In 1961, Bob Terese and Corinne Owen opened a small pet shop in downtown Chicago. Part of their mission: to employ workers with developmental disabilities so they can lead productive and fulfilling lives. That little pet shop has since relocated and expanded into a 70-acre campus called Lambs Farm, which has a variety of residential and vocational programs that continue to help those in need. Nearly 250 individuals live here today in group homes and individual apartments; they have access to employment opportunities and a number of recreational services, such as camping and hobby clubs. In addition to the expansive pet shop, the campus also has a farmyard, a bakery, and assorted shops that sell goods handcrafted by Lambs Farm residents.
Miramar Bistro pleases patrons with a high-concept menu that straddles French, Cuban, and American sensibilities. Dive in with herb-marinated olives ($6.50) or an artichoke terrine ($9.95), or opt to start with a crab, scallop, and lobster cake ($14.50), the preferred cake of birthday parties all over Atlantis. Sandwiches include Cuban ham and cheese ($9.50) and pressed chicken pesto ($8.75), as well as croque monsieur ($8.95) and croque madame ($9.95), often called the Mork and Mindy of cuisine. Steak au poivre ($25.95) is the stuff meaty dreams are made of, while a duo of short ribs and rack of lamb ($32) means cowboys and shepherds can finally break bread without also breaking into a blistering freestyle rap battle. A lunch menu is available to quell daytime appetite insurrections, and a Sunday brunch buffet helps pack maximum pleasure into precious weekend hours.
Carlos and Debbie Nieto?the proprietors of the once-famed Carlos' restaurant and its successor, Nieto's?took inspiration from the bistros of Paris when they opened Cafe Central in 1995. Today, Adam Nieto and his dedicated team craft a variety of contemporary, French-inspired food. Salads feature poached chicken or traditional ni?oise toppings, and roast duckling comes drizzled with peach sauce. They also offer risotto that changes weekly along with their long standing grass fed beef cheeseburger.
The dining room also cultivates an ambiance based on the City of Light. Black-clothed tables topped with natural butcher paper reminiscent of a quaint caf? play host to dishes of country pat? and center cuts of Black Angus filet mignon. Colorful artwork accentuates the butter-yellow walls. A classic black-and-white checkered floor makes the whole place pop, and requires you to checkmate your waiter before they will offer you dessert.
Patrick Murphy fell in love with French cuisine without even leaving American soil. In fact, he barely left the Midwest. Ever since his apprenticeship with award-winning chef Sanford D'Amato, Patrick's been dedicated to crafting French cuisine with gigs at Coquette Cafe in Milwaukee and Café Boulud in New York City. At Le Rêve, he draws on those experiences, using seasonal ingredients to craft his own take on French classics. Cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, he whips up everything from crepes with mushroom, gruyère, and basted egg to pan-bagnat sandwiches with grilled chicken and roasted-caper aioli.
For Carol Deptolla of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's not a trip to Le Rêve without one of the intricate pastries for dessert." Pastry chef Abelardo Guadarrama whips up these sweet treats, which range from tarts filled with housemade caramel sauce and chocolate ganache to gluten- and nut-free options such as crème brûlée. Along with housemade breads and croissants, daily and seasonal desserts fill the tempting glass display inside Le Rêve's dining room.
"Milwaukee, rolled in a sweet topping of Paris chic." That's how Milwaukee Magazine describes Le Rêve's interior, which aptly mirrors the two geographic influences of Chef Patrick. A former bank, the more than 100-year-old building sports classic café touches such as a terrazzo floor, exposed brick, and leather banquettes. To top it off, bartenders serve wine, spirits, and cocktails from behind a zinc-topped bar, which supplies 700% of your daily zinc intake with just one quick lick.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant, home of American comfort food. No need to miss out on Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant has a BYOB policy, so feel free to share a bottle of your best wine or bring your favorite six-pack. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Bring your whole brood to Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. The private room at Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Call Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Valet service is offered in the lot next door, where patrons can choose to park their own vehicles as well. When the lot gets busy, diners can turn to street parking.
Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant is a bit of a splurge at around $50 to $75 for a meal. All major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
For good eats and good times in Milwaukee, dine at Coquette Cafe. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Coquette Cafe has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Coquette Cafe just as much as their parents do. A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Coquette Cafe for your next big event. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Coquette Cafe's seasonally available outdoor seating. Get online gratis thanks to Coquette Cafe's complimentary wifi.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Or, take your food to-go. Through their catering service, Coquette Cafe can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Meals at Coquette Cafe are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person. Coquette Cafe accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.