Dining downtown: treats await off campus

Posted on 20 August 2008 by Victoria Caswell

Tired of cafeteria food already? Don’t worry; Milwaukee has many great off-campus dining options that can relieve the boredom of eating at the cafeteria.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make your freshman year is to not get off campus and explore the city. If you’re in the mood for some off-campus dining or shopping, here are some great restaurants that are just a short walk or bus ride away.

The East Side offers many different dining options, but one of the most notable restaurants is the Twisted Fork, located at 2238 N. Farwell Ave. The menu has everything from steak to burgers to pasta — all at affordable prices. The atmosphere is casual, but can be romantic, so it is perfect for a date or a night out with friends. It is also conveniently located next to the Oriental Theatre, an independent theatre that usually plays two to three movies at a time as well as monthly showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. So if you are in the mood for dinner and a movie, then the Twisted Fork is the perfect place. To get there by bus, take the 30 to Prospect and North avenues and walk a block west to Farwell Avenue.

The Third Ward is so close to campus that it would be a mistake never to experience it. Although the streets are lined with many awesome restaurants and shops, my favorite place is the Milwaukee Public Market located at, 400 N. Water St. With over a dozen different vendors ranging from cheese to Indian to fish, you will be sure to find something you like. To get there, take any bus that goes downtown (10, 14, 23, 30) and get off at Water Street. From there, walk three blocks to St. Paul Avenue.

One of the most interesting restaurants downtown is the Safe House, 779 N. Front St. This spy-themed restaurant is affordably priced for all of the character that it has. Although the food is nothing special — mostly hamburgers, sandwiches and salads — the atmosphere alone is worth it. To get in, you have to know the password — if you don’t, you have to prove you are not capable of treason. Inside, the walls are decked with spy gear, and there is even a back entrance when you leave. To get there, take any downtown bus, get off at Water Street and go north to Front Street. Good luck finding it, it is located in a dark alley and the name is not on the door.

These are just three recommendations, although there are many other great dining options in every corner of the city. Have fun exploring the city and discovering all Milwaukee has to offer; it’s an exciting city that has something for everyone.

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