Saturday, July 21, 2012

Foodie Favorites, Milwaukee Edition

I heart Milwaukee, WI! After living in this trendy, eco conscious and foodie friendly city for five years, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite spots to grab some great grub.

First and formost, Ristorate' Bartolotta. (Ahh, my mouth waters just typing the words.) Located in the charming suburb of Wauwatosa. The environment is romantic, the service staff is top notch and extremely knowledgeable of the Italian menue. I prefer a seat bellied up to the warm and rustic bar. Now, what to recommend you eat...everything! Favorites that I still taste in my dreams are the salmon and pepperdellie. You must have a glass of an Italian red wine or share a bottle on their special half price wine nights. The seasonal menue changes; favorites like the white truffle and heirloom tomato menue are to die for and are worth planning your travel to milwaukee around.

Not too far from Miller Stadium you'll find El Senorial's mexican restaurant. This is my favorite for super cheep and incredibly tasty chimichangas. (Don't forget the extra guacamole!) Wash it down with a pacifico beer and you just had yourself fun frugal and authentically mexican evening. Don't go to this restaurant for atmosphere but the festive tunes and bustling diners help distact from the outdated decor.

At Pizzaria Piccola you will find the BEST thin crust, naples style pizza. I don't mess around with the fancy toppings, I just stick with the classic margarita pizza and it is cooked to perfection in their wood burning oven.  Sip the local brew and my personal favorite beer eveR, New Glares Spotted Cow.

The hipster vibe and eclectic decor makes Cafe Hollander a favorite for sunday breakfast. I love a mrs. hollander breakfast and a spicy bloody mary. They also serve my favorite Belgium style beer, Kwak on tap here.  They have two locations in the Milwaukee area.

And I can't talk about my favorite places to eat without mentioning my favorite place to get groceries (and don't forget to bring own market tote!) 
Sendicks Food Market
Why I Shop: They have the freshest and best priced produce (and beautifully stacked, I might add), a wonderful meat counter staffed with very helpful butchers, and you can get a beautiful dozen roses for only $7.99 everyday ( I can't beat that when I buy wholesale!)

Groppi's Food Market is a neighborhood grocer in Bay View, WI (great views of downtown Milwaukee from this town) This charming Italian market is my favorite for buying fresh cuts of meet and the only place I buy my Italian Arborio rice for making risotto.

Located in the public market in one of my favorite downtown neighborhoods, the Third Ward; you will find St. Pauls fish counter has a wonderful assortment of fresh fish and an oyster bar thats hard to beat. Belly up with a pinte of your favorite local brew and a plate of fresh oysters or a bowl of clam chowder.

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