$8.50 and $11.50, Café at the Plaza, 1007 N. Cass St.
Start the day on a hearty note with these citrusy, sweet-but-not-cloying cakes perfectly aligned with a chunky homemade blueberry syrup. Scrumptious.
$24, Pastiche, 4313 W. River Ln., Brown Deer
Chef Mike Engel’s rendition of this rich, sausagey, beany French soul soother warms you up quicker than two glasses of Côtes du Rhône. It’s worth every bit of the painstaking two-day confit preparation – especially if you don’t have to make it yourself.
$11-$24, Char’d, 222 E. Erie St.
It’s all about Korean comfort: beef bulgogi, galbi tang (short rib soup), Budae Jigae (“army stew” with tofu and, yep, Spam), bibimbap. These specialties are paired with warm rice and banchan – an assortment of piquant side dishes, such as kimchi. Dig in!
$34, Hotel Madrid, 600 S. Sixth St.
One of the most delectable uses for puff pastry, this English specialty features beef tenderloin encased in buttery, flakycrisp goodness. Bodegón at Hotel Madrid surrounds the succulent meat with mushroom duxelle and serves it with a veal demi.
Not just for summer campfires. While you’re at the new all-ages Hangout MKE Café and Lounge – where you can play foosball, Jenga, cribbage, even giant decks of cards – build your own s’mores from a buffet of sweet, crunchy and creamy ingredients. The staff will toast it for you. $4, Hangout MKE, 1819 N. Farwell Ave.
This Story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s 2020 Winter Playbook.
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