Wife and I will be visiting your region for the first time and could use some help vetting my food itinerary. We will be coming from San Francisco with a goal to sample local eats and institutions. We will have a car, and love hitting up hole-in the-walls as well as the occasional more upscale establishments.
Fly into Milwaukee – staying downtown
Sample local eats at Indian Summer
Beer & bowling at Koz or check out a movie at the Oriental Theater
Graze at the Milwaukee Public Market (any rec’s here?)
Stop by Usinger’s for sausages
Quick bite & a beer at the Cheese Bar
Hit up Kopp’s or Leon’s for frozen custard on the way of town
Drive to Chicago – staying at B&B in Witicker
Dinner at Malnati’s
Sandwich crawl with intermingled site seeing (Untouchable’s TourJH Skydeck & Water Works):
-Portillo’s Hot Dogs
Dinner at Fontera Grill
Lunch at Turkish Festival
Site seeing: Mini-Bus & Boat Tour, Navy Pier
Dinner at Harry Caray’s Steak (looking for actual Chicago Steakhouse that dry-ages its beef)
Drive to Cleveland by way of Toledo – staying downtown next to Progressive Field
Hit Uncle John’s BBQ for rib tips and sausage on the way out of town
Lunch Tony Packo’s in Toledo (what to get here?)
Dinner at Lola
Breakfast at Slyman’s (corned beef hash)
Visit Rock & Roll HOF
Lunch at Sokolowski’s (perogies and fried perch)
Go to Indians Game
Early breakfast at West Side Market (are all places open in the morning?
-Old Country Sausage
Drive to Columbus – Staying in Worthington
Attend Cal @ Ohio State game
Bite to eat near shuttle drop off in Worthington after the game:
-Natalie’s Wood Fired Pizza?
Breakfast across the street at Bob Evans
Lunch: Starliner Diner, Hubert’s Polish Kitchen, Tommy’s Diner, Katzingers Deli, other suggestions?
Breakfast: German Village Coffee Shop, Pistacia Vera, The Angry Baker, La Chatelain, others?
Ice cream at Jeni’s
Fly Back to SF