on November 3, 2012
I have mostly dined here for breakfast, always enjoying my meals with a business colleague who does a lot of work at Marquette University. Typically I have an omelet or some egg dish served with the usual accompaniments (toast, hash browns) which have always been good. For my most recent visit, however, it was for lunch after touring the Pabst Mansion which is located just a few blocks away on Wisconsin Avenue.My friend Alice and I arrived after their lunch rush around 2:00pm, so we were able to have a leisurely dining experience. I ordered the hamburger (5 oz. of freshly formed ground beef) while she had "The Whitehouse" . . . an open faced sandwich that consisted of hot turkey and ham, with melted swiss cheese and a mushroom gravy. (Too many taste sensations for my buds, but she said she enjoyed it!) Both sandwiches came with choice of fries, hash browns, cole slaw of the veggie of the day. We both opted for fries, which neither of us could finish. We should have gotten an order to split, plus the cole slaw or something, as there were simply too many to eat.Miss Katie's promotes itself as the "Original Milwaukee Diner" but I'm not really sure why since according to their own marketing info, they've only been around for about 25 years. The building reminds me of the diner my family used to go to in Fairfax, Virgina . . . the "Tastes 29 Diner" a true 1940's diner. Unfortunately, Miss Katie's is not a truly nostalgic diner but more of a replica in the post "Happy Days" era of Milwaukee businesses capitalizing on the popular television show from the 1970's.That said, it is a popular location given its proximity to Marquette University and the downtown area of the city. World leaders and politicians have dined here including President Bill Clinton and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in May of 1996; Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign swing through Milwaukee in 2008; and Michelle Obama in 2010. Photos of these dignitaries hang throughout the diner, identifying the very tables where they sat.Miss Katie's Diner has a decent full service menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner; including soft drinks, milk shakes and adult beverages. Additionally, they offer an all day breakfast menu as well as daily blue plate specials. In terms of pricing, I find them a bit higher than what I typically pay at other diners out in the suburbs, but given their convenient location in the city, I wouldn't quibble over a dollar or two per meal. Our lunch, including soft drinks was just over $21 (excluding tip).If you are interested in checking out their menus, they can be found online at: http://www.miss-katies.com/index.html . I should point out, however, that their prices are not current based on what we paid for our sandwiches earlier this week (10/31/12).
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