It's been two years since we started the FoodCrush podcast. We've laughed. We've cried. And we've talked to some of the most awesome folks in the city. Join us in looking back on some of the best of the best.
Here are some - not all - of the long-lived, family-run Milwaukee restaurants that have become Brew City classics, all of which can, like everyone else, use your help. "We are trying our best to stay alive," says Nite Owl's Chris Roepke, succinctly.
Frozen custard may be in the name, but Kopp's still remains the king of the Brew City burger as well, landing at the top of our Best of Dining poll for the best burger for the umpteenth year in a row.
This week on the podcast, we chat with Chris Roepke, third generation owner of Nite Owl Drive-in, an old-school joint that's been serving up burgers, ice cream, malts and shakes since 1948.
Benji's Deli is now home to seven striking photos of classic eateries like Leon's and the Nite Owl taken by local photographer Jay Filter.
Nite Owl makes the series this week not because they are short on business but because, literally, we have one week to get into the iconic local diner before they close for the season.
There's a reason why some of the area's old-school joints serve up some of the best burgers around. They might not be loaded with frills or special toppings. But, they're well-executed burgers, made with quality ingredients, that all come with a big sloppy side of nostalgia.
There's something special about seasonal fare. Asparagus tastes best when it's fresh and local. Citrus fruits shine brighter in the winter. And the first burger of the spring or summer at Nite Owl is rock-solid proof that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."
Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day and even though it's Wednesday, it sure feels like a sundae. In fact, in Wisconsin, where ice cream and the related frozen custard are beloved, every day is like sundae.
Signs are important. They often lure us, or don't lure us, into businesses. Here are some great Milwaukee signs and chime in with your favorites.
After closing for the winter, the Nite Owl Drive-In opened for its 66th season today. OnMilwaukee.com was there to document the reopening and to devour a jumbo burger.
If there's another food item aside from beer, bratwurst and cheese that is truly indigenous to Milwaukee, it has to be frozen custard. Visitors and locals often find themselves gobbling down a dish of flavor of the day. But, while frozen custard offerings are plentiful, old-fashioned ice cream and hand-formed burgers are still something of a rarity in the area.