Just in time for
summer, a new bistro, beer gastropub, creperie and bakery join the
ever-expanding South Side dining scene.
A.J. Dixon, who
previously worked at places like Cafe Centro and County Clare, brought
her eclectic and gourmet sensibilities to her own restaurant, Lazy
Susan’s, which is named for her mother. "I grew up eating
everything from chitlins to sushi, and my mom made everything and
anything for us," Dixon says.
menu changes with the seasons. In addition to its vegetarian and
gluten-free offerings, there is an interesting selection of game meats
like venison, elk and pheasant. Some of the most popular items on the
menu include a gluten-free cauliflower mac and cheese made with Brie,
apples, pine nuts, bacon and rosemary, and the Cambodian stuffed
wings, made with ground pork, mung bean noodles and spices. "They’re
really labor-intensive, but they’re really, really good," Dixon
This summer you
can expect to see some rhubarb dishes from Dixon’s garden, along
with a vegetable ceviche and some interesting fish dishes. An eclectic
Sunday brunch features Swiss chard pancakes, zucchini fritters and
French toast stuffed with honey-nut cream cheese and ham.
2378 S. Howell Ave.(414) 988-7086
At the border of
St. Francis and Milwaukee you’ll come upon Ubeer Gastropub. With 24
beers on tap, along with a deep bottle list, this beer-centric eatery
is a great place to sip a pint. Located in what was formerly Carlton
Grange and then Attebury’s, the decor hasn’t changed, but the menu
definitely has. "We pride ourselves on our burgers and our
flatzas," says owner Wayne Beckes.
Though there are
basic build-your-own burgers and flatbread pizzas, there are also
adventurous additions and specials like a mac and cheese burger.
The patio is
fantastic with its gorgeous wood benches, shade and a stage for bands.
There’s also a new concept — a keg table — where a group of 10
to 12 people can sit with a keg filled with a brew of their choosing
in the middle. "It’s a great thing to do after playing a game
of baseball or volleyball, to just sit down with your teammates and
enjoy the sun," Beckes says. The patio also is a great place to
enjoy Beckes’ newly developed beer cocktails.
3807 S. Packard Ave.
Cream City Swirl’s
menu is focused on three main things: gelato, crepes and frozen
yogurt. Susan Nolan’s new cafe does all three quite well. The frozen
yogurt is serve and mix yourself, and it features a few hip, upscale
touches like mini mochi rice balls and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce.
The crepes menu features three or four options each day. I tried the
crepes filled with mascarpone cheese, chocolate sauce and
strawberries. Delicious. My husband and son polished off their La
Coppa gelato cups quickly.
The decor is
cleanly modern, with a fun fake fireplace with cozy seats in the
middle. Expect a grand opening sometime in mid- to late June, as well
as a customer loyalty program on the horizon. When peaches come into
season, try Crepe Suzy. "It’s my favorite — peaches,
mascarpone and cinnamon," says Nolan. "We will also do some
crepes with raspberries and maybe blueberries when they are in
2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Next to the dog
wash in the haute Dwell apartment building down the street from Cream
City Swirl, Rocket Baby is opening its second bakery. At press time, a
mad rush of construction was ongoing, but it will be up and running by
this summer. Expect to enjoy all of the breads and pastries that have
made Rocket Baby famous.
2434 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.