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Phx CH'er in town

Looking for a good place to take my dad - we prefer French cooking however good food regardless in encouraged - we cannot go to seafood heavy because my dad will not go for anything not "american" so most asian is out unfortuantly

will be at the end of aug - so not sure if any places shut down like in Phx

any help is great

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  1. For high-end cuisine, Sanford is one of the best restaurants in the Midwest. www.sanfordrestaurant.com

    For more moderately priced and casual French food, Coquette Cafe is always a good bet. www.coquettecafe.com

    Both of these are near downtown Milwaukee. Perhaps those familiar with the New Berlin area (west-southwest of downtown) can provide recommendations there.

    1. For a more casual place on the south side of downtown (but not really near New Berlin.......) there is Chez Jacques. It is right near the Allen Bradley tower. It is terrific food cooked by a French Chef. Wonderful crepes and other breakfast foods. Also open for lunch and dinner but I have only eaten breakfast there. It is really yummy!

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      Chez Jacques
      1022 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

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      1. re: rjlebed

        Will be staying in New Berlin but will be in Milwaukee some part of the time

        Is New Berlin too suburban to get many good dining choices?

        1. re: Dapuma

          >> Is New Berlin too suburban to get many good dining choices?

          I'm a frequent visitor from out of town. I'm not familiar with New Berlin, and hopefully locals who are can answer that question. However, I often visit the Brookfield area, which is not far from New Berlin, and I can tell you that there is some good dining there. From New Berlin, if you go four miles north on Moorland Road, you hit Bluemound Road, and there are good options right around there. Just before you hit Bluemound is Mitchell's Fish Market, a very reliable and terrific seafood restaurant. www.mitchellsfishmarket.com Two miles west of that intersection on Bluemound is Louise's, another very reliable place, specializing in California and Italian-ish cuisine. Louise's is easy to miss because it's up the hill; I look for the Acura dealer on the opposite (north) side of Bluemound and it's right opposite that. www.louiseswisconsin.com

          However, the other thing to realize about Milwaukee is that it's not all that big, for a big city. You can drive downtown from Mitchell's in about 20 minutes, and even rush hour isn't all that terrible (yes traffic can be slow but so then it takes 25-30, still no big deal). So don't rule out going downtown, even on days when you're in New Berlin.

          HTH

          1. re: Dapuma

            I am mostly drawing a blank for New Berlin for restaurants that aren't casual chains, BUT there is Lagniappe Brasserie.

            They focus on French cuisine. I have only had lunch there, but I know people who've really enjoyed their dinner.

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            Lagniappe Brasserie
            17001 W Greenfield Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151

        2. I'm confused...are you looking for a French restaurant or looking for "American" food because your Dad "will not go for anything not American"?? There are a couple of George Webb Restaurants in New Berlin if you are looking for "American" food.

          The restaurants in the Milwaukee area do not shut down in August. You don't have to worry about that.

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          1. re: Fowler

            Based on a bit more research I was thinking either

            Hinterland
            Or
            croquette cafe

            I think both places sound good

            I was more referring to the fact that my dad wont go too outside anything mainstream and I am hoping to fill his mainstream flavor and my wife and I more exotic tastes so to speak

            We got from Paris this summer so we wouldn't mind a good french place

            Where is a good / best place for a fish fry in the area?

            I didn't see anything on the forums about a traditional polish place either is there a good one- saw lots of german recs

            1. re: Dapuma

              >> Based on a bit more research I was thinking either
              >> Hinterland
              >> Or
              >> croquette cafe

              Both are indeed good, but they are different kinds of places. Hinterland has a bar in the front, and the main dining room is an upscale restaurant serving creative contemporary American cuisine. Coquette Cafe is a more casual (and less expensive) restaurant, serving traditional French bistro cuisine. If you're looking for French, Coquette Cafe is, well, more French. Check out the menus on their websites at www.hinterlandbeer.com and www.coquettecafe.com to see the difference.

              >> Where is a good / best place for a fish fry in the area?

              This has been covered in previous discussions here, such as these:

              www.chow.com/topics/734682
              www.chow.com/topics/518433
              www.chow.com/topics/602941

              >> I didn't see anything on the forums about a traditional polish place either is there a good one- saw lots of german recs

              Polonez - www.polonezrestaurant.com