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Catch a Milwaukee episode of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation Wednesday, August 3

Adam with Martino's owner TJ (left) and Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., a customer, at Martino's. Photo: Travel Channel.

Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and the Man v. Food Nation crew recently chowed down in Milwaukee, and the episode featuring some of Milwaukee’s most delicious eats will air tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3.

Below is the episode description and a sneak preview of the show.

First, Adam heads over to Martino’s to try an Italian combo sandwich, which includes Italian sausage topped with roast beef, spicy veggies and a meaty red sauce. Next, Adam heads over to Benji’s Deli to try their legendary Hear-O-Israel sandwich piled with four different deli meats.

Jeremy Wheeler taking on the Unforgiven Challenge at Red Rock Saloon. Photo: Travel Channel.

After sampling some of Milwaukee’s finest meats, it’s challenge time.  Adam is off to the Red Rock Saloon to guide Wisconsin’s own undefeated big food eater, Jeremy Wheeler, through the Unforgiven Challenge. Jeremy’s finished 14 challenges across the great state of Wisconsin, and if he can take down this gigantic burger, fries, and six blazing-hot wings in 23 minutes, he’ll earn a spot on the Red Rock Wall of Fame and keep his undefeated streak intact.

The Unforgiven consists of the Farm Burger (a 1/2 lb burger with cheese and bacon , a deep fried chicken breast, another 1/2 lb burger with cheese and bacon, an egg, onionstrings, lettuce tomato and onion), surround by 1 lb of fries and 6 TCB Wings, made from ghost peppers, Thai bird peppers, habaneros and jalapeno’s.

To see if Jeremy keeps his streak going, tune into watch the Milwaukee episode of Man v. Food Nation August 3, 9:00pm EST on Travel Channel.

Man vs Food Nation viewing party at Red Rock Saloon

  • Wednesday, August 3 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • $20 seat ticket includes a commemorative T-shirt and Red Rock food buffet. Seats are on a first come first serve basis.

Red Rock Saloon

1225 N Water Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(414) 431-0467

Martino’s Italian Beef

1215 West Layton Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(414) 281-5580

Benji’s Deli Shorewood

4156 North Oakland Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(414) 332-7777

Benji’s Deli Fox Point

8683 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee Wisconsin

(414) 228-5130


Discovery World’s Fish Fry and a Flick (and now Food Trucks) returns August 5th

Photo courtesy of Pabst Theater.

Discovery World’s Fish Fry and a Flick series is back August 5th with fantastic line-up of movies, and new this year, Milwaukee’s favorite food trucks and carts.

That’s right, in addition of getting a great fish fry from Bartolotta, guests can now enjoy an array of food options from area food vendors. Point Brewery is also back this year with some great beer and soda specials
Street Food Vendors (subject to change)

  • Red Truck Sliders
  • Big Frank’s Wiener Waggin
  • Streetza Pizza
  • Cold Spoons Gelato
  • Fast Foodie

All events start at 5pm. All movies start at dusk and are free.

Movie Schedule:

  • Friday, August 5th: Anchorman
  • Friday, August 19th: The Dark Knight
  • Friday, September 2nd: The Big Lebowski
  • Friday, September 16th: The Hangover
  • Friday, September 23rd: Bridesmaids

Discovery World
500 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202


East Town’s Food Truck Friday takes a Hiatus; Moves to Westown’s Zeidler Park

Update: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 3:42 pm:

I just got word from Twitter that East Town’s Food Truck Friday will be moving to Westown’s Zeidler Park at 301 W.  Michigan Street for one day only. I hear that Streetza Pizza, Tiger Bite, Reed Truck Super Sliders and the Fast Foodie will be there from 11am-2pm.

Thursday, July 12, 2011, 1:47 pm:

The East Town Association’s  lunchtime Food Truck Fridays at Cathedral Square Park is on hiatus this week because of Bastille Days which runs today through Sunday.

Saturday’s East Town Market at Cathedral Square will also be closed this weekend.

Both events will resume normal schedules next week.

More Information:


Bartolotta’s Rumpus Room takes over Eagan’s on Water

Construction is underway for The Bartolotta Restaurants’ newest concept, The Rumpus Room, a gastro pub which will combine unique flavors, an expansive selection of craft beers and a casual atmosphere located at 1030 N. Water Street.

The Rumpus Room will take over the site of Eagan’s restaurant which closed this past May.

The Bartolotta Restaurants’ owner, Joe Bartolotta, recalls fond memories of lively gatherings and the energetic atmosphere of his father’s tavern.

The new pub’s name, The Rumpus Room, was inspired by the tavern  Joe’’s father established and ran for nine years,  in the mid 1950’s and early 1960’s at 29th St. and North Ave. The name Rumpus Room means a place where people come together for entertainment, fun, camaraderie and recreation.

“My dad provided inspiration for my work with The Bartolotta Restaurants and opening The Rumpus Room is one way we can pay tribute to his influence on our organization and the community.” said Joe Bartolotta.

The new gastro pub is an opportunity to embrace a casual dining experience that combines your favorite restaurant and bar, unites them together with elements of reasonably priced quality food in a comfortable bar environment.”

The group will lean on the experience of a few of their current distinguished chefs to extend an already expansive array of culinary offerings. Under the direction of Paul Bartolotta and Corporate Chef Adam Siegel, Bacchus’ Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Ruiz, will take the role as Executive Chef of The Rumpus Room.

The Rumpus Room is set to open in Fall, 2011.

To learn more about The Bartolotta Restaurants, visit or call 414-258-7885.

Follow The Rumpus Room progress and news at


Hi-Fi Cafe’s neon sign shines bright again

Back in March we were the first to tell you about a fire that ruined the iconic sign that welcomed passers by on  Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View  for almost 15 years.

Well I am happy to report that an exact replica of the sign has been installed.

Long live the Hi-Fi sign.
HI-FI Cafe
2640 S Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207-2151
(414) 486-0504

Open Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 10:00pm, Sat: 8:00am -10:00 pm, Sun: 9:00am-10:00pm


New Food Truck Gathering; Take Out Tuesday at the Schlitz Park starts June 7

Milwaukeeans love its street food

Every Friday afternoon hundreds gather at Cathedral Square Park (along with close to a dozen food truck vendors) for the uber-popular Food Truck Friday.

Today, Milwaukee can add another weekday food truck gathering …Take Out Tuesday at the Schlitz Park office complex from 11am-2pm.

All of your favorite food trucks will be there parked on Cherry St. across from the Manpower headquarters.

Trucks signed on so far include Fast Foodie, Pita Brothers, Tigerbite, Satellite Crepes and Streetza Pizza.


Bartolotta’s Northpoint Burgers and Custard Stand re-opens today; 200 Free Burgers will be given away at 11am

You know Summer is in our sights when we post this story.

As in the past, the Bartolotta’s Northpoint Burgers and Custard on North Lincoln Memorial Drive will once again celebrate its grand opening for the season by giving away 200 free hamburgers. Sides, beverages, custard and additional sandwiches will be available for purchase.

Starting at 11:00am today (May 21), one free cheeseburger will be given to the first 200 people in line.

So grab your sun block and head to the beach for your favorite Northpoint burger or cone. Check out the cool new burgers on the menu and get you shake-on.

Northpoint Burgers and Custard Stand
2400 Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 258-7885


Umami Moto will begin serving lunch May 2

Photo credit: Umami Moto

Beginning Monday May 2nd, Umami Moto will begin lunch service Monday-Thursday from 11am-2pm and all day on Friday.

Prices will range from $8-$12. You may also call ahead and pre-order for faster service.

Complimentary valet parking will be offered as well.

Umami Moto
718 N Miwlaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Food Truck Fridays returns to Cathedral Square Park May 6

Today the East Town Association announced that its bringing back its popular Food Cart Fridays.

Join Pita Bros, Satellite Crepes, Streetza, Big Frank’s Wiener Waggin, Tigerbite, Fast Foodie, Cousin’s Subs and more every Friday from 11am -2pm starting May 6 through the end of September as Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee is turned into a one-stop shop for  Milwaukee street food.


Pizzeria Piccola celebrates 8 years of perfectly baked Neapolitan pizzas

Starting at 12:08 pm today, and every hour on the :08, enter a drawing for fabulous prizes. You’ll also get a bumper sticker with every purchase all day long.

Located next to Ristorante Bartolotta in the quaint village of Wauwatosa, Pizzeria Piccola features truly authentic thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas baked to perfection in its wood burning oven.

All pizzas are made to order beginning with a ball of dough which is rolled out by hand, lightly topped with sauce and fresh traditional ingredients – fresh mozzarella, proscuitto,pancetta, fresh mushrooms among others. The pizzas are then slid into a wood burning oven at 600 degrees and are ready to be savored in about 5 minutes.

Pizzeria Piccola’s 8-year anniversay specials run through May 21, 2011:

  • With purchase of an entrée, every group or individual order gets  one chance with the Magic 8 Ball.
  • Win food and other great prizes that can be redeemed immediately.
  • Not valid with any other coupon. No Cash Value. Expires last day of April, 2011.

Pizzeria Piccola
7606 W. State St
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Mon – Thurs 11am – 9 pm
Fri – Sat 11am – 10pm
Sun 4pm – 9pm

Delivery Hours:
Everyday from 5pm – 9pm

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