By Alyssa Sanchez

Some of you may still be stuck in that Marquette bubble, so you may not know some of the wonderful hidden gems that Milwaukee has to offer you. To ensure that you all have a Milwaukee (as well as Marquette) experience, we want to share with you all our top 10 places to eat in Milwaukee!

Engine Company №3.

217 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204

This is one of my favorite places to eat brunch in Milwaukee. Not only does it serve delicious food and heavenly hot cocoa, but the aesthetic of the restaurant itself is something to behold. The building is actually a converted firehouse! So, if you want to eat some well-prepared food prepared by local chefs, come try Engine Company №3!

Café Benelux

346 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

This one is a Marquette brunch classic. If you haven’t explored Third Ward yet, make sure you do! It’s the perfect distance to walk, a great way to get steps in if you choose to walk, or a quick and easy bus ride. They serve a variety of foods depending on when you go, and it has a beautiful roof top to visit in nicer weather (if we ever get it). If you’re a macaroni and cheese enthusiast like I am, you definitely must check it out. Please be advised: they do cook with a lot of nuts in this restaurant.

The Milwaukee Public Market

400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Another Marquette-go-to place here in Milwaukee. This is a wonderful gem in the third-ward and Milwaukee in general. It’s right across Café Benelux and offers a variety of things to see and eat. They serve sushi, seafood, Mediterranean food, soups, candy, and so much more. You can buy a variety of cheeses, Milwaukee merchandise, and even take a cooking class on the 2nd floor! Whether you’re hungry or looking for a place to study, make sure to visit the Public Market!


2643 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Honeypie is a great place to eat some locally grown food! As stated on their website, a lot of the ingredients that they use are from Wisconsin. They offer brunch, lunch, and dinner menus, with some delicious vegetarian options. Aside from their meals, they serve freshly made pies that are an absolute must-try. Even more so, they offer pie lessons!


1806 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

If you haven’t hopped on the poke trend, I recommend that you do. Poke is, in the simplest terms, a raw fish salad. Don’t let that deter you from trying it though, it’s totally health and 100% satisfying. Freshfine Poke allows you to order poke bowls or build your own! Freshfin is not too far of a bus or car ride and is definitely worth the price. They also offer punch cards, so that you can work towards getting a free bowl! Yum.

Odd Duck

2352 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Odd Duck is a wonderful little restaurant that serves an “ever-changing” menu. While the food they serve is always changing, their foods are constantly flavorful. The cool thing about Odd Duck is that they also serve a variety of vegan and vegetarian options! They open later in the day, so it’s a place to sit down and have a nice dinner with friends and family (or maybe a date!).

Smoke Shack

332 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

If you enjoy barbecue and Southern-style dishes, then this is the place for you. Smoke Shack is located close to Marquette’s campus, and their slow smoked dishes are to-die-for. Their restaurant is outside and on the cozier side (only seating 47 people), so bring your closest 46 friends and come enjoy some barbecue!


2035 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

We’re in college — we love pizza. But, if you’re getting tired of Papa John’s $6 Tuesdays, then I think it’s time that you start trying Ian’s pizza. This is one of the most unique place to eat pizza in Milwaukee and is definitely a student favorite. They don’t just offer your typical cheese and pepperoni, they like to shake it up a bit. Ian’s has a variety of craftily made pizzas like Mac&Cheese pizzas, Spinach Pesto, Macho Nacho, and many more! Make sure to give them a try, you college student!


1320 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

We’ve reached the dessert portion of my blog post, so now it’s time to talk about ICE-CREAM. Personally, I haven’t been here yet, but I’ve heard only great things. Frozone offers that trendy and aesthetic rolled ice-cream, that I know I have been dying to try. It’s cool to watch and refreshing to taste!

Purple Door

205 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

To end my blog post, I’m going to share with you all my favorite ice-cream place in the whole world. Purple Door. It’s another Marquette classic, and offers a variety of ice-cream flavors that will keep you “cool for the summer” or “colder during the winter”. I discovered my favorite ice cream flavor here (salted caramel!) and I know you will too.

We’re sharing these Milwaukee gems with you, so that you can experience all that Milwaukee has to offer. There are a bunch of places to explore, eat, take pictures, and play, and we as WPE’s want to make sure you make the most of your four years here. So, go give these places a try and maybe explore the surrounding area! Perhaps you can suggest to us other places to eat as well.

Good luck on your 414 adventures and the rest of your semester, we hope to see you around!

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