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Quick Milwaukee visit - recs needed


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Quick Milwaukee visit - recs needed

Mcdrach | | Apr 28, 2012 02:15 AM

My husband and I will be in Milwaukee next Friday for the Aziz Ansari comedy show. We'll be in town (from Chicago) lunchtime Friday to lunchtime Saturday and I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations. There's a timing issue with dinner so I could use some extra help with that aspect - because of activities we have planned Fri afternoon there won't be time for to eat unless it's a quick place and rushed. So I'm thinking a late dinner, but we're used to Chicago schedules and so many restaurants seem to close at 10 pm in Milwaukee, so I'm not sure the best option for something at 9:30ish that won't be dead or feel rushed.

For background, we love fine dining and great food/restaurants, but this isn't a fine dining kind of night with the schedule, etc. However, my husband will also just have finished his last law school exams ever so we kind of want to celebrate a little bit without going crazy. What I'm hoping for is someplace that will be lively (as in restaurant energy, not as in drunk and clubby) at 9:30-10 pm, and that food and atmosphere would fall in the upscale-casual-hip vibe - special enough for a little celebratory meal, but approachable and chill. Maybe with good cocktails or maybe another recommendation for an after-dinner drink?

Here are some places I came across that I'm thinking could potentially fit the bill, but I'm not sure:
Crazy Water
Rumpus Room
The Noble
Braise (? Says bar menu until 11, not sure what it entails though)

And then any ideas for brunch Saturday would be welcome. I really wanted to do Roots on this trip but they're closed for renovations until next Saturday and only do brunch in Sundays so that doesn't work, some of the above were also on my potential brunch options (Trocadero, Balzac) as well as Honeypie.

Any thoughts would be very welcome and much appreciated!