venue Cafe Hollander
When Café Hollander opened on Downer Avenue in the spot left vacant by Gil’s Café, it introduced Milwaukee to the joys of Dutch and Belgian cuisine and—more importantly—beer. Ten Belgian beers on tap, plus a bunch in those giant bottles to choose from, means you’ll have plenty of options to wash down those mussels. Fries (or frites) come in a cone, so you can pretend your wandering the streets of Brussels, and you get to choose from 13 dipping sauces beyond boring old ketchup. Pair the fries with one of the many creative sandwiches here, including the well–loved brie tomato and basil, carried over from Trocadero, another Diablos Rojos Restaurant Group spot. Café Hollander offers a kids menu and popular weekend brunch, but at night it’s perfect for a pint, and the outdoor seating is great for watching the activity on Downer.