Had lunch again at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It's really a pretty decent little place for lunch fare (soups, salads, sandwiches). The setting is ok if a little noisy but you don't have to pay to enter the museum to eat there, although you probably should check out the Calatrava lobby upstairs at some point. Parking is right under the structure so you don't have to get cold and wet. Not expensive, and everything has been very fresh and good the 3 times I went. Plus, they serve continuously until 4:30 so it's good for a late lunch.
Also, I went to Holiday House recently for dinner and it was very good. The menu was not retro at all, despite the name and lettering. Very comfortable atmosphere. I would call the cuisine new American, I guess. For apps we had parsnip soup with prosuitto crisps and scallops, and mussels steamed with chorizo and white beansin a tomato based broth. Yum. For mains, osso buco and duck with door county cherry sauce and haricots verts. The skin on the duck was crisp and delish. Everything was very good. They had a lot of great sounding seafood dishes but since we wanted a bottle of red we didn't go that route. The wine list is arranged by price (white and red seperately) and had about 50 btls of each, so it was a little strange but it's always nice to see so many unusual btls under $55- they had high end stuff, too, though.
Finally, we got JT Bonz BBQ (on Capitol by Humbolt) for our New Years Eve Party. I know, how lame! But I had houseguests for 7 days around Xmas and I was cooked out! Anyway, it was a really good choice. Not super authentic (the shoulder was sliced, not pulled and chopped, and everything had lots of sauce already on it), but really quite good, ample for the price, carefully packaged and the people were so nice! While I was waiting there, quite a few people came in and ordered from a soul food buffet in steam tables behind the counter. Now, I'm not a steam table kinda gal but the stuff looked and smelled really good- collards, jambalaya, saucy black eyed peas, mac-n-chz, etc. If you get take out a lot, it would be a nice change of pace.