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.
When it comes to Chinese lunch buffets, China Gourmet is renowned for the freshness of its selection. Food is prepared in smaller batches and replenished often. Crab rangoons, mu shu crepes and steamed chicken dumplings are just a few of the terrific options not to be missed.
Pier 106 Seafood Tavern boasts a patio snug on the RiverWalk. While some of the dishes are what you expect to find at a seafood eatery, the menu also features distinctly different dishes like seafood casserole and sea bass with a side of lime risotto for a fun tropical twist. Happy-hour specials between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays make this a popular after-work stop.
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With a wide variety of delicious Asian cuisine, Benihana definitely makes for a special night out. Some delicious offerings include specialty sushi rolls, sashimi/nigiri, steaks and chicken, seafood and house specialties like the hibachi supreme.
Brunch is bright and sunny with cheery wait staff, yellow walls and an interesting smattering of alcohol-enhanced breakfast drinks, such as Spiked Coffee.
Aficionados of craft beer and spirits are the people seated at the bar, yapping with the tenders.? Culinarily, this across-from-the-Marcus-Center venue straddles the culinary line, with pub food and just homey, delicious goes-with-any drink food. Examples: Scotch egg, rumaki, Rumpus burger and pork schnitzel.
Specializing in delicious Thai cuisine such as volcano chicken, mango curry and pad Thai, The King and I has your Thai fix. If none of those sound appealing, you’re sure to find a meal of interest on its 63-item menu, which contains everything from basil eggplant to crispy duck.
Appetizers, two sandwiches, pastas and a smattering of entrées, like pork chops in a beurre blanc cream and eggplant alla parmigiana. Recipes for the meat lasagna – flavorful and rich, with a terrific beef sauce foundation – and other staples come from Fazzari’s cousin in Italy. My top pick: chicken in Marsala-mushroom cream sauce over penne.
Contrary to its name, Vagabond’s warm and modern atmosphere will encourage you to stay and mingle longer than expected. A 1970’s Airstream sits smack dab in the middle of the restaurant – now transformed into a bar – lending the restaurant a sepia-toned sheen of nostalgia. American and Mexican street food mingle with memory-lane music at this Downtown eatery.
A classic Milwaukee sports pub known for their pub food and watching sport events. Who’s on Third offers weekly specials and a free Brewer’s shuttle bus.
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Located inside the Hyatt Regency, this American restaurant has all the classics and then some. Start off with some Wisconsin cheese curds or avocado toast for an appetizer and then choose between scrumptious burgers, sandwiches or heartier meats for the main.
Whether you come for lunch or dinner, this casual saloon and eatery is always a fun and delicious stop. Start off with their homemade chili and giant pretzel then try a signature build like the steakhouse or one of their specialties, like the Wise Guy.