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…
This North Shore address is all about fish. Sashimi, nori rolls, shrimp tempura, fried softshell crab, etc. The hot and cold appetizer menu is a particularly good value. The Murray Avenue location also serves four kinds of ramen.
It was called Sushi Magic. This kit promised to turn the stickiest of fingers into a nori-rolling pro. If I had only opened the box. But my Sushi Magic, a well-intentioned gift, ended up on a yard sale table (where it didn’t sell).
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.
With a tagline of “Meat. Cheese. Beer,” Millioke celebrates the food and drink for which our fine city is known. The décor is fresh and modern, but also plays on Milwaukee’s historic charm by keeping the Cream City brick walls exposed. Read more…
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…
The setting for this counter-service joint (an old 1971 VW bus) draws extra attention to the plant-based activity going on here. Besides making their own seitan for sandwiches, they craft vegan ice creams. Sandwiches range from Jamaican jerk seitan on ciabatta to grilled sun-dried tomato pesto. Try a date shake like the mango zinger or an almond cocoa bowl.
Owner Emily Ware – a partner in the market’s Green Kitchen salad, sandwich, juice bar – restored a 1971 Volkswagen Bus that forms the visual centerpiece of her business (located in the former FORM Fine Goods & Floral, next to Thief Wine Shop & Bar). Read more…
A casual dress, urban wine room with over 300 wines that can be paired with cheeses, chocolate and charcuterie, located in downtown Milwaukee.
You can see a lot from a second-story roof in the Third Ward, it turns out. Café Benelux’s rooftop space is open for lunch and dinner—as well as weekend brunch—on warm-weather days. Umbrellas over each table shield you from the sun. With a menu modeled after Belgium’s cafes, signature dishes include cheese-stuffed bitterballen, mussels with frites or gulden draak pecan pie, plus a hearty roster of sandwiches, salads and burgers.
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The SURG-owned, high-tier steakhouse is a splurge experience. The menu offers decadences such as the Mangalitsa ravioli, lobster mac and cheese, and if you’re really feeling spendy, the “reserve cuts.”
Pre-Prohibition America was a time of vast expanse in liquor artistry, and yet today much of that artistry is long forgotten. Prohibition came, and most people, for fear of being discovered and prosecuted, burned or destroyed much of the information on liquor, thus creating the gap in knowledge that we have on the subject today. Distil (722 N. Milwaukee St.) is poised to bring it back. Read more…
What fits more aptly in a city working to rebrand itself as a center of aquaculture than a modern seafood house?
The owners of marbled and glossy Third Coast Provisions opened their Milwaukee Street space in hopes of filling our area’s dearth of seafood options. Although the restaurant’s name refers to our shoreline, the Great Lakes aren’t the main source of the menu’s fresh catches. In these modern times, it doesn’t matter where you are – fresh seafood flown in daily to the Midwest from the coasts is no sweat. Read more…
Lively storefront space. Ease into it with a sandwich Cubano, ropa vieja (shredded flank steak), and tostones (fried plantains).
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.
If you’re in the mood for a relaxed morning or weekend brunch, the Cafe at the Pfister should be on your list of destinations. Whether you’d like a quick bite to eat with a Starbucks® Coffee and baked-in-house pastry or you want to stay and enjoy a breakfast specialty like a Scottish Smoked Salmon Plate or some Farm Fresh Eggs, there are options for everyone.