Need your help in Milwaukee
Hello I will be visiting your fine town Sept. 19-22 as a vendor at the Wisconsin Orchid Show at the Domes.
Any recommendations for dinner would be appreciated. I searched the archives and found a post about a month ago with some ideas but thought maybe you could add some of your favorites. I will be staying in New Berlin and as I stated the Domes during the day.
I will have a car so I am willing to drive for a great meal.
Not looking for stuffy high end stuff I am by myself so a comfortable atmosphere is a plus. Cost is not an issue anything from an awesome burger to great seafood.
Thanks for your help.
Thank You everybody for the tips it made my stay very enjoyable. Here is how I fared a few glitches but overall I am very satisfied.
Friday long day tired settled for the Texas Roadhouse outside my hotel average chain food.
Saturday I felt like Thai food so I tried the recommendation for Original Thai on Oakland by the College. Not very busy I sat for a half hour before the waiter brought my tea so I cut my losses and left, the food going to a nearby table did not look overly well prepared. I walked down to Oakland Gyros just was not my scene dirty noisy and a lot of flies. I then found my way to Beans and Barley and had a very nice dinner thanks for that rec. I also hit Alterra Coffee afterward nice place Great Coffee.
Sunday I went to Cempazuchi on Brady St. I enjoyed the atmosphere the food and the drink thank you and hit the Alterra Coffee on the way back picked up a few bags of beans it was that good.
Thanks all and good eats,
For Italian, I really like Mima's on Brady, thanks to Chowhounder's recs... and there's a nice wine bar with apps across the street - hopefully it's still open. I've mentioned it several times, but Trocodero is great no matter what you're after - sit at the bar & enjoy! If the weather is still holding up, a brat & Leinenkügel on the riverside patio at the Harp is always very enjoyable :)
Definitely use your car to explore Milwaukee's neighborhoods. It's a really fun town!
I was in MKE last month to eat, and had lots of fabulous food. My top recommendation is Mekato's Colombian Bakery & Cafe. It's a very casual, down-home place with delicious meals, snacks, and pastries for morning, noon, and (early) evening. And it's relatively close to the Domes, at National & 35th.
(Note: The web site shows only the bread & pastries shared with the Chicago location, but the Milwaukee location also has meals and snacks.)
If you want waaaaay down-scale, I also loved Jake's corned beef sandwiches and Speed Queen Bar-B-Que.
For a more upscale place that's not high-end or pricy, I liked Triskele's, Cempazuchi (on the lively Brady Street), and La Merenda (though it would be tough for a single diner, as you couldn't try more than two or three plates).
I would recommend Three Brothers, but portions are huge and rather unmanagable for a single diner - not to mention the 45min-1hr wait for the burek...
More details in my trip report, which I finally posted here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/558202 .
And check out OnMilwaukee.com for reviews of the other places mentioned in this thread.
Have a great trip!
I lived in Milwaukee when I was student teaching-and I used to love the Athenian chicken at Oakland Gyros and the Volcano chicken at Authentic Thai Kitchen which is next door. I dream about both of them. It's right by UW-Milwaukee. I would agree with the Alterra by the lake-actually, when I was living there, once Tipper Gore came through when I was there.
I would highly recommend dinner at Ristorante Bartolotta, an authentic cozy and inviting Italian restaurant located in the charming Village of Wauwatosa (just west of Milwaukee, north east of New Berlin) They focus on simple and traditional recipes from Italy's northern region using fresh, quality ingredients. It's the one place that out of town colleagues insist I take them specifically for their Grigliato Misto di Mare. Wine list is great and their tiramisuu is the best in town.
the Lobby of the Pfister Hotel downtown Milwaukee is a gorgeous place to have a few cocktails, enjoy the live piano music and people watch. Then head into the Mason Street Grill located inside the hotel for a fantastic meal in a very comfortable atmosphere.
Zaffiro's Pizza on the east side is a very casual bar/restaurant for delicious thin crust pizza. http://www.zaffirospizza.com
Alterra Cafe At the Lake, 1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee. Excellent coffee shop with its own coffee roasting facility inside, across from the McKinley Marina on Lake Michigan... prime place for people-watching.
A few other recommendations...
Have a great weekend in Milwaukee, the weather looks perfect!
For a fabulous hamburgers try Solbeman's
For a casual, high end meal try The Hinterland in the Third Ward
The Milwaukee Public Market is an indoor farmers market, nice location with tables on the second level.
The Pasta Tree is an Italian eatery that has consistently served great food.
1503 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Lake Park Bistro is a French style bistro with a great location on the Lake:
If you aren't concern with price Sanford's is the utmost in a dining experience.
D'amato also has another restaurant in the Third Ward that is more of a casual fair, very good food too ,Coquette Cafe
I am not sure where you are staying but I love the "third ward" area (south side of downtown milwaukee). The Milwaukee Ale House on Water street has a great fun bar, with their own micro-brews and live music. It's a great place for a large group....however the food is average. A few blocks away is the Wicked Hop. They have a killer Bloody Mary and decent bar food. The Hop is connected to a small club that has live music on weekends.