BizLunch: DanDan

One of the most popular dishes at DanDan is General Tso’s Cauliflower. The dish is made with chili oil, scallions and ginger bok choy. “Over the three years we’ve been open, the cauliflower used to be No. 7 on the list of most sold items and now it’s by far the biggest seller on the menu,” Van Rite said.
One of the most popular dishes at DanDan is General Tso’s Cauliflower. The dish is made with chili oil, scallions and ginger bok choy. “Over the three years we’ve been open, the cauliflower used to be No. 7 on the list of most sold items and now it’s by far the biggest seller on the menu,” Van Rite said. Credit Alex Schneider

Address: 360 E. Erie St., Milwaukee
Website: dandanmke.com
Cuisine: American-Chinese
Chefs: Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite
Mood: Upscale casual
Pricing: $10-32 for entrees

With diverse culinary experience spanning both coasts, Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite wanted to bring a new style of restaurant to Milwaukee.

While they had seen plenty of “chef-driven, sustainable, seasonal types of restaurants” in the city, they saw an opportunity to carve out a different niche: American-Chinese with Midwest flair. In 2016, the Dan duo opened DanDan in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

“The basis behind our restaurants … is to make food that makes us happy and, in theory, will make other people happy,” Jacobs said.

DanDan has both indoor and outdoor dining options, along with bar seating. The outdoor seating is embedded in a garden, with a red patio covering and string lights.

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