German food

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FoodCrush Podcast: Explore Milwaukee traditions, historical bars & restaurants

Published May 6, 2020

Milwaukee is home to a long, storied history in food and beverage. This week, we're highlighting some of the conversations we've had on the FoodCrush podcast that showcase the folks who are working every day to preserve elements of our food and beverage culture, often while telling behind-the-scenes stories you've likely never heard before.

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WurstBar to bring a taste of Berlin to Brady Street

Published April 28, 2020

A new modern German bar and eatery is slated to open on Milwaukee's East Side.WurstBur, a venue which aims to blend both traditional and contemporary culinary offerings, is expected to open in the coming weeks.

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FoodCrush Podcast: A chat with Julian Kegel, owner of Kegel's Inn (part 2)

Published Oct. 16, 2019

In this week's podcast (part two of a two-part episode), we chat with Julian Kegel, the fourth generation owner of Kegel's Inn in West Allis about his decision to take over his family's 95-year-old business. During our conversation, Kegel talks about the history of the restaurant, sharing memories and stories passed through the generations.

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From spaetzle to spanferkel: More to love at The Schwabenhof

Published April 2, 2018

It's been a busy year at The Schwabenhof, the longtime fish fry destination in Menomonee Falls. And, beginning this week, there will be even more to love, including further expanded hours and a menu featuring German-American favorites.

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Von Trier reopens today and here's what to expect

Published Feb. 9, 2018

German-themed Von Trier was going to be a mid-century lounge. Then it wasn't. Now, after six weeks of renovations, owner John Sidoff says he couldn't be happier with the results.

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Get Your Ass In Here: Mader's

Published Oct. 20, 2017

Sit at the Knight's Bar inside Mader's, order something in a stein, have a schnitzel sandwich and live the good German life for awhile.

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3 dishes: Thomas Hauck of Karl Ratzsch

Published Nov. 4, 2016

In this series, we ask chefs around the city to describe their restaurants in their own words and recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. In this edition, we talk with Chef Thomas Hauck of Milwaukee's iconic Karl Ratzsch.

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14 photos of the stunning, soon-to-open Bavarian Bierhaus

Published April 21, 2016

A mere two months ago, OnMilwaukee toured the heavily-under-construction Bavarian Bierhaus, which was the former Bavarian Inn, 700 W. Lexington Blvd. Yesterday, we visited again and were stunned by the transformation.

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Schwefel's defines success with quality food and relationships

Published Feb. 18, 2014

Dan and Lori Schwefel opened their Oconomowoc-based German restaurant in 1988. Since then, they have collected many stories about food and people, many of which they recently shared over dinner featuring some of Schwefel's signature dishes.

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The apple pancake lunch at a Milwaukee classic, Ratzsch's

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Last month I went to My Office for the first time and on the way there, I passed another Milwaukee icon that I realized I'd never even stepped into. The place is one of the oldest restaurants in town: Karl Ratzsch's, 320 E. Mason St. I had to rectify that ... and quickly.

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Table for two at Kegel's Inn

Published Oct. 31, 2012

Evan and Savanah's first post was on a restaurant Savanah had never been to (Odd Duck). The second was on a place Evan had never visited (The Noble). For this third installment, the pair went to a place that neither had ever even heard of - Kegel's Inn.

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Milwaukee's 100-year-old German restaurants evolve with lighter fare

Published Oct. 9, 2012

For more than 100 years, Milwaukee has been a frontrunner among cities with excellent German restaurants. But because the eating habits of some diners have changed over the years, and they now prefer lighter over heavier dishes, two out of three German restaurants in Milwaukee added to or adapted the menu.