Milwaukee - Casual Restaurants

Aug 13th, 2009, 07:18 AM
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Milwaukee - Casual Restaurants

I will be in Milwaukee with several friends for a week at the end of August and we will have a car. We'll be attending a seminar most days but don't want to eat all our meals at the hotel (Hilton Milwaukee City Center).

I've looked through previous posts which listed these restaurants:
Bartolotta Pizzeria Piccolo
Coquette Cafe
Harlequin Bakery
Karl Ratzsch's

Any opinions about these restaurants? Any other suggestions for lunch (up to $15) or dinner (up to $20-25) spots? We like most cuisines and aren't looking for fancy dining.

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Aug 13th, 2009, 02:38 PM
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For lunch try Kopps. It is famous for hamburgers and custard. No fancy sit-down place but there are benches outside where you could sit to eat.

We always like Pandl's. We have been wanting to try this restaurant.
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Aug 13th, 2009, 02:38 PM
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We like Rudy's Mexican Restaurant downtown.
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Aug 13th, 2009, 03:34 PM
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I think that Maders and Karl Ratzsch's are over priced and overrated--untless you like heavy German food served in a stodgy atmosphere. And I wouldn't call either one of them casual.
All of the Bartolotta restaurants are quite good.

For Mexican, we like La Perla, La Fuente, or Botanas, all at 5th and National, in the heart of the near South side Hispanic neighborhood.
For Thai, our favorite is Singha Thai in West Allis From your hotel, you could walk to The King and I
For Indian, try Maharaja or Mayura, both on Farwell on the East side.
Sitting outside on the river at John Hawks pub (good salads and burgers) is very pleasant.
In the Third Ward, just south of DT, we like Tulip (Turkish) and the Palms Coquette Cafe is also in the Third Ward, and is very good.
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Aug 14th, 2009, 06:28 AM
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Thanks for all your suggestions, sounds like we have some great choices.

I looked at the menus for Maders and Karl Ratzch's and agree they look over priced. I can get good German food where I live but a couple of my friends can't and are interested in going to one of the places.
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Aug 14th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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If you do go to one of the German restaurants, I'd choose Karl Ratzsch's over Maders.

I second the suggestion of Mexican food in the Walker's Point area -- you can't go wrong with La Perla, La Fuente or Botana's.

Love Coquette Cafe, Pizzeria Piccola and Singha Thai.
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Aug 14th, 2009, 07:47 AM
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I really liked Maders as a tourist... it's all what you make of it... don't know Karl Ratzch's though...
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Aug 14th, 2009, 01:11 PM
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I also have been to Mader's (Karl Ratzch's was closed on the Sunday I was in Milwaukee). I've heard KR is the better of the two, but I enjoyed the food at Mader's very much. I wouldn't consider Mader's formal at all -- my jeans and short sleeved shirt were most welcome there, and no one was dressed up. From what I've heard about KR, it's pretty similar.

I also have no gripe about German food, nor about the prices I was charged.
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Aug 14th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Thanks again for everyone's feedback and suggestions.
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Sep 10th, 2009, 08:09 AM
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We didn't make it to all the places I wanted to try but did get to Kopp's and Maders.

Kopp's was a HUGE hit with my friends, we ended up going twice during the week so we could try other custard flavors. We also went to Maders for their Sunday brunch. It was a good opportunity to try a variety of the German food and for only $20 a pretty good value since it also included unlimited Strawberry Champagne punch.

Thanks for all of your suggestions.
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