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My brother and I are going on a road trip to Milwaukee the first week of August. It is our first time in the city, and we were hoping to find some interesting places to eat. We will be staying for three nights at the Ambassador Inn downtown, about 1.5 miles from Miller Park.

We were hoping to find a really good traditional breakfast spot to hit up. Love biscuits and gravy. Maybe a buffet would be nice too.

I would love to try some really good deli sandwiches. Being from Chicago, I would love to eat at a place that tries and plays on some of the Chicago deli style.

Also, I would love to try some of the brats in the city. Any ideas on the best place would be nice. One night, we would like to go to a semi decent sit down restaurant for something unique.

Also, we will be going to three Brewers games during that time. What is the best food to eat at Miller Park? Anything unique to the ballpark?

Thanks again for your help.

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  1. >> We will be staying for three nights at the Ambassador Inn downtown, about 1.5 miles from Miller Park.

    That's not considered downtown. The hotel is just west of the Marquette campus, and is about two miles west of downtown Milwaukee. If you don't have a car (or if you don't want to pay for parking at the stadium), you can hop on the #90 bus to and from the ballpark. www.ridemcts.com/Routes-Schedules/Rou...

    >> We were hoping to find a really good traditional breakfast spot to hit up. Love biscuits and gravy. Maybe a buffet would be nice too.

    Envoy, the restaurant in your hotel, is excellent, and is open for breakfast, with reasonable prices too. Their Sunday brunch is fantastic, one of the best in Milwaukee, and is the only brunch I know where you can get unlimited quantities of anything from their entire menu, with all the food prepared to order, not served from a buffet. www.envoymilwaukee.com

    >> I would love to try some of the brats in the city. Any ideas on the best place would be nice.
    >> What is the best food to eat at Miller Park?

    Have the brats at the ballpark!

    >> One night, we would like to go to a semi decent sit down restaurant for something unique.

    For your dinner and for other highlights around town, you'll find lots of recommendations in these previous topics:

    Milwaukee - www.chow.com/topics/842490
    Milwaukee / Miller Park. Afternoon and overnight... - www.chow.com/topics/817649
    Best Restaurants in Milwaukee - www.chow.com/topics/801843
    What is the Milwaukee Experience? - www.chow.com/topics/789572
    Milwaukee- 1st time - www.chow.com/topics/852347

    1. Miller Park - I used to rave about the food on club level but I can't any more. They've changed the menu so much that it's nothing special.

      However, on any level, I can rave about the brisket. Last time I was there, I had the baked potato topped with brisket and sour cream. Huge portion. Worth the wait. Seriously tasty. Don't botther with the brisket-topped hot dog; a rip-off and we only got 1 TBSP of brisket on top. Next time, I want to try the meat parfait (yup, more brisket, this time layered in a cup with mashed potatoes).

      Especially on loge level, I am starting to see more creative things. The bacon sloppy joe always looks good (but I am too full of brisket to try it :-) ) They've also started doing a stand with food in honor of the visiting team's hometown, so that menu is always changing.

      1. My thoughts:

        HOTEL: Don't stay at the Ambassador Inn. It is the ugly across-the-street sister to the Ambassador Hotel, which is actually quite nice. The problem with both properties is they're in a less-than-great part of town without anything within walking distance. Stay somewhere downtown where you can walk to bars & restaurants in the evening.

        BREAKFAST: I've lived here for three decades, and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Blues Egg is the best in town these days. You should expect to wait at peak times (weekends). No biscuits n' gravy on the menu, though. I lived in Missouri for a few years, and I've determined that biscuits 'n gravy is a decidedly southern staple that northerners do not excel at.

        SAMMICHES: Benji's Deli in Shorewood for New York/Jewish deli staples: corned beef, pastrami, etc. I'm not sure what constitutes a "Chicago deli"--can you elaborate?

        BRATS: Quite honestly, the best brats are fresh ones you've grilled yourself over charcoal in your backyard or in the Miller Park lot. If there's room in your car for a mini grill & some charcoal, pick up some fresh (not pre-cooked!) brats at the Usinger's HQ on 3rd St. As a result, I don't know much about restaurant brats in town. I suspect the Old German Beer Hall does a decent job. The Miller Park brats are ok, but the buns tend to get soggy and the brats are the inferior pre-cooked variety.

        MILLER PARK: Best food at MP is the Ribbie's Cafe brisket (cart on the loge level, third base side) and the poutine or garlic fries from the Third Base Fry Bar on the field level. The burgers are pretty good too, if you get 'em with cheese & grilled onions.

        SIT DOWN PLACES: Rumpus Room would be my pick. Nice atmosphere, good food, not "fancy." Great selection of beers & whiskeys.

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        1. re: MilwaukeeChow

          >> HOTEL: Don't stay at the Ambassador Inn. It is the ugly across-the-street sister to the Ambassador Hotel, which is actually quite nice. The problem with both properties is they're in a less-than-great part of town without anything within walking distance.

          Thanks for this distinction. Envoy, which I recommended above, is in the Ambassador Hotel on the north side of Wisconsin Avenue, not in your hotel across the street. As I mentioned above, Envoy is very good indeed, especially for breakfast and their Sunday brunch.

          The area around those hotels is okay, not a lot of nightlife but Wisconsin Avenue is the main drag and it's safe to travel, such as to catch the #90 bus between there and Miller Park (and, in the other direction, to go downtown). If you want to stay in a hotel downtown where the nightlife is, you're probably going to pay 2-3 times as much for a room as you're paying now, so there's a price for that convenience. You can pay even less than yours if you stay in the suburbs, such as the area near the zoo, some of which is along the #10 bus route that goes downtown. It's up to you to decide where to stay; it's your money.

          1. re: MilwaukeeChow

            Agree fully on Blue's Egg. I dont know if Hotch-A-Doo has reopened yet, but I recall having some really good biscuits & gravy there.

            Regarding Brats: If you're driving around and spot a grill set up in front of a store or a church, those are likely to be the best brats available.

            And finally, they are called SANDWICHES, NOT SAMMICHES!!!!!!

            1. re: Fydeaux

              I completely agree with everything Fydeaux said.

          2. If you're a fan or follower of Guy or his DDD show -- he featured tonight:
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