On the Road Eats: Milwaukee and Madison

Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Madison
Would I stay again? Yes.  You can walk to shops and restaurants since this hotel is in Hilldale or you can take a short drive to the square.  The hotel is new, the service was good and I had an area for work and sleep.

Restaurants:

Lunch(Milwaukee):  Mason Street Grill
Would I dine again? Probably.  It reminded me of a Houston’s and I wish I had found something more casual and local.  But I got stuck in the rain, ducked into the first spot that looked good and I had a very enjoyable lunch.  The House Mustard Horseradish Dressing was a bit addictive.

Dinner (Madison): Tempest Oyster Bar
Would I dine again? Yes.  My dinner was good but the restaurant was super quiet.  I assume on a Wednesday or Thursday night there is a good crowd for happy hour.

Lunch (Madison):  Ian’s Pizza by the Slice
Would I dine again? Yes.  Yes. Yes.  I visited Ian’s years back to try their Mac n’ Cheese pizza.  And it was awesome.  They have so many unique combinations so this time i also tried the Smokey the Bandit (BBQ Sauce, Mozzarella, BBQ Chicken, Bacon, Ranch, & Cheddar).  Delicious!!

Dinner (Madison):  Muramoto Hilldale
Would I dine again? Sometimes you get so consumed by emails that you look up and dinner is almost over.  I walked out of my hotel at 8:30 knowing there was a Japanese restaurant within walking distance and two other options were bar food or tacos.  Living in Texas means I can always get tacos so I opted for Japanese.  The black cod was good but next time I will shut down the emails much earlier.

Breakfast(Madison): Marigold Kitchen
Would I dine again?
Yes.  I love when I arrive to a client meeting and there is a fantastic breakfast spot around the corner.  Madison is a great food city and their square has so many options.  I arrived to Marigold, ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes and left with a smile that stayed on my face the whole day.

Lunch (Madison): Graze
Would I dine again? Yes.  I came to Graze many years ago because they were known for an amazing burger.  During this trip they had a farmer’s market in downtown Madison outside of my client’s office and they recommended I walk through and get some cheese curds to bring back to Texas.  I saw the Graze chef at the Farmer’s Market purchasing produce and knew where I was headed to lunch.  Fried cheese curds and bibinbap..ready to fly home!