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Bar bites
Four local spots elevate their drink-pairing snacks

Photos by Matt Haas

October 2016

Historically, bar snacks in Wisconsin were simple affairs. Popcorn, chips, beef jerky. Maybe pizza or burgers if there was an actual kitchen.

But now these snacks have evolved into elevated bar bites, and patrons come for the noshes as much as they come for the beverages. Here’s a selection of snacks to indulge in while sipping.

Falafel — Cloud Red

A cloud of collard filled with homemade falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush — what’s not to love? 4488 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 231-9660

Mussels — Hinterland

Whether you’re dining in the restaurant or sitting at the bar, the whole experience at Hinterland is elevated, and their daily bar noshes are no exception. Pho on Monday, tacos on Tuesday, brisket on Thursday — but go on a Wednesday, when $10 gets you a Packerland tap and a giant bowl of Prince Edward Island mussels. It’s sublime. 222 E. Erie St., (414) 727-9300,

Stuffed dates — Odd Duck

There’s always a twist at Odd Duck. Their dates come stuffed with gooey, yummy Gouda and wrapped with smoked bacon and a touch of saba sauce. An awesome selection of unusual meats and cheeses too, including what may be the only place in the city to get cheese from Utah — Beehive Creamery’s award-winning TeaHive cheese. 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881,

Rumaki — The Rumpus Room

You can never go wrong with bacon. And water chestnuts. At The Rumpus Room, sip your bourbon neat and munch on crispy rumaki. But if you’re not a fan of water chestnuts, just go for the ¼-pound slab of bacon, straight up. 1030 N. Water St., (414) 292-0100, m



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