuesday-Saturday 6:30 am-8:00 pm
Lunch:
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Dinner:
Sunday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
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Jake's Deli
1634 W. North Ave. Milwaukee WI 53205
Ph. (414) 562-1272
Open:
Lunch only hours-? probably 10:00 am-3(?):00 pm open Saturdays for sure but probably not Sunday
Cash only
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Pat's Rib Place
151 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI
Ph: (262) 544-4099‎
Open:
Tue-Thu 12pm-8pm
Fri 12pm-9pm
Sat 12pm-10pm
Sun 12pm-6pm
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Cafe LuLu
2261 and 2265 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Ph: (414) 294-LULU (5858)
 
Dining hours:
Sunday 11:00-9:00 pm {Brunch: 11:00 am-3:00 pm}
Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday, Saturday 11:00 am-11:00 pm
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Ilija’s Place
3701 E. Squire Ave.
Cudahy, WI 53119
Ph: (414) 727-5885 Fx: (414) 727-8184
Dining Hours::
Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 11:00 am-3 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
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Kopps

7631 W. Layton Ave.
Greenfield, WI 53220
Phone 414-282-4312 Flavor Line 414-282-4080 Hours 10:30am - 11:00pm
Saturday
December 12

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough! Made with Hershey's chocolate chips and cookie dough chunks
Nutcracker It's opening night for the classic ballet and this pleasing, new holiday flavor. Butter rum custard, four kinds of nuts and a butterscotch swirl.
Sunday
December 13

Butter Pecan A butterscotch flavor and whole roasted pecans 
Peach Melba A peach flavor with peach chunks and raspberry swirls
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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 7:14 PM
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Either the 12th or 13th works fine for me.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 7:37 PM
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I wrote a lengthy reply earlier in the day and just before hitting the Post Message button somehow deleted the whole thing.  Anyway, bottom line, the 13th could work for us.  We've got a semi-firm commitment for that day, but could either change it, or bring our friends along for the ride.

Have we had any feedback from WTMJ regarding these plans?  Is this the direction they want to go with the story?  There's certainly nothing wrong with doing another tour, but if this isn't the way they want to handle it, all our efforts will be in vain.  maureenm may have a very specific angle in mind for this story and if we're not hitting it, she may have some other ideas for us.

Also, past tours have always followed a theme; the Ethnic Neighborhood Tour and the Saveur Magazine Tour, both in Chicago; nocarolina's South Suburban Chicago Tour, the Milwaukee Ethnic Grocery Tour, chicagostyledog's Burgers and Frozen Custard Tour, etc.  Do we want to follow a similar path or just hit a bunch of miscellaneous spots?

If we go with a theme, can I suggest some possibilities?  Maybe a National Avenue Tour, starting out Mexican at the east end and working our way west into southeast Asia.  How about a Corned Beef Tour that includes Benji's, Jake's (open on Sunday?), and McBob's?  Ilija's has been mentioned several times; what about Serbian Tour that included Ilija's, Balkan's, and Three Brothers (or any place else you would suggest)?  Just some thoughts.  Anybody else?

Buddy
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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 8:14 PM
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Hi--Good point, Buddy.  Here's what I know from an email exchange I had with Maureen before T-giving: Maureen was interested in either tagging along on a portion of an area tour (particularly if there were any out-of-towners being introduced to the glories of Milwaukee-area Roadfood) or interviewing a group of RF-ers in a quintessential RF restaurant.  Before getting more ambitious in the scope of the plans, I'd wait to hear back from Maureen and bounce some ideas off her.  I did send her an email letting her know that a group & a plan was forming.  Here's her email:  mmack@journalbroadcastgroup.com
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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 8:55 PM
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Hi back, Katherine!  Are you an associate of maureenm, or are you an employee of WTMJ?  What is your connection to this story?  Will you be joining us on the tour?

Buddy

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 9:02 PM
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Wow, based on the itinerary, I wish I could be joining you! I've been doing a little publicity work for Roadfood.com, helping get the Facebook page started, and hoping to help publicize the New Orleans Festival.  When I saw Maureen's query, I wanted to help make the segment happen, so I've been in touch with her. It looks like you guys have the situation fully under control.  Hope we hear back from her soon.  Let me know if I can be of any help.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Fri, 11/27/09 11:52 PM
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I can do something on the 12/13 of December, but not 19/20. It looks like you've all started formulating some possibilities, so I don't feel a need to throw in any ideas.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sat, 11/28/09 12:29 AM
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quijote, you are one sharp dude, especially when it comes to Roadfood dining.  If you've got some ideas for an itinerary, don't hold back!

Buddy

P.S. Just took a closer look at MFL's post and spotted Kopp's flavors of the day for the 13th.  Dang, that Peach Melba looks good!!!

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sat, 11/28/09 7:14 AM
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I agree - Q, if you have any ideas - throw 'em in!



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sat, 11/28/09 7:40 AM
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I feel like the girl on the right every time I read this thread


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 2:43 AM
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X1


I agree - Q, if you have any ideas - throw 'em in!


I just didn't want to complicate things with more ideas when we're looking at a food tour just two weeks away.

Though some places aren't open Sundays, it seems that the ideas so far reflect certain categories and highlight a significant part of Milwaukee's ethnic heritage:

burgers/malt (Sobelman's, Solly's)
custard (Kopp's)
corned beef (McBob's)
Jewish-style & hoppel poppel (Benji's)
Serbian (Ilija's)
neighborhood sandwich-and-pie place (Lulu)
Old World Third St. (Spice House, etc.)
Italian heritage (Glorioso's, Zaffiro's)
African-American (Speed Queen)

I'm sure I forgot a few things here.... A lot of possibilities here, but maybe for geographic and culinary diversity, a tour from this list could start at McBob's (west side), hit Solly's or Benji's (North Shore), then go to Glorioso's or Old World Third (Eastside/Downtown), and wind down at Ilija's (Cudahy). If there's time afterward, I wouldn't mind trying Lulu's pies (Bayview), though I know others will want to go to Kopp's (probably the 76th St. location).

Has anyone learned what the tv station's angle will be on this? Many viewers (in the Milwaukee area) will already be familiar with a couple of these places (especially Kopp's), so I don't know if more should be done to explore less familiar places this time around (such as Ilija's)? Or will a tv rep just meet us at one of the stops, talk for a few minutes, then leave?

Also, the ideas so far pretty much emphasize Milwaukee's central/eastern European heritage. Nothing wrong with that, but perhaps we could sneak in a visit to Lopez Bakery or a taco truck or some other non-European place that may be open on Sunday?

quijote





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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 2:59 AM
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quijote


...I don't know if more should be done to explore less familiar places this time around (such as Ilija's)?

Also, the ideas so far pretty much emphasize Milwaukee's central/eastern European heritage. Nothing wrong with that, but perhaps we could sneak in a visit to Lopez Bakery or a taco truck or some other non-European place that may be open on Sunday?

Quijote

See, that's why I encouraged you to post.  Your first thought above is dead on.  If we're representing Roadfood, maybe we want to avoid the already well known places and focus on the more obscure and/or esoteric; the places that reflect the Roadfood spirit.

Your second thought is equally valuable in that it suggests places that exemplify your first thought.

Golly gee whillikers q, why do we always have to force you to contribute???  And are you finally going to join us for this one or are you tied up in Paris (not the one in Texas, BTW) again?

You know I'm kiddin' around q!  Hope to see you on the 13th.

Buddy

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 3:10 AM
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I feel like the girl on the right every time I read this thread



ETR, no need to feel left out.  Here's the schedule and fares for Southwest's flights from Albuquerque to Mitchell Field in Milwaukee.  We'll even pick you up at the airport on our way up from Chicago.  Heck, I'll even buy you a Coke!  You can join Al the Mayor, buffetbuster, The Travelin' Man, and wanderingjew (sorry if I left anyone out) as honorary, long distance members of The Contingent.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 8:34 AM
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X1 mentioned an aversion to dining ala trunk so I left off Lucky's Mini Mart (spanferkel and spit roasted young lamb, both sold by the pound) and the elote and carved mango push cart vendors in front of Pete's Produce and El Rey markets. With this taking place in Decemebr (?) that is probably a wise non choice. Lopez Bakery on National is doable as well as Mekatos and most SE Asian restaurants, true soul food places such as Mr. PerkinsHenry and Bobbie's Bungalow, Ja'Stacy or even the Jamacain themed Irie Palace as opposed to a BBQ joint such as Pat's Rib Place,  and Fortune Chinese, all choices unfamilar to WTMJ's core viewing audience which might be the hook Maureen is looking for. If this does take place on a Sunday, Packy's Irish Pub serves an authentic Irish breakfast with eggs, rashers of Irish bacon, grilled tomato, Irish sausage, baked beans and even black and white puddin'. Unlike most local "Irish" pubs, Patrick Campbell, the owner, is an Irish emigrant.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 9:41 AM
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Sorry to fall off the grid... Thanksgiving followed by gastroenteritis for kids.  Ain't that the way it always goes? Anyway, some details-- would like to follow the Contingent to 2-3 spots, doing full interviews at one of those stops.  The story is more about the people of Roadfood-- and how they're helping keep some of the nation's lesser known, non-chains alive and well.  The best bet for us, unfortunately, is to shoot the story on a weekday, which I know is not good for many people.  If there is any way to get together on a weekday night we would have better luck, otherwise I'm trying to beg for a photojournalist on overtime (I don't mind weekends if you don't mind kids). I see a lot of people are tentatively planning for the 13th, though, so let me see what I can do.  Thank you all again for such a quick, organized response! Maureen

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 11:10 AM
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I'm in for the 13th.  A week night would be difficult due to work schedule, but possible.

BTW, Sunday the 13th of December just happens to be the date for the annual Bear hunt in Chicago. I understand that there will be a group of folks from Green Bay in town for it.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 1:30 PM
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Weeknights leave me out as I work until 7.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 1:52 PM
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I could probably do a Thursday or Friday evening, but other weekdays won't work.

Maureen, if there is a way to do this on the 13th, it seems that would work best. It seems that a few of us can pull off a weeknight if need be, but only a weekend date will really reflect what the Coningent is all about and what we do as a group.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 1:54 PM
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BuddyRoadhouse

ETR, no need to feel left out.  Here's the schedule and fares for Southwest's flights from Albuquerque to Mitchell Field in Milwaukee.  We'll even pick you up at the airport on our way up from Chicago.  Heck, I'll even buy you a Coke!  You can join Al the Mayor, buffetbuster, The Travelin' Man, and wanderingjew (sorry if I left anyone out) as honorary, long distance members of The Contingent.

Buddy


I only wish. Thank you very much for the invite though. I'm sure you all with do a fantastic job of chronicling it and making us even more jealous   ...but if somehow I could make it I'll definitely be getting that Coke from you.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 2:01 PM
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Golly gee whillikers q, why do we always have to force you to contribute???  And are you finally going to join us for this one or are you tied up in Paris (not the one in Texas, BTW) again?

You know I'm kiddin' around q!  Hope to see you on the 13th.

Buddy

 
Oh, I don't mind contributing, but more ideas than people had been mentioned, so it seemed that we had plenty to work with. If we can make sure the 13th works well for the Contingent and the camera crew alike, it looks like we have a deal. Otherwise, I'm hoping you and others from the Chicago side of the Contingent can make it up to Milwaukee for a few hours on a weeknight.
 
And I'm happy to report that my trips over the next few months will be quite domestic--Chicago and Connecticut in December, Florida in January, and Connecticut again in March. Paris was nice, but exhausting!
 
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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 2:17 PM
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X1 mentioned an aversion to dining ala trunk so I left off Lucky's Mini Mart (spanferkel and spit roasted young lamb, both sold by the pound) and the elote and carved mango push cart vendors in front of Pete's Produce and El Rey markets. With this taking place in Decemebr (?) that is probably a wise non choice. Lopez Bakery on National is doable as well as Mekatos and most SE Asian restaurants, true soul food places such as Mr. PerkinsHenry and Bobbie's Bungalow, Ja'Stacy or even the Jamacain themed Irie Palace as opposed to a BBQ joint such as Pat's Rib Place,  and Fortune Chinese, all choices unfamilar to WTMJ's core viewing audience which might be the hook Maureen is looking for. If this does take place on a Sunday, Packy's Irish Pub serves an authentic Irish breakfast with eggs, rashers of Irish bacon, grilled tomato, Irish sausage, baked beans and even black and white puddin'. Unlike most local "Irish" pubs, Patrick Campbell, the owner, is an Irish emigrant.

 
These are all good ideas. If we try for a west-to-east-to-south tour beginning with McBob's and ending with Ilija's, perhaps one or two of the more centrally located places on your list (such as Mr. Perkins/Ja'Stacy and then Lopez/Mekato's) would make a good "middle" stop.
 
Perhaps a possible route would be: (1) McBob's; (2) Mr. Perkin's or Ja'Stacy or Henry and Bobbie's or Irie; (3) Lopez Bakery or Mekato's or Glorioso's; (4) Ilija's Place.
 
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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 3:00 PM
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I'm digging MFL's suggestions, and think q's itinerary would work well if all those places are open on Sundays.  Maybe even a time killer in the middle at The Mitchell Botanic Gardens?  It's indoors, free parking, inexpensive entry fee, it's warm on a cold day, and it's just up the street from Leon's should we need to bolster our strength after walking amongst the palms and cacti.

In response to maureenm's concerns, I understand your constraints in terms of a weekend camera crew, but if the story is about a group of Chicagoans and Milwaukeeans getting together to share your town's culinary delights, I think you're going to need to make it on a Sunday.  In fact, based on the responses I'm reading, you might have a hard time putting together a quorum of just Milwaukee Contingent members if you do it on a weeknight.  Besides, hitting 2-3 spots in a night, all after work hours is just not realistic.

Maureen, if you can make this happen, these Chicagoans are in for the 13th.

Buddy

P.S. Maureen, I'm in this business (floor director for the WGN 5:00 and 9:00pm newscasts) and I know these camera guys.  Just tell 'em they'll be working on a food story and they'll be lining up to work on a Sunday.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 6:37 PM
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Milwaukee is blessed with more restaurants than most of us realize. Combining all of these suggestions sounds like a week long trip.

Might I suggest the following itinerary, including some "non-eating" stops that will give us and WTMJ a pretty good cross section of Roadfood.com eat and greets as done by The Contingent.

Start out with breakfast at McBobs.
Then a walk about Old World Third St. including the Spice House and Usingers.
Then a stop at Lopez Bakery.
A quick run up National Av gets us to the Rice Palace for a light lunch and some Ban Mi.
A stop at Lucky's or Parthenon. We don't have to eat ala trunk, there's plenty to pick up for another day.
And then for dinner, a place MFL and I have both said "Has to be a Roadfood stop" Champion Chicken. And, just so you know, Champion does custard.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 6:46 PM
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Sounds like a solid plan!

I know it's more than the 3/4 I suggested, but with non-eating stops, it's do-able.

And I've been wanting Champion Chicken since you guys went there and raved about it! And custard other than Kopp's and/or Leon's? Woah.

We should find out hours these places are open. I remember Parthenon closing at 3. When does Lucky's close - and are they open on Sundays? I recall that they are....

Rice Palace is a good suggestion - plenty of room, good food, and yes - Bahn Mi to go! Also, it's lesser known than some other places (as is Champion Chicken, Lucky's and Parthenon), so I think that fits into the "focus on small, local places" theme. Everyone knows Kopp's and places like that.

What time were you thinking of starting, ChuckL50? If we do McBob's for breakfast, they stop serving it at 11 AM sharp.


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 7:01 PM
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Can't find a web site for Lucky's to check out the hours. I'll have to call them.
I think starting at McBobs by 10:30 should be ok. I know it's tough for the Chicago folks to make it much earlier on a Sunday.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 7:32 PM
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Milwaukee is blessed with more restaurants than most of us realize. Combining all of these suggestions sounds like a week long trip.

Might I suggest the following itinerary, including some "non-eating" stops that will give us and WTMJ a pretty good cross section of Roadfood.com eat and greets as done by The Contingent.

Start out with breakfast at McBobs.
Then a walk about Old World Third St. including the Spice House and Usingers.
Then a stop at Lopez Bakery.
A quick run up National Av gets us to the Rice Palace for a light lunch and some Ban Mi.
A stop at Lucky's or Parthenon. We don't have to eat ala trunk, there's plenty to pick up for another day.
And then for dinner, a place MFL and I have both said "Has to be a Roadfood stop" Champion Chicken. And, just so you know, Champion does custard.

 
This is a good option. McBob's seems to be floating at the top of the list so far:
 
http://www.foodspot.com/Clients/WI/Milwaukee/McBobsPubandGrill/default.aspx?accid=21587
 
MFL's earlier post indicated that Usinger's is closed on Sundays, so perhaps we could visit the Spice House and the Wisconsin Cheese Mart (if it's open). Or perhaps skip Old World Third (it's fairly well known anyway) and proceed to Lopez and Lucky's, etc.
 
The Rice Palace would be a nice stop, especially if their bakery (GaoYoua's Bakery) is open:
 
http://www.ricepalaceasiancuisine.com/index.html
 
Champion Chicken is really good and also has the advantage of being inexpensive, so I can easily do that. It's also fairly close to McBob's, the starting point. But perhaps there are people in the Contingent who really want to end the evening with a burek? It would be good to hear others weigh in on the options.
 
http://www.championchicken.com/
 
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/43/470993/restaurant/Milwaukee/Ilijas-Place-Cudahy

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 7:33 PM
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BTW - I do NOT have "an aversion" to dining a la trunk in general.
I have an aversion to dining a la trunk in mid-December in Wisconsin.


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 7:39 PM
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The reason I like the Champion Chicken option is because, to me, it really fits in to the "Roadfood" theme.
Ilija's is great and not well known (and I will go there if everyone clamors for it), but once CC was suggested, it seemed (to me) to be a much better option, and more fitting.

If Rice Palace is open, so is GaoYoua's. They may have the lights off, but if you wander in from the restaurant, they'll turn them on and let you peruse the offerings. I speak from experience. :)

I forgot that Usinger's is closed - Cheese Mart, if open, seems a great alternative. I've got Xmas shopping to do, and that and Spice House will do nicely for a few items in that regard.

PS - just out of curiosity - I want to do this tour anyway, even if Maureen can't find a news crew on a weekend. Will everyone be willing, anyway, or is this just TV time appeal?



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 8:05 PM
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Ilija's is one of my favorite places in Milwaukee, so I'll go anytime.  Too bad about Usinger's being closed though.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 8:46 PM
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Being on TV is no particular lure for us; in fact Mrs. Roadhouse would prefer not to be on camera should all this happen.  We would make the trip one way or another.  Might even get up early enough to make the stop at McBob's!

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 8:55 PM
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I'm there, and BBM should be on the 13 and 20th (she works on Saturdays) when I tell her how important this is, but I have one VERY important question:

Should we bring the dog?
 You can see how badly she wants to come!
 
Also, how about Chubby's and Frank's, even though they're not in Milwaukee proper.

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 8:59 PM
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The dog would be locked up in a cold car for the majority of the day.
I'm not saying no, I'm just pointing that out.

What's Chubby's and Frank's?



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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 9:09 PM
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Here's a better Ilija's Place link http://www.ilijasplace.com/
 
While I've had McBob's corned beef a number of times, I've never tried their corned beef hash. I confess that I'm haunted by Buffetbuster's description and acompaning picture of his breakfast stop there.
 

 
~All I have to say is WOW! Words fail me just how good this corned beef hash was. It was lean, but not too lean. You can see the corned beef comes in big, well-spiced chunks. And there were also charred crusty parts, which reminded of the burnt ends you find in a good Kansas City barbecue joint. Absolutely spectacular! This was the best corned beef hash I have ever had and even though I wasn't all that hungry from my previous meal, I quickly devoured the whole thing. And to think, I almost walked out without trying it!


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 9:12 PM
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AHI MPLS
 WHEN!? WHERE!? This is too cool, please keep this thread going with more info... I may have to break my vow about NEVER getting on a Greyhound Bus! 
No you won't. Just enter MSP for Minneapolis-St. Paul, and MKE for Milwaukee, and let one of us know when you get there. Of course, if you're wearing a Favre jersey, you're on your own!
http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak


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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 9:38 PM
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..........................What's Chubby's and Frank's?

I'm guessing he's thinking of those two Roadfood treasures of Chubbie's Pizzeria in Racine (619 High St, Racine, WI‎ - (262) 637-1488‎) and Frank's Diner in Kenosha (508 58th St. - (262) 657-1017)‎   http://www.franksdinerkenosha.com/
Am I right?

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Re:Milwaukee Roadfooders on TV - Sun, 11/29/09 9:43 PM
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Both are just a little out of the way.


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