RE: Solly's and the Butter Burger
I've lived in Milwaukee 13 years, about 2 miles from Solly's, and never had one of their "famous" burgers. I know many people will cry out in disbelief, but it's not that I didn't try. Twice I went with the best of intentions, but the parking lot was so crowded with huge SUVs that I parked on the street, and the folks at the counter were less than quick in eating and leaving, I needed food, stat. So if you go, tell me what you think. Maybe I'll try again this week. If it's too busy, head north on Port Washington Rd (Solly's in on that stretch, too) to Kopp's for some frozen custard. My custard forecast says Butter Pecan is the flavor Saturday (unbelievably good) and Sunday is Red Raspberry. Leon's on S. 27th St. also has good custard - and a funkier feeling - the raspberry sundae with salty roasted pecans is my favorite.
The Walker's Point neighborhood (around the big Allen Bradley Clock tower south of downtown) has some great places to eat - Soup Brothers on Florida Street is quirky and inexpensive; The Social does a great macaroni & cheese (with goat cheese & chicken) and Cielto Lindo (on the corner of National & S. 2nd) is a highly underrated Mexican place. On Brady Street, stop in Glorioso's (an Italian grocery) and get great sandwiches or a loaf of excellent Peter Sciortino's bread to take home.
What kinds of stuff are you looking to do/eat? I can suggest lots of other places if you like. If you like Vietnamese, you'll have to swing by Phan's Garden on W. National, and the Brown Bottle is truly Milwaukee - fried fish in the old Schlitz brewery complex.