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hungry_lawyer Jul 12, 2011 08:09 PM

looking for recommendations for family friendly lunch and dinner on Saturday for 2 adults, 3 kids (5-10 yrs old). will be staying east of river, west of lake, north of freeway. nothing too fancy, would love something unique or a "Milwaukee institution." Thanks in advance for all assistance. Best.

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    Fydeaux Jul 13, 2011 06:15 AM

    The Milwaukee Brat House might be a good option for lunch if old German Tavern atmosphere is acceptable to you. It does work for families, although I dont recall seeing high chairs (no doubt not a problem for you) or booster seats (maybe, maybe not). But the brats are good as are the cheese curds and the beer selection, and that is considered by many to be the Milwaukee Trifecta.

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

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      atcpa Jul 13, 2011 02:42 PM

      Whenever someone says "unique" and "Milwaukee" together, I think of The Safe House. While this is not a real "foodie" destination, it surely fits the unique and Milwaukee requirements. It's a restaurant during the day and a bar at night. I haven't been there in years, but I do send my young adult (not yet 21) au pairs there at least once during their year in Milwaukee.

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      The Safe House
      779 N Front St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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        Fowler Jul 14, 2011 10:09 AM

        I like the Safe House idea! Definitely not a great culinary destination but it would be fun for the whole family. Certainly unique to Milwaukee as well.

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        The Safe House
        779 N Front St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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        bte576 Jul 14, 2011 05:52 AM

        I don't have kids, but when I think about dining out downtown I seem to have seen kids at most places we frequent (except fine dining).

        I don't know about Milwaukee institutions, but these could be fun.
        A. J. Bombers (Burgers...featured on Food Wars show)
        Water Street Brewery or Milwaukee Ale House (Beer and Milwaukee go hand in hand...but these are both places families dine.)
        County Clare (Irish pub and restaurant)
        Kopps (not Downtown, but a short drive to Glendale. Known for burgers & custard-- not a sit down restaurant...but I do think this one might qualify as a Mke institution.)
        Zaffiros Pizzeria on Farwell (Kind of a dive, but they've been serving pizza in Mke for over 50 years)

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

        AJ Bombers
        1247 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

        Zaffiro's Pizza & Bar
        1724 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

        Milwaukee Ale House
        233 N Water St Stop 1, Milwaukee, WI 53202

        County Clare
        Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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          exvaxman Jul 15, 2011 03:31 PM

          I would recommend Kopps as well - but be warned, there have been several daylight break-ins to cars in their lot and the Fedex lot next to them. Do not leave anything in sight in the car.

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            Fowler Jul 17, 2011 09:13 AM

            "I would recommend Kopps as well - but be warned, there have been several daylight break-ins to cars in their lot and the Fedex lot next to them. Do not leave anything in sight in the car."

            Which Kopps location??? Is there a new one now in Milwaukee? I have only been to the ones in Brookfield, Glendale and that one that is in a southern suburb. Not good to hear about break-ins though.

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              rjlebed Jul 17, 2011 02:15 PM

              The fedex is next to the one in Glendale.

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          rjlebed Jul 14, 2011 12:23 PM

          Well, this weekend is Bastille Days!!! There will be lots going on right at Cathedral Square. For some food you may want to check out the booths there. It is a fun place to be for the festival. Not as crazy as the ones at the Summerfest grounds. As for ideas for a family lunch, Louise's on Cathedral Square is a good option. Also, on the river there is a restaurant in the Third Ward called Rustico that has pizza for the kids and more options for everyone else if pizza is not the favored cuisine. Another on the water (sitting along the river is always fun) is Water Buffalo, appropriately at the corner of Water and Buffalo in the Third Ward. Good salads, sandwiches, entrees, etc. The Knick is a restaurant that is further east towards the lake. It has a nice patio and great selection of food. Finally, if you want to try something that is a bit different, Cubanitas could be fun. Oh, almost forgot to mention the Milwaukee Public Market where you can wander, pick up great food and eat either in the market or outside. hope that helps!!

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          Water Buffalo
          249 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

          Cubanitas
          728 N. Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

          Milwaukee Public Market
          400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

          Rustico
          223 N Water St Ste 100, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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            bte576 Jul 15, 2011 09:07 AM

            Funny…I totally thought of Cubanitas and Rustico, but thought my list was long enough already.

            Yes, Bastille Days is great idea, I totally missed that it was “this” Saturday and not "a" Saturday.

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            Cubanitas
            728 N. Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

            Rustico
            223 N Water St Ste 100, Milwaukee, WI 53202

          2. Fowler Jul 18, 2011 07:27 AM

            Where did you end up?

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