Milwaukee’s most romantic dining destinations

Milwaukee’s most romantic dining destinations

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and on this week’s episode Ann shares four ideas for a perfect date night in Milwaukee. If you’re in an unpretentious mood, she suggests going to The Vanguard, sitting at the bar and watching WWE wrestling while eating a sausage you’ve prepaid for. “Just sit there and let all those first date jitters subside,” Ann says.

She also recommends an entire day at the Milwaukee Art Museum — it has a restaurant that’s open for lunch, and it offers a nice view of the lake. Its lunch menu is often inspired by the current exhibits, and if you stay late enough, there’s a bar and lounge where you are watch the sun go down — pretty romantic.

If you’re a plant-based kind of person, head to Strange Town, where DJs spin vinyl as patrons snack on great vegetarian food and enjoy wine and cocktails. After that, head over the Jazz Estate for some live jazz — that place has great cocktails. And finally, she suggests, head to Third Coast Provisions for some seafood. They offer lobster rolls and oysters.

Third Coast Provisions | facebook.com/thirdcoastprovisions

Speaking of romantic places, we’re talking about Ardent. It’ll be closing from Feb. 23 for some renovations that will last through early April. When it reopens, part of the restaurant will be open to walk-in guests only, and they’ll be offering “smaller a la carte food menu offerings, and a thoughtfully curated beverage list.” It’ll be a more casual experience for people who don’t love making reservations.

Apertivo opens in the Pritzlaff Building

Next we look at a couple of places that will be opening. Apertivo in the Pritzlaff Building just opened. It currently serves breakfast, lunch and cocktails, but its specialty will be an “apertivo hour,” which offers pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. Expect a menu filled with drinks like Campari, Aperol and Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato.

For breakfast there are items like bagels, breakfast burritos and a breakfast croissant filled with two eggs, cheddar and bacon. The building is absolutely gorgeous, too.

Apertivo | facebook.com/aperitivomke

And then we discuss Crab Du Jour, a new Cajun seafood chain restaurant that’s coming to Brown Deer. Offerings include boiled seafood dishes like clam, crab, crawfish and shrimp. It is crawfish season right now, by the way. The restaurant also will have fried seafood and chicken wings. The restaurant is opening in a former Applebee’s building at 9080 N. Green Bay Road.

Hear us get into all of that and more on this week’s episode.

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