French Restaurants in Grafton

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Melthouse Bistro elevates a favorite childhood classic with its innovative roster of gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches. The menu lists handcrafted creations such as the Maliblue whose country fresh bread is stacked high with Wisconsin blue cheese, alongside smoked turkey breast, pecanwood smoked bacon, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, hard boiled eggs crumbles, and roasted garlic mayo. Each crispy medley of veggies, cheeses, and meats—which range from The Brasserie's braised short ribs to the hand-battered fried chicken of The Buffalo Bill—sidles onto plates tucked between locally baked artisan bread from Breadsmith. The bistro looks to local farms for its produce as well, prizing the down-home vibe of made-from-scratch meals over the artificial hum of fluorescent-light hoagies. Suggested wine and craft beer pairings whisper under each item listed on the menu, fleshing out the gustatory revelry.

The Melthouse's merger between modest and stylish cooking has garnered praise from OnMilawukee.com, the Journal Sentinel and A.V. Club Milwaukee, which praises the "delicious sandwiches, solid sides, and stellar service." Its decor mirrors the edibles, walking the line between rustic and modern: wood reclaimed from a century-old granary decks the walls, while floor-to-ceiling windows and metallic stools flaunt crisp edges.

1857 E Kenilworth Pl
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Palms Bistro Bar artfully blends cuisines from corners of the globe traditionally unused to culinary interaction, such as Eurasia and Euramerica. The dinner menu begins its gastronomic game of Risk in Europe, with strategic selections of baked Danish brie ($11.95) and bruschetta ($9.25), before redirecting its forces to Southern Asia. The spicy Thai peanut pasta ($13.75) comforts lost, searching souls with sautéed bok choy and shiitake mushrooms tossed in a chilicious peanut sauce. Entrees such as the peppercorn-dusted, 10-ounce flat-iron steak ($25), served with a twice-baked potato, and the pan-seared Alaskan halibut ($26) revitalize diners accustomed to sadly stagnant restaurant routines, whereas the steak salad ($14.50) acts as an omnivorous pact between the meatiest meat and greens, grape tomatoes, and marinated red onions. Palms' full-service bar has wine by the glass or bottle, plus seasonal cocktails that transform throughout the year, unlike the perpetually neon-orange canopy of an old-growth Tang-sequoia forest.

221 N Broadway
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Loacated in the heart of Historic Brady Street, the warm and homey "Brewed Cafe" invites you to relax with excellent quality coffee (roasted by our good friends at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company) and array of delicious foods ranging from homemade bakery to our signature vegetarian chili, sandwiches and spreads.

1208 E Brady St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Named after the early-morning first shift for crew aboard seafaring vessels, First Watch ensures chefs arrive at work with the rising sun, chopping fresh produce, baking muffins, and mixing french toast batter each day. As guests arrive, perky servers greet them with an entire pot of Sunrise Select coffee, as well as the morning paper and free WiFi. Since 1983, First Watch’s carpe-diem philosophy has spread to more than 100 locations across 13 states, pleasing crowds with thin, sweet crepes and fluffy whipped eggs, hash brown skillets, and enormous multigrain pancakes. Recently placed at the top of a Consumer Reports list of best family restaurants, First Watch takes the customer experience seriously. Chefs focus entirely on crafting nourishing sunrise feasts and midday meals, shunning afterthoughts of steaks and burgers for edible masterpieces of omelets, belgian waffles, homemade biscuits, and wholesome lunch salads and sandwiches.

17550 W Bluemound Rd
Brookfield,
WI
US

When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, diners had just three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. The restaurant first expanded four years later, when an enterprising waiter at the initial location opened up a new outpost in Tallahassee. Today, the company—now owned by that original waiter, Mark Johnston, and his brothers Mike and Bob—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also expanded, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.

On a given night, groups of viscous-loving foodies gather around tables to nosh on cheese fondue appetizers and various salads while cooking steaks and seafood in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and romance seekers cap decadent evenings sharing chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.

19850 W Bluemound Rd
Brookfield,
WI
US

Sheridan House & Cafe's rich history of hospitality began in 1911, when it opened as The Lakeview Inn, and it has since taken many forms. In 1920, the owners replaced the wooden structure and opened The Sheridan Hotel, and in 1968, it was remodeled and christened The Fountain Blue. In 2007, owners Lee Barczak and Jane Schilz completely renovated the building and brought the Sheridan name back. Today, it's a stylish, boutique hotel with classic, sophisticated decor and an American bistro. Drawing inspiration from winemaking regions of the world such as Napa Valley, Burgundy, and Stellenbosch, rooms are outfitted with elegant wrought-iron bedframes, crystal-covered lights, and antique-style carved wood pieces. When guests arrive, they can flop onto Stearns & Foster beds or pump up their own theme song on the Bose Wave music systems. Multiple massaging showerheads and L'Occitane bath products pamper guests before they snuggle into fluffy Frette robes and cozy up to electric fireplaces. Flat-screen LCD TVs play cable programming, and free WiFi invisibly streams from each room's personal alien assistant, who silently sits in the corner awaiting requests. In addition to these amenities, some rooms include single or double massage tubs.

5133 S Lake Dr
Cudahy,
WI
US