The Brewers’ Hill’s food scene is inspired by an array of influences, with dishes that hark back to the city’s European roots, often reinterpreted by chefs whose international flair brings new meaning to them. We pick the restaurants in the Brewers’ Hill area that best encompass Milwaukee‘s contemporary food scene.
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Wolf Peach focuses on rustic European food, using its titular vegetable as a basis in many of their dishes. Emphasizing the communal nature of public dining, Wolf Peach presents a warm, familial and artisanal approach to their food. Their wood-fire oven makes their gourmet pizzas a must-try; best eaten at tables looking out against fantastic views of the Milwaukee skyline.
Headed by Chef Ben Hudson, The Brown Bottle places serves traditional European pub food with a modern, international twist. Located in historic Schlitz Park, the menu offers dishes such as kimchi Reuben sandwiches, a tempura cauliflower and a succulent salmon bowl. On Fridays the Brown Bottle features a traditional Milwaukeean Fish Fry from 5pm to close, with a choice between beer-battered or baked Alaskan Cod.
One of Milwaukee’s finest and most reputable restaurants, Sanford has been serving gourmet food since opening in 1989, and has been reviewed favorably by multiple culinary magazines and reviews, such as Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Wine Spectator and the Zagat Guide. The menu is seasonally influenced, relying largely on local, fresh ingredients, developed and influenced by Executive Chef Justin Aprahamian’s experience and Armenian heritage, with an emphasis on complex, complementary flavors.
A popular spot for beer-lovers, Lakefront Brewery offers not only fantastic, fun tours of their brewery, but a wide selection of Wisconsin-inspired food, drawing on Polish and German influences and reliable American comfort foods, such as a Wisconsin Mac ‘n’ Cheese blend. Pair the traditional pub fare with one of their own beers, brewed on the premises, or head down on Fridays for their fish fry, featuring live music, a communal atmosphere and a view of the Milwaukee river.
Part restaurant, part beer bar, Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar features local flavors and ingredients, as well as 53 craft beers on tap. Serving dishes ranging from barley encrusted tuna to black bean burgers to pig roasts, Stubby’s focuses on robust, filling Mid-Western food. It also offers brunch every week on Sundays, live music and trivia nights on Tuesday. Stubby’s is the perfect spot for a classic American meal, a few drinks and to meet the locals who are sure to visit every week.