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Higher end burgers in Milw.

pastry634 Apr 16, 2009 06:11 AM

Hello all. I know about, and have eaten, all the recommended burgers in Milwaukee (Primarily Kopp's, Sobelmans, and Solly's). However, these are all lower end, bar type places. I've read about the burger at Mason Street Grill, but have yet to try it. What are some of the better high end burgers in the city (for lunch, preferably)?

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    gibson Apr 22, 2009 01:24 PM

    Umami Moto on Milwaukee Street serves Kobe sliders with Taleggio cheese and Nueske’s bacon... killer.

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      cscott4313 Apr 22, 2009 02:28 PM

      Haha that sounds so good right now!

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        pastry634 Apr 22, 2009 03:21 PM

        The one in Brookfield just closed. :( It closed before I was able to try their Kobe Burger they had during lunch. The Mil. location is open only for dinner

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          Living4fun Apr 22, 2009 03:46 PM

          The Hinterland serves Kobe beef sliders on their lounge menu.

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      bte576 Apr 19, 2009 10:18 AM

      Sadly, it's been a few years since I've had one, but I always loved the burgers at Harry's in Shorewood.

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        cscott4313 Apr 20, 2009 06:56 PM

        Elsa's is great. Very trendy though so expect a crowd of young professionals and a lot of conversation noise. Harry's is hit or miss, however, and sometimes very smoky. In addition to Elsa's, try Roots (the Roots Cellar as opposed to their Dining Room) in Milwaukee's developing North End area, or North Star Bistro in Shorewood. Roots is great for burgers (perfectly cooked with a fresh, succulent taste and a great bun to boot), especially if the weather is nice enough to eat outside on their terrace. North Star is a smaller, neighborhood restaurant, but still higher end and nearly gourmet fare.

        Roots (http://www.rootsmilwaukee.com/
        )North Star Bistro (http://www.northstarbistro.com/)

        1. re: cscott4313
          pastry634 Apr 21, 2009 06:47 AM

          I've always wanted to try roots. I never knew they had a burger, though. I tried Elsa's a while back, and it was indeed delicious! I love the peppercorn flavor. Does roots always have the burger on the menu?

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            cscott4313 Apr 21, 2009 09:33 AM

            I believe so, though I haven't been there in a while. I remember the bun being excellent -- a shiny, crisp and golden-brown exterior with a weightless center, all toasted just before being introduced to the juicy meat patty and condiments. I am a strong believer that a bun (among other things, obviously) can make or break a burger.

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              pastry634 Apr 21, 2009 12:31 PM

              Ah...I noticed it now. Its on their cellar menu, not the regular dinner one. And I totally agree with you on the bun, which was actually one of my biggest knocks against Solly's butter-bomb of a burger - with that much liquid, the limp bun they had just got mushy and ruined the experience for me. Likewise, a bun that is too bready and naturally more resistant (brioche, focaccia, etc) just overpower the beef.

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                cscott4313 Apr 21, 2009 12:37 PM

                Haha Solly's (A.K.A would you like a burger with your butter) is a once in a lifetime experience. Either A) You eat it to say you tried it because everyone in Milwaukee thinks of the burger as a mascot, or B) you die of a heart attack on your way out the door from your newly skyrocketed cholestorol levels.

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        KoolWhip Apr 19, 2009 08:18 AM

        Without a doubt, the APV II at Elsa's.

        1. joypirate Apr 16, 2009 09:48 AM

          Elsa's burger is amazing. Strangely, so is their broccoli. Additionally, they can make a competent martini, so there's that.

          1. Living4fun Apr 16, 2009 07:43 AM

            I've always liked Elsa's for their burgers. Eagans also has a good burger. I believe Kilowat has a burger that is like the old Marcs Big Boy Burger.

            InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel
            139 E Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

            Eagan's On Water
            1030 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

            Elsa's On the Park
            833 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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