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Nov 24, 2006 02:59 AM

Best Meal In/Around Detroit and Milwaukee - money not a concern - please help!

Traveling to Detroit and Milwaukee on business for the first time. Live and work in NYC and am passionate about food and wine. Would love to hear your suggestions for the top food in town - if you only have one meal left to eat in these cities and money is not a concern - where would you go? Care more about great quality food than ambience; have car with GPS and willing to travel for good eats. Would also love suggestions for good breakfast and lunch spots that are local favorites - anything that is not to be missed. Thanks in advance!

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  1. As a Chicago native who frequently travels to Milwaukee, I have one recommendation far above all others: Sanford. It is THE VERY BEST restaurant in Milwaukee (widely acclaimed as such by pretty much all the critics), and is as good as the very best places in Chicago. It is wonderful and deserves all the praise it receives. It's in a trendy neighborhood just north of downtown. Website:

    One other tip - the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal (the big newspaper in town) has restaurant reviews and listings on its entertainment website at Their reviewer, Dennis Getto, writes an article each year about the Top 30 restaurants in town, although his list is a mix, not just fine dining but also ethnic and neighborhood type places. This year's article is at His most recent detailed review of Sanford is at

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      One thing about Dennis Getto. I was in Milwaukee earlier this year and knew nothing about the restaurant scene. I went to Coast based on his glowing review and it was so horrible on so many levels I have to wonder what he was thinking?

    2. In Detroit, Five Lakes Grill or Tribute. Both have websites,
      Both are great.

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      1. re: dinerminer

        But very different. Tribute is as high end as it gets in Detroit, while Five Lakes is much more laid back (and on my one trip there, disappointing).

      2. If you are willing to drive, I would suggest going to the West End Grill in Ann Arbor:
        Plus, Ann Arbor's a nice town to walk around in after you are done eating.

        1. If money is not a concern, go to the Lark, in suburban Detroit. One of the best French country-style restaurants anywhere.

          1. I agree with the first post with regard to Sanford. One of the best restaurents I have ever dined in. Excellent food and service. I would also recommend Roots in Milwaukee, in Brewers Hill. Food is outstanding, and the view is fantastic.