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Jul 21, 2008 12:04 PM

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 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. 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

    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

        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.

          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

              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.