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MKE - lunch on a Saturday

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. 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

    1. 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

        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

          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. 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.

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

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          1. re: Reetsyburger

            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

              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

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              Pasta Tree
              1503 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

              1. re: Reetsyburger

                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

                  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

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

                    1. re: jim_zeisler

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

                      1. re: jim_zeisler

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

                        Cheers!