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My Office wins with its welcoming vibe and down-home atmosphere.

In Dining Blogs

You can sit outside, though we did not.

In Dining Blogs

I enjoyed a Tuesday fish fry for lunch.

In Dining Blogs

My soda came in a can, so it tasted fresh, fresh, fresh.

My new Downtown office (not really)


Like you, I can't be everywhere at once. And like a lot of folks, I'm a creature of habit.

These are the kinds of things I tell myself to justify the fact that after 30 years in Milwaukee, I only visited My Office, 763 N. Milwaukee St., for the first time today.

Sure, I've seen it. I've tittered at the possibilities dished up by the clever name. I just haven't actually walked in and had a drink or lunch. And, really, there's no good reason.

Today, Andy Tarnoff and I went over for lunch, and we met Robert, who has worked there for nearly 15 years. The place has been open, he said, for 38. And it has a well-lived-in vibe that would seem to back that up.

It's dimly lit, with a bar along the left wall and some tables on the right. Another dining room is past the bar and to the left. Outside there's a small space with a handful of stools for outdoor dining or tippling.

The menu isn't a big one, but Robert said it's just a sampling of what's available and adds that the chef today made up a big batch of ravioli with alfredo sauce.

I had the fish fry, because like Robert said, it just doesn't make sense to only offer fish on Fridays. For $9, I got marble rye, two pieces of battered cod, tater tots ("like rolled up potato pancakes," I joked) and a great house-made cole slaw.

Andy had the burger, which costs just $6 and comes with a choice of tots or fries (I, too, could have opted for fries with the fish).

The food was good, but what I enjoyed most was the down-home welcome and atmosphere at My Office. But, honestly, if it were my office, I'd never get anything done there.


Talkbacks

High_Life_Man | Sept. 18, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. (report)

Don't let My Office's looks scare you. It's a downtown gem. Laura and Warren serve up great drinks and good times. Not sure if Sandy still works there, but she was always a lot of fun. One of my favorite downtown stops.

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funhouse | Sept. 18, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. (report)

My Office rocks.

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Photodavie | Sept. 17, 2013 at 2:01 p.m. (report)

You and Robert are BRAVE souls. When I walked in there recently to check it out (as you did), I was affraid to even have anything to drink that didn't come in a bottle or can (sealed). It definately has that been open for a long time and not cleaned vibe. Glad to hear you servived.

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