3 Spots to Visit during Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week

Photo Courtesy of  Visit Milwaukee

Photo Courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

Since Milwaukee is only a hop, skip and jump away from Kansas City, I often find myself planning quick, hassle-free weekend trips to the destination. It’s reminiscent of my beloved Kansas City but has a few experiences I tend to crave: brewery hopping (Milwaukee is home to over 100 breweries), eating my body weight in cheese (open a new tab on your browser - then search ‘cheese curds’) and drinking too many old fashioneds to count.

My most recent trip was obviously full of food (and beer).

Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week 2018 features some of the best of Milwaukee’s dining scene. For eight days, Milwaukeeans and city visitors can enjoy three course meals at quite a steal: $12.50 for lunch and $25 or $35 dinner. Milwaukee has a ton of great restaurants to offer but below are my top 3 Downtown Milwaukee restaurants to try during Downtown Dining Week.

The List


Allow Onesto to transport you to Italy with honest, no-frills good eats.

The words 'Onesto' means honest and this restaurant prides itself on honest ingredients and honestly darn good Italian fare. Whether you are looking for a classic spaghetti or an experimental bolognese — Onesto's includes brisket, you will find yourself in your happy place at this restaurant.

Dining during Downtown Dining Week Milwaukee? Make sure to order the Burrata with pea pesto, you can thank me later.

Onesto Pizza & Trattoria's address: 221 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

The Brass Alley

You don't have to travel to New Orleans to get a taste of traditional creole cuisine.

The Brass Alley allows you to not only pleasure your tastebuds with the spice and richness of New Orleans food but also the excitement of its lively city. If you are dining during Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week, save room for dessert: warm, fluffy, deep fried fritters covered in powdered sugar await you.

10 points to those of you that know this addictive sweet treat!

Address: 1023 North Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Doc's Smokehouse

You can never ever go wrong with barbecue!

Doc's Smokehouse gets the Kansas City badge of approval. Its burnt ends are out of this world — take it from me, this team knows how to do barbecue. However for the most idyllic experience during Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week, take advantage of Doc's extensive list of beer and spirits. Sixty local beers are served on tap and for those of you with a more sophisticated palate, you can indulge in a collection of over 200 bourbons.

Address: 754 North 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Once you are stuffed and at peace, be sure to fill out the Downtown Dining Week survey online for your chance to win $450 in gift cards from participating restaurant. A total of four diners will be selected for this tasty prize. May the odds be ever in your favor!

For more information, visit Milwaukee Downtown - Downtown Dining Week.

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