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.
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.
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). :)
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.