If you're anything like us, you can't help but daydream of being a super suave secret agent after seeing a spy movie. If you want a taste of espionage life without the danger of dodging bullets from double agents, leaping between rooftops to chase down bad guys, and diving out of the way of fiery explosions, SafeHouse is about to become your new favorite spot. You can't help but feel like a badass at this spy-themed restaurant!
You'll need to give the secret password to get in (no, we're not kidding... but if you don't know it, the doorman will determine if you are friend or foe through a series of hilarious requests) and the entrance is hidden in an unassuming alleyway. We're not going to spoil the fun, but we can tell you that the food is delicious and the snazzy cocktails are definitely worth the adventure! Further details for your secret mission can be decoded
but you didn't hear it from us. Now please excuse us while we go sneak around the house, humming our own theme song...
2. Mader’s Restaurant / The Knight’s Bar
Mader's is a classic Bavarian restaurant is all about traditional Old World comfort food. They've been around since 1902 and make the best handmade pretzels you will ever taste! The restaurant is styled as an authentic German eatery, down to the outfits worn by the servers and staff, but the truly unforgettable part of Mader's is found in The Knight's Bar...
You'll be dining in the company of an unbelievable collection of Medieval Art worth more than $4 million! This place is as much of a museum as it is a restaurant and some of their amazing artifacts and suits of armor dating back to the 1200s.
Mader’s Restaurant is located at 1041 N. Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee, WI.
Ardent's contemporary culinary style is equal parts meal and magic! While some restaurants can go a little overboard with cooking chemistry, Ardent hits just the right balance between playing with their food and dishes that are still recognizable as ACTUAL food. The menu at is masterfully designed by Chef Justin Carlisle, who has earned a nod from the James Beard Foundation with the nomination for Best Chef: Midwest. That said, this is an incredibly popular spot that's hard to get into, so you'll need to make a reservation far in advance to experience an amazing meal here.
Ardent is located at 1751 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI.
4. Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
This lounge is one of the oldest in town - it's been around since 1938! Bryant's is actually famous for NOT having a menu... instead, they have an incredibly talented team of bartenders who will mix up the perfect drink to fit your mood and preferences!
Bryant’s is located at 1579 S 9th St, Milwaukee, WI.
5. Lakefront Brewery
It's impossible not to love this awesome local brewery (especially for Friday Fish Fry!) and it's fun community atmosphere! The pub fare at this beer hall is top-notch, and it's served with a side of live Polka music. Grab some buddies for some delicious brews, take a tour, and chow down at Lakefront Brewery!
Lakefront Brewery is located at 1872 N Commerce St., Milwaukee, WI.
6. AJ Bombers
Before anything else, know this: if you have a nut allergy, AJ Bombers is NOT the spot for you. When you take a seat at this fun, funky restaurant, you will be given a bowl of peanuts, which you can crack open yourself and can toss the shells wherever you like. There's so much to see in AJ Bombers that you could dine here a million times and still find something new each visit! It's upbeat, casual, and delicious, but can we take a second to marvel at this epic Bloody Mary!? It's practically a meal on it's own!
AJ Bombers is located at 1247 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI, but you can also find them on game days at Miller Park!
7. Purple Door Ice Cream
You don’t truly know ice cream until you’ve tasted Purple Door. It will absolutely ruin your taste for all others. This artisan ice cream is handmade in small batches using local ingredients and a LOT of creativity. Initially, you could only find Purple Door Ice Cream in pints at local businesses, but business has been booming since they opened up shop over on 2nd Street. You’ll find classic flavors right alongside flavors you (almost) can’t believe, like Butternut Squash, Raspberry Green Tea, Chai & Pink Peppercorn, Juniper Lime with Gin, and Olive Oil. Don’t knock ‘em ‘til you’ve tried ‘em… they are quite tasty!
Purple Door is located at 205 S 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI.
8. Clock Shadow Creamery
Wisconsin has plenty of incredible cheesemakers, but they’re often located out on dairy farms. Clock Shadow Creamery, however, is right here in Milwaukee and in one of the first (and few) urban cheese factories! You can take tours to learn about the cheese making process, sample fresh cheese, and take a few home with you from their epic cheese shop. Some of their most popular cheeses are Chevre, Quark, Ricotta and, of course, the freshest cheese curds in the city!
Clock Shadow Creamery is located at 138 W. Bruce St., Milwaukee, WI.
9. Odd Duck
Odd Duck is quirky, creative restaurant that serves up truly tasty small plates and tapas. The menu is always changing and offer unique dishes that draw inspiration from flavors and culinary cultures across the globe! There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for non-carnivores (try the Eggplant Fries!), but this restaurant is TINY, so you will definitely want to look into reservations ahead of time to make sure you snag a table.
Odd Duck is located at 2352 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI.
10. Comet Cafe
When your group is a mix of vegetarian/vegans and carnivores, it can be hard to find a restaurant that accommodates both dietary styles to the highest degree, but Comet Cafe is the best around! Comet Cafe is all about comfort food - both with and without meat - that will absolutely blow your mind. This delicious restaurant is a Milwaukee favorite; in fact, it even took home OnMilwaukee’s Reader’s Choice award for “Best Cafe in the City!” The sandwiches will make your taste buds do a happy dance, but our favorite part? Saturday is Bacon Night. If you come in for dinner, you get a free basket of bacon! Our dreams have finally come true!
They have out-of-this-world cupcakes too!
Comet Cafe is located at 1947 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI.