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Tell me about Milwaukee and the surrounding area

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Atlas, May 1, 2012.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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    I'll be spending some time in Milwaukee later this month.
    What should I know about the city and surrounding areas?

    Where are the best outdoor recreation areas in that part of Wisconsin?
     
  2. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    'nuff said, Squiggy.
     

  3. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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    Thanks Dennis, very helpful.
     
  4. jpa

    jpa CLM

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    I hope you like German food. Visit Mader's, they've got great food and a huge collection of cuckoo clocks. Usinger's sausage is also pretty good. Cheese curds are also a local delicacy in Wisconsin. A trip to WI isn't complete without a stop at a roadside cheese and sausage shop. Check into brewery tours, I remember Miller used to do tours with free samples at the end. ;)

    For outdoor activities, check out the zoo, take a walk/jog along the lake, etc.
     
  5. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    All I ever learned about Milwaukee I lurnd on TV:

    Lots of beer.

    Pepsi and milk - bleach!

    Ugly wimmins.

    Stupid men.

    Oh, and one annoying Italian that can't stop singing.


    Keepin ya on page one, Atlas. I'd be interested, too. I'll have to make the pilgrimage in a year or two to hit the Brewer's game.
     
  6. Dyerbill

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    The Zoo is a great place to see:wavey:
     
  7. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    I grew up outside of Milwaukee. I like the city, even if it is 900 miles too far north.

    Wisconsin has a great State Park system. If you can travel a bit, take a day trip to Baraboo and check out Devil's Lake. It's a two-hour drive. Kettle Moraine State Park (about 45 minutes west) has some good scenic trails. Some of the city parks are nice as well.

    If you play golf, take your clubs (and some $$$) and make the short drive up to Whistling Straits. It's worth every penny.

    I like the Geodesic Domes on the west side, and the Museum of Modern Art on the lakefront.

    Really good zoo.

    My favorite restaurant in the world is on the south side. It's called 'Old Town Serbian Gourmet House.' I was in Milwaukee last summer, and was very happy to see that it's still around. they weren't open, so I can't affirm that it's as good as it was 30 years ago. Worth a try, just in case it is.

    Go see a Brewer's game. Miller Park is pretty cool.

    DEFINITELY do a little research and find a local's favorite Friday Night Fish Fry. Look for perch. A lot of places are only doing cod nowadays, and that's a shame. All-you-can-eat perch, potato pancakes, and cole slaw, with buttered rye bread and a cold beer is pretty close to heaven on earth.

    Open carry and post the hilarity! (Just kidding, Milwaukee police are not to be trifled with.)

    The 'Liberal Zone' (if you care) is on the east side, near the lake. Brady Street is 'hippie central.'

    Some of my favorite taverns:

    John Hawkes - very nice, mellow atmosphere. Great food, with a kickass Macintosh sound system playing mostly old jazz.

    Grady's Saloon - great beer selection. Big place, with a more upbeat vibe.

    And the one bar you must not miss...

    Safe House.

    There is something you must do to gain entry. I will not tell you what it is. Just don't give up too easily when you're inside the vestibule.
     
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    I hear Juneteenth can get kind of wild in Milwaukee... Be sure to leave before then if that's not your thing.
     
  9. BL33D 4 M3

    BL33D 4 M3 SDMF

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    Skip Mader's and go to Karl Ratsch's. Miller Brewery, Mo's A Place for Steak, fish fry (perch or walleye...skip cod). If you can, stay at the Pfister downtown. If you smoke, go to Uhle's Tobacco on Wisconsin Ave. If you like live music, check out the Rave/Eagles Ballroom. :wavey:
     
  10. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I'm getting excited for a fish fry, for sure.
     
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    If you get a chance head about 30 miles north to Port Washington. Really cool little town. There is a pier you can walk out on about 3/4 mile to a light house, very scenic.
     
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    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    There's also...

    - The Harley-Davidson Museum
    - The Sprecher Brewery
    - The Botanical Gardens
    - The Bradley Center (Check for Sporting Events)
    - Gilles Frozen Custard
    - Wayne's Drive In
    - Balistreri's Restaurant (68th Street Location) *
    - Saz's Restaurant
    - Caterina's Ristorante
    - South Woods Restaurant
    - American Science & Surplus (Oklahoma Avenue) **

    Cool neighborhoods to slow down and tour include...

    - Lake Shore
    - Ravenswood
    - Elm Grove

    As mentioned by others, the museum and zoo are great.

    --Ray

    P.S. If you're here during the Scott Walker(C-R) Recall Election, stop and vote—several times—for Tom Barrett(L-D)... Just sign in as Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, Adolph Hitler, etc., and our union-owned Libtards will welcome you! :hugs:

    * Mentioned in the book, Donnie Brasco. Great Italian Food!
    ** Great rainy day geek hangout!
     
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    Mars Cheese Castle is now a castle

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  18. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    Cheese, Beer AND Motorcycles...sounds like winner to me!
     
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    Very nice area!

    As is lake Geneva! Nearby Yerkes Observatory (the largest refracting telescope in the world) used to give tours, and even rented out the observatory for awhile there... This is where popular science author, Carl Sagan, interned...

    --Ray
     
  20. DoubleWide

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    How far are you willing to travel for the outdoors? Milwaukee is the most populated part of Wisconsin. May is too early for all of the summer festivals.


    Harley-Davidson Museum
    Miller Brewery
    Sprecher Brewery
    Miller Park for a Brewer game
    McBob's for corned beef (friend also recommends the fish tacos) luckily by the police dept
    Comet Cafe - Bacon in your Bloody Marys, Free Bacon on Sundays nights with a beer purchase, and a good, but odd mix of homestyle and vegan. Triple D [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAyz7_Mh6wo"]Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives: Comet Cafe - YouTube[/ame]

    Ian's pizza for odd pizza by the slice
    Speed Queen BBQ for some ribs (not the best neighborhood)
    OH Dennis in Racine for ribs too