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Apr 9, 2009 02:08 PM

Some info on smoke free in Milw

AnneInMpls and others will be interested in this.

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  1. Thanks for the link! But it's not really a smoke-free place if they allow smoking most of the time. (The article says the 5+ restaurants owned by the Diablos Rojos Restaurant Group will be smoke free for weekend brunches only.) Unfortunately, a place reeking of stale smoke never works well for my poor lungs.

    If MKE restaurants ever go totally smoke-free, I'll be there the next day for a week-long eating binge. There are so many places I'd love to try that I don't dare set foot in, nowadays. But I live in hope!

    In the meantime, there are a few places that are 100% smoke free all the time, including my current heartthrob, Mekato's Colombian Bakery.


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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      Ate again at Hinterland last night...totally smoke was lovely.

      1. re: Foureyes137

        Good to know about Hinterland! I'll add it to my list of the places I can go.

        Here's my list of the smoke-free places I've been to in Milwaukee:
        - Ardor Pub (now closed?)
        - Bombay Sweets
        - Cempazuchi
        - Jake's
        - La Merenda
        - Mekato's Colombian Bakery
        - Palm Tavern
        - Speed Queen BBQ
        - Three Brothers
        - Triskele's
        - Water Buffalo (though I'm bummed that I can't eat on the river-view patio)
        - All custard places
        - The food stands at the Public Market

        OnMilwaukee has a decent partial list of smoke-free places, but check the comments - some of the listed places do allow smoking indoors (like Fat Abbey):


        1. re: AnneInMpls

          Swig (same owners as Water Buffalo) is also smoke free!!
          Thanks for the list! Smoke never stops me from an establishment but I ALWAYS prefer it!!

          **Side Note about Fat Abbey: terribly disappointed in food and service! Bad, cold food that was over priced and under portioned and the female bartender that took our order was TERRIBLE. Couldn't pour a shot correctly and forgot about our order for way longer than acceptable and everyone in my group had to ask her to recalculate our tabs because they all were over charging.)

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      1. Some Milwaukee suburbs (as well as towns elsewhere in Wisconsin, e.g. Madison) have municipal ordinances banning smoking in restaurants, so any restaurants in those towns should be smoke free. For a list, see

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thanks for this helpful link! I knew about Wauwatosa, but not about Kenosha.