It's officially time to make room -- in both your schedule and stomach -- for Downtown Dining Week, which kicks off today and runs through June 8.
The festival of feasting allows diners to chow down on a fixed selection of lunch and dinner options at special prices ($15 or $25 for lunch and $35, $45 or $55 for dinner) from a wide variety of restaurants. Discounted parking at select structures and lots operated by Interstate Parking will also be available for diners with use of a special Dining Week coupon code.
Among this year's palate-pleasing participants are:
- Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
- The Brewery (formerly Water Street Brewery)
- Brunch MKE
- Café at the Pfister
- The Capital Grille
- Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue
- Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen
- DOC’s Commerce Smokehouse
- East Town Kitchen & Bar
- Flourchild Pizza
- The Knick
- Lucky Clover Irish Pub
- Mason Street Grill
- MOTOR Bar & Restaurant
- Ninja Japanese Steakhouse
- On Tap
- Rodizio Grill
- Smoke Shack
- The Social American Tavern
- State Street Pizza Pub
- Stella Van Buren
- Third Coast Provisions
- Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery
- Ward’s House of Prime
Dining Week menus for all participating venues can be found online, as well as in a handy PDF file you can download for full perusal. Be sure to make reservations whenever possible and tip generously.
Guests who support restaurants during the event are also eligible to win one of four $300 in dining gift certificates by filling out a survey about their dining experience(s) by Monday, June 12. Four winners will be randomly selected.
For more information, visit Downtown Dining Week.
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
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