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Dish on dining
New eateries ring in summer’s arrival

Photos by Dan Bishop

 June 2014

Lazy Susan

Just in time for summer, a new bistro, beer gastropub, creperie and bakery join the ever-expanding South Side dining scene.

Lazy Susan

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.

Lazy Susan’s 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 says.

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.

Lazy Susan
2378 S. Howell Ave.(414) 988-7086


Ubeer Gastropub

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.

Ubeer Gastropub
3807 S. Packard Ave.
St. Francis
(414) 312-7128


Cream City Swirl

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 season."

Cream City Swirl
2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
(414) 897-8769


Rocket Baby Bakery

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.

Rocket Baby Bakery
2434 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
(414) 897-0483


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