Milwaukee Restaurants

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    Water Buffalo: Third Ward Sleekness

    by yooperprof Written May 25, 2008
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    It was a very snowy day in Janaury when I stopped in The Water Buffalo for a mid-day meal. Eventually a foot of snow fell that day, and I was one of a handful of customers who braved the storm for lunch. Water Buffalo is one of a number of new Milwaukee eateries that are bringing a new level of design and flair to the restaurant scene here. The restaurant - in a converted warehouse - is elegant and shiny without being intimidating in any way, and features great views out to the (industrial) Milwaukee river outside.

    I had mixed success with my lunch, however. My garden salad was excellent, fresh and crisp, served with a good vinagrette. I was quite disappointed with my entree, however: the shrimp stuffed shells were just not appetizing, and actually tasted a little bit "off". Water Buffalo is going to have maintain higher standards for their food if they are to succeed in the increasingly competitive Milwaukee restaurant world.

    Oh, the name: they're at the corner of Water and Buffalo streets!

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    MADER'S RESTAURANT: AUTHENTIC GERMAN CUISINE

    by LoriPori Updated May 2, 2008

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    While in Milwaukee, we voted to have lunch at MADER'S RESTAURANT which is well-known for its German cuisine. As you walk in, you can see just how big this place is. There are little rooms everywhere, all decorated with an incredible collection of medieval weaponry, woodcarvings and an impressive collection of beer steins. The menu offers an extensive offering of German specialties prepared in the German tradition. Hans and I both had the Reuben sandwich, which came open-faced, with a generous portion of corned beef and saurkraut, topped with melted cheese along with a side of french fries. Hans also had the five-cheese onion soup which he said was absolutely delicious. Mader's also has an extensive wine and beer list and children's menu.

    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Dinner: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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  • Coerper's 5 O'Clock Club: An old standard has died.

    by michelle3723 Written Apr 28, 2008

    This place was once the best place in town to have steak, but since it was sold to an out-of-town firm. The food is a pale comparison to the steaks of years ago. I would not recommend making the trip into what is now a bad neighborhood.

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  • Casa de Giorgio: Not your typical Italian restaurant!

    by michelle3723 Updated Apr 28, 2008

    While a bit south of downtown Milwaukee, this restaurant is well worth the trip. Elegantly decorated on the inside, you'd never expect the elegant setting from the simple building with the white and yellow awning. The staff is friendly and makes you feel right at home.

    Favorite Dish: You can get the traditional Italian dishes here (and they are very good) but the daily and house specials are the real treat here. The house speical, steak di Giorgio is outstanding; wrapped in Proccuto and served with a wild mushroom ravioli that is truely supurb. Some of the specials are a bit more expensive, but well worth the extra expense. If you like crispy-crust pizza, you'll love the pizza here.

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  • Roots: An Amazing Food Experience

    by redkandy Written Jan 14, 2008
    Wondra Fried Skatewing
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    From their location to the menu, eveything lends itself to the basic theme and name of the restaurants, Green and Sustainable. Roots has an aggresive menu that makes it near to impossible not to want one of everything. I have yet to have an average meal here, most dishes are nothing less than stellar. Service is sometimes slow but they tell you that right on the menu as this is truly not a typical dining experience. Hard to serve large groups (10+) without limiting the menu

    Favorite Dish: So far my favorite night consisted of

    Appetizer - Lasagna Deconstruction wich had roasted beets, truffly honey, gorgonzol w/ red onion marmalade

    What an incredible mix of flavors and the "pasta" was made with beets.

    Salad - Fried Red Banana, Parma Ham, Picked Cauliflower, Watermelon Radish w/ Balsamic Syrup

    Again from sweet, savory to sour. Many flavors you would not think of mixing, but compliment each other beautifully.

    Dinner -

    Wondra Fried Skatewing w/ Vanilla Foie Gras, Hazelnut risotto w/ Roasted Grapes and burnt cinnamon.

    If you have never had skatewing (the underside of a stingray wing) it is an interesting fish, in this it was like milky butter. The cinnamon is smoldering as they bring it to the table which the smell coming from another table as we were seated made me want to try it. I have really never had a more tender piece of fish and the foie gras added a nice decadence to the meal.

    Also shown are the

    Soy Grilled Talapia w/ Sticky Rice, Cocunut Curry w/ Yuzu Dressed Pea Shoots
    And the Cioppino

    Both of which were excellent

    All of the vegetable are grown locally and the fish is flown in. you can taste the difference

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    Izumi: Popular Japanese - Sushi and More

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    not lost in translation

    This is not your father's Milwaukee! And Izumi is a far cry from the German and Polish cuisines for which Milwaukee is known. Popular, fresh, unpretensious Japanese food in lovely surroundings - this is a historically significant building in the middle of one of Milwaukee's most interesting neighborhoods.

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    Glorioso's: Milw's Italian grocery store

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Jul 6, 2007

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    mmmm....cannoli
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    Milwaukee's Italian grocery store, an institution for Italian food lovers is where it's been for the last 75 years or so. On E Brady St. It's got a great butcher store, cheeses, Italian things you don't see at the local mega-mart grocery. I found pavesini here.

    You can also get something from the deli, a sandwich or what have you and sit outside at the tables on the sidewalk and eat it. Like I did with my cannoli(Only $2!)

    And they also run a gold importing business, and sell gold jewelry, which is right next door.

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    Maggiano's Little Italy: Good, but overpriced

    by mwenn2100 Updated May 10, 2007

    While this is a national chain of Italian restaurants, the people of Milwaukee were definitely excited when it opened up at Mayfair Mall. I had never eaten at one before so a large group of girlfriends decided to check it out. Make a reservation as this is a popular place to eat. The restaurant itself boasts very elegant decor and the staff was friendly. There were a lot of people waiting around in the lobby so thankfully we had a reservation. The main dining room is pretty crowded with booths set around the perimeter and tables all squished together in the middle (the space is big and gets pretty loud when it's full). I believe there was more seating besides the main room, but of course I didn't see it. They did have an outdoor patio that seemed very intimate, but it was overcast so we decided not to chance it.

    Our waitress was very attentive (if not a bit overeager... she rambled on about the specials for 15 minutes). We were given a basket of bread and a plate of oil to share (I've had better). The food came out fast and was good. Then, the check came... yikes! I'm not a cheap person and I do love food, but it just didn't seem worth it to me. There are better places to go if you're going to spend this kind of money.

    Favorite Dish: I had the eggplant parmesan and a small side of noodles... the eggplant was covered in sauce and what felt like a pound of cheese, but it was good!

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    Hotel Metro: Great Dining

    by movybuf Written Apr 7, 2007

    The food at the Hotel Metro is top notch. The restaurant is fairly sophisticated, but not too full of itself. Dress-casual to formal dress is appropriate.

    Favorite Dish: The menu changes often, but the last time I went there I had a sirloin steak smothered with king crab meat, served with potatoes and steamed vegetables. It was perfectly done. The deserts here are also great, and change often.

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    Oakland Gyros: Best Gyros ever!

    by movybuf Written Apr 7, 2007

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    Oakland Gyros has the greatest Gyros that have ever passed my lips. For US$7 you can have a heaping plate of gyro meat, fries and a drink. If you go to the University Square area and need a cheap dinner, don't miss it. Also, it is open until 4:30 in the morning too (I think?) so you can go there to fulfill your after drinking cravings.

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    Cubanitas: Cuban Sandwiches

    by movybuf Written Apr 7, 2007

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    This is a very good place. The cuban sandwiches are first rate, and very reasonably priced. The plantain chips with guacamole are also very tasty. The atmosphere is relaxed, but hip and urban. Very good.

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    Mader's: In Munich Steht ein Hofbrauhaus

    by keida84 Written Jan 18, 2007

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    I was really looking forward to some good German food on our recent day trip to Milwaukee to see the Pabst Mansion.

    Kristi found Mader's which was voted "Most Famous." The readers of every publication in the state that has ranked restaurants has named Mader's "Wisconsin's finest ethnic restaurant"

    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Newspaper
    The Shepherd Express Newspaper
    Wisconsin Trails Magazine
    Exclusively Yours Magazine
    The Washington Post stated Mader's is 'not to be missed.'
    Maxim Magazine called Mader's a 'must stop'

    Mader's boasts their 105th anniversary and the food was good, the service was fine and the atmosphere charming. If nothing else, Mader's is enduring.

    Favorite Dish: I had the pork tenderloin mit Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy. It was quite good and the servings were plentiful. The soda was served in quasi-beer steins and were kept full by the attentive wait staff.

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    Mader's: German food

    by Dabs Updated Dec 19, 2006

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    I finally ate at Mader's, Milwaukee's best known German restaurant when the December 2006 VT invasion hit. We arrived just as they were opening at 11:30 on a Wednesday afternoon and they had no problem accomodating our group of six, I'd recommend a reservation if you are going on a weekend or weeknight.

    Lunch entrees are reasonably priced at around $8-$14, double those prices for dinner. Although I really liked the atmosphere and the service, I found the food at Karl Ratzsch's to be much better and just slightly more expensive.

    Favorite Dish: I ordered the Franconian chicken schnitzel, served over spaeztle. The sauce was a little too overpowering for the chicken but it was OK. Others in our group had reuben sandwiches, stuffed portabella (it was reported to be good) and the Bavarian platter (not a lot of flavor). I thought the three cheese onion soup was good and the desserts were good, Kat ordered a very nice creme brulee, Kris ordered a chocolate cake and I had a pistachio cheesecake topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

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    Milwaukee Ale House: Good Beer/Live Music... and Food!

    by mwenn2100 Written Nov 2, 2006

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    Some of the best places to eat in Milwaukee are the local brewery's and this one is no exception. The atmosphere here is fun with live music almost every night. The restaurant and bar were hopping on a Wednesday night and there was a musician up on stage playing guitar and singing covers.

    The first room when you walk in is the bar area (with the stage to the right), but if you walk to the back you will find the hostess stand and restaurant. The decor is dark wood, with booths on the outside and tables in the middle. You can see the stage from almost every table in the restaurant, which makes this place even more fun. You can check out their website for the menu, beers they make and music schedule.

    Favorite Dish: The Chicken Marsala was excellent as were their beers. If you don't feel like trying a new beer though they do offer the standard Miller Lite and another brand name (although if you order one of these, they will include a small tasters glass of their beer that is most like the one you ordered).

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    The Cheesecake Factory: YUM!!! Order the cheesecake to go!

    by mwenn2100 Written Aug 27, 2006

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    While I just wrote a review saying that Maggiano's (which is in the same parking lot as Cheesecake Factory) was too expensive, this one is expensive, but worth every penny!! I absolute love, love, love Cheesecake Factory for it's extensive selections, fun employees, setting and of course the cheesecake!

    The restaurant is huge and yet there never seems to be enough seating on the weekends. This is definitely a hugely popular place to eat so go at slightly off times for a better chance at immediate seating. They do not take reservations. There is a large outdoor seating area and an even larger indoor dining room. Most of the restaurant is non-smoking. There is a bar to the left with a few high tables and a booth that are smoking. The ambience/decorating is actually really nice... hard to describe, but I like it. The menu is like a small paperback book! There are so many choices that it always takes me forever to pick something to eat. Seriously, be prepared to read many many pages of food selections. The portions are HUGE which makes the selection process hard because you don't want to order more than one (by that I mean an appetizer and main course)... you probably won't even finish that. I've found that the main courses are pretty good... I haven't had anything spectacular yet (although I've only tried a few) The appetizers seem to have more flavor than the main courses... but anything is good.

    Of course the cheesecake is a must. Most likely you won't have room for dessert, but most people just get a cheesecake to go. The list of available cheesecakes is very long and there are always a couple that aren't on the menu... the waiter/waitress will be happy to tell you about them. Yum!

    Favorite Dish: My favorite cheesecake is Lemon-Raspberry... soooo good!

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