More than 50 wines at Wine Maniacs on the River stand at attention to be served by the glass or bottle. The bistro updates its food menu quarterly with dishes that celebrate the seasons and complement its complex varietals, using gourmet ingredients such as Wisconsin artisan cheeses. Small plates make creative use of such ingredients, with options that may include calamari spaghetti or duck-confit tacos ornamented, like a scarecrow's frankfurter, with corn relish.
Nice weather draws diners outdoors onto the patio overlooking the Milwaukee River, where they can sip while admiring the Water Street Bridge and views of the city from the 5th Ward. Guests can also stock up on their favorite elixirs at the establishment's retail shop, which sells wines by the case.
Whether you're looking for a specialty cheese to pair with a bottle of aged Chianti from your cellar or dying to know the difference between a penne and a ballpoint, the friendly staff at Delafield Fine Foods will gladly guide your gastronomic gondola through the store's tributaries of authentic Italian treats. Lay the foundation for a leaning tower of groceries with a round of homemade pizza dough at the bottom of your shopping basket ($1.99), topped with a jar of all-natural house vodka sauce ($4.99), fresh mozzarella ($7.99 per pound), and Italian sausage from the butcher ($6.49 per pound). Fancy feasts can be made at home with the aid of dry-aged prime rib eye ($15.99 per pound), accompanied by fresh baked bread ($3.50). Popular pre-made sides from the deli counter include Italian tuna salad ($5.99 per pound) and Mediterranean tortellini salad ($6.99 per pound), which turn easy lunches into gourmet meals and already gourmet meals into Double Stuf gourmet meals.
Walls with shelving units full of vitamins, teas, cleanses, and supplements can be intimidating to new customers looking for ways to improve their health. At Natural Health Solutions, an on-staff holistic health practitioner helps customers identify and understand the benefits of various pills, powders, and teas that can boost their immune system and improve overall health. Wellness evaluations and vitamin regimens can also be administered to address specific health conditions, so customers can moderate the effects of their conditions to maintain optimal health without selling their soul for a second liver.
Bin One Eleven Wine Store and Tasting Bar owner Justin Jackson constantly researches new wines, sampling up to 40 varietals every week. He brings the best ones to his shop to serve in German crystal wineglasses and pair with cheese or chocolate. Guests can also sip craft beers at the bar or head outdoors to a brick patio.
Sweet Creations 4U serves baked goods, sandwiches, and sweets along with coffee and espresso drinks from Stone Creek Coffee. Selections range from gourmet chocolates and Norske Nook pie filling to barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches and Amy's gourmet apples.
After working in her father's pharmacy since the age of 14, Monica Zatarski earned her doctor of pharmacy degree to open her own business and continue the family tradition of providing patients with innovative, personalized health care. MD Custom Rx works with both physicians and patients to fashion custom prescription packages, balance bodies with hormone assessments and consultations, and boost circulation with infrared-sauna sessions. As specialists with the seal of the Prescription Compounding Accreditation Board, the chemical technicians tailor medications to fit the allergic and digestive needs of each patient, from altering a medicine's strength to rendering it into easy-to-ingest lozenge, transdermal-gel, or brain-wave form. In addition to easing discomfort and imbalances with compound prescriptions and sauna sessions, patients visit onsite vitamin expert Daniel Zatarski, PharmD, RPh, for one-on-one vitamin and nutrient consultations that treat common disorders and supplement health regimens.