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.
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 Swingin’ Door Exchange inhabits a red-awninged space under one of the city’s most majestic venues, the Grain Exchange Room. The dig’s first incarnation as a bar – called the Exchange Tavern – began in the 1930s. The owner of the neighboring barbershop took over the place in ’67, renaming it the Swingin’ Door. Nowadays, the Door still gets its patty melt and Friday fish fry on, but it’s rolling with the times – packing in a hodgepodge of the hungry, from bike couriers to number-crunchers. Read more…
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.
Entrées (meat or veg-based) are served on a wafer-thin, spongy pancake made of teff. Here, diners are encouraged to eat with their hands. Utensils are optional. The beef and lamb stews are especially good.
In an inconspicuous- looking storefronton Wisconsin Avenue, people are doing the unthinkable – eating without utensils.
The cuisine is inspired by chef/co-owner Gregory León’s interest in the Iberian Peninsula. Menu changes often and might include rabbit, pork, beef or fresh fish. Read more…