Frozen custard isn't a novelty in Milwaukee, it's a way of life. So much so that you'll be hard-pressed to find bad custard in the city—atmosphere, flavor varieties, and souped-up specials are what separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's what to look for and a rundown of the very best.
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Milwaukee is burger heaven. Here's our guide to the best.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Wisconsinites know that saying applies to not just love, but summer too. When the thermometer hits 70 degrees, restaurants and bars are quick to get outdoor spaces ready for the rush of locals who will do everything possible to soak up the sun.
Milwaukee's food scene has been growing leaps and bounds in the last decade or so, and we have everything from dive bars only serving a Friday fish fry to restaurants with James Beard award-winning chefs. And yes, we have lots and lots of beer and cheese and meat, too.
On Tuesday nights, Sprecher's offers a burger deal were you can get a burger and any of their beers or sodas for just $8. There's an extra $2 charge for some of the more massive burgs, but that's hardly a sticking point when it comes to these big, bold beauties.
Sara Johannes (Top Chef, Season 11 and Executive Chef at Shoyu, MSP Airport) lets us in on her top five favorite burgers in Milwaukee.
The burgers at Karma would be solid if they weren't overcooked.
Located on the second floor of a hotel, this serene restaurant offers a couple great, classic burgers, but only at lunchtime.
Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary party is this weekend. If you're in town for the party, a burger and some onion rings at the HD museum's main restaurant, Motor, is a good bet.
This Western-themed, jack-of-all-trades restaurant serves up super juicy burgers with lots of seasoning.
The beer program at Colectivo (previously known as Alterra Coffee Roasters) launched in a home beer lab under the control of the company's green coffee buyer, George Bregar, and coffee roaster Shawn "Roscoe" Bigelow. The two drew upon the palates and methodical workflow style they'd learned in coffee sourcing and roasting, applied to their innate Wisconsonian love of beer.
Sometimes all you want is a great burger and the beverage that goes alongside it isn't too important. But other times, access to a wide variety of awesome beer is equally crucial to eating a delicious burger. For those times, we've compiled a list of a few favorite spots across the nation to simultaneously satisfy a craving for an exceptional pint and a delicious beef patty. Click through the slideshow to see all of our picks.
Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles...and maybe a squirt of mayo, mustard, or ketchup. The standard toppings will never cease to be tasty, but sometimes, you want a burger with a bit more personality. For those occasions, here are a dozen creatively-topped burgers that really work. Check out the slideshow to see all of the unique burger toppings.
Photographer and writer Michael Berman of Pizzacentric visits Maria's Pizza in Milwaukee and comes away with a great blog post and a video that sheds some light on the pizzamaking process there. (Not that it's a huge secret, since the kitchen is open to one and all who dine there.) Maria's is one of my all-time favorite pizzerias. Nice to see the Pizzacentric treatment of it.
Popular Kenosha drive-ins The Spot and Big Star have similar burgers, but The Spot wins with better seared patties and better cheese.
If you're in the mood for an old fashioned, flame-broiled burger and a view of the Milwaukee River, John Hawk's Pub might be for you.
Head to this Belgian-themed restaurant to enjoy full-flavored burgers on a huge rooftop patio.
North Avenue Grill may not be the most famous diner around, but it should be. It's tiny, quaint, and the food is excellent on top of being extremely reasonably priced.
This brand new bar in a nightlife hotspot focuses their menu on burgers with unusual toppings and bold flavors.