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Aug 22, 2012 12:52 AM

Higher-end /business recommendations- Milwaukee

We're entertaining some Hollywood media types for a lunch next month. Anyone have any recs for a business lunch (excellent food, larger budget ).

Ive checked all my usual places and none seem to be open for lunch (hinterland, Sanford and Bacchus). Would like to avoid roots, lake park bistro and smyth.

Any suggestions- we are open to driving within 30 min of downtown.
Many thanks!

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    1. Mason Street Grill or Harbor House if you'd prefer to stay downtown...
      But I do like Eddie Martini's as well.

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      1. re: bte576

        Port of Call is also open for lunch downtown.

      2. Oh-- forgot about those two.thanks a lot!!

        1. I guess it would depend upon what their goal is when visiting Milwaukee. As "Hollywood media types" they may be interested in uncovering the less known parts of Milwaukee and seeking to get to know some of the locals and places that would provide a "slice of life" for what they are looking to report on when they get back to Hollywood.

          I would just probably drop them off at the Clubhouse for lunch and pick them up 2 hours later.

          1. You know, if I had some Hollywood media types coming to town and I wanted to impress them over lunch, I would take them to Karl Ratzsch's or Mader's, both of which are open for lunch. Not because theirs is necessarily the *best* food in town - that would be the other places you've mentioned - but because the food is consistent (very good if not great) and because they are such local institutions. They are THE PLACES to eat if you want to get a sense of Milwaukee's history and roots. (They've been around since 1904 and 1902, respectively.)

            If you want to impress them by making a reference to comparable places in L.A., tell them they're the local equivalents of Musso and Frank's (1919), or Pacific Dining Car (1921). :)

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            1. re: nsxtasy


              You and I are probably the two biggest advocates of Ratzsch's and Maders on this board. But I have never asked if you could only go to one or the other which one you would choose and why? Obviously there is no right or wrong answer but I always think you have well thought out opinions.

              1. re: Fowler

                Thanks for the kind words. But it's been quite a while since I've been to either one, so I'm really not in a position to compare them. Sorry!

                1. re: nsxtasy

                  Like Fowler, I always respect your info and opinion. Please check them both on your next visit. While both are fine examples of German cuisine, Mader's gets my nod due to the close proximity of Spice World and Usinger's.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Although I will now and forever think of it as "Spice World", for the sake of visitors or others trying to find it, it is actually called The Spice House. Whatever you call it, it is my favourite place to just stand and breathe.