What to eat in Milwaukee

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Milwaukee lets you stroll along the river, it has many restaurants, and cafes serving tempting foods, and drinks. You can visit the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and Historic Third Ward. A weekend trip to Milwaukee, the largest town in Wisconsin, can be really thrilling because this city has some of the best restaurants to offer, along with other sightseeing opportunities.

For people who are looking for a winter or a summer break, Milwaukee can be your go-to place. From the friendly people to tempting beer and drinks, Milwaukee will indeed make you feel delighted. This city is something you should never overlook.

The reason why so many travelers and locals love to visit the beer bars of Milwaukee is that this town is known to be the beer capital. The famous Miller Brewery handcrafts some of the exquisite beers. Apart from its tantalizing beer, Milwaukee is also renowned for its cool architecture.

But the food you can eat in Milwaukee is reason enough to visit this bustling town.

1. Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup -  Pic source Pixabay
Beer Cheese Soup – Pic source Pixabay

Thinking about what is the most Milwaukee thing to do? Then the real king on the throne of this city is nothing else but the beer cheese soup. The name of the dish says it all. You have a beer, you have cheese, and the soup has both of them. This delicacy is available all over in Milwaukee! The rich and dense soup will give you the taste of beer and cheese. So, where to have it? Try the following:

Milwaukee Brat House
Address: 1013 N Old World 3rd St

For those who are looking to taste the authentic Milwaukee dishes, look no further and visit Milwaukee Brat House. Brats know how to live up to their expectation, and their beer cheese soup tastes heavenly.

2. Fish fry

Fish Fry -  Pic source Pixabay
Fish Fry – Pic source Pixabay

You might think that fish fry is not at all an authentic dish, but when the fish is coated in beer-batter, and deep-fried, and served with tartar sauce, coleslaw, some potato pancakes, and lemon wedge, the entire experience of fish fry eating becomes authentic. Fish fry can be easily found in most of the restaurants here in Milwaukee.

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The best way to eat fish fry is with chilled beer, and that’s why don’t forget to order for it once you are ready to place your order.

If you are wondering where to stay in Milwaukee while on your hunt for a fish fry, I recommend checking out the East Town.

Lakefront Brewery
Address: 1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3701

Enjoy your delicious fish fry at one of the famous breweries here in Milwaukee with great ambiance. Friday nights out are always great at Lakefront Brewery. Take the brewery tour here, and then enjoy the delicious fish fry with listening to a live polka band!

3. Cheese Curds

Cheese Curds -  Pic source Pixabay
Cheese Curds – Pic source Pixabay

Cheese curds are a delicacy and a must-eat dish in Milwaukee. The cheese is usually served with yellow cheddar, which is a common curd. But, the flavor of cheese curd is endless, because different food outlets make it differently. From chives, garlic, horseradish, dill, to tomato, this dish can be made in various varsities.

Clock Shadow Creamery
Address: 138 W Bruce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1626

The cheese curds of Clock Shadow Creamery are not that expensive, and the restaurant offers a panoramic view of the entire city if you go to the roof of the building. You can even try some of the cheese samples before ordering cheese curds.

4. Cream Puffs

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Cream Puffs – Pic source Pixabay

It seems like people of Milwaukee have a thing for sweet dishes. The cream puffs look delicious and mouthwatering. You’ll find a thick layer of airy cream stuffed in a wedge in the puff, and the buttery crusts make the entire puff quite a mouthful. You will find cream puffs everywhere in this popular Wisconsin city!

Le Rêve Patisserie and Café
Address: 7610 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2609

Le Rêve Patisserie and Café is an absolute favorite when it comes to trying some tasty treats like cream puffs. The décor of this café is great, and the food is even better. Be ready to fall in love with the ambiance.

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5. Frozen Custard

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Frozen Custard – Pic source Pixabay

How about something made from eggs, lots of sugar, and cream? Would you mind trying something that will enable you to walk down the nostalgic memory lane? Milwaukee has many, many frozen custard shops where you can buy one for you and your family. What’s frozen custard? It’s a richer version of ice cream that includes eggs in the mixture.

Gilles Frozen Custard
Address: 7515 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee

Go to 76th Street in Bluemound Road, and you will find Gilles Frozen Custard that is one of the oldest frozen custard shops, dating as far back as 1938.

6. Butter Burger

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Butter Burger – Pic source Pixabay

Lots of butter and a burger made and served with loaf often has ground beef as the patty. On top of the burger buns will be a handful of regular burger and an additional scoop of butter right on top of the beef patty melting all over it.
This is an extremely hearty dish, thus I recommend it to have it in the cooler seasons. No wonder that many people consider it one of the best things to do in Milwaukee in winter.

Solly’s Grille
Address: 4629 N Port Washington Rd. Grover Heights

There’s nothing better than trying the original butter burger recipe at Solly’s Grille. Their meat is fresh and the creamy butter on top and the side dishes that include French fries, and onion rings, will make it a full-time lunch!

7. Fruit Dumpling

Fruit Dumpling -  Pic source Pixabay
Fruit Dumpling – Pic source Pixabay

Everyone has tried dumplings, but have you ever tried fruit dumpling, though? Then try it once with a cup of coffee and enjoy your Milwaukee breakfast to the fullest. This could be your snack time meal too!

Milwaukee Public Market
400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, United States

The best place to enjoy these juicy fruit dumplings is at the Milwaukee Public Market. The market opens at 10 am.

8. Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue -  Pic source Pixabay
Cheese Fondue – Pic source Pixabay

The fun and communal aspect of cheese fondue make it a must-try here in Milwaukee. The warm and welcoming flavor of swiss cheese, baby potatoes, white wine, some garlic, and more, makes it a must-have with crispy bread, apples, vegetables, and much more.

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East Town Kitchen & Bar
Address: 323 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee Marriott Downtown, Milwaukee, WI 53202

The kitchen and bar serve the best cheese fondue that can be used to dip all sorts of food in. The dining experience is fantastic, and you will love all the other dishes served in this bar.

9. Beer Brats

Beer Brats -  Pic source Pixabay
Beer Brats – Pic source Pixabay

Beer brats is an iconic dish that includes sausages. They are boiled in beer first before roasting or grilling them, hence the name “beer brats”. The taste is delicious, and the red chili flakes and garlic granules on top make it even better.

Milwaukee Brat House
Address: 1013 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203, United States

Milwaukee Brat House is an old culinary staple for people when it comes to eating beer brats and other authentic Milwaukee dishes. You should come here to enjoy the dish and ambiance.

10. Broaster Chicken

Broaster Chicken -  Pic source Pixabay
Broaster Chicken – Pic source Pixabay

Chicken cooked in oil after being battered and deep-fried until its crispy from the outside and delicious from the inside. The juices of broaster chicken make the dish taste heavenly.

Jojo’s Fried Chicken
Address: 1900 S 31st St, Milwaukee, WI 53215, United States

Jo Jo’s Fried Chicken’s broaster chicken is incredible. You can ask for taking out or delivery as well. The unique hot sauce recipe is a must-try along with the dish.

There are many dishes to try in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; but of them all, these were my favourite things to eat in Milwaukee. Have you tried them? Which are your favorites?

About Paulina, the Author

Paulina from Paulina on the Road
Paulina from Paulina on the Road

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