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What to Eat in Milwaukee

From hearty comfort classics to authentic German beers and Polish fare, Milwaukee offers plenty of filling dining options to help you get through notoriously cold Midwestern winters. To start, try a world-famous Usinger's bratwurst on downtown Milwaukee's Old World Third Street. Afterward, wash it down with a cold pint at one of several traditional German restaurants, including Mader's and Milwaukee Public Market or Crossroads Collective.

And for those looking for classic American fare, there are plenty of eateries specializing in just that. Outside of downtown Milwaukee in the Southgate neighborhood, diners can indulge in a homemade frozen custard and a sloppy joe-style hamburger at Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-In. Should you crave an American-style breakfast (with some Old-World flair), stroll over to Blue's Egg  which sits 6 miles west of downtown Milwaukee. And when you're looking for an upscale twist on American comfort food, slow down and enjoy a seven-course meal at Sanford Restaurant, which features entrees like chargrilled elk loin and citrus seared Alaskan halibut.

But a visit to the largest city in Wisconsin would not be complete without sampling some of the region's delectable cheeses. Although the state proudly produces nearly 3 billion pounds of cheese (which equates to 25% of America's cheese production) annually, in Milwaukee, it's all about the cheese curds. These tasty morsels can be found at a number of Milwaukee restaurants and cheese shops, including Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Westown and West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe in the Historic Third Ward.

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  • #1
    Stella Van Buren
    #1 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 317 reviewsTripAdvisor (317)
    $ - $$ | American, Italian
    550 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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  • #2
    Glorioso's Italian Market
    #2 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 650 reviewsTripAdvisor (650)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian, Deli
    1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1514
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  • #3
    Sanford Restaurant
    #3 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 424 reviewsTripAdvisor (424)
    $$ | American, International
    1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
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  • #4
    La Merenda
    #4 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 396 reviewsTripAdvisor (396)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Spanish, International
    125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849
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  • #5
    Mo's A Place For Steaks
    #5 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 322 reviewsTripAdvisor (322)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    720 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2402
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  • #6
    Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-in
    #6 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 686 reviewsTripAdvisor (686)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    3131 S 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215-4337
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  • #7
    Story Hill BKC
    #7 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 192 reviewsTripAdvisor (192)
    $ - $$ | American
    5100 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53208-3654
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  • #8
    Swingin' Door Exchange
    #8 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 535 reviewsTripAdvisor (535)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
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  • #9
    St. Paul Fish Company
    #9 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 977 reviewsTripAdvisor (977)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5513
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  • #10
    Zarletti
    #10 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 266 reviewsTripAdvisor (266)
    $$ | Italian
    741 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4451
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  • #11
    The Capital Grille
    #11 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 383 reviewsTripAdvisor (383)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    310 W Wisconsin Ave Unit 100W, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2213
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  • #12
    Blue's Egg
    #12 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1058 reviewsTripAdvisor (1058)
    $ - $$ | American
    317 N 76th St, Milwaukee, WI 53213-3533
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  • #13
    Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall
    #13 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 226 reviewsTripAdvisor (226)
    $ - $$ | German, American, Bar, Pub
    1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3701
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  • #14
    The Purple Door
    #14 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 174 reviewsTripAdvisor (174)
    $ |
    205 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1412
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  • #15
    Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
    #15 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 256 reviewsTripAdvisor (256)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    101 W Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-4041
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  • #16
    Odd Duck
    #16 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 307 reviewsTripAdvisor (307)
    $ - $$ | International
    2352 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1626
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  • #17
    Oscar's Pub & Grill
    #17 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 248 reviewsTripAdvisor (248)
    $ | American, Bar, Pub
    1712 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1110
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  • #18
    Blu at the Pfister - BAR
    #18 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $ - $$ | Bar
    424 E Wisconsin Ave The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4436
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  • #19
    Calderone Club
    #19 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 468 reviewsTripAdvisor (468)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    842 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1701
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  • #20
    Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
    #20 of 1,461 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 527 reviewsTripAdvisor (527)
    $$ | French, European
    3133 E Newberry Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211-3473
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