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…
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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).
Open For Lunch,
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…
Elevated comfort food and craft cocktails in an inviting atmosphere.
Juices, salads, sandwiches
Friday Fish Fry, Open For Lunch, Outdoor Dining,
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…