When you think of the midwest your thoughts might immediately go to Chicago or Minneapolis. If you look a bit deeper you might find that Milwaukee, Wisconsin just might surprise you with its tasty food culture. There are plenty of ways this proud midwestern town shows off its food and beverage chops. From an incredible public market filled with more delicacies than you would imagine, artisanal baking, it provides a fresh take on the wonders of the heartland. In addition, there are a lot of people anxious to talk about Milwaukee’s pride, from many gourmet food purveyors, to great restaurants and more. Here are just a few ideas of how to dive into this midwest wonder.
Milwaukee is known for producing lots of beer. If you like beer be sure to check out some of Milwaukee’s small craft breweries. For a fun tour and tasty brews stop in to Lakefront Brewery, which does several fun tours a day. If you have some gluten-free folks in your crowd try their New Grist gluten-free pilsner. It’s delicious and ranks amongst the best GF brews in the nation.
There are also plenty of places to enjoy great food. From delicious bar food and traditional supper clubs to fine dining. When you’re exploring the downtown area be sure to check out the Milwaukee public market. With fresh food, artisan and ethnic products from local vendors, classes and events, this market is a great food destination all on its own. Eat there or take your goodies with for a picnic.
Milwaukee has a host of cultural attractions too, such as the wonderful Milwaukee Art Museum, Historic Third Ward District and restaurant row, and the Pabst Mansion (yes, the beer baron’s home!) There’s plenty to eat, see and do in this sometimes overlooked midwest wonder.
THE QUICK BITE: If you’re visiting Milwaukee, be sure to check out the great cultural attractions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Historic Third Ward District and restaurant row, the Pabst Museum and, of course the gourmet’s dream Milwaukee public market.