Was in Milwaukee for a quick visit this past weekend, with time for only one dinner out. Very pleased that we went to Sanford. Very nice, comfortable room; excellent service; a really nice range of wines; and, oh yeah, the food was good too. Actually, the food was much, much better than just “good.”
Started with the seasonal fiddleheads and ramps, served with and over some tiny diced potatoes – best dish of the night. Then moved on to the sautéed soft shell crabs - excellent taste and texture, but maybe just a touch too oily. Finished up with the halibut, which was perfectly done. All accompanied by a glass of cava, and a half bottle of the Hugl gruner veltliner.
It was a great dinner. Highly recommended.
1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
You should try the Pfister itself as well, they redid their restaurant about 6 years ago.
If you like steak and a dark atmosphere, try Victors on Van Burren, 4 blocks from the hotel. The is worth the money and if you stay into the "bar hours", the people watching is well worth it.
If you walk North on Farwell you can try out Pasta Tree. It is very good for ... pasta... the dining room is crowded though so go early and preferably on a week night. I believe that they take reservations.
To the East and South of the hotel is the Third Ward, I would go online and google the restaurants there as well. They have just blossomed there, Wicked Hop, Milwaukee Ale House, The Public Market, etc.
1503 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwaukee Ale House
233 N Water St Stop 1, Milwaukee, WI 53202
345 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202