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Anything Chowish in Milwaukee?

So, my husband and I will be making the annual family visit to Milwaukee. I would like to suggest a new place for dinner.

Where can we go? I am happy to suggest anything to the group.


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  1. What part of town, what kind of price range (since you mention bad diners)? And perhaps more importantly, what do you think they'll be willing to go for?

        1. Yes...THREE BROTHERS...order the Burek (sp?) and then skip over to At Random for dessert drinks.

          1. We are normally between downtown and Wauwatosa. As for price and cuisine - I think anything goes at this point. Until I try I don't know what reaction I'll get!

            Thanks for the above suggestions thus far! I'm really looking forward to branching out.

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            1. re: jennifer810

              It's been awhile since I've eaten in Tosa or out west, most of the best suggestions I could offer would be Eastside or downtown, and you'll see that I thought Zarletti was very good for one of the posts nsxtasy has above.

              You might want to try Crawdaddy's. Link below. It gets good reviews from a range of people (of course if you're coming from New Orleans, you'd be shaking your head right now). Not a fancy room, but good food.

              I'll try to think of other west side, etc. Avoid Bluemound Rd. eateries, as most aren't that good.

              Just to add, if you want to head to the East Side. Here's two links.

              Elliot's is a fun room, and the food is really good. Given the 'audience' he tends to alter some of the classic French recipes, but Chef Pierre, and yes he is French, knows his business.

              Carini's is really good, very nice room, very good Italian seafood emphasis, though I had a rack of lamb there that was wonderful.

              In both places, the service is good. I mention this because I think service can be a problem in this town. Not enough full-time waitstaff because the city can't support pros at these jobs. So, sometimes you'll run afoul of bad college student service. But these places keep things going well.

              Carini's too, like Elliot's, is got the chef/owner on the premises. Last time we were there, the owner, a brand new grandpa was walking the room at the end of the night with his grandson.


            2. Been a few years but i had a good meal in the pfister hotel. if all else fails i think there is still a giordano's pizza location downtown.

              1. Sanford is still one of the very best restaurants in the entire Midwest. It's a real gem that should make every Milwaukeean proud.


                1. If you come here annually and have only experienced "bad diners", someone in your family is steering you seriously wrong.

                  Regardless, if you want to stay in or closer to Tosa, here are three places that have never let me down.

                  Eddie Martini's is at 86th & Watertown Plank Rd. Steaks & seafood mostly, pricy but worth it. Excellent service and very good wine list.

                  Shiraz is at 60th & North. Persian-style food. Plenty of lamb, seafood, chicken, dishes but also plenty of vegetarian dishes in case there are any in your group of that bent. The wine list is small but quality. Couldnt find a menu on line, but here's a review:

                  Indigo is at 60th & Vliet, and if neighborhoods had martini bars, they would be like this. The menu has an Italian edge to it, but I dont tend to think of it as an Italian restaurant, even though their pasta dishes are excellent. Here's a link to their menu:

                  I get the sense that you are dreading your upcoming visit based on your previous "dining" experiences. I hope our suggestions can help improve your feelings about our fair city.

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                  1. re: Fydeaux

                    That was my thought, too, but since my in-laws that live there are 91 & 86, I just take control & make all dinner resvs!! There's a lot of great restaurants in MKE - crazy not to have good food or a great time!

                  2. I really enjoyed IlMito. I had a lunch and a dinner there, both excellent.
                    Of course, you can just skip dinner altogether and just go to Leon's. =)

                    1. Got to try Crazy Water on South Second Street...it is our favorite...love the scallops:


                      1. I second Three Brothers. Reservations are a must, so call today. At Random hasn't been open lately, call first. Zaffiro's makes a great thin crust pizza. Jake's or Benji's for a corned beef sandwich. Night Owl Drive-In for a greasy cheeseburger and chocolate malt(call first).
                        Martino's for a Vienna Beef hot dog or Polish.