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Milwaukee's Best German Restaurant


Nov. 15, 2009
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As you would expect from a restaurant dating back more than a century (1902, to be exact), Mader’s has a lot of history within its walls. But that mundane expectation is certain to be superseded by this Milwaukee institution’s $3 million art collection, medieval suits of armor and antiques dating back to the 14th century. But focusing on the ambiance neglects the star attraction: the food—hearty, timeless German fare that has drawn generations of Milwaukeeans (and more than a few U.S. presidents). As if that weren’t enough, the upper floor gift shop features a wide array of genuine German beer steins, as well as the nation’s largest selection of Hummel figurines.

1041 N. Third St.


Runners-up: Karl Ratzsch’s, Old German Beer Hall


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