Downtown Dining Week in Milwaukee runs from June 2 to 9. We're checking out as many restaurants as we can. Here's our review of Coquette Cafe.

To kick off Downtown Dining Week, I decided to take a bite of Milwaukee’s French cuisine at Coquette Café in the Historic Third Ward. The towering windows allowed for a gentle flow of sunlight to shine upon the rustic-yet modern- interior.

A pleasant server approached us upon sitting down and politely requested our order. The Downtown Dining Week prix fix menu for $12.50 included a three course meal: a starter, entrée, and desert. My dining partner enjoyed the Potage Parmenier, a leek and potato soup with tarragon oil, while I munched on the Field Greens Salad with a light Dijon vinaigrette. Both were a promising preview of what was to come next.

Shortly after cleaning our plates, our entrees arrived. I opted for the Croque Monsieur, a flavorful open-faced ham and Swiss sandwich. Each flavor was distinct in this classic French take on a ham and cheese sandwich. My companion went for the Roasted Beet Salade. This colorful salad filled with beets, feta cheese, spiced hazelnuts and an orange-garlic vinaigrette pleased her taste buds.

Last, but most definitely not least, we each indulged in a desert. I treated myself to the Oeufs à La Neige— a desert that I can only imagine to be as close to eating a cloud as one can get. The Chocolate Mousse, that I had to sneak a bite or two of, was rich, chocolatey and decadent. We departed Coquette Café with full stomachs, big smiles and new favorite lunch spot.



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