A convenient stop before a show at the Rep, Pabst or Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The best table at this sixth-floor restaurant (inside the Intercontinal Hotel) has a large window with views of the busy intersection of Kilbourn and Water. Order the Big Boy burger (cut into quarters) as an appetizer, then sink into the beer-braised short ribs.
This spot is ripe for anyone looking for mealtime bliss. The textures and colors of this hotel restaurant add a modern atmosphere.
The Brass Alley has a great space, ample room on the patio, and an inviting atmosphere. Its N’awlins theme has you ready for a second line at any time of day. (Read more)
The modern space with chocolate-brown walls on the corner of Mason and Milwaukee is devoted to classic, regional cuisine. Housemade four-cheese ravioli, ossobuco and rack of lamb with mint pesto are all specialties worth considering. Tiny and intimate.
Grab a locally brewed pint and relax out on the patio of the Ale Asylum Riverhouse! Located directly on the waterfront, this updated tavern provides fantastic views of the Milwaukee riverfront. Sit outside on the patio on a warm summer night (or ask for a seat inside near the windows if its chillier) and take advantage of the spectacular river views. Before heading over to an event at the Bradley Center, head to Ale Asylum Riverhouse and hang out on the patio during happy hour Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Be sure not to miss their Crab Rangoon Nachos.
This far-more-fashionable sister of Kopp??s Custard also makes a darn good burger ?? the more dolled up, the better. In these crisp, coolly modern surroundings (the artwork changes often), a diverse audience attacks orders of wings, nachos, bacon grilled cheese sandwiches and (if feeling semi-healthy) the pork teriyaki salad. Elsa??s also has accomplished the rare feat of making broccoli taste good.