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The Green Kitchen, in the Public Market, boasts one of greater Downtown's longest lunch lines.
The Green Kitchen, in the Public Market, boasts one of greater Downtown's longest lunch lines.
The lines are long and worth the wait at Shah Jee's.
The lines are long and worth the wait at Shah Jee's.
Some of Shah Jee's selections.
Some of Shah Jee's selections.

Long lunch lines: love them or leave them?

For the seventh straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2013."

Admit it, convenience drives many of your dining decisions.  Especially at lunch. 

If I don't have a lunch meeting, I'm usually in the same lunch boat as the rest of the 80,000-plus wonderful people that work in Downtown Milwaukee.  We're scrambling for something fairly quick, healthy and easy. 

Thankfully, there are many great dining options. 

As I mainly eat lunch in greater Downtown the long lines that I see are usually at the Public Market (The Soup and Stock Market and The Green Kitchen), Jimmy John's, The Soup House, Potbelly and, of course, what might be the longest regular line in Downtown, Shah Jee's

Long lines don't scare me away as long as I know that my order will be taken correctly and promptly after the usually small wait.  And lines usually mean the food's good enough for a wait. 

But, I'll admit that if time is tight I'll walk by a longer line and opt for a shorter one. It's human nature but kind of funny as it usually ends up taking about the same time no matter what my final decision is.

What's your appetite for long lunch lines?  Do you just deal with them?  Or, do you walk to the next place? Chime in below. And, until next time, see you in line. 

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Come beercation in Milwaukee!
Come beercation in Milwaukee! (Photo: brewhousesuites.com)

MKE: A beercation destination

Who doesn't need a beercation?  Beer + vacation.  Done.

Thrilllist has released its "rundown of the country's seven hottest hubs of barley and hops."  And, Milwaukee's on the list.

Here's how they position our city in this list that was published today:

"Despite what you think you know about Milwaukee from watching reruns of Happy Days while Mom was out with her new boyfriend, this city of 1.5m on Lake Michigan has a storied beer history. As in, it was once known as the 'Beer Capital of the World' and housed four of the world's largest breweries – Miller, Blatz, Schlitz, and Pabst. Their baseball team is named the Brewers for God sakes. It's like a beer mecca. Stay at the new Brewhouse Inn & Suites (formerly part of the massive Pabst brewery complex), tour and taste your way through Sprecher, Lakefront and Milwaukee Brewing, and then cab it to Sugar Maple or Palm Tavern in Bay View after dinner at a beer-focused eatery like Hinterland. If you make it out of bed before happy hour the next day, check out Pabst Mansion to see what beer money could get you in 1892. Also, there's a bronze statue of the Fonz, just so you know."

Others on the list?  Seacoast, N.H.; Leatherstocking Region, N.Y.; Hill Country, Texas; Beervana, Ore.; Napa Valley of Beer, Colo., and San Diego, Calif.

Divino is a fine replacement, but I miss Palermo Villa.
Divino is a fine replacement, but I miss Palermo Villa.

Four more restaurants that I miss

For the seventh straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2013."

In 2011, I wrote a blog titled "Seven Milwaukee restaurants that I really miss."

I still miss these seven, but as we come close to the end of Dining Month I thought of a few more. So, here they are. 

Do you have some of your own?  Let us know. 

Broadway Bar and Grill
Broadway Bar & Grill, 223 N. Broadway, closed in 2001.  Its time had come, but more than 10 years later many long of a similar type diner to return to the Third Ward.  Greasy burgers, amazing egg salad, a wonderful counter culture and friendly family ownership all made Broadway Bar and Grill a big hit.  Today, Bourbon & Tunns occupies the space. It was Palms Bistro until last December.

Palermo Villa
OnMilwauke has a big soft spot for our long time East Side neighbor, Palermo Villa.  Its legacy and tradition continue at Divino, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t miss Kathy and Palermo Villa

Wells Street Station
Remember Wells Street Station?  Located at 117 E. Wells St., it was a casual and fun place to eat that closed in the early 2000s.  Nothing against China Gourmet that currently inhabits this Downtown space but Wells Street Station had a unique vibe and fun bar and met a fast, casual niche that's still somewhat lacking in Downtown. 

Michigan Street Diner

The death of the lunch counter is somewhat sad.  Yet, Milwaukee still offers plenty of pull a stool up to the bar or counter eating options.  Michigan Street Diner closed in 2011 to help pave the way for the Hilton Garden In at the historic Loyalty Building.  The owner, Gary Kuhn, settled a dispute with the  hotel developer and told me and others that he’d open again elsewhere.  It hasn’t happened yet, and I miss the diner’s bread, egg s…

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This corner needs a new tenant.
This corner needs a new tenant.
Most recently, it housed Avis.
Most recently, it housed Avis.
Old World Third and Wells Streets.
Old World Third and Wells Streets.
For lease.
For lease.

Marquee Downtown corner needs new tenant

It’s a bit of a marquee corner in Downtown Milwaukee, that of the Century Building on Wells and Old World Third Streets. 

For more than 50 years, two floors of 240 W. Wells St. were home to Radio Doctors and Records, Ltd.  In its heyday in the late 1970s, it housed one of the largest collections of records and tapes anywhere and in a 1979 news report Stuart Glassman, president of the company, said it was the "largest single unit store of its kind in the United States.


Times, though, have changed. Radio Doctors was sold and closed in 1991. Today, the lower level space that once occupied Radio Doctors is available.  Avis recently closed and moved its location there so the vacant corner is calling out for a new tenant. 

What works there?  The area it's in, Westown, is growing its residential base and needs to continue to meet the needs of Downtown dwellers.  It lacks a coffee shop other than the wonderful Stone Creek sky walk location at Grand Avenue and other amenities.  How about a City Market?  New Colectivo? 

Thoughts?  It’s a historic Milwaukee corner and it needs a new tenant.