La Merenda

★★★★☆
  • 125 E National Ave

    Milwaukee, WI 53204

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  • 414-389-0125

About La Merenda

Hours
Sat: 5pm-11pm, Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm, 11am-2pm, Fri: 5pm-11pm, 11am-2pm

Food

Food
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Ugh.

2 days down with food "illness" after a meal at La Merenda. Went there with my girlfriend- we ate the same things. We were both healthy before, and both have the same symptoms for food p___ning.

Will never go back. Beware.

cityserach censors the "p" word. You know what I mean

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★☆☆☆☆

Ugh.

2 days down with food "illness" after a meal at La Merenda. Went there with my girlfriend- we ate the same things. We were both healthy before, and both have the same symptoms for food p___ning.

Will never go back. Beware.

cityserach censors the "p" word. You know what I mean

Cons: see headline

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The best tasting food in Milwaukee...hands down! Great relaxed atmosphere and interesting menu. Every item we tasted was absolutley delicious. The banana chocolate egg rolls were heavenly!

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★★★★★

The best tasting food in Milwaukee...hands down! Great relaxed atmosphere and interesting menu. Every item we tasted was absolutley delicious. The banana chocolate egg rolls were heavenly!

Pros: Amazing Food

Cons: Ruined the diet!

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Just ate at La Merenda with some girlfriends last night - it's a great spot for a 'girls night'. We were a little disappointed to find out that the 2 things we wanted to try most were 'unavailable' - the lobster ceviche, and the spare ribs, BUT the waitress told us about the shrimp and pineapple ceviche special that was an excellent replacement. It had large chunks of shrimp, with pineapple and the regular salsa fixin's tangy and sweet, served with tortilla chips. We also had the tenderloin with mashed sweet plantains - excellent, the polenta wedges with mushroom ragut - unbelieveable! (crispy on the edges, and moist and delicious on the inside)
the fried plantains weren't the thin potato chip-like strips I expected, instead they were thick, fried 'coins' that were crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside...still good, but not enough guacamole provided for dipping. The best thing we had was papapatas ---....(spelling?) it's fried potatoes with a spicy tomato saucy-coating (not heavy) and then a little bit of a cream sauce drizzled on....YUM!!!
They also have great sangria- we had both the peach and the red.
La Merenda has plenty of street parking, conveniently located just off National Ave on 1st/KK...and the service was quick and pleasant.
I'll be back again, and again to try it all!

2
★★★★☆

Just ate at La Merenda with some girlfriends last night - it's a great spot for a 'girls night'. We were a little disappointed to find out that the 2 things we wanted to try most were 'unavailable' - the lobster ceviche, and the spare ribs, BUT the waitress told us about the shrimp and pineapple ceviche special that was an excellent replacement. It had large chunks of shrimp, with pineapple and the regular salsa fixin's tangy and sweet, served with tortilla chips. We also had the tenderloin with mashed sweet plantains - excellent, the polenta wedges with mushroom ragut - unbelieveable! (crispy on the edges, and moist and delicious on the inside)
the fried plantains weren't the thin potato chip-like strips I expected, instead they were thick, fried 'coins' that were crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside...still good, but not enough guacamole provided for dipping. The best thing we had was papapatas ---....(spelling?) it's fried potatoes with a spicy tomato saucy-coating (not heavy) and then a little bit of a cream sauce drizzled on....YUM!!!
They also have great sangria- we had both the peach and the red.
La Merenda has plenty of street parking, conveniently located just off National Ave on 1st/KK...and the service was quick and pleasant.
I'll be back again, and again to try it all!

Pros: a wide/global variety of tastes on the menu - enough for vegetarians and meat eaters alike

Cons: not enough room in my stomach to try it all

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the food is consistently wonderful at la merenda. lunch & dinner are both excellent. the location is decent, and there is plenty of street parking. a great spot to go for flavors from around the world. the tapas-style dining is perfect here.

2
★★★★★

the food is consistently wonderful at la merenda. lunch & dinner are both excellent. the location is decent, and there is plenty of street parking. a great spot to go for flavors from around the world. the tapas-style dining is perfect here.

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Be prepared to thoroughly peruse the international menu; reading it is a food-loving traveler's dream. La Merenda, which means "snack" in Italian, offers small-plate lunches and dinners inspired by American, Asian, Caribbean, European,…

 

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