Looking for something to eat tonight? We've got a long list of spots offering dine-in, patio dining, carry-out and curbside pick-up.
Looking for something to eat tonight? We've got a long list of spots offering dine-in, patio dining, carry-out and curbside pick-up. (Photo: Lori Fredrich)

Restaurants currently offering dine-in, patio seating or takeout options

As COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted (or revised) in the City of Milwaukee and beyond, some restaurants have reopened their doors for dine-in and patio service. Some municipalities have put some safety guidelines in place; but practices vary widely from venue to venue.

In kind, we have created this guide to assist you in not only staying abreast of restaurant updates and offerings, but also to make it easier for you to support your favorite local spots.

We acknowledge that the decision to dine out is a personal one, and many will continue to limit their dining experiences to curbside and carry-out. So we have included information, not only about dine-in services, but also takeout whenever available. We have also included information from individual restaurants about the safety measures they have put into place (provided they have posted them publicly).

Would you like to add or update your business details? Email information to me at lori@staff.onmilwaukee.com.

Before you use this guide

Remember, even as we move forward, it’s vitally important that consumers continue to support local eateries. Your patronage – whether it takes the form of carry-out or dine-in – ensures that they can remain open for business and continue to do what they do best: nourishing the community with delicious food. Together we can raise one another up and make a difference, one meal at a time.

Note: We are working tirelessly to keep the information in this guide up to date. That said, please consult restaurant websites and social media for current operational hours, which remain in flux.

Regardless of your feelings about the dangers presented by COVID-19, please respect the rules individual restaurants have put in place for the safety of both consumers and their staff. If you have questions about safety procedures enacted at a restaurant, please call to inquire directly. As always, be kind and tip well.

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There's simply nothing like a day at the farmers market.
There's simply nothing like a day at the farmers market.

2020 farmers markets guide, plus guidelines for navigating them safely

There's simply nothing better than a farmers market in Wisconsin. And now – more than ever – is the perfect time for you to show support to local farmers and food vendors. 

Before you plan your next trip to the farmer's market, please take note of the following guidelines to maintain your own safety and that of others (including the vendors). 

Shopper Guidelines

  • Do not visit the farmers’ market if you are sick or a member of a high-risk group.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering to protect both yourself and others.
  • Do not shop in groups. It’s best to send one person to the market to shop for your entire household.
  • Make a shopping list to increase the speed and efficiency of your trip. As pleasant as it might seem, now is not the time to linger at the market. Write your list down on paper so that you can throw the list away after you are done shopping.
  • Avoid using your cell phone at the market (this increases your safety by ensuring you are not transferring germs from the market onto your phone).
  • Leave your pets at home.
  • Always maintain a social distance of at least six feet while shopping and waiting in line.
  • Follow instructions and rules set up by individual markets to maintain distancing and traffic flow.
  • Do not touch produce. Most markets will likely require vendors to fulfill orders, so verbalize your request and they will pack up items for you.
  • When exchanging money with a vendor, place money directly on the counter when paying rather than handing it to the vendor. Do not touch your face after a monetary transaction. Wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • Be patient. Be kind. Relax and wait your turn. 

Cleaning fruits & vegetables

When you return home with your produce, follow the FDA’s guidelines for washing produce and fruit.

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after handling fresh produce.
  • To clean produce, rub gently while holding under plain running water (soap is not needed).
  • Use a clean ve…
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Milwaukee is home to many amazing Black-owned restaurants serving up a wide range of cuisines from barbeque and Southern comfort food to African and Caribbean f
Milwaukee is home to many amazing Black-owned restaurants serving up a wide range of cuisines from barbeque and Southern comfort food to African and Caribbean f (Photo: Lori Fredrich)

Now is the perfect time to support Black-owned restaurants

As civil unrest washes over our nation, local residents are choosing to stand against injustice by attending local protests, signing online petitions, donating to nonprofit groups, and voicing concerns to elected officials.

But there are many ways to combat systemic racial inequality. One effective strategy is to simply put your money where your mouth is and make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses. 

Milwaukee is home to many amazing Black-owned restaurants that offer a wide range of delicious options from barbeque and Southern comfort food to vegetarian, vegan, African and Caribbean fare. There are also numerous food-based businesses (from snacks to desserts) that you can support.

So go out and take advantage of curbside pick-up. Support a new restaurant you may have never tried before and show up for our city and the entrepreneurs who contribute their talents to our beloved community.

Alem Ethiopian Village
307 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 224-5324
alem-ethiopianvillage.com
Alem is offering take-out Monday through Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. Call to place your order for pick-up.

Arlanderz Soul Food
W186 N9539 Bancroft Dr., Menomonee Falls, (262) 415-7129
arlanderz-soul-food.business.site
Arlanderz is open for take-out Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ashley's Que
1501 W. Center St., (414) 372-7666
facebook.com/AshleysBBQ
Curbside pick-up is available daily from noon to 7 p.m. Delivery is also available through Doordash or Grubhub.

Belli's Bistro
3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414)
 210-3665

bellismke.com
Belli's Bistro is offering their full menu for carry-out Tuesday through Friday from  5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (hours are subject to change). Call the restaurant to place your order.

Big Daddy's BBQ and Soul Food
3248 W. Brown St., (414) 758-8602
Biggyds.com
Pick-up is available Friday through Sunday by pre-order only. Check their Facebook page for menu and specia…

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Some things are not as they first appear.
Some things are not as they first appear. (Photo: S.E.D.)

Need a pick-me-up? It's time for an appointment at Don's TV & Repair

If you’ve recently passed the building at 1100 S 1st St., you may have noticed some changes to the facade of the former Don’s Diner, which has undergone a number of mysterious cosmetic adjustments (more on that later).

The good news is that the former diner, which transformed into Don's Grocery & Liquor in March, is here to stay. Thanks to a bit of rearranging, the community grocer has found a new home in what was once the Don’s Diner private dining room.

Inside the grocer, you’ll find walls covered in vintage sports magazine covers, a restored 1951-vintage jukebox stocked with a full playlist of tunes, and shelves stocked with beer, liquor, snacks and household supplies. They will also continue to offer curbside pick-up and delivery of burgers, milkshakes, cinnamon sugar doughnuts and Friday night fish fry. And, in the days ahead, guests will also see improvements to the grocer’s outside seating options.

But, there’s more good news. Beginning Thursday July 2, there will also be a brand new way to indulge in a liberal dose of retro-inspired relaxation.

Super secret news

If you’ve been worn down by the COVID-19 pandemic – and all the stressors that have come with it – your soul might be in need of some minor repairs. It could be that your antenna is no longer receiving the right signals. Your picture tube may have gone grey. Or maybe your capacitor has simply lost its capacity.

Welcome to Don’s TV & Repair shop, a vintage speakeasy that’s equipped with all the replacement parts you need to get your internal diode up and running again.

Maybe it’s an over-the-top boozy shake or a delicious Naughty Angel burger. Or maybe it’s a classic cocktail. You’ll find it all inside this hidden gem of a spot, which sports an old school feel thanks to dim red lighting, vintage electronics and plenty of nods to retro-brands.

Take a seat in one of the socially distanced, privately-walled booths and order up a Zenith, RCA or Admiral cocktail. Or indu…

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