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MKE - lunch on a Saturday

jim_zeisler Jul 21, 2008 12:04 PM

this is kind of lame, because I live in Milwaukee. I have 3 kids 4 years old and younger, so I don't get to dine out very much.

my problem, many of the restaurants I see getting favorable reviews are not open for lunch on Saturday. Does anyone have recommendations for a decent, relaxing Saturday lunch where we can enjoy the food and a couple glasses of wine? Downtown/3rd Ward, East Side, or 'Tosa area.

thanks much.

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  1. Living4fun Jul 21, 2008 12:17 PM

    We have had good meals at Water Buffalo http://waterbuffalomilwaukee.com/. They are right on the river, makes an enjoyable lunch atmosphere. Owned by the same partners is Swig and they are also open for lunch.http://www.swigmilwaukee.com/. We just had an enjoyable dinner there last night. We chose several items from their small plate menu and were pleased.
    We have also enjoyed lunch at The Palms Bistro http://www.palmsbistrobar.com

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      torta basilica Jul 21, 2008 02:18 PM

      Trocadero on Water or I actually enjoyed Coast - great views and the food was much better than I expected after reading some reviews.

      Had 1 good lunch at Palms and one so-so, but I do like the setting and the friendly staff.

      Is Coquette open on Saturdays?

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      1. re: torta basilica
        Living4fun Jul 21, 2008 02:43 PM

        I believe it is open for lunch:

        Coquette Café is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. The restaurant features smoke-free dining and vegetarian options. For more information, call (414) 291-2655. Their Web site is coquettecafe.com.

        1. re: torta basilica
          jim_zeisler Jul 22, 2008 04:45 AM

          Trocadero might be the way to go - have lunch on the patio. Saturday lunch is a tough time to find a "new" spot (new to us, at least). We've tried Water Buffalo once and will not go back. We tried Palms for dinner once - it was decent. We dig the popovers at Coast. Thanks for the replys.

        2. Reetsyburger Jul 22, 2008 01:34 PM

          When I lived in Wisconsin, I had some nice lunches at Beans & Barley on the East Side.
          They are open 7 days a week 8am-9pm.

          Good, fresh food, and they have a pretty big menu and deli. They also serve wine in the dining room. They even have PB&Js!

          Sometimes the wait can be long, but I have had success walking in a getting a table right away.

          Beans & Barley
          1901 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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          1. re: Reetsyburger
            jim_zeisler Jul 24, 2008 05:14 AM

            that is a good idea. then maybe we'll catch a matinee at the oriental. possibly a post movie drink at Yield. thanks.

            1. re: jim_zeisler
              Reetsyburger Jul 24, 2008 01:00 PM

              A big ol' lunch and a big ol' glass of wine await you at the Pasta Tree as well.
              Definitely one of my favorite Milwaukee spots.
              The Gorgonzola Alfredo sauce is insanely awesome.

              Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

              Pasta Tree
              1503 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

              1. re: Reetsyburger
                jim_zeisler Jul 26, 2008 06:28 AM

                that settles it. I haven't been to the pasta tree since the 90s. I did not think to look there for a Sat. lunch. thank you very much.

                1. re: jim_zeisler
                  mike_d Jul 29, 2008 11:38 AM

                  And I haven't either. Please post back when you go. We may go this week, and I'll do likewise. It was, and I hope still is, very good.

                  1. re: mike_d
                    jim_zeisler Jul 31, 2008 03:46 AM

                    We enjoyed it very much. Good food and service. We split a bottle of wine. It was very relaxing.

                    1. re: jim_zeisler
                      mike_d Jul 31, 2008 02:35 PM

                      Thanks. It's good to hear they're still doing it right.

                      1. re: jim_zeisler
                        Reetsyburger Aug 7, 2008 08:21 PM

                        Glad to hear you had a good lunch, Jim!
                        It's always been a favorite of mine.


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