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Paul Lukas | Sep 2, 2004 09:52 PM

While making an 11:30am visit to Jake's Delicatessen in Milwaukee today, I noticed someone setting up a smoker in front of a church a few blocks away. I went over to investigate and was told, "It ain't ready yet. But come back in an hour and I guarantee we'll set you up gooooooood!"

So I went to Jake's and had a superb pastrami on rye, every bit as good as the sandwich at any Jewish deli in New York (lousy pickle, though). Eventually, meandered back to the church and, sure enough, lots of ribs, rib tips, and chicken were looking very tasty on the grill. I got a half-slab of ribs (no sauce) plus a small hunk of rib tips and a slice of lemon cake (too sweet for my tastes, although my travel companion gave it the thumbs-up). I was full from the pastrami, so I didn't eat the ribs until several hours later on my flight home to New York, and DAMN were they good! Nice spice rub, no sauce needed -- prime eats.

Not sure if this sidewalk 'cue operation sets up shop every Thursday, or every day, or what, but it's worth looking for. I no longer recall the name of the church, but it's on N.20th St., just north of North Ave (yes, north of North -- not a typo), east side of the street.

As for Jake's, it's at the corner of North and 17th, but most of you knew that already....

-- Paul

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