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Eat Local
For 24 hours discover some of the favorite places Milwaukeeans love to dine

Photos by Dan Bishop

December 2013

8 a.m. Breakfast

For one of the most impressive breakfasts in town head to Blue’s Egg (317 N. 76th St.) As the name suggests, the house specialty is omelette and Benedict dishes. But you won’t go wrong with the other breakfast items such as blueberry pancakes, crepes and hand-cut hash browns.


Noon Lunch

Try a splendid French bistro style lunch at Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe (7610 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa.) Start with the soup du jour or the crostini de brie before moving on to a sandwich au portobello or au saumon. There is a delicious pate de campagne, or if you’re feeling less fancy, try le burger.





5 p.m. Happy Hour

Known for its tapas, La Merenda (125 E. National Ave.) is the master of small plate dining, a perfect spot to stop in for a happy hour drink and a light bite to eat. The name, in fact, translates as "early snack." Most items are centered around local ingredients, including an artisan cheese and meat plate, and there is a delicious variety of empanadas.




7 p.m. Dinner

Chef Thomas Hauck’s farm fresh menu at c.1880 (1100 1st St.) includes lamb, duck, pheasant, halibut and trout as entrees. Circa also has an acclaimed wine list and an intimate atmosphere. There’s a nice variety of appetizers and don’t pass up dessert.





10 p.m. Late Night Snack

Italian food fans were heartbroken when Pizza Man burned down in 2010. Three years later, the East Side establishment is back at 2597 N. Downer Ave. It switches out the full dinner menu for a special late night menu from 9 to 11 p.m. (10 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.) Pizza Man will fulfill your antipasto and pizza cravings and you’ll be walking distance from nearby nightlife on Downer and North avenues.



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