In Lindsay Heights, there are a lot of flexitarians,
so a lot of people don’t eat pork or beef but will eat chicken
without batting an eye,” says Caitlin Cullen, chef at The Tandem. To
that end, she offers three options: a Dominican-style roasted
chicken for health-conscious diners; Georgia fried, which she
explains is a traditional fried chicken; and spicy, Memphis-style
fried chicken, pictured here. “It’s got a kick to it,” she says.
“It’s a hot-sauce batter, and it’s hot-sauce brined for at least 24
hours.” Because the batter uses cornstarch, it’s also gluten-free.
At dinner, The Tandem serves family style, so you can
share a whole chicken with your tablemates and choose from a variety
of sides designed to complement the star of the show. You might pick
sous chef Joe Sutter’s mac and cheese made with sharp and mild
and heavy cream, coleslaw with cabbage sourced from
LotFotL in Elkhorn and freshened up with cilantro, and bean salad
that incorporates whatever dried beans the kitchen has on hand. In
this one, black beans mingle with carrots, bell peppers, red onion,
cilantro, lime juice and cider vinegar. “It’s pretty fresh and
bright for being full of beans,” Cullen says.
community-oriented restaurant, open since November, employs about 20
people from the neighborhood and expresses its “in tandem” theme
throughout the décor too: from the bicycle over the bar to the funky
light fixtures to the bike wheels that adorn the patio. 1848 W. Fond
du Lac Ave., (414) 885-1919, tandemmke.com