Rapid review: Milwaukee Chophouse
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633 N. 5th St., (414) 390-4562
Located in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Chophouse offers the ambience of a traditional steakhouse -- dark wood, large booths, dim lights -- with a solid wine list and some adventurous menu twists. Chef Tyler Maison, a native of Sheboygan who worked at the Horse and Plow at the American Club in Kohler before heading to the Culinary Institute of America, is a rising star in city cooking circles.
Price: Moderate to expensive.
When to go: The Chophouse is a good place to impress a date or important client, a place to celebrate a special occasion or a place to grab dinner before a play at The Rep or a burger before the basketball game.
Dress: You'll see business people in suits and evening wear, but you'll also see sports fans in sweaters, jeans and khakis or -- later in the evening -- late-arriving hotel guests in casual clothes looking for a quick bite.
Don't miss: The bone-in ribeye is a signature steak at the Chophouse and it's fabulous. But, you can't miss one of the more underrated happy hours in the city. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, the Chophouse offers appetizers like ahi sliders and coconut shrimp for $5, a huge bacon burger for $4, MillerCoors products for $2, Bloody Marys and wines by the glass for $5. Can't get away for happy hour? The specials repeat from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking: Valet or self-parking is available for a fee.
Milwaukee has always been like this, the only difference was when the economy was good, you saw more people with Packers sweatshirts on. I budget in a nice meal at least a few times a year; birthdays, anniversaries, etc. And i keep trying new places until i see a packers sweatshirt, and then i don't want to go their anymore, the credibility of a fine dining establishment is shot when their customers can't even present themselves accordingly. thats all. If you have the $200 to drop on a steak dinner, the least you can do is wash your hair and put on a dress shirt.
Great food and awesome service. A good place to go once or twice a year.
Well, Hckyboy, with most people being a bit financially strapped right now, you won't find many restaurants turning away people who want to spend their hard-earned money there just because they might not be impeccably dressed. Restaurants are hurting.
i hate the fact that every place in Milwaukee barring Sanford's it's acceptable to wear your Packers sweatshirt. Can't Milwaukee have a legitimate steakhouse with at least a little class for under $150 a person?
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