There are countless reasons to love Milwaukee. But one that I consistently hear is that people love the blend of old and new. I've called it modern nostalgia. Old school in Milwaukee just works and endures. It's awesome.
So, it's fitting to see Watts Tea Room, 761 N. Jefferson St, on Saide Stein's Food Matters list of "10 of the World's Greatest Old Dining Institutions" inside t magazine from the New York Times.
Stein's column, "Under the Spell of Old Restaurants,"mused on the special magic of classic culinary establishments with white tablecloths and old-fashioned menus." This list is inspired from this column.
Here's what she had to say about the iconic East Town destination in Downtown Milwaukee.
The Watts Tea Room
Founded in 1922
The dainty ladies’ luncheons, gently-spiked "Russian coffee" and lofty Sunshine Cake at this tea salon may feel quaintly old-fashioned today, but the longtime owner George Watts was a noted progressive, an early proponent of equal-opportunity employment and an active participant in local civil rights issues. A Milwaukee institution, the business is now run by a fifth-generation Watts.
Others on the list? Galatoire's in New Orleans, Tadich Grill in San Francisco, La Voltaire in Paris and Gay Hussar in London.