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Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

  • Dapuma Jun 10, 2014 10:58 PM
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Will be in town for Sat - Sun - Mon (staying in West Allis)

I was thinking of doing Polonez on Saturday for a big group (we all like that place) and it is tough to get Polish in AZ

Sunday seems like many good places are closed

On Monday I was thinking about doing Sanford (can the 7 course meal be done on Monday's, is the main chef off on Monday's where it is not worth going to that day...the reason I ask is that Monday's are the off day in Phx for most places or they are closed, which seems like Sunday for Mke)

I like Odd Duck's cocktail list, it looks interesting - seems like a cool menu - seems like Sunday would work, what else is worth considering

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  1. I suggest also considering Wolf Peach, which would be good for either brunch or dinner on Sunday. Rustic cooking, heavy use of a wood fired oven, with a focus on local ingredients. I've had a couple very good meals there.

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    1. re: kellyds

      I've still only been to Wolf Peach for brunches, but enjoyed them...but I do think since you are coming from out of town it should be mentioned that the view of Milwaukee at Wolf Peach is awesome.

      The restaurant the space previously housed (Roots) was a favorite spot to bring guests from out of town and they always commented on the neat view of Milwaukee.

    2. Whenever a great fine dining restaurant like Sanford is open, they serve Sanford-quality food. Don't worry about Mondays; if that's the day you want to eat there, then go for it!

      As for Sunday, many of the best restaurants in Milwaukee are indeed closed, but some others are open for dinner. Consider Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro, an elegant upscale French bistro in the middle of the park a couple miles north of downtown; Pastiche, a casual neighborhood-ey French bistro in the Bay View neighborhood four miles south of downtown; or Crazy Water, a casual barlike restaurant in the Walker Point neighborhood a mile south of downtown.

      You might also consider doing brunch on Sunday. There are some great brunches in Milwaukee! I love the "order as much as you like" prepared to order brunch at Envoy, in the Ambassador Hotel just west of downtown. They have a big buffet brunch at Harbor House, the seafood restaurant downtown. Or you can go to one of the breakfast-specialty restaurants like Blue's Egg or the Eatery on Farwell.

      www.lakeparkbistro.com
      www.pastichebistro.com
      www.crazywaterrestaurant.com
      www.envoymilwaukee.com
      www.harborhousemke.com
      www.bluesegg.com
      www.theeateryonfarwell.com

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        Blue's Egg would be extremely convenient for breakfast if OP is staying in West Allis, especially on Monday when it won't be so busy.

        Unfortunately Eatery on Farwell closed back at the beginning of the year.

        1. re: mse924

          >> Unfortunately Eatery on Farwell closed back at the beginning of the year.

          Darn! I was hoping to go there on an upcoming trip. Oh well. Thanks for the info! (Their website is still up, grrr...)

          1. re: mse924

            "Unfortunately Eatery on Farwell closed back at the beginning of the year."

            Thanks for the update. I spent a significant portion of my life eating, drinking and even living in that neighborhood and that specific restaurant location is cursed. There have been numerous great little ethnic restaurants in that spot going back to even La Casita when they sold margaritas for $1.50 but they have all closed.

            From talking with former owners and/or managers of past restaurants at that address, the problem is not that the restaurants are not good, but the landlord is a four letter word that begins with an F and rhymes with duck.

          2. re: nsxtasy

            Since you brought up Lake Park, I will mention their 3-course Sunday Brunch as it's quite nice and offers a great value over having dinner there.

            I do love Blue's Egg. Its sister spot, Maxies, could be another option for a dinner for a fun & casual southern inspired spot open 7 days a week.

            1. re: bte576

              It's also worth mentioning that Maxie's, like Blue's Egg, is right near West Allis (which is west of downtown).

              Nice to hear that Maxie's is worth recommending, since I'm planning to go there on the same trip I mentioned. I selected it primarily because Maxie's opens at 4:00 pm, so it's one of the few places where I can have dinner early enough to then make a 6:00 pm game at nearby Miller Park.

              Thanks!

              1. re: nsxtasy

                Hope you enjoy it!
                Unfortunately, they have cut back their happy hour deal a bit, but they do still have some specials every day from 4-6, so with your early dining you could take advantage of those.
                Everything may not always be perfect, but I’ve had many delicious meals there and it is a fun place to be with good drinks and lively atmosphere. Husband usually gets pulled pork or other smoked meat, while I almost always order something from their seafood selections. While not bad, I’ve been less excited about the more well-known traditional items like jambalaya, shrimp & grits, and gumbo than their more unique creations. They usually have a great seasonal salad option too and definitely check out their daily specials.

            2. re: nsxtasy

              Thanks for all the ideas - I am somewhat hesitant of going French in Milwaukee, last time i was there i went to coquette cafe and was pretty disappointed although i have seen lots of good things about the Bartolotta's family of restaurants

              Blue Egg looks great, and it is great to know it is close and that we have Maxie's close by also

              1. re: Dapuma

                Just to add info...

                FWIW, I've eaten dinner at Pastiche and I thought it was thoroughly excellent, with one delicious dish after another. I haven't been to Coquette Café.

                Every year, the reviewer in the local newspaper lists the top 30 restaurants in the area, and another article with 20 other places that are more "cheap eats" or specialty places. Both articles show hours for each restaurant so you can see which ones are open Sunday. Here are the most recent versions:

                Top 30 Restaurants: www.jsonline.com/entertainment/dining...

                20 Good Eats: www.jsonline.com/entertainment/dining...

            3. See also Blue Jacket, the Hamilton, Bryant's for cocktails. It's much more of a beer town, but does have small, but burgeoning cocktail scene. Maybe take a tour of Great Lakes Distillery?

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              1. re: kathryn

                Great Lakes Distillery sounds fun

                1. re: Dapuma

                  Second the recommendation for the cocktail lounge Boone & Crockett. Quite good. Was just there tonight. They have a lovely patio. Tried three of the cocktails. Lovely. Note that the online menu is out of date and they're serving much more summer-y stuff now, including a twist on a gin and tonic with basil.

              2. Dapuma-
                I know you were looking for ideas of what else to consider, but having gone there again over the weekend, thought I would comment that I really like Odd Duck for interesting small plates in a lively & casual atmosphere. I have been there a handful of times and have always found it enjoyable. We've had a few items that have been misses, but I've always left feeling satisfied from a value standpoint. If you are one to order charcuterie and/or cheese plates, I am a fan of their selections. The cocktails are respectable and they have a thoughtful wine/beer list.

                There is a cocktail bar just up the street from Odd Duck called Boone and Crockett that you may want to look up if you are into craft cocktails and end up in Bay View. They are open Sundays, but not Mondays per their website.

                Hope you have a great trip!

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                1. re: bte576

                  Thanks, good to hear that people like Odd Duck as well

                  I was able to reserve Sanford for Monday decided to to with Odd Duck - the menu seems interesting and the cocktail and beer list sound great, seems like a fun place

                2. What's a good spot at some point from the airport to west allis to grab a casual lunch

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                  1. re: Dapuma

                    I'd make a stop at Milwaukee Public Market. Lots of choices there. www.milwaukeepublicmarket.com

                    1. re: nsxtasy

                      Just note that the area around the Public Market is all torn up right now due to highway construction. But they're still open and the main parking lot is still available.

                    2. re: Dapuma

                      If you want something really easy, Northpoint (burgers and custard) is at the airport, outside security. It's run by the Bartolottas.

                      1. re: Dapuma

                        It totally depends upon which route you are taking from the airport (I am assuming you are flying through Billy Mitchell and not one of the other airports) to West Allis. If you take the bypass, for example, you would be no where near the Public Market or anywhere else in that area.

                        1. re: Fowler

                          Of course. Neither expressway route - the 894 bypass or 94 - is precisely direct (and there isn't as much along 894 the way there is going past downtown). And you can also take local streets, for a shorter distance but probably a longer driving time. So there are lots of different routes. Much of Milwaukee is along one of those various routes. And of course, some places aren't even open for lunch.

                          1. re: nsxtasy

                            You know what...that raises a good idea nsxtasy. Maybe taking city streets would be the way to go because there are so many good places to stop if one took streets from Billy Mitchell to West Allis instead of 94 or 894. National Avenue alone would satisfy most people and that goes right into West Allis.

                            1. re: Fowler

                              Except that, except in prime commuting hours, National Avenue is going to take a lot longer than I-94, which runs parallel just to the north. And depending on where you're going in West Allis, you might be better off taking one of the east-west routes south of National Avenue.

                              Anyway, if you'd like to recommend some places along any of these routes, feel free; just make sure they're open for lunch. Personally, I think the Milwaukee Public Market is a great choice, because it offers so many different lunch options under one roof, and because it's a very nice public market, the kind of place any visitor interested in food would enjoy.

                              1. re: nsxtasy

                                Great advice as always. Thanks.

                      2. Trip Report:

                        We did Polonez, which was good again. The Polish Platter is the way to go there, the pierogi the ruben and the sweet cheese were suprisingly the best two

                        We decided not to do Sanford and moved Odd Duck to Monday and on Sunday we did a casual Mexican place and Blue Egg on Monday morning

                        Taquilla Buenavista was no bueno, we were going later and needed something simple as we were up late the night before and all day, and it had 4.2 stars on yelp so we figured lets give it a go...it took literally an hour to get our food and the beans were so salty they were inedible - figures going off yelp and off the "plan"

                        Blue egg was pretty fantastic, got the monkey bread with the whisky caramel sauce, that i could actually taste the whiskey in (nice touch) and the monkey bread was great

                        Also had the special of the day which was a ham frittata and the mrs got the granola and fruit (also very unique in a good way, very filling)

                        The homemade english muffin with housemade strawberry jam for $1 was worth it

                        They were packed at 10am on a Monday, now I know why. They would be at home in any major city including Phoenix

                        Odd Duck was great except the service. Just about every dish was top notch, i liked the smoked Duck Breast the best, and the Eggplant "Fries" were great, the only dish that wasn't terrific was the potatoes with romesco sauce, they were under seasoned - we ended up getting two servings of the Chicken Liver Mousse, i wish they would serve more bread with it, we had to ask for extra a couple times, also my dad liked their house made pickles

                        Our server seemed like she wanted us gone and to close up since we got there at 9 and they close at 10. That was a bit disappointing, not rude but certainly not attentive. Price point compared to Phoenix was a few bucks cheaper on every dish which was nice when the final bill came. They did a good pot of french press coffee, very smooth though not super strong

                        What was nice to see was that the place was near Highbury, the Arsenal bar where i saw Utd destroy the gunners 8-2 on my bday several years back.

                        Collectivo coffee (that i had at the airport and there was a location near Odd Duck) was quite good and seems like a great place for coffee and baked goods (their baked oatmeal was delicious)

                        We did also make it to lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market and did the fish place up front, they had a good boullibase, (bbq shrimp were weak) and the Mrs liked the clam dish, and dad liked the gumbo - it was a neat space, plenty of good stuff to check out there for sure - good rec

                        Would have loved to get to Sanford but it was not to be

                        next time :)

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                        1. re: Dapuma

                          Glad you enjoyed your trip. And thanks for posting the report - feedback is always helpful!