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Every city has amazing local restaurants with secret food and menu items that only locals know about. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about Milwaukee’s Deep Fried Cheese Curd’s with a special feature on the award winning Lakefront Brewery.
Milwaukee Food Secrets: Deep Fried Cheese Curds
If you are from the Midwest – Wisconsin especially – you know how important cheese is to “the locals.” It’s simply a way of life for folks out here. Many restaurants in Wisconsin serve up deep fried cheese curds. What are those, you ask? Cheese curds are chunks of cheese that are breaded or battered, melty, and served with a side of decadent dipping sauce.
Award Winning Cheese Curds: Lakefront Brewery
One spot in the Milwaukee area that is especially known for its cheese curds is Lakefront Brewery. Lakefront has been in business since 1987 and they have brewed thousands of beers since… as well as created one of best cheese curds in the area.
Lakefront has won the Shepard’s Express “Best of Milwaukee” award for “Best Fried Cheese Curds” FIVE years in a row. Eating them is like having a cheese party in your mouth. The curds are fried to perfection in batter made with Lakefront’s own beer and served with a side of homemade garlic ranch sauce. Recently, Lakefront has started presenting a “Curd of the Week” which has included different flavored curds such as: Pesto, Apple Crisp, Bourbon BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion – just to name a few.
Where to try it…The Curd Wagon vs. Beer Hall
Lakefront also has their own “Curd Wagon” which is a food truck that travels around the area serving up fried cheese and other items such as chicken strips, tacos and sliders. The Curd Wagon is used at several local events and sometimes just sits in a parking lot of a local beer store. I’ve had curds from both the wagon and the Beer Hall and you won’t go wrong with either option.
Inside of the Beer Hall, you’re able to order other items that Lakefront is known for – giant pretzels, salads, mac & cheese, sausage flights, chicken wings, French fries and of course … craft beer. If you’re interested in learning more about Lakefront’s beers, their brewery tours are given on a regular basis and will definitely add more excitement to your visit. Believe it or not, the tours are top rated too! The brewery tour has won the Shepard’s Express “Best of Milwaukee” award for TEN years in a row.
More than just a deep fried cheese curd – but a unique experience
If you’re wondering how they’ve pulled that off, I can tell you that it’s because of the energy that goes into the tour. The tour guides have so much knowledge on the beer creation process, ingredients that go into the beer and the different flavor profiles of each one. They engage the customers and entertain them with lots of facts and jokes throughout the experience. At the end of the tour, you will receive four different beer samples as well as a souvenir glass. If you choose to go on the “technical tour,” you get beer & snack pairings during your visit. You’ll also receive a coupon for a free beer at one of many local establishments. That’s a heck of a lot to get out of a beer tour!
Virtual Tour Options
In case you’re not comfortable going inside, you’re able to take a virtual tour of their establishment through their website. You can navigate through the different rooms – the beer hall, the tasting room, the fermenting room, the tour room, the labeling room and even the outdoor patio area – all within the luxury of your own home.
Where to experience it
Lakefront Brewery is located right on the Milwaukee River. If you are ever in the area and are looking for somewhere to really give you a good feel of the Milwaukee culture – Lakefront should be your top choice. Sit alongside the water, drink some craft beer and eat some of the best cheese that Wisconsin has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.