The Marriott Company did a wonderful service for downtown Milwaukee. It saved several historic buildings by wrapping its new hotel around them, and then re-purposed the old buildings for hotel activities. The result is a spanking new hotel restaurant, Millioke, with a refreshing décor.
Service was friendly and helpful, but maybe a little too exuberant. The Caesar salad properly arrived with anchovies and nice fresh, crunchy lettuce, but the croutons were really strange. They were chewy to the point of taking a lot of work to reduce them to a size that could be swallowed. The margherita flatbread was a proper balance of cheese, basil, and tomatoes.
Entrance to the restaurant is through the hotel. Huge picture windows make it seem like you are sitting at a sidewalk café. They saved a section of a yellow brick wall as part of the décor, yellow brick being a feature of old Milwaukee buildings due to the chemical composition of the local clay.
For the curious, Millioke is an early spelling of Milwaukee. If you say the "io" as a "wa" sound, it is obvious.
The date of our visit was July 27, 2013
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