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Restaurant Roundup
Trendy sushi bowls, gourmet sandwiches and a restaurant within a restaurant


December 2016

Fresh Fin Poké

The fresh fish dish in a bowl craze that started on the West Coast is making its Milwaukee debut. Poké, pronounced “po-kay,” is a traditional Hawaiian dish now served up in casual places. “The easiest way to describe it is it’s basically a customizable sushi bowl,” says Fresh Fin owner Nate Arkush. Besides fresh tuna and salmon, diners can also choose chicken, shrimp and vegan options. After picking a protein, the dish is filled with brown or white rice or mixed greens, then topped with different vegetables and one of six sauces. 1806 E. North Ave.,

Bumstead Provisions

Is it a bar or a restaurant, a deli or a grocery store? At Bumstead, it’s all four rolled into one. Remnants from its past life as a Bay View hardware store show up as decorating accents in the tables and on the grocery shelves, while the menu is anything but old. Fun yet gourmet, it features everything from foie gras doughnuts to carne asada fries, along with a great selection of cocktails, wine and beer. And, yes, the deli boasts a fantastic sandwich smörgåsbord, plus a selection of artisan cheeses not found elsewhere. 2671 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 481-2555,

EsterEv (inside DanDan)

A restaurant within a restaurant, EsterEv is open Thursday through Saturday. The eatery features a globally inspired, 10-course tasting menu for $80; beverage pairings are $40. Dinner is served family style at two tables of 10, and dishes range from quail egg ravioli to cucumber sorbet for dessert. As DanDan is named for chefs/owners Dan Van Rite and Dan Jacobs, EsterEv is named for their great-grandmothers, Ester and Evelyn. 360 E. Erie St., (414) 488-8036,


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