The Milwaukee Film Festival kicked off Thursday night – and many of you are already 3 bags of popcorn in. I love my movie theater snackies but need a bit of variety in my life. There are an abundance of options for pre or post show eating near all of the theaters involved – these are just a few of them.
1. Von Trier, 2235 N. Farwell Ave.
Located directly across the street from the Oriental Theater, Von Trier is an easy stop pre or post film for a cocktail. Grab a pint or two on the patio before heading into the theater. Enjoy the popcorn they supply you with and save a few bucks on buying it in the theater – or try something from their new food menu such as the riesen pretzel, trio of sausages or Bayerischer Rettichteller – spiral cut jumbo Daikon radishes salted with sea salt and served with rye bread & butter.
2. Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave.
Not only is Hotel Foster just around the corner from the Oriental – it is also offering up one of the best deals around the festival. Stop in and buy a drink and the second one is free with your festival pass or ticket stub. You can also check out "Soundtrack" there that will host bands The Milwaukee Music Video Show live at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays during the festival.
3. Allium, 2102 N. Prospect Ave.
Allium offers up a warm and cozy space within a few blocks of the Oriental. This taste of Europe is the perfect option to grab a cheese plate, prosciutto-wrapped dates or a pizza before your movie. The beer, wine and cocktail list is impressive for a place of this size and you may even have a hard time choosing what you'd like to imbibe in. Make sure you allow yourself enough time – you don't want to rush an experience at Allium.
1. Pizza Man
Whether you have time for an actual delicious pizza or not, Pizza Man is my top pick for a showing at the Downer. The bar is expansive and the space is one of my favorites in town. Or – with warm weather on tap …