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.
While you'll encounter a weekly fish fry all over the country, few places take the event quite as seriously as Wisconsin. During Lent, it sometimes feels like it's hard to find a restaurant that doesn't serve a Friday fish fry. I've tried them all over the state, and here are my 10 favorite options.
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.
Walk a few blocks in most big cities and it's easy enough to find a slice joint or full-fledged pizzeria, which keeps most of us plodding along our familiar, blinkered pizza routines without wondering might be waiting a little off the beaten paths.
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.
Fred's in Burlington, Wisconsin, has one amazing burger and great Parmesan-covered, house-made potato chips, too.
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.
Next time I go to Famous Dave's I'll stick to barbecue and tried-and-true sides. Unless you really can't decide between a burger or barbecue, I suggest doing the same.
This brand new bar in a nightlife hotspot focuses their menu on burgers with unusual toppings and bold flavors.
Stubby's big pub burgers try to be fancy-pants but come up a bit short, especially for the price.