i'll be in milwaukee for a couple of days next week. looking for some recommendations. i like drinking good beer. i like trying local specialties. i like an upscale place if it focuses on local, fresh foods. and i like trying any sort of ethnic foods. i love farmers markets and anything unusual.
If it is still warm outside, you must have some custard at either Kopp's or Gilley's. Custard ice cream is a staple in Milwaukee.
The city is the home of incomparable German cuisine, you might try Karl Ratzch's, http://www.karlratzsch.com/dinner.htm You want to go with the schnitzel, goulash or sauerbraten and spaetzle dumplings.
Need to visit The Milwaukee Public Market. Has a good selection of vendors. St. Paul Fish Market oyster bar is great.
The Hinterland Gastro Pub has a great menu focusing on local ingredients.
Roots is a great place to view downtown.
The Lakefront Brewery has a fun brewery tour.
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
beer/cheese at the cheese bar (good local microbrews too): http://www.wisconsincheesemart.com/the_cheese_bar.php
local/seasonal fare done with culinary skill at Roots: http://www.rootsmilwaukee.com/