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ginkonut Aug 22, 2012 12:52 AM

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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    Fydeaux Aug 22, 2012 06:22 AM

    Eddie Martini's?

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      bte576 Aug 22, 2012 07:00 AM

      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
        nsxtasy Aug 22, 2012 08:00 AM

        Port of Call is also open for lunch downtown.

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        ginkonut Aug 22, 2012 07:35 AM

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

        1. Fowler Aug 22, 2012 06:17 PM

          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. nsxtasy Aug 23, 2012 07:21 AM

            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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              Fowler Aug 23, 2012 08:23 AM

              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.

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                nsxtasy Aug 23, 2012 11:04 AM

                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!

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                  INDIANRIVERFL Aug 25, 2012 08:48 AM

                  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.

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                    Fydeaux Aug 27, 2012 06:13 AM

                    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.

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              ginkonut Sep 3, 2012 07:54 PM

              Thank you to all for your suggestions! We went to Lake Park Bistro (only bc it was walkable from my house ). The next day we went to Mader's for dinner and wow! Very good food and thoughtful service. I usually avoid German/Polish foods since I find it very heavy but the dinner totally hit the spot. So much so I also forced my husband to take me out to Polonez (also very good but prefer Mader's).

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                Fydeaux Sep 4, 2012 06:38 AM

                Just curious; How did your Hollywood media friends enjoy them?

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