Guidebook for Milwaukee

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Guidebook for Milwaukee

Food Scene

A Bayview staple, with a staunch local following. Casual restaurant with consistently good fare. The menu has great variety and the price is right. They are famous for their sides - the house-made chips and Asian slaw.
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LuLu Cafe
2265 S Howell Ave
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A Bayview staple, with a staunch local following. Casual restaurant with consistently good fare. The menu has great variety and the price is right. They are famous for their sides - the house-made chips and Asian slaw.
Milwaukee based coffee roaster growing in popularity on a national scale. Though we prefer the coffee at nearby Stone Creek, we find ourselves here often as they have awesome ambiance and great inexpensive breakfast and lunch items. Good area to camp out and use wifi.
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Colectivo Coffee - Bay View
2301 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Milwaukee based coffee roaster growing in popularity on a national scale. Though we prefer the coffee at nearby Stone Creek, we find ourselves here often as they have awesome ambiance and great inexpensive breakfast and lunch items. Good area to camp out and use wifi.
One block from the house. Good food, quirky staff. Brunch, lunch & dinner, massive beer list, fresh flowers on the table, always hopping but almost never a wait! Tons of indoor and outdoor seating.
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Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
2306 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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One block from the house. Good food, quirky staff. Brunch, lunch & dinner, massive beer list, fresh flowers on the table, always hopping but almost never a wait! Tons of indoor and outdoor seating.
Cozy coffee shop adjoined with Milwaukee's best indie radio station. You can see the DJ's live on air as they broadcast into the coffee shop.
Stone Creek Coffee - Radio Milwaukee
158 South Barclay Street
Cozy coffee shop adjoined with Milwaukee's best indie radio station. You can see the DJ's live on air as they broadcast into the coffee shop.
Considered by many to be one of the best casual fine dining restaurants in the city, Odd Duck is definitely a foodie favorite. The service is stellar, and the bar is an awesome spot for a well crafted cocktail and an appetizer if you'd rather not to commit to the full dinner experience :)
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Odd Duck
2352 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Considered by many to be one of the best casual fine dining restaurants in the city, Odd Duck is definitely a foodie favorite. The service is stellar, and the bar is an awesome spot for a well crafted cocktail and an appetizer if you'd rather not to commit to the full dinner experience :)
Hole in the wall hidden gem...Best lunch special in town, and some of the most authentic and amazing Thai food we've ever had!
Thai Kitchen
2851 N Oakland Ave
Hole in the wall hidden gem...Best lunch special in town, and some of the most authentic and amazing Thai food we've ever had!
Thoughtfully prepared brunch and dinner, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Easy walking distance from the house.
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Lazy Susan MKE
2378 South Howell Avenue
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Thoughtfully prepared brunch and dinner, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Easy walking distance from the house.
Awesome chicken curry and fresh spring rolls!
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Hue Vietnamese Restaurant - Bay View
2691 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Awesome chicken curry and fresh spring rolls!
Mexican restaurant, awesome margaritas and great Taco Tuesday dinner specials!
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Café Corazón
2394 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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Mexican restaurant, awesome margaritas and great Taco Tuesday dinner specials!
Open seasonally from late February through fall, Babe's is Milwaukee famous for its incredible ice cream (they have lots of vegan ice cream options too!)
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Babes Ice Cream & Dessert
2264 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Open seasonally from late February through fall, Babe's is Milwaukee famous for its incredible ice cream (they have lots of vegan ice cream options too!)
Killer brunch in Walker's Point!!! Walk off the excellent food and take in the neighborhood's many stellar antique and vintage shops.
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Engine Company No. 3
217 West National Avenue
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Killer brunch in Walker's Point!!! Walk off the excellent food and take in the neighborhood's many stellar antique and vintage shops.
Excellent Indian food, attentive and friendly service.
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Cafe India Bay View
2201 S Kinnickinnic Ave
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Excellent Indian food, attentive and friendly service.
One part classic cocktail/beer bar and one part eatery featuring all things sausage, The Vanguard is loved and frequented by locals and visitors alike.
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The Vanguard
2659 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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One part classic cocktail/beer bar and one part eatery featuring all things sausage, The Vanguard is loved and frequented by locals and visitors alike.
Just down the street from the classic Milwaukee music venue Shank Hall, The Pasta Tree is an Italian restaurant owned by our friend Suzette Metcalf, who also happens to be the incredible chef. It's romantic without being pretentious or stuffy, and the food (all made from scratch in-house, including the ridiculously delicious bread) is out of this world.
The Pasta Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar
1503 North Farwell Avenue
Just down the street from the classic Milwaukee music venue Shank Hall, The Pasta Tree is an Italian restaurant owned by our friend Suzette Metcalf, who also happens to be the incredible chef. It's romantic without being pretentious or stuffy, and the food (all made from scratch in-house, including the ridiculously delicious bread) is out of this world.

Shopping

Long standing vinyl record shop just down the street from the house.
Acme Records
2341 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Long standing vinyl record shop just down the street from the house.
Our favorite record store in town, a bit of a drive but one we make frequently :)
The Exclusive Company
1669 N Farwell Ave
Our favorite record store in town, a bit of a drive but one we make frequently :)
Amazing handmade hat shop!
The Brass Rooster
2252 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
Amazing handmade hat shop!
Killer collection of reasonably priced mid century antiques, clothing and collectibles! The owner loves to shop, so the selection rotates quickly as everything is priced to sell :)
Tip Top Atomic Shop
2343 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Killer collection of reasonably priced mid century antiques, clothing and collectibles! The owner loves to shop, so the selection rotates quickly as everything is priced to sell :)
Sparrow features Wisconsin made goods, ranging from skin care to candles to clothing to jewelry to household items.
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Sparrow Collective
2224 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Sparrow features Wisconsin made goods, ranging from skin care to candles to clothing to jewelry to household items.
Beautifully curated vintage shop run by three super down to earth Milwaukee fellas with a stellar collection of salvaged and refurbished midcentury modern furniture...they also have a great vintage clothing section!
Brew City Salvage
524 W National Ave
Beautifully curated vintage shop run by three super down to earth Milwaukee fellas with a stellar collection of salvaged and refurbished midcentury modern furniture...they also have a great vintage clothing section!
A hangar-sized building with three full levels of antiques & collectibles!
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Antiques On Pierce
1512 West Pierce Street
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A hangar-sized building with three full levels of antiques & collectibles!
Another favorite vintage furniture and home decor shop with an emphasis on mid-century modern goods, beautifully curated by the knowledgeable and friendly owners and priced to sell!
BC Modern
900 S 5th St
Another favorite vintage furniture and home decor shop with an emphasis on mid-century modern goods, beautifully curated by the knowledgeable and friendly owners and priced to sell!

Drinks & Nightlife

Legendary small rock club that's been there over 30 years. Mega famous bands like Spoon, Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes and Bright Eyes all played here early in their careers. Check the calendar to see who's on. The front room has a cozy Bär if you're just keen for a tapper.
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Cactus Club
2496 South Wentworth Avenue
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Legendary small rock club that's been there over 30 years. Mega famous bands like Spoon, Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes and Bright Eyes all played here early in their careers. Check the calendar to see who's on. The front room has a cozy Bär if you're just keen for a tapper.
Our favorite place for beers. Over 30 brews on tap including a cask beer engine for English style ales. Old timey vibes on the inside and outdoor seating for summer day drankin.
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Burnhearts
2599 South Logan Avenue
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Our favorite place for beers. Over 30 brews on tap including a cask beer engine for English style ales. Old timey vibes on the inside and outdoor seating for summer day drankin.
10 min drive. An old house converted into a dive pub in the middle of a neighborhood, Wolski's is as Wisconsin as it gets. So classic. Feels like time traveling into the late 70's.
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Wolski's Tavern
1836 North Pulaski Street
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10 min drive. An old house converted into a dive pub in the middle of a neighborhood, Wolski's is as Wisconsin as it gets. So classic. Feels like time traveling into the late 70's.
10 min drive. A great stop after or before Wolskis. It's just around the corner. Little house converted into a chill bar.
The Standard Tavern
1754 N Franklin Pl
10 min drive. A great stop after or before Wolskis. It's just around the corner. Little house converted into a chill bar.
The "go to" live music venue in town, both Turner Hall and Pabst Theater get all the best touring bands.
Turner Hall Ballroom
1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave
The "go to" live music venue in town, both Turner Hall and Pabst Theater get all the best touring bands.
Another local favorite, with lots of outdoor seating and weekly live music.
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Tonic Tavern
2335 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Another local favorite, with lots of outdoor seating and weekly live music.
Local favorite, great little dive bar.
The Stone
2422 South Howell Avenue
Local favorite, great little dive bar.
Famous cocktail bar...they don't have a menu but can make any classic cocktail in the book. There can be a wait for seats at the bar on weekends, but if you're into classic cocktails it's always worth the wait!
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Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
1579 South 9th Street
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Famous cocktail bar...they don't have a menu but can make any classic cocktail in the book. There can be a wait for seats at the bar on weekends, but if you're into classic cocktails it's always worth the wait!
Recently relocated from their original home just two blocks away from our house (*le sigh*), the new location lost a little of the hole-in-the-wall charm but maintained the excellent cocktail selection, friendly staff and, most importantly, the always incredible Taco Moto as a food partner (the Taco Moto truck is parked in the lot behind the bar year-round).
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Boone & Crockett
2151 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Recently relocated from their original home just two blocks away from our house (*le sigh*), the new location lost a little of the hole-in-the-wall charm but maintained the excellent cocktail selection, friendly staff and, most importantly, the always incredible Taco Moto as a food partner (the Taco Moto truck is parked in the lot behind the bar year-round).

Arts & Culture

The building is as stunning and impressive as the art collection. The building's "wings" raise and descend slowly throughout the day.
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밀워키 아트 뮤지엄
700 North Art Museum Drive
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The building is as stunning and impressive as the art collection. The building's "wings" raise and descend slowly throughout the day.
We love the carefully preserved character of this natural and human history museum, which was founded in 1882 and now houses over 4 million specimens. Brett grew up going there, it's definitely a nostalgic spot for a lot of locals! Their "Streets of Old Milwaukee" and "European Village" permanent installations are worth the price of admission alone.
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Milwaukee Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
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We love the carefully preserved character of this natural and human history museum, which was founded in 1882 and now houses over 4 million specimens. Brett grew up going there, it's definitely a nostalgic spot for a lot of locals! Their "Streets of Old Milwaukee" and "European Village" permanent installations are worth the price of admission alone.

Parks & Nature

Humboldt Park is a beautiful and well maintained community park with a seasonal outdoor concert series called "Chill on the Hill," which started as a small event but now regularly draws 2,000-3,000 people every Tuesday in June, July and August. Food and beer vendors abound, but you are welcome to bring your own!
Humboldt Park Pavilion
3000 S Howell Ave
Humboldt Park is a beautiful and well maintained community park with a seasonal outdoor concert series called "Chill on the Hill," which started as a small event but now regularly draws 2,000-3,000 people every Tuesday in June, July and August. Food and beer vendors abound, but you are welcome to bring your own!

Essentials

Just around the corner, they have a little bit of everything and the family that owns and operates this place is amazing!
Bayview Supermarket
2277 S Howell Ave
Just around the corner, they have a little bit of everything and the family that owns and operates this place is amazing!
Natural food co-op, locally owned and operated!
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Outpost Natural Foods
2826 South Kinnickinnic Avenue
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Natural food co-op, locally owned and operated!
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Pick 'n Save
250 West Holt Avenue
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Sightseeing

Dating back to 1901, the iconic Basilica of St. Josaphat is open Monday through Saturday, 9AM to 4PM for visits and tours. The Saint Josaphat Parish was formed in 1888 as an offshoot of Saint Stanislaus Parish (the first urban Polish parish in the US) and quickly became the largest Polish parish in Wisconsin. Modeled after St. Peter's Basilica, the incredible looking structure includes salvaged materials from the Chicago Post Office and Custom house, which were brought to Milwaukee on 500 railroad flatcars!
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Basilica of Saint Josaphat
2333 South 6th Street
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Dating back to 1901, the iconic Basilica of St. Josaphat is open Monday through Saturday, 9AM to 4PM for visits and tours. The Saint Josaphat Parish was formed in 1888 as an offshoot of Saint Stanislaus Parish (the first urban Polish parish in the US) and quickly became the largest Polish parish in Wisconsin. Modeled after St. Peter's Basilica, the incredible looking structure includes salvaged materials from the Chicago Post Office and Custom house, which were brought to Milwaukee on 500 railroad flatcars!
The Milwaukee Riverwalk ties together three distinct waterfront neighborhoods (The Historic Third Ward, Downtown, and Beerline B). It is more than 20 blocks from end to end, and is an awesome way to get to see different areas of the city at your own pace. The Riverwalk is also home to an outdoor art gallery called RiverSculpture!, with a rotating display of sculptures.
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Riverwalk
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The Milwaukee Riverwalk ties together three distinct waterfront neighborhoods (The Historic Third Ward, Downtown, and Beerline B). It is more than 20 blocks from end to end, and is an awesome way to get to see different areas of the city at your own pace. The Riverwalk is also home to an outdoor art gallery called RiverSculpture!, with a rotating display of sculptures.