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Milwaukee--Mitchell Street

CoolerbytheLake | Aug 22, 200303:31 PM

Through bad luck and questionable decision-making, my sister has found herself raising a child by herself in a rougher part of the south side of Milwaukee. I initially dreaded visits due to the surroundings--there tends to be gunfire and car chases at night--but in the last year or so, I began to take more notice of the neighborhood, and each time I return, I am struck by the growing vitality and diversity of the area, which I define as Mitchell Street roughly from the Highway to 27th. The area is primarily Latino and black, but I have seen at least two Pakistani/Indian restaurants along that stretch, and there must be more along parallel streets. I've only just begun charting the various places in the area, but was wondering if anyone else has any experience around there. I have already "discovered" a place called Marinera (sp?) which does incredible carne asada and steak burritos in a more-or-less tavern setting. The street vendors hawking elotes and chicharrones now know to stop when they see me, and I've even enjoyed passable tortas at 4:00am at Pavo Real and breakfast two hours later at the local George Webb. I also saw a sign last time advertising a farmer's market every Thursday, and wonder if this is a traditional market or something more interesting/international? Thanks for any help.

P.S. I've been trying to drag my sister to Speed Queen for barbecue, but she insists that it's in too bad of a neighborhood, which always makes me laugh. I have a tough time thinking it could be any more rough and tumble than where she lives now. Anyone know for sure?

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