Milwaukee: Five quick-pick hankr appetizer favorites

Appetizers are oftentimes overlooked. We tend to like to get to the main meal, the "good stuff", ASAP. But let's give these prerequisites to dinner the recognition they deserve. We at hankr know that this is not a meal category to neglect. 

hankr restaurants address this need to recognize the importance of appetizers for a complete meal. Let's look at some dish details for these before-dinner, shareable snacks! 

Okay, we're in our hometown, Milwaukee, so we know it's cliche, but how can we not feature cheese curds when it's something we do so well? While SafeHouse goes above and beyond to remain discreet in Downtown MKE, there's no keeping these heavenly curds a secret for long! 

"Gird your loins!" (Devil Wears Prada, anyone?). That's the phrase that comes to mind when seeing the word "loin". It's our goal, though, that from this day forward your first thought when "loin" appears is the Loin Bacon Flatbread from Story Hill BKC. This melt-in-your-mouth dish starts with house-made flatbread and builds up with truffle creme fraiche, tomatoes, Saxony cheese and Central Greens basil. 

We all know fried food = guaranteed good. We've seen fried cheese curds, fried mushrooms, fried wings, fried pickles, you name it! Mason Street Grill continues to cover all the fried food bases by frying up some delicious clams to start off a meal right! This house specialty is made with buttermilk batter and fresh clams, complemented by tartar sauce and lemon!

Let's face it, no matter how much the Midwest is grouped into the broad category of meat and potato type meals, we have still have refined tastes and food preferences that expand beyond a simple casserole. BelAir Cantina provides a delicious appetizer option in that niche with their Vegetarian Nachos. Complete with fresh jalapeños, queso fundido, black beans, pico de gallo and crema.

Hummus is a go-to, healthy snack option for many. We use it as filler food to tide us over to lunch or dinner. But Casablanca turns that notion on its head with their Hummus and pita bread offered as a starter to enhance a Middle Eastern meal. What a perfect option to lead into a delectable dinner!

If you have a particular "food mood" category you'd like to see highlighted, let us know! We're always happy to do intensive research for our hankr fam! 

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