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Good Milwaukee Pub with good brats and beer near MKE

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A friend will be flying in and staying near MKE and she wants quintessential Milwaukee food. I grew ujp on Milwaukee bar food but in NW part of town. Is there a safe and friendly place that serves beer, brats (hopefully Usingers), and curds?

Separate question: do bars still prepare raw beef on rye with onions that I loved decades ago, or with the e-coli police, is that now verbotten?

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  1. You could have her try the Milwaukee Brat House on Old World 3rd St. or the Beer Belly's on W. Layton near the airport. Not sure if Beer Belly's has cheese curds though. As far as canibal sandwiches, I haven't seen them at anywhere in recent time.

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    Milwaukee Brat House
    1013 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

    The Old World Cafe'
    1331 N Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

    1. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, and also spend about 12 weeks each year in Germany, and I went with my nephew to the Old German Beer Hall (alternatively called the Hofbrauhaus) at 1009 N Old World Third St (virtually across from Usingers), and we had a mixed sausage platter that was REALLY tasty (for a quick, zesty bite). It was like 1pm on a Saturday, and the place was almost deserted, but that might be a good thing as service and attention to detail goes. VERY reasonable prices too. You can always go to Maders, a few doors down, where the quality of traditional German food is superb, though the prices are higher (I've gotten coupons for real substantial reductions from the Milwaukee Tourism mag in the past). A couple blocks from there on 4th St.,, Turners is a classic establishment in a cream-brick building that has been a perennial favorite (I've been going there since I was 8 years old and forced to take gymnastics in the gym hall).

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      Mader's
      1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

      Hofbrauhaus
      1009 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

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      1. re: dwh

        Turner's is closed...sorry to be the bearer of bad news. However, I thought they were just closed period, but they have closed for remodeling up on their website...

        I believe there is a usinger brat on the menu at Water Street Brewery street which could be another option.

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        Water Street Brewery
        1101 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202