Chicago to Milwaukee, Twixt 3 Corned Beef Sandwiches

10 STOPS | 145 MILES | 3 hr 32 min
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A road trip along the the southwest shore of Lake Michigan offers a wild taste-buds adventure (assuming you can get out of Chicago with any appetite remaining … but that’s another story). This trip starts with a great corned beef sandwich at the edge of the Chicago Loop and ends with two corned beef sandwich destinations in Milwaukee, with a potpourri of local treats along the way.

1

Manny’s Coffee Shop

Manny's is a Chicago treasure, a big, cafeteria-style restaurant with a vast menu featuring some of the city's best corned beef, sided by potato pancakes.

2

Walker Brothers Pancake House

Must eats at Walker Bros: German pancake and apple pancake, puffed high above the plate. This Wilmette branch of the national chain might be the best of all.

3

Kewpee Lunch

A blast from the pop culture past, Kewpee Lunch of Racine, Wisconsin, offers good sliders and Midwest-style chili (with beans).

4

Larsen Bakery

Larsen's of Racine, Wisconsin makes a specialty of kringle, the tender, butter-rich Danish pastry. There usually are samples on the counter to taste.

5

Polonez

Polish food at its best in Milwaukee! From homey chicken noodle soup to pierogi to elegant crepes, a meal at Polonez is is a memorable restaurant experience.

6

Three Brothers

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Three Brothers, located in a vintage corner brewery, serves classic Serbian food at its finest. A memorable heartland restaurant!

7

Solly’s Grille

Solly's Grille serves the great butter burger of Milwaukee, literally dripping with butter. Milk shakes are Dairy State-rich. We love the fresh banana malt.

8

Leon’s

A neon-edged fun ride for anybody who loves the profound goodness of Wisconsin custard, Leon's is a 1942 vintage Milwaukee favorite.

9

McBob’s

McBob's is a cheerful Milwaukee tavern / restaurant with a great Friday fish fry and some of the best corned beef (and corned beef hash) anywhere.

10

Jake’s

There is no meat anywhere so tender and so rapturously luscious as the hand-sliced corned beef at Jake's of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On good seeded rye, of course.