If you live in the Chicago/Milwaukee area, Mader’s in Milwaukee is a great restaurant to visit.
It is one of the last German restaurants around (and is a historical landmark). In addition to the great food, the place restaurant includes $3 million dollar collection of art, suits of medieval armour and antiques from as early as the 14th century.
I hope they retain the authentic food (menu choices are authentic) and feel. There is also great German beer on tap (much better than bottle). I’ve seen so many ‘old world’ restaurants go out of business in this area: Little Europe in Kenosha, Hans Bavarian Lodge in Wheeling, Wunderbar in Antioch and Paprikash in Arlington Heights (formerly in Chicago). Some say this is because the country is very health conscious. I find that highly doubtful. Standard franchise restaurants offer very fattening, bland and unhealthy food; many resembling a bad frozen dinner brand. If I’m going to indulge in some extra calories, at least it should be for a good cause-a great place and great authentic food.
Winter is a great time to stop in (the Sunday brunch is phenomenal too).
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