Moving to Milwaukee need suggestions on where to shop for food
I am moving to Milwaukee next month and need some advice on where to shop for high quality groceries. Where to get the best vegetables, is there a great local butcher, what stores carry a great cheese selection, who has the best bread etc. I will be living near St Francis but I am willing to drive.
I do a lot of cooking at home and having lived in cities like NY and DC in the past I am a bit spoiled with great shops. I realize of course that Milwaukee is a smaller city but I bet there are a ton of great places I do not know about there.
Sendik's is a grocery store that is locally owned and operated. The carry high quality foods and have high quality friendly service. They are all over the Milwaukee area. They out shine the local monster chain Pick-N-Save by leaps and bounds.
Rays Butcher Shop is a great butcher in Greendale. The Farmers market downtown(Milwaukee Public Market) is quality but not the biggest. The West Allis Farmers market offers a variety of vendors on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. There are a plethora of local farmers markets held all over the various communities. I'd google milwaukke area farmers markets and you'll come up with a list.
Grasch Foods in Brookfield has (personal opinion only) the highest quality of meat in the metro area, they stock only prime beef and lamb, and also routinely have hard to find items in stock. The butchers are also supremely knowledgeable. I do also like Bunzel's on W. Burleigh. They and the St. Paul Fish Co. have the best seafood quality in the area. You do, however, pay a premium for these items at Grasch's. As for produce, I like to shop at some of the Mexican grocers such as El Rey and Pete's produce, both on the south side of Milwaukee. I'd also like to recommend Peter Sciortino's on E. Brady St. for your baker! Finally, for cheese, you'll find many places that have excellent selections such as Whole Foods on E. North, Sendiks on W. Capitol in Brookfield has a full cheese room. Good luck!
El Rey Restaurant
616 W Van Buren St, Clinton, IL 61727