Milwaukee Public Market: Exploring Lunch Options

Seafood…paninis…salads…soup…sushi. So many choices. How to decide what to eat? Of the 18 vendors in the Milwaukee Public Market, nine of them offer lunch. Others sell baked goods, candies, coffee or wine.

Milwaukee Public MarketA seafood aroma welcomed us as we entered the market through its east end doors near the St. Paul Fish Company. The long line of customers indicated the food must be good. But of course, we had to check out the rest of the market before deciding on a place to eat.

We arrived at the Milwaukee Public Market shortly past noon on a workday, and the place was packed. Lines for other vendors were as long as the seafood line. We made our way through the maze of vendor booths and crowd of lunchgoers, considering the various options.

Milwaukee Public Market interiorHot chicken noodle soup, one of seven soup offerings from The Soup & Stock Market sounded good on the chilly day. Then I was tempted by the Asian Sesame salad at The Green Kitchen. We could have gone with Mexican, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine.

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We settled on sandwiches from the West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe, roast beef for me and grilled meatloaf for Skip. Both were served with kettle chips and a pickle spear.

Roast Beef sandwich

Grilled meatloaf sandwichMany of the vendors have small dining areas near their booths, but we noticed they fill up fast. However, there is plenty of seating in other areas of the market, including the second floor Palm Garden.

I would have loved to have stayed at the market longer and browsed more vendor booths like Oro Di Oliva, a gourmet vinegar and oil shop, or perhaps pick up some Wisconsin cheese to take home. However, I realized the lunch hour is not the best time to do that. Of course, that only means we’ll have to make a return trip someday.

cheese shop

If you visit the Milwaukee Public Market

The Milwaukee Public Market is located at 400 N Water Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s, historic Third Ward neighborhood. Hours vary by vendor. Check the website for details.

Accommodations: We stayed at the historic Pfister Hotel during our visit to Milwaukee. Check rates here

Disclosures: Our visit to the Milwaukee Public Market was hosted by Visit Milwaukee. and our lunch was complimentary. However,any opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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2 thoughts on “Milwaukee Public Market: Exploring Lunch Options

  • February 16, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Looks like a really cool place!

    • February 17, 2016 at 8:28 am

      The Milwaukee Public Market really is a cool place. I want to go back when it isn’t lunchtime so I can explore more.


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