Cuisine - American, Places - Milwaukee

Review: The Philly Way

Philly Way ExteriorEven though I’m in New England now, I still have a few reviews of Milwaukee-area restaurants to post. Today, let’s take a look at a great sandwich stop near downtown.

The Philly Way has two locations – the original, situated under the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower on S. 2nd St., and the newest spot on S. Packard Ave. in Cudahy, Wis.

The first location opened in December 2002 by Philly transplant Dave London, who once worked at Pat’s in South Philly.

Today, many Philly natives and cheese steak connoisseurs post their reviews on sites like Urbanspoon and Yelp saying that The Philly Way is as close to the real thing as you can get.

The menu is quite simple. Cheese steaks made with shaved beef, grilled onions and your choice of other toppings like mushrooms, cheese, and sweet or hot peppers. The Philly Way also does chicken cheese steaks, burgers and hot dogs.

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Goodbye Milwaukee

Boston skylineIt’s with great sadness, but with a flurry of excitement, that I have to write this post. I have accepted a new job in the Boston metro area, which means that after spending most of my life in Milwaukee, I will be leaving.

When my husband asked me last week, “What will you miss the most about Milwaukee?,” I hesitated. Obviously, I’m going to miss my family and friends. But then the answer quickly turned into a laundry list of food places.

So, I thought I would say goodbye to Milwaukee (and Wisconsin) with a Top 10 list of the things I will miss most. On the flipside, soon I’ll have a Top 10 list of the things I’m most excited about in Boston and New England.

I must apologize that with this move – there may be a little lag between posts. I’m doing my best to write posts in advance but it’s been a little hectic. Hopefully, I won’t be without high-speed access for long in the new digs.

10. The Klement’s Sausage Race at Miller Park

The Sausage Race at Miller ParkWhile I am gaining the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park in the move, no other MLB team can say that they have Racing Sausages. I have a deep place in my heart for Guido, Stosh, Brett Wurst, Cinco and Frankie Furter. When I first moved back to Milwaukee after grad school, I had the great privilege of being a racing sausage…once. It was a horrifying experience that ended up on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” (I had also been a sausage that went to greet people in the parking lot, but that also ended poorly.) However, it is also a cherished memory that very few can say they have had.

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Fein Brothers: Where shopping meets food

To help celebrate Black Friday, we’re going to take a peek inside Fein Brothers.

Since 1929, this two-story shop on Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood has been selling new and used restaurant and food service equipment for businesses and the general public.

Fein Brothers exteriorMLK Drive was under construction on the day I stopped by a few weeks ago. You can find ample parking along the neighborhood’s side streets.

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A trip to Elegant Farmer

The smiley barn at Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis.When you’re a Cheesehead, nothing says fall like a trip to The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis. With their world-famous Apple Pies Baked in a Paper Bag, apple orchards, pumpkin picking, frozen apple cider on a stick and more, it’s a great way to spend a sunny, autumn day.

Also known for the yellow smiley barn, The Elegant Farmer is a country market with pizzazz. You can find fresh cheese and cured meats like sugared ham, fresh salads, and daily specials like chicken pot pies. Or, make your sweet tooth happy with some of their sugary treats like the gigantic muffins, pies and cookies. There’s also several varieties of fresh produce to create your own sweet and savory dishes – just in time for Thanksgiving.

Here’s a quick video highlighting some of The Elegant Farmer’s products from my recent trip to the farm:

Find out more about The Elegant Farmer at www.elegantfarmer.com. Also, Thanksgiving pie orders need to be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 21.

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Dr. Dawg opens in Glendale

Dr Dawg exterior in Glendale.Dr. Dawg, a hot dog/fast food restaurant, has opened a second location in Glendale, Wis. Owner David Ross already has a popular location in Manitowoc, Wis., but this new location on N. Port Washington Road brings a slice of Chicago to Milwaukee’s North Shore.

I love the bio that Ross has on his website. The doctor, as he’s called, says this about himself:

I grew up in Chicago during the era of the explosion of the Hot Dog industry. After serving in the Marines in the mid-sixties, I started my first business of towing cars. This gave me the incredible opportunity of learning the whole city/suburbs of Chicago and also experiencing all the great Hot Dog stands along the way. I found that I became particularly aware of every nuance and detail that separated the good from the really great stands. I was immersed in the Hot Dog culture and now consider myself an aficionado and connoisseur of the Chicago style Hot Dog.

…I’ve always dreamed of owning my own Hot Dog stand. Recently, I’ve earned my PhD (Professor of Hot Dogs) at the famed Hot Dog University. Not too long ago, HDU was acquired by Vienna Beef, LTD. This is “The Harvard of Encased Meats.”

…Now, finally, after all these years, I’m proud to fulfill my dream. I am passionate about Hot Dogs and look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.

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