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Hot ham and rolls: Is it part of your Sunday tradition?

Hot ham and rolls: 7 spots to get your fix

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Sunday hot ham and rolls is a long-held tradition for many Milwaukeeans. But, like many other things – including bubblers and Friday fish fry – it's something that often flummoxes visitors or those new to the area.

The concept is deceptively simple. After church on Sundays, people make a beeline to the nearest bakery or deli and order a pound or two of hot ham. In Milwaukee, most Sunday ham comes with free rolls. Usually "hard rolls" – a special sort of roll that's soft and tender on the inside yet hard and crispy on the outside.

How the ham sandwiches were made once people got home varied. Some would spread the bread simply with butter, add ham, and eat. Others swear by a smear of mustard or relish. In some households, the "hot ham and rolls" tradition also included a dozen doughnuts.

Any way you slice it, the tradition is alive and well. And here are seven spots where you can get your fix.

This list is not inclusive, so feel free to suggest your favorite spots for ham and rolls in the Talkback feature!

1. Canfora Baker
1100 E. Oklahoma Ave.
(414) 486-7747
Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buy one pound of ham and get six hard rolls free on both Saturday and Sundays.

2. Glorioso's Italian Market
1011 E. Brady St.
(414) 272-0540

Open Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free rolls with ham purchase on Sundays only.

3. Grebe's Bakery
5132 W. Lincoln Ave.
(414) 543-7000
Open 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Sundays only: $15.99 includes three pounds of ham, free rolls and three pounds of potato salad. Many people recommend the "better butter" rolls.

4. National Bakery
3200 S. 16th St., (414) 672-1620
13820 W. Greenfield Ave., (262) 827-4097
5637 Broad St., (414) 423-4620
Open: Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interestingly, National Bakery is closed on Sundays, but it's one of the few places in town where you can get your fix every other day of the week. Six free hard rolls with the purchase of one pound of Badger ham; available every day.

5. Nino's Italian Bakery
N88 W16683 Main St., Menomonee Falls
(262) 502-1997
Open Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Buy one pound of ham and get six rolls of your choice free. Sundays only.

6. Peter Sciortino's Bakery
1101 E. Brady St.
(414) 272-4623
Open Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get six free rolls with the purchase of a pound of ham.

7. Ray's Butcher Shoppe
4640 W. Loomis Rd.
(414) 423-1322

Open Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Purchase a pound of ham and get six free rolls; available every day.

Talkbacks

mkelady | Aug. 26, 2015 at 5:54 p.m. (report)

Grebe's Bakery has THE VERY BEST BAKED HAM and HARD ROLLS! Just want to clarify that their 3# ham special is actually $22.99 - I should know - I go there EVERY WEEK! It's still a GREAT deal!

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RedHare22 | July 17, 2015 at 3:51 p.m. (report)

Bunzel's is closed on Sunday - what do you know that we don't? :) But many Sentry stores have ham and rolls on Sunday.

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TosaJim | July 17, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. (report)

Cranky Al's on 69th and North Ave too!

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SpinachInquisition | July 17, 2015 at 12:21 p.m. (report)

Aggie's (formerly on Howard in St. Francis/now moved to Greenfield Ave in West Allis) - great stuff. http://www.aggiescakes.com/

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littletinyfish | July 17, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. (report)

Scardina's in Riverwest!

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