Monday, January 31, 2011

The Best Thing I Ever Ate...In Milwaukee

With Marquette in the thick of the Big East schedule, I figured now would be a good time to do something off-topic, food.  The Marquette community has some great spots to check out, and if you're a health-conscious eater, you may want to read something else.

Without further ado, here are a few great spots for local fare in the Brew City

1. Sobelman's - Anyone who's gone through 4 years at Marquette should be well-versed in the Sobelman's experience.  Sobelman's is most famously known for their fantastic burgers, and with a website name like they pretty much have to be good.  What makes it different is the combination of ingredients that goes into it: a bakery-fresh roll, beef patty, bacon, onion, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, American cheese, and swiss cheese.  Anytime I'm on campus it's pretty much a place I have to eat at again and again.  To those that like a good bloody mary, Sobelman's makes a fantastic one, with an entire meal of garnishes sitting atop this tasty beverage.

2. Marquette Gyros - From the moment I first visited campus as a senior in high school, Marquette Gyros was a staple in my college diet.  Of course, as the name implies, their signature food is the gyro, but getting a burger, fries, and a drink for $4 was a deal I could never pass up.

3. Michael's Restaurant - At first glance Michael's may seem like your standard Greek diner, but at 2 in the morning after 15 beers it's so much more (I think)!  The pay-before-you-get-your-food aspect of it puts it over the top.  Try the biscuits and gravy, I'm not sure if it tastes good before midnight, but it definitely tastes great after.

4. La Perla - Honestly, students don't come here for the food, but the food is in fact very good.  So why do students go?  I'm not saying that it's because a crappy fake id will get margaritas for an entire table of freshmen, but a crappy fake id will get margaritas for an entire table of freshmen.  Make sure to ride the mechanical pepper before you leave, it's a great resume-padder!

5. Real Chili - Last but not least is the best chili in the city.  If you can't make it all the way to Michael's on 22nd street after a night of partying, Real Chili is another great option.  The standard bowl of chili, aka The Marquette Special, comes with noodles, 2 servings of meat, and beans.  Onions and cheese are optional, but not required.  And of course, you get all the oyster crackers you could ask for.  There is a location downtown that also serves beer, but it isn't open nearly as late as the one on campus.  Throwing oyster crackers at the other patrons after having a few too many isn't required, but it is encouraged.

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