September 19, 2014

Carol Deptolla’s 2014 Top 30 list sees big turnover thanks to bounty of restaurant openings

“Ross Bachhuber and Melissa Buchholz’s Odd Duck wasn’t the first small-plates restaurant, and certainly not the last. But it became something of a standard-bearer when it opened two years ago for integrating a top-notch bar with modern cocktails and enviable wine and beer lists into a restaurant with a globally influenced small-plates menu.”

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M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine

July 2014

Culinary Concoctions: Beet Daiquiri

“This summer cocktail created by Odd Duck’s head bartender starts with a beet shrub or a “drinkable vinegar.” It’s mixed with rhum agricole, a bit of silver rum and lime juice. “It’s got this beautiful, gorgeous color,” describes Melissa Buchholz, Odd Duck co-owner. “It’s for someone who is adventurous and likes savory desserts. It’s a very earthy, vegetal daiquiri…”

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April 18, 2014

Odd Duck’s “Odd Couple” make a great team

“Ross Bachhuber, chef and owner at Odd Duck in Bay View, is the unassuming quiet type who prefers a place behind the scenes. Daniel Jacobs, recently hired to take on the role as executive chef at Odd Duck, is loud, gregarious and outgoing with a personality that begs for the spotlight

Bachhuber is frugal; Jacobs is more a spendthrift.

Jacobs is Chicago-bred; while Bachhuber was raised in rural Mayville.

But, as they say, opposites attract. And the two chefs say they’re enjoying their honeymoon period – getting to know one another as they work together at the restaurant….”

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She Ordered What?

March 4, 2014

Odd Duck – An odd’s on favorite in Milwaukee

“So, off we went to see what Odd Duck was all about…Nestled in the lovely neighborhood known as Bay View, Odd Duck is a small restaurant overloaded with character. The menu was diverse and reasonably priced…”

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November 9, 2013

Odd Duck ~ Milwaukee, WI

“The service was THE BEST! Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Dan was great and provided a little story telling with his homemade liquor. I honestly felt like I was in Europe where a meal is a form of entertainment and you can relax and socialize with your friends. There needs to be more of this, unlike a lot of venues that try to get you out quick for the next round of customers…”

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Tasting Table

2012 Edition

Spring Eataways – Milwaukee’s New Faces

“This brand-new Bay View restaurant draws inspiration from around the globe, spreading apricot-sambal preserves on grilled cheese ($9) and dousing lamb meatballs with smoked-paprika tomato sauce ($12). Wander the Bay View strip, then stop in for a plate of local charcuterie, a Midwest beer, and classic bar snacks ($3) like pickled eggs and sweet dilly beans…”

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October 30, 2012

Transylvania fare brings fangs to Odd Duck

“Some would say Halloween is its own natural party theme, that it needs no further embellishment. And for most of us, that may be true.

Dig out the old recipes for appetizers that look like body parts, call the red wine “blood punch,” decorate with ghosts and tombstones and spiders and other scary things and let the doorbell ring.

But a six-month-new Bay View restaurant wanted to dig a little deeper…“

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September 6, 2012

Hot Comm-Oddity – Bay View’s spirited Odd Duck has the new restaurant shine. Read why it’s turning heads.

“The basement of 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. could not have been more helpful. When the folks who ran eco-friendly shop Future Green moved out, they left some things behind, including the very cool, sustainable building material called cork.

It so happened that subsequent tenants Melissa Buchholz and Ross Bachhuber could really use those materials. They were pooling their own money and muscle to transform the Bay View storefront into a cozy, homey, unaffected source of … whatever the square footage of the kitchen dictated. It cannot be described as large…“

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July 13, 2012

Critic’s Rating: 3 1/2 stars. Odd Duck soars with delicious fun

“The beauty is, when a kitchen and bar are having fun – the dedicated, inspired kind, not the slacking, goofing-off kind – the diners will have fun, too.

I know you’re all busy people, and it’s not going to get any easier to snag a prime-time reservation the longer we wait, so I’ll get right to it: If you haven’t been to Odd Duck in Bay View yet, go.“

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May 24, 2012

Odd Duck is hoppin’ like a rabbit

“Of all the new spots opening up in Bay View and Walker’s Point, Odd Duck has fascinated me most. Sure, part of the intrigue lies with the name itself. But, after watching the crowds flock to this hip new spot night after night, I began to wonder if it would live up to all the brouhaha…“

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AV Club Milwaukee

May 17, 2012

First Impressions: Odd Duck

“Don’t let the name fool you: With small-plate aesthetics, a “locavore” mindset, and Prohibition craft cocktails, Odd Duck is very much of a piece with today’s slow-food dining movement. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As the former executive chef for Lowlands Group restaurants (Trocadero, Café Hollander), Odd Duck owner Ross Bachhuber has teeth well-sharpened on comforting, romanticized bar food…“

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May 11, 2012

Odd Duck is right on

“There is a mystery about the name of the newest entrant in the fierce battle that we can call the Milwaukee Tapas Wars…“

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May 3, 2012

Odd Duck’s Tasty, Locally Sourced Food – Word is spreading on Bay View restaurant

“The trend of restaurants using locally sourced ingredients, such as Braise in Walker’s Point, continues to grow. Add Bay View’s recently opened Odd Duck to the list. Local sources for the food at Odd Duck include Milwaukee’s Growing Power, which provides organic greens; Bolzano Artisan Meats, also in Milwaukee; and Madison’s Underground Meats…“

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