While tailgating at Milwaukee Brewers’ home games at Miller Park—the stadium is 10 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee near the Miller Parkway exit off of Highway I-94—is a popular option, sometimes you just don’t want to tote a grill, cooler, meat and other items.
Fortunately, there are quite a few restaurants near the stadium perfect for small groups to grab a bite before or after the game. From Creole to chic, here's where to go.
Story Hill BKC
Type of Cuisine: Eclectic
Lovers of wine like to come here because attached to the restaurant is a retail space selling wine. Open a bottle at your table and pay just a $10 corkage fee above the retail price. There are many bottles that cost $20 and under. On the food menu are a mix of items that range from small plates to larger-portion entrées, and clearly marked as such. As a farm-to-table eatery, many ingredients—from eggs to honey, and cheese, too—are locally sourced. An all-day favorite is Shakshouka, an Israeli dish with eggs baked in cumin-spiced tomato sauce. Some of the lunch items are the sausage-and-shroom flatbread and smoked-duck and pear salad, and for dinner there’s a Wisconsin cheese plate and Schupfnudel & Trotters entrée (chicken leg and thigh, oyster mushrooms, chicken cracklings and baby kale), among other items.
Type of Cuisine: Southern- and Creole-inspired
Locals know that the happy hour (from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays) is when the real steals are—like $1 oysters and a buck off drinks, fried-green tomatoes and peel-and-eat shrimp—but even post-game you won’t be disappointed. The menu is inspired by coastal Louisiana cuisine (think fresh-shucked raw oysters, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, jambalaya and catfish, with sides of red beans and rice) and has a lot of pairing options in terms of wine, craft beer and cocktails (like a refreshing Mint Julep). Vegetarians will be pleased to know there are lots of choices, including vegetarian jambalaya and a BBQ organic-tofu sandwich. Much of the menu’s ingredients are sourced from local farms.
Friday's Front Row Sports Grill
Type of Cuisine: Bar Fare
Running late but still need something to eat? Friday’s (affiliated with the T.G.I. Friday’s chain) is right in the ballpark. Six signature burgers are on the menu, including the New York Cheddar & Bacon Burger and Spicy Craft Beer-Cheese Burger, as well as salads and decadent desserts for sharing (like Oreo Madness, Tennessee Whiskey Cake and Brownie Obsession). Food that is similar to what you’d order from your seat at a ballpark includes grilled bratwurst and jumbo hot dogs. Nine appetizer selections are ideal for a group, from a Tuscan spinach dip to buffalo wings. There are even outdoor seats, should you want to bask in the sun on a warm day or night.
Mad Rooster Cafe
Type of Cuisine: Breakfast & Brunch
Here you can order yummy, decadent breakfast items like Banana Pecan Belgian Waffles up until 3 p.m., as well as signature takes on tacos and mac ‘n cheese. And Mad Rooster Café is such a fan of lingering over breakfast that they’ve created their own coffee blend. Health-minded options are just as plentiful, including a Greek-yogurt and granola entrée arranged into a pineapple shell, as well as fresh-fruit smoothies. A kids menu appeals to families with small children looking for a place where everyone can find something to eat.
4th Base Restaurant
Type of Cuisine: Surf and Turf
No need to decide between fish and meat—the menu is designed to allow you to enjoy both, from bacon-wrapped scallops to the ability to match up dishes, like a lobster tail with a dry-aged tenderloin filet. Check out the specials page of the website for news of the daily specials. It could be homemade meatballs, all-day breakfast or basil-pesto scallops. This is a great place to visit with a group as the menu is diverse. Also, since there are quite a few Milwaukee-craft-beer selections, this is your place if you want to try some of the area’s brews. And since 4th Base is literally a walk from Miller Park, the convenience is key.