Where Does Peter Dine in Milwaukee?
By Jeri Barry
As an accomplished chef and lover of good food and wine, Peter has always enjoyed traveling out of the area and seeking out restaurants. He is often asked for restaurant recommendations by friends and customers because of his discerning taste and many experiences. I myself have been known to text him en route to Milwaukee asking for advice on where to eat. He has never steered me wrong.
I thought it would be fun to share Peter’s latest favorites and elaborate a bit on his choices because he is such a great resource for all things culinary. We will be doing a series of his picks in different cities, and Milwaukee seems like a good place to start.
When asked to name three Milwaukee area restaurants he has dined at and would recommend, Peter responded with the following…
Harbor House (A Bartolotta Group Restaurant)
550 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
Here is what Peter had to say: “I love the Harbor House! It is my “go to” restaurant. It is large so you can get in at the last minute and it has a great view of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline. They offer complimentary valet parking and there is a nice patio overlooking the water. The atmosphere here has an East coast feel and they have a large open kitchen.”
What are your favorite menu items? “The oysters are amazing! Two other favorites are the Maine lobster roll and the whole roasted branzino with roasted potatoes, anaheim peppers, anchovies and garlic. They offer nice wines by the glass and also have a great brunch.” View the complete menu here.
1547 N. Jackson St. Milwaukee, WI
Here is what Peter had to say:”Sanford is very classy. It is a great special occasion restaurant. I would describe it as formal but cozy. The cuisine here is seasonal and very refined. Sanford has been in Milwaukee for over 20 years and has a new owner since 2012.” As a side note, the chef and owner Justin Aprahamian was recently nominated for a James Beard award, Best Chef Midwest.
What are your favorite menu items? “I have three that stand out. The appetizer of grilled rare marinated tuna with cumin wafers and cilantro dressing, the roasted heirloom pumpkin soup with sauteed mushrooms and hubbard squash and the fennel dusted beef tenderloin with Yukon puree, escarole and Parmesan with truffle vinaigrette.” View the complete menu here.
AP (all purpose)
814 South 2nd St. Milwaukee, WI
Here’s what Peter had to say: “AP is located in the trendy area of Walker’s Point in Milwaukee and is hipster ground zero. It is a great place for people watching and has a lively vibe. They offer small plates which are great for sharing so you can try more menu items.”
What are your favorite menu items? “I loved the dates with gorgonzola, bacon, red pepper and molasses and the kale salad with pomegranate, red onion, feta and dried cranberries in a ginger soy vinaigrette. My favorite were the pork buns with hoisin and Sriracha. I love the bar here, they make the best craft cocktails I have had.” View the complete menu here.
While I only asked Peter to name three of his favorite spots in the interest of space, it is important to note that Milwaukee has a vibrant and ever changing restaurant scene with many great dining options. I believe it is definitely worth the drive to experience the culinary treasures you will find there. If you are interested in further investigating what Milwaukee has to offer you might want to check out these articles from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: