Hey guys – Mollie here. One of my best friends in this entire universe lives in Milwaukee, WI teaching at a charter school for underprivileged children. Although I selfishly miss her and am upset she moved away from the East Coast, she is doing amazing things. I recently had the privilege of visiting her in early Fall, and she led me to the best restaurants providing the full “Milwaukee experience,” which most people think is cheese and beer. Milwaukee is so much more than that!
First stop: Von Trier, a German style bar that serves endless free popcorn upon arrival. They have a bunch of imported German beers on tap, and we sat down for a couple of the Oktoberfest specials. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and we had a great time munching on the salty popcorn and catching up.
The next morning: We stopped in Koppa’s Fulbeli Deli to pick up some breakfast sandwiches. We ordered a croissant with bacon, cheddar and cranberry mustard. Mmmmmm. So nice after a night of drinking at Von Trier. From there, we took our sandwiches and headed to Colectivo coffee on the Milwaukee Lakefront. We got a couple of lattes and enjoyed the beautiful fall morning outside by the lake in their large outdoor seating area. Colectivo has the most delicious coffees, very enthusiastic barista’s, and a trendy atmosphere perfect for bringing your laptop and getting some work done.
During the day: we walked down to Pizza Man MKE for some outstanding salads on their roof deck. I know, we went to an upscale pizza place and ordered salads. Don’t judge! Fresh and flavorful, you’re looking at the Cavoletti, complete with arugula, hazelnuts, brussels sprouts, ricotta salata and a lemon vinaigrette. Just below that is the Green Bean & Gorgonzola, which, if not obvious, has green beans, gorgonzola, pistachio, arugula, tomato and an aged balsamic vinaigrette. They also have an extensive wine program, offering 30 different wines by the glass and over 250 wines by the bottle! They even let you open a bottle for just two glasses – an awesome deal that deserves a toast.
That evening: We took a walk on the beach by stunning Lake Michigan. That picture is the one that drew you into this post. Then, we went to LakeFront Brewery for some beer tastings and cheese curds. Yep, cheese curds. I know what you’re thinking. But they’re REALLY good, I promise. We ate them by the Milwaukee River while drinking craft beers – an awesome deal of $8 for four 5 oz. beers and a take-home pint glass!
Such an amazing adventure to Milwaukee filled with good food, drinks and friends. I miss my friend already, but do I miss those cheese curds more… ? (I didn’t mean that, Annie) 🙂