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Written by Samantha B. Visit the Wisconsin Cheese Queen on Instagram at @wisconsincheeseplease

Are you looking for a local Milwaukee Cheese to try? Or curious what Deep Fried Cheese Curds are all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Milwaukee’s Samantha B. the blogger behind @wisconsincheeseplease

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.

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Are you looking for the best cheese dishes for your food instagram? The oooey gooey and delicious varieties of it are limitless. I mean, what makes for a better food photo than an epic pull? Not much. So which cheese dishes are the favorites of food bloggers? We thought we’d put this question to the test with our Cravve foodie community and here is what we found.

11. Fondue

Is there anything better on a cold winter day than a hot pot of cheese spilling with a delicious slice of bread?  Not according to our foodie community, who ranked it in our top 11 . Beyond capturing the perfect photo of your cheese spilling over an awesome slice of bread –  it is also the perfect way to upgrade your social event. Friends don’t let friends dip alone. So get your favorite group of friends together and take a dip.

10. Lasagna

What’s your favorite thing about lasagna? For me, it’s that golden bubbly top layer or the number of different cheeses that you can use with this classic Italian dish. Whether it’s the ricotta, cottage cheese, cream cheese, cheese curds, mozzarella, or Parmesan – whatever your favorite – there is no denying that the cheese is the best part.

9. Fried Cheese Sticks

Yellow Corn, Lemon Slices and Potato Fries
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Looking for an awesome cheese pull dish?  Fried Cheese Sticks are a great option to get the perfect stretch. Break one of these bad boys in half and capture that mozzarella pull moment. They are also a perfect dipping dish, with marinara sauce or pizza sauce.

8. Cheese and Crackers

Sliced Bread With Sliced Vegetables on Brown Wooden Chopping Board
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An artisanal board can be the perfect canvas to paint that perfect cheese platter. Especially with the different shapes, textures, and  sizes. Also, don’t forget to pair a perfect wine and to share it with friends.

7. Cheese Bread

Photo of Green Broccoli, White Cheese and Green Cabbage on Yellow Surface
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A great appetizer and starter dish, cheese bread can be the perfect complement to a nice meal. It also can be decorated with garnishes or toppings to give it that extra pop of flavor. My personal favorite is garlic but vegetables can also add that splash of color perfect for that colorful portrait.

6. Pizza

It wouldn’t be a very good list of best cheese dishes if pizza was not on it. With so many awesome varieties – Pizza can be a great blogging option – whether you’re trying to show off a new unique topping or capturing that amazingly long mozzarella pull or you’re just trying to capture a beautiful photo of a classic pie. Pizza is a terrific dish to blog about. My personal favorite is a deep-dish pizza – with a surprise stuffing – there are so many blogging options with the potential to knock readers off their feet!

5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Person Holding Bread With Cheese
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Looking to get an amazing cheese pull photo? There may not be a better option than a grilled cheese sandwich. Two perfect halves split and pulled apart with some ooey-gooey filling in the middle. It’s a food blog moment that will bring people coming back for more. Just typing that made me hungry and happy. 

4. Cheese Fries

French Fries, Cheese, Pork, Jalapenos, Delicious, MealLooking for a dish that will get a lot of likes? A fries melt will stop other foodies in their tracks. Be sure to capture the ooey gooey melted cheese over these crispy golden sticks.  With so many varieties of fries – waffle, tater tots, crinkle cut, etc.  – with this dish you could create a whole blog dedicated to it. For added effect, capture other unique toppings, that will make foodies stop by and drop a “Wow” comment.

3. Mac N Cheese

White Ceramic Bowl With Food
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Yes, Mac N’ Cheese is a favorite among food bloggers, the melt on top of the noodle. Yum! Plus, change up the noodles you use to get people going crazy for your food pics. In addition, if the noodle combo doesn’t feel like enough – you can always add that extra topping of bacon or pulled pork. Yes, please!

2. Cheeseburger

Mouth Watering Hamburgers

Cheese melting over a juicy beef patty. Need we say more. The cheeseburger is a show-stopping king of food blogging. Looking for a reliable option that will be sure to get a lot of likes and comments. The cheeseburger is a go-to for many food bloggers. Be sure to get a close-up that captures the melt and leaves readers wondering how does someone possibly bite into this?!

1. Cheesecake

Bitten piece of berry cheesecake
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That’s right, the #1 dish to blog about, according to our foodie community – is the cheesecake.

The perfect combination of cheese, chocolate, and cake – Triple C threat – makes the cheesecake an irresistible dish. It’s no wonder why foodies love to blog about it. They’re perfect for any occasion and experience – whether you’re fine dining or eating a meal at home. Cheesecake is accessible and love-able.

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