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Ward’s House of Prime’s 160 oz cut featured on Travel Channel show

The contestants prepare for the 160 oz prime rib challenge at Ward's.

Downtown Milwaukee’s very own Ward’s House of Prime, 540 E. Mason Street, will be featured on a special episode entitled, “Big Beef Paradise” on the Travel Channel this Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST.

According to producers, the food show will feature the best places in the country to get big slices of beef, and it will include Ward’s chefs cooking up delicious cuts of choice beef, an interview with owner Brian Ward, and footage from a Prime Rib Eating Contest Ward’s recently hosted. The contest included 3 contestants trying to eat a humongous 160 oz (yes, 10 pounds) cut of prime rib in less than an hour.

The first contestant ever to set a Prime Rib record at Ward's was Dane Kasper.

In early 2010 Dane Kasper decided he wanted to eat 40 ounces of Prime Rib. At the time this size cut of meat was not offered on Ward’s  menu so  Executive Chef Bill Baumann happily carved the gigantic slab of meat for Dane, and the rest is, well, history. Dane conquered the 40 ounces and thus, “The Baby Dane” was born.  Dane would later return to take down “The Great Dane,” 106 ounces of  cooked to perfection Prime Rib to earn another spot of Ward’s menu and its “Wall of Fame.”

Ward’s  “Wall of Fame” currently pays tribute to 9 previous customers who have conquered eating enormous portions of prime rib.  Their caricatures are on the restaurant’s wall and their names are also featured on the Ward’s  prime rib menu. The following prices were accurate at the time this blog was posted and prices are subject to change without notice.

  • 40 oz –The Baby Dane $63
  • 64 oz – The Big Bugalski $88
  • 72 oz – The Amazing Alyssa DiGilio $99
  • 88 oz – The Mighty Lind $111
  • 96 oz – The Legendary Halaka $122
  • 106 oz – The Great Dane $133
  • 125 oz – The Holy Schmit $155
  • 160 oz – Al-Mighty Halaka $218
  • 168 oz – Awesomefat – The Michael Litman Experience $230

So, did anyone finish the 10 pounds of meat?

We can tell you that one person did conquer the massive cut in just 31 minutes and that one person decided to eat an additional 8 ounces of meat beyond the contest requirements to earn the rights to be included in the restaurant’s Wall of Fame.

The “Big Beef Paradise” episode is also scheduled to air at 11 p.m. on December 21 and at 6 p.m. on December 25 (Christmas Day).

Ward’s House of Prime
http://wardshouseofprime.com
540 E. Mason Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 223-0135
Ward’s House of Prime is open Monday – Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and for dinner Monday – Saturday from 5 p.m. – 10 pm. Their bar is open from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Monday – Saturday.

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Soups Off; Third Ward’s Soups On Closes

The Third Ward’s Soups On (221 N. Water St.) announced this morning that the restaurant will be closing after nine years in business.

The restaurant made the following announcment vis its facebook page:

“Soup’s On is closed. Mary’s retired. Thanks for the nine years of your patronage. I’ve enjoyed serving and and everyone of you. Have a great 2012!”

This isn’t the first time a restaurant announced its closing via social media.  Just last Wednesday we learned of the closing of Marchese’s Olive Pit via its Facebook page.


Soups On
221 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5707
414) 283-9244
http://soupsonat221.com

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Bay View’s Sven’s Cafe to open Downtown location March 1

Earlier today I learned that Steve Goretzko, the owner of Bay View’s Sven’s European Cafe and Sven’s Organic Coffee Co.  finalized and signed the papers to take over the old Steamer’s Coffee location Downtown at 624 N. Water St.

Steamer’s recently closed its doors this past October.

Steve tells me you can  expect to find the same great menu as he offers at his  Bay View local. Sven’s serves a hearty breakfast and lunch menu all day long. On the menu you’ll find hot and cold sandwiches, bountiful salads, several daily soups, a case full of fresh bakery, and of course a large selection of coffee and tea drinks.

The new location will serve  breakfast and lunch to cater to its Downtown neighbors. The new location is  slated to open March 1, 2012. Please stay tuned to MilwaukeeFood.com for more information.
Sven’s European Cafe
2699 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 483-2233

Sven’s Bay View hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday – 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday – 7:30 am – 7:00 pm‎
Steamer’s Coffee
624 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Marchese’s Olive Pit Closes

Image: Google

Marchese’s Olive Pit announced this afternoon that the 4 and 1/2 year old Walkers Point restaurant is now closed.

The restaurant made the following announcement via its facebook fan page;

“We appreciate all of your support throught the last 4 1/2 years! It’s been a good run…but we have decided it is time to close our doors. We do this with great sadness and hope everyone has enjoyed the Olive Pit as much as we have, it’s been great serving you all!”

Marchese’s Olive Pit
1100 S. 1st St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 384-9555
http://www.marchesesolivepit.com

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Taste and Stroll your way through the Third Ward Saturday

Click the image above to enlarge menu.

Christmas in the Ward officially kicks off Friday night at 5pm with an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting in the heart of the Historic Third Ward at Catalano Square.

Then on Saturday you can shop, eat, and drink your way through the Third Ward with its Taste and Stroll event from 11am-6pm.

Enjoy $5  special small plate offerings from Cafe Benelux, Hinterland, Ryan Braun’s Graffito, Bella Caffe, The Irish Pub, Chic Lounge, Milwaukee Sail Loft, Third Ward Caffe, Fanatics, SPiN Milwaukee, Club Charlies, Milwaukee Ale House, Palms, Riverfront Pizzeria, The Wicked Hop, and Verduras Tea House.

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Matty’s New Smokehouse Burger Building Big Buzz

To keep track of burgers sold, and to let the guests know that each burger is made with love, or as Matty's calls it “Always B.O.B” a.k.a Always Bringing Our Best.

Matty’s Bar & Grille in New Berlin is betting on its new Smoklehouse burger. The new creation  launched November 1st is creating quite the burger buzz around town.

So what’s so special about this new burger?

Matty’s tells us that each burger is made from Certified beef brisket, seasoned, and then smoked for about 3 hours in an in-house smoker that’s filled with a special blend of flavored wood chips. From there it’s cooled, then ground and infused into a Certified Black Angus beef. Together they are hand-pattied to create a 1/2 pound mouth-watering experience.

Matty’s is also featuring a special daily Chef’s creation of  the new burger (see November schedule below) , or you can top it off anyway you like.

The restaurant is currently running a “Build your own Burger” contest that will run for two more days. Guests can create and name their own Smokehouse burger using the online form here ,or on the table tents located inside the restaurant.

Guests can build their dream burger using the ingredients they feature in house, or they can list ingredients they do not have. After all submissions, Matty’s culinary team will go through all entries and choose a handful of finalists.

The finalists will then be entered into Matty’s inaugural “Taste Off” that will be held in December. Three (or four) of the  finalist burgers will be recreated and judged by a panel of judges, with the winner recieving a permanent place in Matty’s collection of burgers, and will also win free burgers for one year.

Here is the schedule of the Smokehouse Burger for the rest of November:  To view an updated schedule click here.

NOVEMBER 22: THE FALCON BURGER: WISCONSIN HAVARTI CHEESE, FRIED MAC-N-CHEESE, PEPPER SMOKED BACON, RAW ONION, GARLIC MAYO, GOURMET KAISER

NOVEMBER 23: THE DENVER: SMOKED CHEDDAR, SWEET PEPPERS, ONIONS OMELET BURGER (SAUTÉED) SMOKED HAM, FOLDED OMELET, MAYO, TOASTED CIABATTA

NOVEMBER 24:  THE BOMBER: GARLIC CHEESE SPREAD, ITALIAN MEATBALLS, HOUSE PIZZA SAUCE, SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS, SMOKED GOUDA, GOURMET KAISER ROLL.

NOVEMBER 25: THE MARDI GRAS: CAJUN SHRIMP, ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE, PICO, SHREDDED LETTUCE, JACK CHEESE, REMO LADE, ONION KAISER ROLL.

NOVEMBER 26: THE FARMER: AGED CHEDDAR, SMOKED BACON, FRIED EGG, HASH BROWNS, KETCHUP MAYO, TEXAS TOAST

NOVEMBER 27:  MACHO NACHO: NACHO BEEF, NACHO CHEESE SAUCE, PICO, SHREDDED LETTUCE, CHIPOTLE RANCH, TORTILLA STRIPS, BRIOCHE BUN

NOVEMBER 28: : BIG CHIEF: HOUSE STEAK SAUCE, SAUTÉED MUSHROOMS, SMOKED CHEDDAR, SHREDDED JACK STRAW ONIONS, GOURMET KAISER

NOVEMBER 29:  THE HOT COWBOY: WISCONSIN AGED CHEDDAR, PEPPER JACK CHEESE, CHILI, RED ONIONS, GOURMET KAISER

NOVEMBER 30:  THE PACKER BACKER: SPICY BROWN MUSTARD, SOUR KRAUT, WHITE CHEDDAR, AGED CHEDDAR, BEER BRAT, PRETZEL ROLL


Matty’s Bar, Grille & Catering

14460 West College Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
414-427-3838

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Alterra Cafe and Bakery in Bay View slated to open June 1

Alterra Bay View meets at the intersections of Kinnickinnic, Howell, and Lincoln avenues. Photo: Alterra

We first told you about Alterra’s plan to relocate its current bakery/commissary operations, and open a new cafe in the Bay View neighborhood  last November. This week, Alterra announced on its website that shovels broke ground this past Friday and construction has begun on the site of the new Café and Bakery.

In May, the Maritime Bank building was razed to make way for the new project.  Alterra says that a significant portion of the razed structure will either be reused or reclaimed. In addition to making use of recycled materials, the Alterra Bay View project also highlights water conservation through a number of innovative features. For example, Runoff water from the roof will be stored and used to water landscaping surrounding the building.

Photo: Alterra

Additional elements of the project include a focus on improved pedestrian access, sheltered vertical bike parking, “swing set” outdoor seating, and a new bus shelter designed with multi-modal commuters in mind.

Construction of the 15,000 sq. ft building is slated for completion by June 1, 2012 with plans to have a roof in place before snow falls this year.

The first Alterra cafe opened in 1994 and today the company operates eleven cafes.

To view more artist renderings of the Bay View project please click here.

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The Philly Way closes its Cudahy location

In my opinion, the Philly Way serves the best Philly cheese steak in Wisconsin.

The Philly Way, a popular the cheese steak shop in Walker’s Point has closed its Cudahy location at 5430 S. Packard Ave. after being open for less than a year.

This was owner Dave London’s third attempt at expanding his philly cheese steak empire.

If you recall, Mr. London opened his second location Downtown at 222 West Wells St. in November, 2008, and unfortunately closed that location  in late-2009. This location currently houses Finch’s Corned Beef.

The Philly Way in Walkers Point remains open and is doing brisk business.

The Philly Way
http://www.thephillyway.com
405 South 2nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204-1612
(414) 273-2355 ‎

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Sobelman’s @ Marquette opens August 22

Update: August 23, 2011 at 8:58am:

Sobelman’s Pub and Grill posted on its facebook page today that the Sobelman’s @ Marquette sold 470+ burgers on the first day.

August 22, 2011 at 10:58am: Today, Dave and Melanie Sobelman will expand their burger empire when they open the door at their third restaurant, Sobelman’s @ Marquette.

Dave and Melanie have a come a long way since they met back in 1993 and married  in 1994.  In 2001 the couple opened their first restaurant, Sobelmans Pub and Grill inside one of Milwaukee’s original Schlitz taverns at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave. Sobelman’s would become a Milwaukee staple for the place to go for Milwaukee’s best burger.

In 2009, Dave and Melanie opened their second reaturant, Sobelman’s Tall Grass Grill. This location focuses on healthier burgers made from  100% grass-fed beef.

Today, Sobelmans @ Marquette at 1601 W. Wells St.  opens inside the space that housed Angelo’s Pizza Restaurant and Bar for over 50 years. Angelo’s had been a staple on the Marqutte campus since 1956. Angelo’s had a great run up until the end when it served its last customer in October, 2010.

According to a post from OnMilwaukee.com on October 11, 2010, Marquette had posted the following statement on its main Twitter account; ”Angelo’s owner (is) retiring and asked MU to purchase. Gyros (located in same building at 1607 W. Wells St.) will continue to lease. MU (is) working on (securing an) operator for pizza business.”

Sobelmans @ Marquette will be open Monday-Saturday from 11am-12am (food til 11pm) and Sunday from 11am-10pm. Dave Sobelman tells me that he plans to stay open til bar time Thursday-Saturday starting some time in Septemebr when they get their liquor license.

Sobelmans @ Marqutte
1601 W. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
414-933-1601

Sobelmans Pub and Grill
1900 W St Paul Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53223
414-931-1919

Sobelman’s Tall Grass Grill
1952 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202 ·
414-273-4727

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Mobile Days returns Thursday; Twenty-five food trucks ready to roll into Research Park in Tosa

Mobile Days presented by the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce returns this Thursday during the lunch hour (11am-2pm).

Twenty-five food truck vendors are signed up and will be rolling in to Research Park in Wauwatosa tomorrow afternoon.

Food vendors:

  • The Fast Foodie
  • American Euro’s
  • Satellite Crepes
  • Big Frank’s Wiener Waggin
  • Tiger Biter Truck
  • Cubby Cheese Truck
  • Streetza Pizza
  • Leff’s Lucky Town
  • Cold Spoons Gelato
  • Haute Taco Truck
  • Frankie’s Sammiches
  • Hawaiian Shaved Ice
  • Michael’s Real Italian Ice
  • And a few more.

The last Mobile Days attracted well over 1,000 people. You won’t want to miss this one. Rain date is scheduled for Friday, August 19.

Milwaukee County Research Park
(Enter the Crowne Plaza parking lot off Innovation Dr.)
10437 W Innovation Dr. (MAP)
Milwaukee, WI 53226-4815
Mobile Days Facebook event page:

Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce

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