It's rare for museums to have cozy dining rooms, but the Charles Allis Art Museum wasn't always a museum. Earlier in the 20th century, it was businessman and arts patron Charles Allis's Tudor-style mansion. Allis bequeathed it to the public along with his massive art collection, though, and nowadays, visitors can stop by to see pieces that span 2,000 years. Some highlights? Works by Winslow Homer, Classic antiquities, a large collection of Asian ceramics, plus rotating exhibits by local Wisconsin artists.
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum nestles in a historic mansion, too, albeit a different one. This one was built in the likeness of an Italian Renaissance villa in 1923, by architect David Adler. Its art spans a smaller period, from the 15th century through to the 18th. Visitors can browse wrought-iron work by Cyril Colnik, and explore a formal, outdoor Renaissance garden.
Guests need not come on bended knee to Speed Queen’s Bar-B-Q. From ribs to beef to fish, this Wisconsin eatery has something for every lover of home-cooked savory food. Using the "largest barbecue pit in the city," all dinners come with bread and coleslaw to round off rib tips, chicken or turkey. For those on a budget, this establishment offers pork, beef or turkey on a bun. Families are welcome to enjoy the Family Feast menu options, which feed up to five people and include a pan of the meat of your choice. For extra large groups of barbecue lovers, Speed Queen’s Bar-B-Q offers catering services as well. Diners wanting to find more of the restaurant’s delicious trademarked sauces can find them in grocery stores in Milwaukee, Madison and Racine. Hungry patrons are in luck as the restaurant is open every day of the week except Sunday.