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Milwaukee brunch guide

Published March 8, 2020

The weekend may almost be over, but what better way to start the last day than with a delicious brunch. Not made by yourself, of course, but by one of the Brew City's many fabulous brunch spots, all gathered here for your perusal.

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11 scariest dishes in Milwaukee

Published Oct. 29, 2019

It's Halloween season, and that means everyone's decked in their scariest outfits and heading out to see the scariest movies in theaters. But why stop there? Why not spread some terror to the dinner table, as well?

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Thank Cod it's Fryday: The Packing House

Published Feb. 23, 2018

In this series, we're trying out some of the city's most popular fish fries. You'll find commentary, pro tips and ratings of the three staples of a classic Wisconsin fry: namely the fish, the potato pancakes and the classic Wisconsin-style brandy old fashioned.

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Old-school Baked Alaska finds new life at The Packing House

Published Oct. 17, 2017

It doesn't get much more old-school than Baked Alaska. And, to the best of our knowledge, very few places in Milwaukee still serve it. One place that does, however, is the very retro supper club that is The Packing House.

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5 Classic fish fries to try in the 414

Published April 14, 2017

What makes a classic fish fry? Well, that depends who you ask. For us, it's about a great old-school atmosphere, delicious fish and friends to share it with. Here are five to try on this Good Friday eve.

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Milwaukee's best institution, 2016

Published Oct. 8, 2016

What is Milwaukee's best food institution? The voters have spoken, and it is hard to disagree with this delicious pick.

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Milwaukee's best fish frys, 2015

Published Nov. 16, 2015

For the umpteenth time in a row, OnMilwaukee readers picked the Lakefront Brewery's fish fry as their all-time favorite. Perhaps it's a combination of the food, the beer and the live polka music?

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Milwaukee's best fish fry, 2014

Published Oct. 11, 2014

Milwaukeeans certainly love a good fish fry. And when it comes to the best in the city, there's one in particular that locals have declared, year after year, as the finest Friday fish fry in the area.

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Take the Milwaukee challenge: brandy old fashioneds

Published Feb. 20, 2013

The ingredients are the same: sugar cubes, bitters, Korbel brandy, orange and maraschino cherries. The process is the same, too; the key being hand-muddling. So, why do the brandy old fashioneds at The Packing House - on Layton Avenue, across from the airport - and Camp Bar - that new Shorewood hot spot - taste so different?

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Packing it in at a fish fry landmark

Published Jan. 22, 2013

My never-ending quest for the perfect fish fry - which, by my definition, includes potato pancakes - took me to an admittedly obvious spot last week. The Packing House, 900 E. Layton Ave., is not only not a secret, it's the opposite of a secret. But, I admit, I'd never made it over to the restaurant across from the airport, to give it a try.

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Bay View welcomes The Brass Rooster

Published April 26, 2011

On May 7, Bay View will welcome The Brass Rooster, a new hat and accessories store for men. The shop, at 2479 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will stock hats of all kinds, including pork pie, derby, bowler, fedoras, newsboys, felt, straw and more.

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"Fish Fry Night Milwaukee" traces a Brew City tradition

Published Feb. 18, 2010

Ron Faiola visits some of Milwaukee's most beloved fish fry venues in his hour-long documentary, "Fish Fry Night Milwaukee." The film, which made its world premiere in Milwaukee in October, screens Friday, Feb. 19 in Beloit as part of the Beloit International Film Festival.

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Supper clubs offer a taste of Wisconsin

Published Oct. 22, 2007

Usually found in suburbs, small towns or on every other block Up North, supper clubs accentuate the classic down-home comfort of Wisconsin.