Drive time:1.5 hours
Excuse to go:On June 8, the city’s annual Firkin Beer Fest offers dozens of old-school unfiltered beers made by area brewers in small casks, meaning you won’t taste these anywhere else — or ever again.
Local expert:Dan Jacobs, co-owner of DanDan, EsterEv, and Fauntleroy
Bavette La Boucherie
OK, it doesn’t open until 11 a.m., so think of the Third Ward butcher shop’s perfectly executed Cuban sandwich and cider-braised pork cheeks more as brunch, served in a breezy setting you’ll want to linger in. 330 E. Menomonee St.
This go-to in the hip Bay View neighborhood has a delish pork belly porchetta and a deep cocktail list. “When we have guest chefs in town, we bring them here,” Jacobs says. 2457 S. Wentworth Ave.
This Spanish-Portuguese spot goes all in on big flavors. Chef Gregory León “kills it with the piri piri chicken.” 315 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
“You can really taste the berry notes in their Ethiopian single origin.” Multiple locations, see anodynecoffee.com