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Milwaukee: some specific restaurant requests

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Milwaukee: some specific restaurant requests

guenevere51 | Jul 25, 2011 02:34 PM

Hello Wisconsin!

My husband and I are coming from Baltimore to Milwaukee soon for a few days and would appreciate some recommendations for good eats. It's our first time to the city apart from the airport, and we're really excited for this trip. This is going to be a long-ish post because we have some schedule and dietary constraints, but I figure more info is better than being vague, right?

First, I'm vegetarian and he's not, so ideally recommendations would be places that would keep us both happy, and for me that means something besides salad or a sandwich with cheese and raw vegetables - nothing against either, but I can make those myself at home. Other than the vegetarian thing, we're both extremely adventurous eaters.

Our visiting schedule's a little goofy, as we arrive on a Tuesday morning, stay Tuesday night in the city, leave Wednesday morning to visit family near Fond du Lac, return Sunday afternoon, and fly out again Tuesday night. This means we need a place to eat Sunday night, which I'm finding to be a challenge.

We're staying the first Tuesday at County Clare, and Sunday-Tuesday at the Intercontinental. (Would've done County Clare for the second leg as well, but they were full.) We will have a car for the first leg but not the second, so we're ideally looking for places either within walking distance, a short cab ride, or a no-transfer bus ride. Long walks are not a problem.

In general, we're trying to stick to casual places like bars, cafes, even food trucks, to keep costs reasonable; we're also trying to pack light, so wouldn't have fancy clothes. I'd like to keep lunches under $20 per person and dinners under $30 excluding alcohol. That being said, we do appreciate good food, and if there's somewhere exceptional we should try, we're willing to splurge.

Here's some specific things we're looking for:

*Take-out sandwiches to bring with us to the Brewers game on a Tuesday night, hopefully near County Clare. Somewhere similar near the Intercontinental would be good, too, to bring to the airport and have before our evening flight.
*Somewhere to grab a quick to-go breakfast near the Intercontinental. I'm hoping that Starbucks is not the only option.
*A bar to have lunch/dinner with great beer and good, creative food that's not overpriced (let's say $15-ish or under per person for food). To give an idea of what we're looking for, some of our favorite places like this in Baltimore are Alewife and the Brewer's Art, and Monk's in Philly. Milwaukee's obviously famous for its beer, so I have pretty high hopes here.
*Anywhere that's open Sunday night for dinner.
*Anywhere else that meets at least most of our ridiculous criteria. :)

I've already done some research and come up with a few places that sound tasty, like Roots Cellar, Zaffiro's, Honeypie, Comet Cafe, and the Swingin' Door Exchange. Am I on the right track? Also plan to visit the Public Market, take the Lakefront Brewery tour, and go to Wolski's, because I'm told it's just wrong to visit Milwaukee and not hit Wolski's.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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