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Anniversary dinner in MKE-Hinterland, Braise, or c1880?

kstaigs | Sep 27, 201305:32 PM

For the 4th year running, my husband and I are heading to Milwaukee for our anniversary in late October. We are tempted to go back to Hinterland, which we LOVED last year, but I am wondering if anyone can make a case for either Braise or c1880 instead. From older threads it seems that c1880 has spotty service, has this improved? We are willing to deal with less than perfect service if the food is spectacular. Some words which describe our perfect menu would be local, seasonal, adventurous, and inventive. Our past dinners in Milwaukee include Roots (good but not really inventive, maybe because we had the Sunday dinner), Smyth (very good, but not transcendent), Sanford (sorry all, but we found it really underwhelming...some highlights but generally kind of bland and expected), and Hinterland, which was everything we could have wanted in a meal.

We will also be having a lunch/brunch and maybe a breakfast, too. We have always slept in and then gone to Comet Cafe, kind of a tradition of insane gluttony, but if anyone has any other places they think we should try instead, we are game!

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