RE: Madison & Milwaukee, Wi
In Milwaukee, Kopp's for the best frozen custard ANYWHERE (especially if they are serving a nut based dish like butter pecan or pistachio). Their grilled cheese sandwiches are also among the best I have ever had. Jake's for the best corned beef or pastrami outside of New York City (but check the hours before you go--they close early). We also enjoyed Serb Hall, Turner Hall and Dick Manhardt's for Friday night fish fries. Many good places along the river downtown. Soly's for a butter burger (once was enough for me--I prefer to taste the burger--but others rave about it). Mader's for German dishes; King & I for Thai. Downtown night life is active.