Here at Milwaukee Record, we employ a sentient machine known as the Great Job, Milwaukee! Bot to keep track of the city’s many appearances on dopey online lists, as well as any time a national publication deigns to acknowledges our Midwest existence. Back in April, for instance, we were told we were ugly as dirt. Today, the Bot brings us next that the Washington Post thinks we’re a pretty nice place to visit. beep-boop-beeeeeep…
In an incredibly slick, incredibly lengthy installment of the Post‘s “You’re Going Where?” series, Chicago-based writer Kate Silver hits all the expected Milwaukee beats: we’re more than our “beer-and-brats reputation,” the Milwaukee Art Museum is nice, Vanguard is awesome, American Science & Surplus is weird, Bay View is the place to be, and we have a lot of new shit hotels.
Here’s Silver’s intro:
My husband and I love making weekend trips here from our home in Chicago. It’s small enough that it’s easy to get around and feels safe, but big enough that we discover a new neighborhood, quirky shop, restaurant or bar every visit. While the drinking-and-dining scene has long moved beyond its beer-and-brats reputation, you can still find plenty of that beer and those brats (including in craft and artisanal forms), along with frozen custard and squeaky cheese curds galore. (It’s the Dairy State for a reason.) Plus, it’s affordable (compared with Chicago prices) and there’s truth to that whole Midwestern kindness thing. Don’t put on airs and it’s likely that you will be welcomed with open arms.