Nancy’s guidebook

Nancy
Nancy’s guidebook

Food scene

There are literally dozens of restaurants and bars in walking distance and a few that you may wish to drive to from our cottage. I am therefor restricting my listings to those close by. So as not to repeat myself, many of these places get quite crowded, which is a great sign and proof of their quality. It does mean, however, that you may wish to call ahead and/or make a reservation.
Incredibly fresh ingredients, serves sushi and Thai specialities. Quite yummy!
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Hungry Sumo
2663 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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Incredibly fresh ingredients, serves sushi and Thai specialities. Quite yummy!
Excellent Vietnamese food, serving a wide variety of meat, seafood and vegie dishes. Full bar.
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Hue Vietnamese Restaurant - Bay View
2691 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Excellent Vietnamese food, serving a wide variety of meat, seafood and vegie dishes. Full bar.
Specializes in locally sourced pork and other meats. Casual, sandwiches and many other sausage meals. Full bar.
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The Vanguard
2659 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Specializes in locally sourced pork and other meats. Casual, sandwiches and many other sausage meals. Full bar.
Excellent, fresh Mexican food and drinks, great service. Often crowded.
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Café Corazón
2394 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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Excellent, fresh Mexican food and drinks, great service. Often crowded.
This is an incredibly awesome place to be in the spring-summer-fall, as it is largely an outdoor scene on the Kinnickinnic River. It has docks and pleasure boats on site, and for us, it is a go-to place for a drink and burger, or whatever. Just a lot of fun.
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Barnacle Bud's
1955 South Hilbert Street
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This is an incredibly awesome place to be in the spring-summer-fall, as it is largely an outdoor scene on the Kinnickinnic River. It has docks and pleasure boats on site, and for us, it is a go-to place for a drink and burger, or whatever. Just a lot of fun.
Excellent and reasonably priced Indian food, in a really nice setting. In warmer weather they have a great outdoor seating venue as well. They also do a huge carryout and delivery, so if that's what you want, they've got it.
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Cafe India Bay View
2201 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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Excellent and reasonably priced Indian food, in a really nice setting. In warmer weather they have a great outdoor seating venue as well. They also do a huge carryout and delivery, so if that's what you want, they've got it.
Another wonderful, warm neighborhood tavern with delicious food. Lovely to sit out in the temperate months, and it has lake views. Nice environment for a solo woman, you're never harassed, just comfortable. Wonderfully steamy warm in the winter. Very close to our house.
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Palomino Bar
2491 South Superior Street
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Another wonderful, warm neighborhood tavern with delicious food. Lovely to sit out in the temperate months, and it has lake views. Nice environment for a solo woman, you're never harassed, just comfortable. Wonderfully steamy warm in the winter. Very close to our house.
This is a super favorite of ours, a family-run Serbian bar and restaurant which has been around for, I think, 70 years. The food is unusual, the real thing, made to order. This is an extremely unpretentious neighborhood tavern atmosphere with folks from all over the city. You definitely need a reservation and cash - no plastic! Walking distance from our house.
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Three Brothers
2414 South Saint Clair Street
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This is a super favorite of ours, a family-run Serbian bar and restaurant which has been around for, I think, 70 years. The food is unusual, the real thing, made to order. This is an extremely unpretentious neighborhood tavern atmosphere with folks from all over the city. You definitely need a reservation and cash - no plastic! Walking distance from our house.
This is a major foodie venue. Small plates, full plates, local farm to table, unusual foods in a small, warm environment. Outdoor seating in the summer, close to our house. Full bar.
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Goodkind
2457 South Wentworth Avenue
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This is a major foodie venue. Small plates, full plates, local farm to table, unusual foods in a small, warm environment. Outdoor seating in the summer, close to our house. Full bar.
This is a tried and true neighborhood bar and restaurant serving Italian food. They are known primarily for their pizza, but have other menu items as well. Traditional checked oilcloth tablecloths, almost always busy, family and groups welcome, solo eaters may enjoy the bar as well. Outdoor tables in the summer look over the harbor and lake.
Dom & Phil DeMarinis’ Original Recipes
1211 East Conway Street
This is a tried and true neighborhood bar and restaurant serving Italian food. They are known primarily for their pizza, but have other menu items as well. Traditional checked oilcloth tablecloths, almost always busy, family and groups welcome, solo eaters may enjoy the bar as well. Outdoor tables in the summer look over the harbor and lake.
This is a lovely little place tucked into the Avalon Theatre on Kinnickinnic Ave. Cozy, intimate, full bar and good food, great service.
Mistral
2473 S Kinnickinnic Ave
This is a lovely little place tucked into the Avalon Theatre on Kinnickinnic Ave. Cozy, intimate, full bar and good food, great service.

More Food Scene

Even more restaurants and bars. (I just couldn't figure out how to merge the listings.)
Lulu's is always a lively scene, delicious sandwiches, meals, drinks. Can get crowded - that's proof of their quality! Very reasonably priced. A neighborhood go-to kind of place.
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LuLu Cafe
2265 S Howell Ave
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Lulu's is always a lively scene, delicious sandwiches, meals, drinks. Can get crowded - that's proof of their quality! Very reasonably priced. A neighborhood go-to kind of place.
Warm and inviting casual neighborhood-and-beyond hangout. Drinks, locally sourced food, very reasonably priced.
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Honeypie
2643 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Warm and inviting casual neighborhood-and-beyond hangout. Drinks, locally sourced food, very reasonably priced.
Huge beer selection from Belgium and other places, good food, huge weekend brunches. Very popular.
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Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
2306 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Huge beer selection from Belgium and other places, good food, huge weekend brunches. Very popular.
This is our favorite Italian restaurant ever. Great service, ambience, bar and wine selection, a neighborhood gem. Cost: Moderate plus. The funghi ravioli is to die for...so many other great entrees.
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Tenuta's Italian Restaurant
2995 South Clement Avenue
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This is our favorite Italian restaurant ever. Great service, ambience, bar and wine selection, a neighborhood gem. Cost: Moderate plus. The funghi ravioli is to die for...so many other great entrees.
This is a very highly recommended spot, specializing in small plates and desserts, unusual drinks.
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Odd Duck
2352 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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This is a very highly recommended spot, specializing in small plates and desserts, unusual drinks.

Great Bars

This is one of a kind, been around forever type of bar. It serves many dessert type drinks, as well as wine and others. Recently remodeled, but with its old ambience, this place pulls people in from all over town. One block from our house!
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At Random
2501 South Delaware Avenue
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This is one of a kind, been around forever type of bar. It serves many dessert type drinks, as well as wine and others. Recently remodeled, but with its old ambience, this place pulls people in from all over town. One block from our house!
I have personally not been there, but it is a hugely popular soccer bar with people showing up at any hour of the day when the World Cup is on.
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The Highbury Pub
2322 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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I have personally not been there, but it is a hugely popular soccer bar with people showing up at any hour of the day when the World Cup is on.
Primarily a craft beer bar, features music groups and is very lively and fun.
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Sugar Maple
441 East Lincoln Avenue
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Primarily a craft beer bar, features music groups and is very lively and fun.

Neighborhoods

Bay View is the best neighborhood in town, for me. It is a mixed bag of artisans, working folks, artists, professionals of different stripes, alternative health practitioners, etc. And, it is on the lake! Lake Michigan, that is. Always beautiful.
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Bay View
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Bay View is the best neighborhood in town, for me. It is a mixed bag of artisans, working folks, artists, professionals of different stripes, alternative health practitioners, etc. And, it is on the lake! Lake Michigan, that is. Always beautiful.
This is a very cool part of the downtown area. Lots of bars and restaurants, the Milwaukee Public Market is great, West Elm and many other fun and one-of-a-kind shops for clothing, decor, etc. Tory Folliard Gallery, to name but one of many galleries, home furnishings, easy to walk around, and particularly nice - again in the warm months - to visit the River Walk along the Milwaukee River.
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Historic Third Ward
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This is a very cool part of the downtown area. Lots of bars and restaurants, the Milwaukee Public Market is great, West Elm and many other fun and one-of-a-kind shops for clothing, decor, etc. Tory Folliard Gallery, to name but one of many galleries, home furnishings, easy to walk around, and particularly nice - again in the warm months - to visit the River Walk along the Milwaukee River.

Coffeeshops

This is a favorite of ours, locally roasted coffees, full espresso bar, bakery and a true neighborhood hangout. They also have a working pizza oven and it smells great!
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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
2920 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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This is a favorite of ours, locally roasted coffees, full espresso bar, bakery and a true neighborhood hangout. They also have a working pizza oven and it smells great!
Very popular neighborhood coffee/sandwich/breakfast shop. Here's their link: https://www.colectivocoffee.com/cafes/bay-view. They are the primary bakery for the entire group of Colectivo sites throughout the community, and it smells wonderful!
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Colectivo Coffee - Bay View
2301 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Very popular neighborhood coffee/sandwich/breakfast shop. Here's their link: https://www.colectivocoffee.com/cafes/bay-view. They are the primary bakery for the entire group of Colectivo sites throughout the community, and it smells wonderful!
Another great coffee shop with its regulars, very comfortable, locally produced and roasted coffee.
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Stone Creek Coffee - Bay View
2266 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Another great coffee shop with its regulars, very comfortable, locally produced and roasted coffee.