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AJ Bombers wins first round of Burger ‘tweeting’ contest

UPDATE – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009: Rd-1 results are in! @Stackedbar 50.14pts – @ajbombers 115pts. WINNER and MKE’s BEST BURGER = @ajbombers

After local twitterers proposed a “burger off” between Stack’d Bar and AJ Bombers, the city’s newest burger joints have announced a #BURGERCHALLENGE between the two this week.

The Challenge:

Starting TODAY at lunch through 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, Twitterers can order any one of three “challenge” burgers from @AJBombers and @Stackedbar and cast a vote on their personal Twitter page.

The burger faceoff includes a cheeseburger, a specialty burger and a vegetarian option – scored on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. The Twitter-based challenge requires the following:

Voting Tweets must include:

  • @Stackedbar or @AJBombers
  • Burger Score (1 to 5) (5 = best)
  • Receipt Number

Since each place has their own menu favorites, owners Tim Dixon of Stack’d and Joe Sorge of AJ Bombers selected three menu items. At Stack’d, guests will judge the Hangover Stack, Blackbean Stack or a Build-your-own cheeseburger. At AJ Bombers, guests can sample a Bomber Burger, Stuffed ‘Shroom Burger or an AJ Burger with Cheese. If diners order any of these burgers as their challenge meal, they’ll receive $1 off bottles from Lakefront Brewery or specials on Rehorst vodka and gin.

Both owners jumped at the chance to highlight Milwaukee burger restaurants, as well as local beer and liquor, as a way to draw attention to local fare. Tim Dixon owns both Stack’d and The Iron Horse Hotel, while Joe Sorge and his wife Angie own AJ Bombers, Swig and Water Buffalo.

The faceoff pits the South versus the North, representing both ends of downtown Water Street. Stack’d Bar is located at 170 S. First St. in Milwaukee’s 5th Ward Kramer Foundry, and AJ Bombers is located at 1247 N. Water St.

More Information:

AJ Bombers
1247 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Phone: 414-221-9999

Stacked Burger Bar
701 S. 1st St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: 414- 273-7800


State Street Retreat in Wauwatosa closes

The State Street Retreat (5018 W. State St.) in Wauwatosa closed its doors last week. The phone number listed for the restaurant was disconnected at press time.

The restaurant/bar had a popular all-you-can-eat fish fry special and also had a large following for its comfort food specials such as its homemade meatloaf. The bar also did some brisk business before and after Brewer games because of its close proximity to Miller Park.

If you would still like to stay in the neighborhood for some comfort food, Down-home barbecue style, then we recommend Saz’s State House four blocks West at 5539 W. State St.

More Information:

5539 W. State St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-453-2410

Hours of Operation
Monday Closed, Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner: 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Drink Mojitos and Splurge on S’mores for Music

Drink a Mojito Margarita or splurge on a S’Mores Fondue dessert at Houlihan’s restaurant at Brookfield Square Mall at your can help Save the Music.

Today the chain announced, now through Sept. 4, 2009, for every Mojito Margarita and S’Mores Fondue dessert sold at Houlihan’s Brookfield Square Mall restaurant – and nearly 90 other Houlihan’s corporate stores and franchises across the country – the restaurant will donate $1, up to $30,000, to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Guests who dine at Houlihan’s Brookfield Square Mall restaurant, located at 95 N. Moorland Rd, can also opt to make personal donations to the fund by noting a desired amount on their guest checks.

Houlihan’s executives hope to build on the success of last year’s inaugural campaign, when more than $54,000 was donated to VH1 Save The Music Foundation to provide music education programs for two schools – one in Wilkinsburg, PA and the other in St. Louis, MO.

“Music is a critical piece of Houlihan’s customer experience,” said Jesse Lawson, General Manager of Houlihan’s restaurant in Brookfield Square Mall. “Our music selection draws from the many lesser-known artists as we feel it is important to give budding artists a chance to be heard. Similarly, we strongly believe that every child should have the chance to play an instrument, join a band, and enjoy the many benefits music brings to life. In partnering with VH1 Save The Music Foundation, we hope to help restore music education in our schools and generate awareness about the fact that many kids are growing up with out access to instruments or music programs.”

Since its founding in 1997, VH1 Save The Music Foundation has helped “save” music programs in thousands of public schools, which traditionally cut fine arts activities when budgets tighten. Also, the foundation has helped countless children enjoy the benefits of musical study, including improved self-esteem and increased SAT scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance rates, etc.

More Information:

Houlihan’s Brookfield Square
95 N. Moorland Rd. (next to Barnes and Noble)
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 784-7373

Hours: Mon-Tues 11-11, bar 11:30, Wed-Thu 11-11, bar 1a, Fri-Sat 11-12, bar 1a, Sun 11-9


Cold Spoons Gelatio celebrates its one-year anniversary Saturday

Cold Spoons Gelato (5924 W. Vliet St.) wil host its first anniversary party this Saturday, August 22nd from 6pm to 9pm. The family-friendly event will feature a gelato entertainment artist who will offer spectators a show full of Happy Gelato Cones specially decorated with candies and cookies and gelato tricks. The party will also include balloons, live music, exciting giveaways and lots of fun.

The Anniversary Party will feature two delicious signature gelato flavors, including: Gelato Classic Swirl, a banana-split inspired flavor and Gelato Cookie Crunch, a flavor reminiscent of grandma’s peanut butter cookies. Cold Spoons also offers 24 ever-changing flavors of gelato and sorbetto for your enjoyment.

A locally owned and operated establishment, Cold Spoons is proud to make their Gelato on site with the freshest ingredients.

More Information:

Cold Spoons
5924 W. Vliet St.
Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-727-9457


GQ names Milwaukee’s Streetza one of America’s Best Food Trucks

Streetza, Milwaukee’s new Mobile Pizza restaurant launched in May, 2009 but is already gaining National attention with its most recent write-up inside GQ’s list of the 10 Best Food Trucks in America.

Streetza was the first mobile-restaurant concept in the Milwaukee area to broadcast its location via its social network friends on twitter, facebook and myspace.

What is a Streetza pizza? Here’s what we found on their website…

“Bringing you delicious pizza by the slice. The perfect thickness. Right in-between New York Style and Chicago Style is Streetza Style. A perfect crust, flakey on the inside, crisp on the outside. Not too thin, not too thick. Just like your Italian grandmother would make if you locked her in the back of a truck. Available with you favorite fresh toppings – by the slice. And for the record, size does matter. Which is why our slices are huge. 1/6 of a 17″ pizza, means one will be more than enough to curb your late-night hunger.”

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Meritage celebrates two great years of pairing food and wines

The West side’s Meritage (5921 W.Vilet St.) plans to celebrate its second anniversary with food and wine tasting event Sunday, August 16, 2009 (2p-5p).

The tasting will feature 10 wines from Lyeth Winery and 2 Champagnes from Charles De Fere, and of course great samplings of food to go with these wines and champagne. Meritage will also have a “Build Your Own Meritage Wine” station. Raffle prizes will also be giving away that day, including a Magnum of Lyeth Meritage. The cost is $35 and reservations are required at (414) 479-0620.

As a thank you to her loyal customers, owner and executive chef Jan Kelly has put together some great food and drink specials.

Starting today, Tuesday, August 11th the restaurant will feature a “dinner and a movie” deal. Those who spend $20 per person (minus tax and tip) will receive a ticket to a movie showing that night at the Times Cinema which is located directly accorss the street.

As is if a “dinner and a movie” special wasn’t a good enough of a deal, Meritage will also offer $4 tapas, $10 entrée specials and drink specials on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays that ill run through Sept. 30th.

Special menu for August 11 thru August 15th.

$4.00 Tappas:

  • Sweet and sour eggplant with pine nuts and raisins
  • Bacon wrapped dates
  • Fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce
  • Olive tapenade and roasted garlic with pita bread

$10.00 Entrees:

  • Petite tenderloin with mashed potatoes, Vege Du Jour, Red wine sauce
  • Red bibb lettuce topped with Asian vegetable salad and smoked tofu

Drink specials

  • All roses $4.00 a glass
  • Santori white wine from Greece $4.00 a glass
  • A-mano Primitivo $5.00 a glass (red wine)
  • Beer specials all draft beers $1.00 off
  • All summer drinks $1.00 off ( Collins, mojitos, margaritas, etc)
More Information:

5921 W.Vilet St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
reservations: 414-479-0620

Times Cinema
5906 W. Vliet St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-453-3128


Bay View’s Palomino Bar expands hours; Now serving lunch daily

The Palomino has expanded its hours and now serves lunch daily.

The Palomino is a bar and restaurant, open 7 days a week and located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI.

Along with a wide selection of beer and booze, they have variety of Southern style foods. They are vegetarian and vegan friendly, and also have a dedicated vegan fryer; so your tofu won’t taste like fish sticks.

Open Monday – Friday Open 11:00 am to 2:00 am NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH! Saturday and Sunday Open 10:00 am to 2:00 am SATURDAY & SUNDAY BRUNCH from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm the kitchen serves food: Sun-Wed until 11:00 pm, Thurs-Sat until midnight!

More Information:

Palomino Bar
2491 S Superior St.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 747-1007


World’s Largest Outdoor Fish Fry returns Saturday

The “World’s Largest One Day Outdoor Fish Fry” is the title bestowed on Port Washington’s Fish Day, the annual celebration of the city’s history as a commercial fishing port and the continuing sports fishing industry. Fish Day has been the financial lifeline for nine civic organizations that run the fish and chips stands throughout the day, just as they have since 1964.

The stands’ profits are turned back to the community in a variety of ways, Some are easy visible from the Fish Day grounds along the Lake Michigan waterfront. Rotary Park, the harbor walk that leads to the grounds, Kiwanis Pavilion and the marina’s fish cleaning stations are enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Other contributions to the community are not as easy to see, but they are part of the quality of life. Scholarships, recreational programs, assistance for people who have met life-challenging problems, Scout troops, and a variety of other efforts are beneficiaries of the celebration.

One of the attractions of the stands is that each of the nine organizations serves the same menu that has been prepared since the first Fish Day on August 21, 1965 — deep-fried fish and chips, beer and soda.

Volunteers have become experts at frying the fish and chips, dipping into buckets of ice to provide the orders for soda and tapping half-barrels of beer to keep the customers satisfied at the stands located along the lakefront from Upper Lake Park to the marina.

Volunteers have become experts at frying the fish and chips, dipping into buckets of ice to provide the orders for soda and tapping half-barrels of beer to keep the customers satisfied at the stands located along the lakefront from Upper Lake Park to the marina.

Volunteers on the Fish Day committee and board of directors work year round to provide the entertainment and related activities that make the event a successful celebration. There are no paid positions for this organization. The goal is to provide a great day at family friendly prices. The number of people attending each year’s Fish Day shows the volunteers are meeting that goal.

Music remains an integral part of the program. Stages located along the lakefront, including the main stage, are the settings for music appealing to all ages.

At 10 a.m. the stands open and the Fish Day celebration is underway. The carnival rides are in operation, helicopter rides take off and the vendors are ready for customers.

The Arts and Crafts Fair and Custom Car and Hot Rod Show participants are ready for visitors who want to see the best work of local artisans and the unique vehicles. Both events are held in Upper Lake Park.

A carnival, ice cream eating and smoked fish eating contests are other traditional enticements for young and old.

No celebration is complete without fireworks. And just as the first Fish Day, the fireworks display that completes the day is spectacular. The sky over downtown Port Washington is filled with color as the pyrotechnic display is sent toward the heavens from the harbor dock. The Grand Fireworks Finale starts at 9:30pm

For event details please visit the link below for more information.

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Thursday food feasts; Crawfish Boil at Rip Tide and ‘Feasting for Fido’ at the WI Humane Society

Thursday night Milwaukee has a smorgasbord of food options. Enjoy a true Gulf Coast Style summer tradition with Rip Tide’s Louisiana Crawfish Boil, or ‘Feast for Fido’ at the Wisconsin Humane Society where Milwaukee’s best chefs will be dishing out some of their most popular menu items (All vegetarian, of course).

Rip Tide’s Louisiana Crawfish Boil Thursday night.

For only $19.95 you can enjoy fresh Crawfish flown in from the Louisiana Crawfish Co. boiled up with Shrimp, Corn on the Cob and Red Potatoes – There is also spicey sausage and chicken on the all you can eat buffet! The event starts at 7pm sharp. For more information please call 414-271-8433.


Rip Tide Seafood Bar and Grill
649 E. Erie St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-8433

‘Feasting for Fido’ at the Wisconsin Humane Society

In celebration of their 130th Anniversary, the Wisconsin Humane Society is thrilled to be hosting Feasting for Fido, a fun evening that will include restaurant tastings of creative cuisine, inspiring wines, locally-crafted beer, festive music and a raffle.

Dine, mingle, drink, socialize with your favorite four-legged and two-legged friends (please leave your dogs at home; you can meet dogs from WHS, though!) knowing that you’re also doing a good deed by helping homeless and injured animals get a second chance at happiness.

Plus, you can meet celebrity judges, Phil Cianciola from 620 WTMJ radio, Nicole Koglin from TV’s FOX 6, and Sue Black, Director of the Milwaukee Parks Department.

Tickets are $50 at the door (children under ten are $20) and the event runs from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For details on the event please visit


Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-264-6257


Winner announced for AJ Bombers’ Free Burger Bonanza. Free burgers for a year for Karen Louw

AJ Bombers annouced today its winner of their FREE BURGERS FOR A YEAR contest . Congratulations to Karen Louw (pictured) and here is her winning photo

AJ Bombers annouced today its winner of their FREE BURGERS FOR A YEAR contest . Congratulations to Karen Louw (pictured) and here is her winning photo

Update 09-02-2009: AJ Bombers annouced today its winner of their FREE BURGERS FOR A YEAR contest . Congratulations to Karen Louw (pictured) and here is her winning photo

How would you like to win free burgers for a year? Well, just yesterday AJ Bombers launched a pretty sweet promotion exclusively for its friends on Facebook to enter.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1 – Get to AJ Bombers at 1247 N. Water St.

Step 2 – Have your photo taken in the Bombers Beach Chairs (see above)

Step 3 – Post your photo as your profile pic on Facebook

Step 4 – Tag yourself and AJ Bombers in the photo

Step 5 – Leave your profile picture up through Aug 31st.

That’s all. Best, most creative and original photo wins. Winner determined by AJ Bombers’ discerning group of unbiased judges.

More Information:

AJ Bombers
1247 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Phone: 414-221-9999
AJ Bombers Facebook
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-2am.

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