For Dave’s birthday, I took him to Milwaukee. We did some research online for the trip and he created a spreadsheet (sounds like my sister!) gathering recommendations from people we know along with the web. Since I like to be so detailed and take so many pictures, I’m going to split this up into a few posts so I don’t drive you guys crazy.
We started off our trip in Schaumburg at a restaurant called Wildberry. It’s one of our favorite places for breakfast food and if you haven’t tried it you really should. Once we were full of good food, we started on our drive to Milwaukee. From that far North, it only took us an hour and 20 minutes to get up there. The first thing we visited was rated the #1 attraction in Milwaukee according to Trip Advisor. No it wasn’t a bar…it was a Basilica! Basilica of St. Josaphat. Surprising I know. I wouldn’t describe either of us as avid church goers, but we were both raised Catholic so it was interesting to check out. Even if you aren’t religious, you should take a look at the place purely for the architecture!
Next was a bar (see you just had to be a little patient). We headed over to the nearby Sugar Maple which was on Dave’s list to visit. It was around 4:30pm so we were the only customers there. We each decided on a drink and then hung out asking the bartender what we should see in Milwaukee. The cool thing is he listed a few things we already had on our list. It made us feel good about our list if a local was naming things on it. We had reservations at Braise that night which was the fancy dinner of the weekend, so we said thanks for the advice and drove to the hotel to change.
We stayed at aLoft in downtown Milwaukee which is stylish and in the middle of everything.
The one major downside was parking or lack there of. When we arrived they informed us that we had two choices: valet or a parking garage 2 blocks away. We opted for the parking garage, but later learned the hard way that a sign saying ‘Event Parking’ means you pay the fee listed even if you are there less than an hour. Ugh, $15 bucks for 45 minutes is crazy! We shook it off because there really was nothing to be done about it and arrived at Braise 10 minutes later.
It was right near what we would find out later is the largest four faced clock in the world. Amazing things happening in Milwaukee people! Dinner was amazing. It was comprised of small plates and most everything on the menu is locally sourced. It was a long dinner, but I would say worth the wait and our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the food. It was already pretty late, a 2.5 hour dinner will do that, but we wanted to go out so we parked back by the hotel and walked across the river to check out the bar scene. We had a little mini bar crawl comprised of three different bars before running our freezing selves back to the hotel. We hit up Pourman, Bar None, and Dukes. Along the way we saw tableside taps (including Spotted Cow!), a guy literally getting thrown out of a bar, and I beat Dave at darts twice! To be continued next week…