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Advice for 3 nights near New Glarus/1 night in Milwaukee?

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about 2 hours ago
bte576 in Great Lakes

Advice for 3 nights near New Glarus/1 night in Milwaukee?

I would definitely keep Burnhearts as it's just a cool place with good beer and cocktails, but to add Sugar Maple is a great beer bar in that area as well. I do, hands down, prefer the atmosphere at Burnhearts, but from a selection standpoint, popping by Sugar Maple for beer would still be a worthy stop and you can do a sampler there. Odd Duck is right in the neighborhood, so that would work out well. Another option for dessert which is right in the neighborhood would be to stop by Honeypie for, you guessed it, pie. Otherwise, Purple Door's ice cream is great, but I haven't been to their new shop.

Mader's is pretty formal and old-school. If that is what you are looking for, I think it is a good, but sometimes overlooked spot for lunch. Otherwise, if you want something more casual and given the sausage loving comment about your husband, check out The Vanguard in Bay View. Great sausages and fries. (If you do end up at Mader's, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart is across the street which has a tap room attached to it.)

If you are interested in checking out Hinterland, you could start there with a beer and snack at the bar and then move south to Bay View. We prefer sharing at the bar there versus eating in the dining room. I assumed you may want to go there for the beer, but the cocktail and wine selection is also v. good.

Great recommendations from kathryn re: cocktails if you decide you need them. :) I will add that near your hotel, there is a place called Distil with good cocktails.

Back to beer...
Our Rock Bottom isn't bad, but would skip it with other local options around. While I would skip eating at the MKE Ale House, it is a great Milwaukee spot and they have a lower level bar with a patio alongside the river if just stopping to drink. Lakefront Brewery is always a favorite stop, so that's a great choice. Convenient to Lakefront, there is a good beer bar called Stubby's I would just add into the consideration--pretty good interesting bar food there also, not that you need many more food options!

The Milwaukee Public Market is food worthy stop for snacks and to browse local food products and there is an inconspicuous beer bar at the Nehring's booth.

I could keep going, but that should be plenty of options I think!

As for Madison, I saw The Old Fashioned recommended already and that is a great recommendation for the Wisconsin beer and food experience. Karben 4 and Next Door are two good options for smaller breweries if you want to hit something like that. (I haven't been to all the places on your Madison list, but give a big thumbs up to Fromagination and we always like going to the Great Dane.) We had an OK dinner at Heritage Tavern when it first opened, but just recently went back and loved sharing at the bar, so that's fresh on my mind.

Brasserie V has become one of my favorite stops for reliably good lunch and dinner in Madison. They have great beer, but it is more of a Euro focused menu, so you may not be excited about that if in WI.

As far as browsing for local food products, Underground Butcher and the Willy St. Co-Op would be two good options.

Have so much fun!!

about 2 hours ago
bte576 in Great Lakes

Breakfast in Milwaukee?

Glad you liked Blues! We usually try to get there by 8 on the weekends and I was wondering if that was still necessary for no wait...sounds like that probably still rings true. Thanks for reporting back.

Jun 24, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville Trip Report

I would recommend the bourbon rosemary glazed if available...that's what we tried. I would not, however, recommend sharing like we did. Cheers!

Jun 24, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

Thx for reporting back...hopefully you can make it back sometime to see more of what we have to offer!

Jun 19, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Breakfast in Milwaukee?

Simple Cafe and Beans and Barley are north of the other suggestions, but still in Milwaukee. Hopefully someone will chime in with a good, reliable local breakfast spot somewhere further north, there has to be one.

I don't think you'll find anything real inventive that early on a Saturday, but there are some solid coffee shops serving breakfast (Collectivo at Bayshore, Fiddleheads at Bayshore or Mequon).

Your friends may know of it already, but Cafe 1505 is the only place I've been to for a sit-down brunch in Mequon and I enjoyed it.

Solly's Grill serves breakfast(famous for burgers-haven't been though), as does Benji's Deli (solid spot for corned beef, but I haven't been for years and never for breakfast).

North Shore Boulangerie serves a very limited breakfast menu, but it's a cute spot. I've only picked up bread from there, but want to go back.

Hope that helps a little!

Jun 19, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Breakfast in Milwaukee?

You need not look further than the list nsxtasy provided for a good option.

Making the assumption (which maybe I shouldn't) you may want do something with wait service since you may have some time to kill, I would narrow down your options to the following:

Blue's Egg (generally considered the best & consistent, always busy, could be a wait depending on what time you actually get there, but not likely long early on Saturday and probably worth it. It's technically out of your way, but wouldn't likely add any more time than going into downtown.)

Engine Co. 3 (cool spot, fairly easy to get to on your route, have seen some mixed reviews, but our food was v. good)

Simple Cafe (have been to their other location in Lake Geneva several times and love it--have heard good things about this one as well)

Cafe at the Plaza (has a lovely courtyard in a hotel/apt bldg.-had a great brunch there a few years ago, but I think they have a new chef, so I can't comment on any recent meals)

Just a few comments on the others mentioned for what it's worth for the OP or nxstasy.

Cafe Benelux is an awesome space, but we are generally disappointed in most of the food (other than apps/snacks) at all of that restaurant group's spots. We try to stick to the Lowlands group stops for beer (and maybe frites), but I wouldn't risk it for one breakfast.

Honeypie and Comet Cafe are both cool and quirky spots (same owner) focusing on comfort food with a twist. Most of my food has been pretty solid, but I've had some misses. If the menus appeal to you, then I think they both are worth trying. I am more of a fan of Honeypie.

Maxfield's was Ok when I went, but very typical breakfast/pancake house spot. Not exciting.

Brewed is a small and order at the counter. I often get a coffee there when in the area, but can't comment on their food.

Mykonos is also order at the counter, very casual, what you might expect with gyro in the title. Have only had their gyros/dinner type food, but they do a good job at that.

The National may be order at the counter, but it sounds great. That is definitely on my to visit list, so I will have to try to report back when we make it there.

Jun 17, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville Trip Report

We were charmed by Asheville five years ago on our first visit and to return to an even greater bounty of food and drink was overwhelming, but only in the best of ways!

Dinner at Curate was excellent. Cold items ordered were serrano ham, artichoke salad, and a raw local trout dish. Artichoke salad and trout were really special. For warm dishes, we tried the grilled lamb, sautéed mushrooms, and the octopus. Loved the lamb and mushrooms. The octopus was good, but it was the one thing I would have switched out if doing over. Wine recommendation from our server was spot on.

Enjoyed dinner at Limones. Lobster nachos to start were great (these were specifically on our to-do list from our last visit). Husband had the pork tacos and really liked them, but thought for the price, he maybe should have gone with something more unique. I had the scallops with squash/bacon/brussels sprout hash. Great flavor, but the squash was slightly underdone. I just honed in on the scallops, bacon, and sprouts and that hit the spot.

For a planned brunch, we ate at Chestnut and this was pretty solid. Tried the basic breakfast, seasonal salad, and the lobster roll.

We rarely visit same spots twice, but we did end up starting our trip at the West AVL Biscuit Head for breakfast and made a quick stop at the other location on our way to the airport. Wonderful biscuits and wow--the butter, jam, hot sauce spread was impressive.

For other meals, we did a lot of bouncing around sharing and snacking just trying to fit it all in.

All Souls--Shared the Soppressata pizza. Very light on the cheese, so this may not be everyone’s choice for pizza, but with the quality of the ingredients and crust, we thought it was awesome.

Needed a quick & casual stop for something small after kayaking. We picked up a house made hot dog (Carolina Style) from Foothills Meats in Ben’s Penny Mart. Quirky little place. Great hot dog. The fact that we had to share the hot dog just made my husband want more, so when we stopped at The Imperial Life later during the trip and spied another house made dog, we had to try it. Also, very delicious, despite not expecting to be doing a lot of hot dog sampling on this trip. We also had a tartare on toast with avocado there and that was very nice.

Chai Pani for the Bombay Chili cheese fries was on our to-do list. These were good, but they came out room temperature, so that might have taken away some of the enjoyment. I think something a little saucier would have been my preference with such very crispy fries, but I am glad we tried them.

MG Road: Current food theme is Summer of Sandwich. We tried the fried chicken w/pimento cheese and pickles. It was a nice little sandwich to share for $5 while enjoying a craft cocktail.

Donuts--we shared a donut each at Hole and Vortex. Husband really liked the Vortex donut, but I preferred the uniqueness of Hole in that they cooked the donuts to order and were light with the perfect touch of sweet glaze. Great coffee at Vortex.

Rhubarb: Had ruled out doing a full meal here, but in passing by we noticed the cheese plate and this seemed like a good chance to sample some local ones. Great cheese plate. The server also suggested the fried green tomatoes as well with pickled shrimp. I thought the texture of the shrimp came across as overdone, but the tomato and sauce/garnishments were of the plate-licking kind. Funny note, the fried tomato was actually a red one and not a green tomato?!

In between all the food, we made it to many (probably too many…) of the area breweries and were so impressed with the quality and innovation in your local beer. The only “problem” was there was just too much temptation to keep sampling and moving on to the next spot instead of just relaxing.

We did have a drink at the Top of the Monk recommended by miss piggy on the board. Cool spot, nice view, and the cute small snack accompanying your drink was a nice touch.

Well, after putting this together I think I need to go eat some steamed vegetables, but it was a pretty great trip in terms of our eating and drinking. We so much appreciate all the active SE board postings. Thanks!

Jun 15, 2015
bte576 in Southeast
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Looking for German Supper in Madison Wisconsin

The Essen Haus.
Also, with our strong German heritage, you will also find some German influence on the menu at The Old Fashioned, a "Wisconsin" themed restaurant.

May 31, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes
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Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

There is a newer Vietnemese sandwich shop called Xankia very close that could be an option--haven't been, but I have seen some positive reviews. Waterfront Deli (an old favorite of ours) or the new Color Palate (don't know much about it, but it has been getting some good press) would be good options, but a little further walk. Otherwise, check out www.flavorcycle.com for delivery options for a list of good Mke spots!

Also--not sure how it compares to the orig., but there is a Jake's Deli in the mall food court and that's a pretty notable Mke spot for corned beef and pastrami. I think there is still the Wild Flour bakery in the mall as well--another possible option.

May 26, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

I saw those noted in a write up somewhere already, so my itinerary actually has a note on it to "fit in Bombay Chili Cheese Fries at Chai Pani!"

I did see several comments on yelp about lines out the door at Chai Pani....is that mostly a peak dinner time issue or is it busy all day?

Just trying to decide if this is a viable option for just sharing those fries or if we should just plan on eating a full meal there.

May 26, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

Just wanted to add for coffee, I would recommend a visit to Colectivo in the Third Ward or the Stone Creek Coffee on 5th Street.

May 19, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Food around convention center, no car, lots of ladies [Milwaukee]

It really won't be that dire, so it would be helpful to know if you are looking for anything particular--super casual, more upscale?? Also, Milwaukee's downtown is not all that large, so $10 in a cab or an Uber will get you to some other neighborhoods easily. There is also a $1/ride Trolley loop around the city in the summer that you may want to look up.

Just taking a shot in the dark, these are places just over a mile or less from the Wisconsin Center that I would look up and see if they interest you.

The Rumpus Room
Ale Asylum Riverhouse
Milwaukee Public Market
Vagabond
Cubanitas
Rustico
Mason Street Grill
Bacchus
Hinterland
Bavette

Water Street Brewery, Rock Bottom, and Mo's Irish pub are not going to be high on the list of most chowhounders, but for more of a pub/grill food type spot, I've had perfectly fine meals at each place over the years and those would be in your vicinity.

If you classic German interests you, Maders or Karl Ratzch's are worth a look.

Spots on my "I've been meaning to try for years" list in that area would be Buckley's and Sababa, so there's a couple more thoughts.

Enjoy your trip.

May 19, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

Thanks for all the tips. Looks like I have a few more spots to look up and we'll have to see how all the pieces fall together.

I wasn't really considering brunch at Curate on Saturday as I think that's a place we'll definitely want to (freely) enjoy wine with our meal and we booked a brewery bus tour for that afternoon, so a boozy brunch is probably ill advised.

I'll figure it out and will be sure to report back with our thoughts!

May 17, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

Hmm....if we switch to Limones for dinner, do you think there is a clear winner in town for a Saturday lunch/brunch that takes reservations (or wouldn't likely be running on a wait)?

We have plans after lunch and definitely want to try to eat around 11-11:30.

I feel so needy--sorry--but I really appreciate your recommendations!

May 16, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

miss piggy--thanks for making it easy to cross Rhubarb and Ghan Shan off the list.

Thirsty Monk was a favorite from our trip last time and I noticed the Top of the Monk on their site and wondered if it would be a good stop--will def try to visit for a break from all the beer.

We'll skip trying to eat at Wicked Weed if it is a mad house. If we try to stop by on the concert night, we will prepare ourselves for it being too busy and just try to stop by the next afternoon. Or is it pretty much always crazy there?

Complicating things I know--but is Bouchon a good stop for drink and sharing something? I overlooked it for this meal due to it being further north, but if we end up walking it will be right on our way. I also saw they have opened a sister Cajun restaurant right there. I was just thinking this could be a good companion stop to Storm (or other options) for more food. I like the idea of making a few stops to experience more spots, but also feel like a big sit down dinner before a concert can sometimes feel draining.

danna--we are eating at Curate the night before, so that's why I didn't consider Zambra (we ate there last time and did enjoy it) and also figured I didn't need to do Nightbell after Curate if the chefs are the same, but that might be a silly thought if food is great.

I did consider Thunderbird, but that appears to be ending before our trip. :(

May 15, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

This is all very helpful! Thank you.

Sky Bar does sound like it would be a neat stop if we can fit it in.

Funny...we picked Asheville for this trip thinking we've been there once before and it's a smaller city, so planning will be easy... Yet I am still finding decisions to be plenty difficult. I am sure, however, that whatever we chose we will have a great time.

May 14, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

No worries, I had just assume those two would be generally considered a little better from my research...but with Storm's location being so convenient for our evening, wishful thinking had me hoping maybe you had really high regards for Storm.
Thanks for the input!

May 14, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

So Storm wins over Bull & Beggar or The Junction? Sorry...just making sure I understand what you meant.

May 13, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

I’ve done research, but do hope to get some thoughts on the following. I do appreciate your help!
We had reservations at Seven Sows for a Thursday dinner before a concert at the Orange Peel, so my preference would be to stick with the downtown area…but both The Junction and Bull & Beggar do sound great, so if those are hands down better choices than the following—please chime in.
---Posana, Chestnut or Storm could work instead? We were going to do Limones for brunch on Saturday, but we could also flop that and go there for this dinner and then another spot for brunch if something else is stronger for brunch.
---We do also really enjoy just stopping at the bar at several places and sampling a few things, but sometimes it is hard to know if a place will be appropriate for that and/or just likely be too busy for that to be possible. Any thoughts on a good itinerary for a little progressive bar dining are also appreciated. We are hoping to have beers at Wicked Weed on this night, so we could something there as well, just trying to get a feel for what’s reliably good.

A few other questions.
Any updated thoughts on Rhubarb? It just seems to be getting all this national coverage, yet I know some of the past comments on here haven’t been great and the reviews are sure mixed.

King James Public House—I saw the news about the chef change and was just wondering if anyone has been recently?

Chai Pani—I’m intrigued by the menu and would love to stop in for a snack at least. Is this a sit down restaurant or order at the counter. I am having a hard time getting the vibe.

Gan Shan Station—Anyone been yet? I saw another post asking, but no response.

It looks like we're definitely planning to do a dinner at Curate, brunch at Biscuithead, and a lunch at All Souls already btw.

Thanks!

May 13, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

Seven Sows to close (Asheville)

Thanks for sharing their recommendations. We also had it booked for our trip next month and got the call earlier today and after I hung up the phone, I thought I should have thought to ask what they recommended just to get another opinion.

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Southeast

In search of diagnosis and cure for "off" cookie texture

Great point! That's a lot of dried cherries for this sized batch of cookies when there are mix-ins already. I think I read that as 1/2 cup, not 1 1/2 cups!

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking
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Should I not marinate my leg of lamb?

I just proceeded as planned with the lamb and found it to be enjoyable and as expected.

Leg of lamb was new to one guest and she asked if it was supposed to be a little chewy—go figure.

I think I have always marinated leg meat to some extent, but I think I will have to try just doing the simple oil, salt and pepper before cooking to compare the texture at some point.

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

In search of diagnosis and cure for "off" cookie texture

The recipe has a fairly high sugar to flour/butter/egg ratio seems in comparison to most traditional chocolate chip cookies. I would not change what you are doing with the butter.

I would try cutting the sugar a bit. Other thoughts would also be too make sure your baking soda is fresh and that your oven is not running hot.

If you are adding in dried fruit, that’s even more of a reason you should be able to get by with less sugar.

Also, what kind of cookie sheet are you using? I prefer non-insulated aluminum sheets for most cookies. I always end up with too much spreading on the insulated ones.

I like to play around with drop cookies and usually draw from this basic formula: 1 stick butter, ¾ cup sugars, 1 egg with 1 ¼ cup flour. (I also include vanilla and ½ t. baking soda of course—if I plan to chill for days in the fridge before baking, I will throw in a little baking powder as well).

If I want chewy cookies, I like to add 1 T. cornstarch. If I am adding dried fruit as one of my add-ins, I may even scale back a little on the sugar.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

May 12, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

Should I not marinate my leg of lamb?

Was thinking a stove top sear and then roast at 350. Pulling at 130° ish and letting it rest for 15-20 minutes. As far as the issue of chewiness goes, I have found that we prefer the texture of leg of lamb if pulled from the oven at a slightly higher temperature than we would for beef roasts which I take out by 125°. I’d love to try a lower, slower method sometime, but with this being a Friday after work meal, I won’t have more than a few hours.

May 07, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

Should I not marinate my leg of lamb?

I don't know why I do this...I go to make something I've made before and then come across something online that makes me question my planned method!

I made a marinade last night of yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, harissa, garlic and some herbs/spices. I was planning to prep and marinate a boneless leg of lamb tonight for cooking on Friday night.

Saw this article saying that marinading lamb will make it chewy. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-roast...

I know there are other roast lamb leg posts that comment on marinating, so I believe most on here have thought like me that this is a perfectly normal thing to do! I guess I think of leg of lamb as a meat a little more chewy...so maybe I have been doing this wrong and ordering it at restaurants who do this as well.

I am not willing to completely forego using the marinade I made--it's the flavors I really want--but I am debating if I should just pour it over the meat tomorrow while I let the meat sit at room temp. or perhaps just use a very thin layer of it overnight and then add the rest while it sits before cooking.

Just curious what the chowhound universe thinks on this.

May 07, 2015
bte576 in Home Cooking

MKE special occasion - Wolf Peach or similar?

Hinterland is a beautiful and modern space that is classy, yet with a more comfortable vibe than what you may think of as fine dining. I really think it is a great option from your original comments.

As far as Odd Duck goes, the menu wouldn’t strike me as place to bring small children. I would think kids would be more likely to be taken to Wolf Peach since they do have pizza and I know I’ve seen sleeping babies there before (but don’t recall seeing kids running around). Unfortunately, with you wanting to eat early, I do think there’s a greater chance of kids being brought along to places that aren’t typically thought of as kid-friendly...I just wouldn't let seeing a kid ruin your night!

May 06, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

MKE special occasion - Wolf Peach or similar?

I agree with kathryn's recommendation of checking out Hinterland. The food to me is more special there and if you are more into sharing (judging from your other two options), the menu works there for sharing or ordering your own entrees. Beyond having their own great beer, the cocktails are good and the wine list is thoughtful.

RE: Wolf Peach vs. Goodkind-- I think they are very similar in terms of level of casual nature. Wolf Peach has a modern and spacious vibe as you would know, whereas Goodkind is in a very old building and it's more cozy.
I think out of those two it may just be a matter of which menu sounds better. I have really enjoyed meals at both, but neither has been absolutely perfect each time as far as the food goes.

And you may have been to all these other places before, but if not--just throwing out a few more comments.

Odd Duck's bar opens at 3 and it's one of my favorites for dinner in the area. I wouldn't think of it as super special occasion, but I think it is in the similar vein as Goodkind or Wolf Peach.

Moving west--I thought Story Hill BKC had an intimate vibe at dinner, despite being casual, and they are open all day. I think they may have a limited afternoon menu. I am also a big fan of the date night pairing of The Ruby Tap for wine and snacks and then dinner at Le Reve in Tosa (if this is on a Saturday, they do take an afternoon break).

May 06, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes

Scottsdale--The Upton - Virtu - The House Brasserie

We ended up at Virtu for dinner. We sat inside and it was a bit loud and crowded, but we kind of enjoy being in on the action...but that might not be for everyone. We couldn't speak more highly of the food--we had a very nice meal, but we were just slightly disappointed in the timing. Our server suggested going heavy on starters and just sharing an entree and the first round of food came out almost instantly upon ordering. The asparagus dish was especially memorable and I told my husband if it would have been on their brunch menu, I would have suggested we go back for brunch the next day and we are not people to go to the same place for food on the same trip.

We skipped The House and just went really casual for that lunch and tried the Brat Haus. Cute place. Good sausages and fries.

We did try the Upton during happy hour. Great happy hour deals. Food was a little hit or miss, but we liked the place and beverage options and would give it another shot when visiting.

The other new place we tried was the OHSO in Scottsdale. This place came up in conversation with locals several times, so we tried it for lunch. Our food was fine, but very basic. They did have a very nice beer and cocktail menu, so it might be a place we'd go back to for drinks over food.

Apr 17, 2015
bte576 in Phoenix

Holey Moley's Best (or Worst) donuts--MKE

Event is over and we were happy with Holey Moley. I might not go crazy for these for breakfast, but they were well-received by the group and they are great looking donuts that's for sure.

The menu ended up being a little different than the first one I was provided and I chose to go with options that were more dessert like-Creme Brulee, Red Velvet, and Samoa. I was able to sample at least a bite of each.

The Creme Brulee was one I had seen a lot of positive reviews about, but personally I would have preferred a lighter textured yeast donut. Although, the filling did have nice flavor and it seemed like the guests enjoyed them.

The Red Velvet and Samoa were both cake donuts and both tasted good and were satisfying for dessert.

I did throw a few dozen donut holes on the order and I think people liked sampling them, but I thought they were too sweet due to the high glaze vs. cake ratio.

Mar 10, 2015
bte576 in Great Lakes