Mequon Public Market
If you live in Milwaukee, chances are you’ve been to, or at least heard of, the Milwaukee Public Market. It is a fabulous venue that houses tons of delicious food vendors (among other things) and is sort of the “watering hole” of the Third Ward. If you’re from the ‘burbs and don’t get the chance to head downtown that often, fear not, for the Mequon Public Market is officially open and here to serve your dining needs!
As someone who loves the city, but ultimately aspires to be a “North Shore Nancy” (don’t judge, the heart wants what the heart wants) this addition north of the city makes suburban life even more appealing. The market opened just a few weeks ago in the Spur 16 development which is also home to local faves like Cafe Hollendar and Ruby Tap - when did the North Shore get so trendy?! As far as suburbs go, it’s nice to see Mequon getting a little love, since it often feels like Wauwatosa is the golden child of development and expansion of downtown favorites (i.e. AJ Bombers, Holey Moley Donuts, Pizza Man.)
Anyways, on to the good stuff! The Mequon Public Market features some of my all time favorite Milwaukee vendors. Bowls and Anodyne Coffee make an appearance, along with an East Side staple, Beans & Barley. My neighborhood butcher, Bavette, definitely wins for most beautiful space at the new market. Gold fixtures, funky backsplash and fun light fixtures give me all the good vibes. It is seriously gorgeous. And of course, Cafe Corazon is there representing Riverwest and Bay View with some of the best Mexican food a girl could dream of.
Honestly, the market is something I think the North Shore definitely needed. It’s awesome to see local vendors taking their businesses to places that may otherwise miss out. It creates a cohesive vibe that makes transitioning from city life to suburban life a little less of a bummer. Having downtown favorites easily available is comforting to those who miss it, and exciting for those who have never experienced it. I am definitely a fan, and am excited to head back for dinner sometime soon!