Milwaukee may be known for beer, brats and custard, but the city’s food history is even richer and tastier.
At the Public Natatorium, diners supped at an old public pool and watched a dolphin show at the same time. Solly’s, Oriental Drugs and others nurtured a thriving lunch counter-culture that all ages enjoyed. Supper clubs and steakhouses like Five O’Clock reigned supreme. And we can’t forget about the more illicit side of Milwaukee meals, like the mafia hangouts and a local fast-food chain with a mysterious resemblance to a national brand.
Pairing the history of classic restaurants with recipes of favorite dishes, author Jennifer Billock explores both the well-known and the quirkier sides of Milwaukee’s dining past.