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.

Next Article: Connecticut Food Secrets Revealed

Written by Allison C.. Visit her on Instagram at @food_of_ct

Are you looking for new Connecticut food to try? Or curious what New Haven Style Pizza is all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Connecticut’s Allison C. the blogger behind @food_of_ct.

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 Connecticut’s New Haven Style Pizza including Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s “Apizza” as well as a few other honorable mentions.

Connecticut Food Secrets Revealed: New Haven Style Pizza

If you’re local to Connecticut, you know that “apizza” and pizza are two very different things. Pronounced “ah-beets”, the style was created in New Haven by the legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. For it to be considered an apizza, some necessary characteristics are that the crust must be thin, chewy, and charred.

The Great Apizza Debate

The ideal level of char is often a subject of debate, as some are quick to deem any blackness on the crust as a sign that it is burnt. Every establishment that serves apizza in Connecticut is truly unique. They all have different ratios of sauce to cheese, levels of char, and specialties on the menu.

Connecticut Food: 3 Must-Try Destinations for Apizza

In New Haven, there are three restaurants that serve as the benchmark for all other apizzas. They are Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s, and most people in Connecticut are fiercely loyal to one of them.

Wooster Square, the Little Italy of New Haven, is home to Pepe’s and Sally’s. In 1925, Frank Pepe opened his pizzeria, and in 2021, there are twelve Pepe’s locations across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Meanwhile, Modern is located on State Street a short drive away. In a pre-COVID world, you would often see long lines of people waiting to get their hands on some famous apizza. Currently, the restaurants are only offering takeout, but in the parking lots or on Wooster Street you will find multiple people eating in their cars or having a small tailgate. The menus here are simple, as each place only offers pizza and salad. With the volume of their businesses, it would be difficult to have a more extensive menu, but everyone that comes only has apizza on their mind anyway.

Apizza Specialties to Try

Each of the pizzerias has a specialty that sets their apizza apart from one another. At Pepe’s, you will find their specialties to be a white clam, or in the summertime, a fresh tomato apizza. It is also not uncommon for the chefs at Pepe’s to cut the apizzas into uneven rectangular pieces.

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Frank Pepe Pizzeria – @food_of_ct

Meanwhile, the specialty apizza at Modern is called the “Italian Bomb”, which is topped with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and garlic.

Modern’s Apizza – @food_of_ct

At Sally’s, the two specialties are their tomato sauce and white potato apizzas. The white potato apizza should not be confused with mashed potatoes, as this apizza is topped with thinly sliced potatoes and rosemary. To stay consistent and appeal to the majority of palates, we included pictures of a regular mozzarella cheese apizza from each restaurant.

Sally’s Apizza – @food_of_ct

Apizza Honorable Mentions

Though Pepe’s, Modern, and Sally’s are the most well-known, some honorable mentions for New Haven-style apizza are BAR and Ernie’s, also in New Haven, Zuppardi’s, located in West Haven, and Roseland, located in Derby. There are so many other fantastic places for apizza in Connecticut that are on our list to try!

Want to dive deeper, join a Facebook Group

On Facebook, there are two popular groups called “Pizzaholics” and “All About New Haven Style A’pizza (Ah-beetz)™”, where members will post a picture of their pizza to spark a discussion, or ask for pizza suggestions in a specific area.

Members of the group are located all across the country, but the majority of group discussions are often centered around Connecticut apizza. The admins of the “All About New Haven Style A’pizza (Ah-beetz)™” group are referred to as The Pizza Gavones, and they post video reviews of apizza from around Connecticut. They rate each apizza out of 10, similar to Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports. Portnoy himself has brought nationwide attention to the New Haven pizzerias, as well as many others in Connecticut, through his “One Bite” reviews.

When a celebrity is in the area, you will often hear that they have been spotted grabbing a slice of apizza. It is truly inspiring to see the effect that New Haven apizza has had in and beyond Connecticut. If you have the opportunity to visit Connecticut, make sure to plan a visit to New Haven for some authentic apizza!

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