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Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Foodies

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Expedia and VISIT Milwaukee created a list for food lovers as the final piece in our three-part series.

At Expedia.com, we partnered with VISIT Milwaukee to showcase some of the best places in town for beer lovers and those traveling with families, but what about visitors on a mission to treat their taste buds? Some of the best Milwaukee attractions are those that will have you asking for a second helping, so we rounded up several of our favorite eateries for you to chew on. From avant-garde recipes to seven-course delicacies, we’ve planned out all your meals for your weekend getaway in MKE. When you’re traveling to a place like Milwaukee, where the state’s nickname mentions cheese, you’d better arrive with an appetite.

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Sit-down Spots

At Wolf Peach, it’s not considered rude to start nibbling on your dish before everyone’s meals are served. This alternative restaurant is committed to a “como viene” or “as it comes” approach, which means the wait staff brings out each dish as soon as it’s cooked to ensure the ultimate freshness. The menu includes a variety of innovative items, many of which are picked straight from its urban garden. Try the slow-poached egg wood-fired pizza, or sample the Buddha baby mustard mix.

While you’re in town, get a taste of what Sanford Restaurant calls “modern ethnic” cuisine, a contemporary twist on traditional dishes. Every Monday through Friday, the sous chef conceptualizes the Four-Course Exploration Menu, and the chef whips up the Seven-Course Surprise Tasting Menu. Prefer to play outside the boundaries? Pick your own dishes off the daily menu—with fennel-dusted beef tenderloin and lamb consommé with shrimp flan, any choice is a good one.

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Meals and Wheels

The struggle of deciding between sushi and burritos is over thanks to the Sushi Go food truck. Enter this truck’s specialty: a massive sushi roll, wrapped in a nori, like a traditional burrito. The TunaGeddon is packed with raw escolar and yellowtail tuna, while The Instigator, loaded with marinated flank, is perfect for those who prefer turf over surf. Swing by Schlitz Park on Tuesdays or Central Standard Craft Distillery on Fridays for a Mexican twist on your Japanese favorites.

Also, chase down Yellowbellies when it rolls through town. Famous for its rotisserie chicken sandwiches, this food truck knows just what you’re craving. From the Mother Clucker, served with a blue cheese spread and bacon, to the Hail Hail with Caesar dressing and crumbled croutons, these flatbread sandwiches take lunch to a whole new level.

Some food trucks operate on a seasonal schedule, so check with the individual food truck’s event calendar to ensure they’re serving during your visit.

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
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Lodging Fare

When it comes to deciding where to stay, a comfortable bed shouldn’t be your only criteria. Choose a place like the Iron Horse Hotel, where you’ll be well rested and well fed. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Smyth, serves exquisite and sophisticated dishes, including duck pate, charcuterie boards and rabbit meatballs.

For those who prefer some variety, consider making reservations at The Pfister Hotel, which boasts a number of dining options. However, you don’t have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the restaurants, such as Mason Street Grill, which uses a wood-burning oven and grill to create its flavorful signature dishes. Dive into the shishito flatbread or savor the bone-in filet mignon. Craving something lighter? Stop in the Café at the Pfister for Wisconsin ham and cheese or a grilled salmon salad.   

Whether you’re a grazer or a devourer, Milwaukee has an eatery for you. Satisfy your appetite by noshing and nibbling your way through the city’s foodie scene on your next trip to the Cheese State.

Written by Chloe Mulliner

 
Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Families

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Expedia teamed up with VISIT Milwaukee for its second post in a three-part series focused on weekend trips to Miltown.

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We recently joined forces with VISIT Milwaukee to highlight some of the beer spots in town, but we didn’t want to leave your little ones out of the Cheese State fun. Because there are so many attractions in town that are suitable for your under-21 crew, Expedia.com has created an itinerary filled with family-friendly hangouts, eateries and hotels. For your next weekend getaway in Milwaukee, round up your gang and add these attractions to your schedule:

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Activity Time

Discovery World isn’t just for kiddos. The science and technology exhibits at this museum will fascinate both you and your youngsters. A place where you can expand your knowledge and imagination, Discovery World invites you to learn about everything from energy to sound. Explore Rockwell Automation’s Music Factory, and get your hands on the “Wind Leaves,” an outdoor musical structure of rotating aluminum columns and giant xylophone benches.  

Next, burn off some of that built-up vacation energy at the ice rink. Pettit National Ice Center, which is an Olympic training facility, offers public skate sessions, where the whole family can put on mittens and carve up the ice. Show off your figure 8’s or let your kids school you in a speed race. Rain or shine, pencil this indoor activity into your travel itinerary.

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Grub Time

If you’re dealing with some picky palates, you can’t go wrong with pizza. Head to Palermo’s Pizzeria 3301, where the simple pepperoni and four cheese pies will have your munchkins asking for seconds. Looking for a little more grown-up oomph for the adults? Order the prosciutto and arugula or go with the Calabrese, which includes Calabrian chili paste, hot soppressata salami and green olives. What’s more, Palermo’s hosts factory tours, giving families a sneak peek into the wonderful world of frozen pizza manufacturing.

For some much-deserved vacation sweetness, treat the fam at Leon’s Frozen Custard. This family-owned business has been serving up the cold stuff since 1942. Go the traditional route with some chocolate and vanilla frozen custard, or kick it up a notch with a butterscotch malt or root beer shake.

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Sleepy Time

There are a number of family-friendly Milwaukee hotels in town, but if your kids are notorious for bouncing off the walls, consider staying at the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown. This accommodation features an indoor pool, where you kids can make a splash while you put your feet up and lounge. There’s also an on-site restaurant, Millioke - Meat. Cheese. Beer., which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so your clan won’t go hungry. To top it all off, the hotel is within walking distance of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Lake Michigan, and the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

Another family favorite is the Hilton Garden Inn. While the spacious hotel is located in the heart of all the action, it also offers a complimentary shuttle, which provides hassle-free transportation to the local attractions. What’s more, The Garden Grille & Bar features a menu that serves up kid-approved meals. With chicken tenders and peanut butter and jelly for the rugrats and grilled steak forestiere flatbread for the grown-ups, this hotel restaurant is a win-win.  

While traveling with children may slightly alter your adult vacation plans, thanks to Milwaukee’s countless attractions, you’ll hardly even notice. Venture to Milwaukee with your pack, and you just might end up feeling like a kid again.

Written by Chloe Mulliner

Looking for even more? VISIT Milwaukee has itineraries made for families of all ages.

 
Weekend Getaways: Milwaukee for Beer Lovers

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Expedia partnered up with VISIT Milwaukee to showcase the best beer-inspired spots in MKE as part of our three-part series.

Home to some of the original big dogs—Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz and Miller—Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is said to be the city that built beer. It’s a town that revolves around what’s on tap, and a place where brew selections change with the seasons.

Here at Expedia.com, we wanted to know the best ways to get a taste of the beer scene, so we teamed up with VISIT Milwaukee. We gathered some of the top places to go in town to sip and learn about the city’s brewing history, so if your ears perk up at the mere sound of a beer cracking open, this list was made with you in mind:

 

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Quench Your Thirst

Let’s face it, the options are practically endless when it comes to the best places to knock back a few. There are plenty of watering holes around town, but if you want something authentic, head to Milwaukee Brewing Co. Kick back at the Open House with a round of Little Bittas or Polish Moons, or take the “Beer in Hand” tour where you have the opportunity to try different brews, sample the ingredients and learn about the brewing process.

Still feeling thirsty? Swing by Lakefront Brewery for a tour and a flight. Featuring both the nation’s first organic beer and gluten-free beer, this innovative craft beer maker is well worth the stop. Choose from the year-round lagers and ales, switch it up with the seasonals or go all out and sample them all.

 

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Chow Down

Some like to say there’s a sandwich at the bottom of every beer, but we don’t suggest relying on that theory. Instead, pair your brews with some solid grub at the Uber Tap Room and Cheese Bar, which is committed to upholding the state’s love of cheese and the city’s brew history. Cheese platters, mac ’n’ cheese and grilled cheese selections dominate the menu, but you can also order bratwurst, hot dogs and pretzels. Wash it all down with a local Lakefront IPA or the Oakey Dokey pale ale from Sheboygan.

As long as you’re sipping some brewskis, why not nosh on some beer-infused fare? Inspired by the practice in Belgium and Northern France, Milwaukee Beer Bistro cooks all of its cuisine with barley pop. If beer-brined chicken wings and sandwiches served on beer rolls are making you thirsty—don’t worry—they serve more than 55 bottles and cans and 13 selections on tap.

 

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
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Step into the Past

There are various brew-based attractions in town for when you’re not in the mood for a mug. Explore the city’s beer heritage around the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. The Pabst brewery opened in 1844, and it became the largest brewer in America between the late 19th and mid-20th century. Take the “Beer History Tour,” and mosey through the Blue Ribbon Hall and The Great Hall, while uncovering PBR’s past.

For another taste of the city’s history, visit MillerCoors Milwaukee Brewery. Here you can embark on a tour of Miller Valley and discover 155 years of brewing history. Learn about Frederick Miller—the man behind the beer can—and check out the distribution warehouse. At the end of the tour, swing by Miller Inn for some samples of a fresh batch.

 

Milwaukee for Beer Lovers
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Put Your Feet up

Can’t bear to part with the beer scene when it’s time to rest up? Thanks to The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, you don’t have to. At this hotel, you can sleep soundly on the grounds of the original Pabst Brewing Company, which closed in 1996. Reserve a room and admire the two-story, stained glass window of King Gambrinus enjoying a beer, which was commissioned by Frederick Pabst, the brewer himself.

In order to enjoy a brew-inspired vacation in Milwaukee, you don’t have to be a beer connoisseur. Simply arrive in the city with an open mind and willing taste buds.

Written by Chloe Mulliner