MKEing it next Friday, what to do?

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MKEing it next Friday, what to do?

Postby boston_jeff » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:15 pm

So the wife and I are flying out of MKE next Saturday morning for a beach trip to NC. We decided to park and fly from the Radisson because the Wyndham was booked at the park and fly rate. Therefore, we have exactly one evening to kill in Milwaukee. Since moving to WI we have not been to Milwaukee except to attend Brewer games.

Can forons suggest a restaurant or fun activity for next Friday? Also, how easy is it to drive to and from the MKE area to downtown (i.e., would a cab or shuttle be better)?

As always, thanks for the help!

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Postby Veeder » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:11 pm

I enjoyed the Miller Brewery tour.

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Postby donges » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:47 pm

If you are staying on the south side to be close to the airport, I suggest Three Brothers in the Bay View area for fantastic Serbian fare in a very non-pretentious atmosphere. Then back to Howell Ave across from the airport to Port of Hamburg for a huge selection of imported beers. Or the Landmark next door.
If you want to take it more upscale, check out Roots up on the near North side. Fantastic food with local ingredients.
I'd suggest a cab if you aren't familiar with Milwaukee - more angled and one-way streets than Madison, even!

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Postby boston_jeff » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:55 pm

Looked into the brewery tour and its happening too early in the day. Festa sounds fun but we have now decided to go whole hog for upscale dinner and booked Bacchus at 8 PM (http://www.bacchusmke.com/). Anyone have anything good/bad to say about it?

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Postby depinmad » Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:27 pm

dude, the nearby comfort suites has 24 hr free shuttle back and forth to the airport and does not charge extra for park and ride.

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Postby boston_jeff » Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:34 pm

Yeah, I got a pretty good rate on the park and fly with free shuttle service. Most of the other hotels around were more expensive and almost all were booked.

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Postby boston_jeff » Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:37 pm

Taking the bus from the airport area to Wells Street around 7 PM, and cabbing back after dinner. Anyone know how much the bus is and if its relatively safe? We're pretty comfortable riding public transport in big cities.

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Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:34 pm

Oooh, you should go see that all new Harley-Davidson museum that just opened up!

Then, go way out of your way to the north avenue bar scene and hang out at Vittuchi's for a while.

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Postby fennel » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:58 pm

If you want to splurge and can still get a reservation:
Sanford. Really excellent.

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Postby Guest » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:18 pm

On my list, heard it was good.

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Postby boston_jeff » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:18 pm

Bacchus is excellent, highly recommended for foodie types visiting Milwaukee. Best lamb chops and poached lobster we've had in WI, nice foie gras and scallop apps, and very nice desserts (including a cheese course and homemade sorbets). Will try Sanford next time...

The park n' fly at Radisson with shuttle service and two weeks free parking was $104 after all taxes, I booked through a service that hooks people up with cheap park n' flys at airports all over the US.

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Postby boston_jeff » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:03 pm

After our short dining-only experience in MKE this summer we are back for a full weekend. My Morning Jacket show on Friday, dinner at the Hinterland Gastropub on Saturday evening, and plan on poker at the casino after checking out of the hotel on Sunday. We have tickets to Game 1 of the Brewers playoffs which will probably be Saturday, but we can't count on them making it. So we have pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday morning early afternoon free. We were thinking about the Art Museum, but have no other solid plans (unless the Brewer game happens). Is the museum worth it?

Any other suggestions for stuff to do, and/or great lunch/brunch places? We are staying at the Iron Horse hotel (seems centrally located) which is like a boutique hotel for yuppie bikers making the MKE pilgrimage (great introductory rates right now). We are not bikers, so no real interest in the Harley tour, nor the Miller tour. Foron recommendations appreciated as always!

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Postby small cheese » Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:38 pm

The Milwaukee Art Museum is definitely worth a visit - though you're going too early to catch the Act/React Interactive Art exhibit that looks pretty damn cool. EDIT: sorry, my mistake - I was looking at the wrong weekend. MMJ is the 3rd, the exhibit opens Saturday the 4th.

Go, and try to be there at noon when they open and close the wings.

A visit to Milwaukee isn't complete without a stop at Wolski's Tavern (lower east side). Adventure, Danger, Romance. There's nothing all that special about the place, so don't go out of your way for it - but stop if you're in the area.

There's also a really great tiki bar called The Foundation (Riverwest) that's worth a visit.

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Postby boston_jeff » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:58 am

OK, now my dinner plans are all kinds of screwed because of the Brewer game at 5:30 (had to cancel at Hinterland). Neither the Hinterland nor Sanford has lunch, but I need a nice lunch place for Saturday. We will most likely go to the art museum early and then have lunch. Anyone know any places good nearby that serve a decent lunch? Thanks again.

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Postby Ducatista » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:43 am

boston_jeff wrote:We will most likely go to the art museum early and then have lunch. Anyone know any places good nearby that serve a decent lunch? Thanks again.

Christ, is NO PLACE open for lunch on Saturday in Milwaukee? I'd see what you can dig up in the Third Ward. It's a fun neighborhood to bomb around, and the Milwaukee Public Market might be worth a lap.
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