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Special Dinner in Milwaukee--suggestions

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I'm going to celebrate a birthday in Milwaukee with family and friends--maybe 6-8.
I'd like suggestions on where to go. We like pretty much any type of food and it doesn't have to be over-the-top fancy, just something nice.

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  1. I really liked Mimma's on Brady Street.

    1. It's not clear whether or not you're ruling out "over the top fancy". The reason I ask is because Milwaukee has one of the finest restaurants in the entire Midwest: Sanford. Yes, it's dressy, and no, it's not inexpensive. But if you appreciate fine food, it's absolutely wonderful, and it's perfect for a special occasion. Every food lover in Milwaukee should go there at least once!

      Sanford Restaurant
      1547 N. Jackson Street
      Milwaukee, WI 53202
      (414) 276-9608
      www.sanfordrestaurant.com

      Beyond that, I'm sure others here can make recommendations.

      I've found Dennis Getto's reviews on the Journal-Sentinel's dining/entertainment website to be very reliable:
      www.onwisconsin.com/dining
      In particular, check out his articles on the best 30 restaurants in town (not all of which are "over the top fancy"):
      www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=...
      as well as his article on best new restaurants in the past year:
      www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=...

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Thanks for the info nsxtasy. I have been to Sanford, and agree it is sublime. I'm just thinking I need a place where we can be a little boisterous and party a bit and not annoy other diners too much. I did look at all the Ghetto things, and was hoping for a more "personal" recommendation from a fellow "chow-er". In particular I am wondering about Holiday House.

      2. If it were me, I would go to the Three Brothers. I *LOVED* this place when I visited in September. (So much so that I'm thinking of driving the 8+ hours RT just for another dinner here.) The burek is fantastic, and the roast duck made my husband so happy that even he wants to go back (he hates car travelling).

        But it's tiny, so you'd definitely need reservations for 8 people. I think they only have one big table, though they could push two together.

        Caveat: The restaurant was very quiet and cozy when I was there - not sure if it's condusive to a big noisy group. But if there's lots of slivovica flowing, I bet the place gets pretty lively.

        Here's my post where I raved about all the good food I had in MKE, starting with the Three Brothers:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/325432

        Have a nice celebration!

        Anne

        1. I'm thinking Lake Park Bistro. The food is wonderful, and the ambiance is very comfy.

          1. Zarletti, which I visited recently, has some good sized space for a group that size, the atmosphere is much more relaxed that some of the other good restaurants mentioned above. We loved the food and the service. There were some good sized groups that were clearly having fun when we were there on a Sat. Getto has reviewed; we only had the pasta, but I'm not complaining one bit.