The Swingin’ Door Exchange is a welcoming and cosy traditional saloon and eatery that draws upon Milwaukee’s Mid-Western cowboy heritage. In keeping with the theme, the food on offer here is classic American comfort food ideal for chilly winter days. Tuck into a bowl of chilli, chowder or soup and you’ll instantly be transported to a land of nostalgia and hearty home cooking. Small groups can order a variety of exchange plates to pick at between them whilst enjoying a beer; the mussels, onion rings, chili cheese fries and BBQ ribs are all great choices.
Providing patrons with a visual as well as a culinary feast, each dish at c.1880 is beautifully presented in a colourful and artistic manner. Serving contemporary American fine foods, the menu rotates with the seasons but generally includes a good selection of lamb, beef, rib and crab dishes, all of which are said to be among the best in the city. Those with a sweet tooth will absolutely love the ‘whatchamacallit’ dessert and wine aficionados won’t be disappointed by the wine selection on offer either. The industrial chic decor and impeccable service within the restaurant attracts a wide range of clientele and the fabulous flavours ensures that Milwaukee’s gourmands keep on coming back for more.
c.1880, 1100 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 431 9271
Famed for its tasty sharing plates of cheese and charcuterie, Distil Milwaukee is an upscale establishment that draws the crowds in with its artisan approach to food. The chefs here are constantly at work on new flavour combinations and innovative dishes and the bar men are similarly always working to ensure that the handcrafted, classic cocktails on offer remain among the best in the city. Of course as the name suggests, Distil also has over 100 varieties of whiskey on its menu to please even the most discerning of liquor lovers. The restaurant’s copper ceilings, wooden tables and carefully designed interior hark back to eras gone-by while the schedule of live music keeps the atmosphere lively and the locals rolling in.
Distil Milwaukee, 722 Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 220 9411
Forget ice cream or fro-yo, frozen custard is what’s got everyone talking in Milwaukee. Each day there are different flavours to try at Kopp’s Frozen Custard Stand and true Kopp’s fans can sign up to receive an email alert whenever one of their favourite flavours is being featured. Time it right and try the strawberry rhubarb pie sundae consisting of three scoops of vanilla custard, French pastry, a tart strawberry rhubarb, dollops of fresh homemade whipped cream, rich streusel crumbles and topped with a fresh strawberry. Aside from frozen custard delights, Kopp’s also makes juicy jumbo burgers for those after a savoury bite before the cold stuff comes out. Choose between a hamburger, cheeseburger, chicken burger or fish burger and enjoy with a side of fries or onion rings and a choice of toppings – but save room for dessert.
Situated within the walls of the world’s only Harley Davidson Museum, the Motor Restaurant is the eatery of choice to enjoy a brew and a burger after a morning or afternoon spent admiring the 450 iconic motorbikes on display. The food here is all-American classics in keeping with the theme of the museum and the beers are brewed locally at Lakefront Brewery. Giving locals a reason to keep on returning, the specials change monthly but it is the stuffed motor burger which continues to be the most popular on the menu. Overlooking the Milwaukee riverfront, the Motor Restaurant reflects the legendary style of the Harley Davidson estate.
Motor Restaurant, 401 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 287 2778
Setting the standard for fine seafood dining in the city, The Anchorage has the freshest fish and seafood flown in from all three coasts ensuring that its guests are served only the most delicious of dishes. The red snapper soup with sherry and The Anchorage scallops are firm favourites among locals and the daily specials are always extremely good choices. Set on the banks of the Milwaukee River, guests can enjoy beautiful panoramas from the patio during the summer months. Open also for breakfast, both the a la carte and buffet options are impeccable value and very convenient for guests staying at the Hilton River next door.