Peggy Magister attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco after spending many years as a nurse. She wanted to get into the restaurant industry, but since she hasnít had much experience in the kitchen, she came to the conclusion school was the best way to go. She was right! After school, Peggy worked in some restaurants in San Francisco but decided to come back home to Wisconsin. She started a catering business with her then husband out of his parentís kitchen, and it grew so large they soon opened their own place in Cedarburg. After five years, Peggy to move a little south and opened Crazy Water. That was 13 years ago, and it has been a staple to Milwaukeeans ever since. Crazy Water reminds its customers of old Milwaukee, with its tin ceilings, hardwood floors and old bar. This eclectic, somewhat-trendy-but-not-really restaurant provides a very intimate setting with a fun vibe. Peggy describes the cuisine as New American Fusion, but explains the food is rather traditional, just as the customers want it. The ëScallopsí are the most popular menu item, served with herb risotto and a lemon herb blanc. Peggy says they have tried to change the dish up a little to keep up with changing times, but her customers always ask for the old, beloved entree. On their winter menu, the ëBeef Wellingtoní is a big seller. Customers rave about the ëBeet Saladí, with shaved fennel, celery, gorgonzola cheese and a simple, delicious lemon vinaigrette. In the summertime, be sure to visit the popular outdoor patio. Crazy Water does have a small semi-private room for events for up to 14 people. Located just about eight blocks from downtown Milwaukee, it is a short distance from popular hotels. Customers really enjoy themselves at Crazy Water – it’s fun, loud (but can still hear one another speak), and they have a great wine selection alongside their full bar. Head to Crazy Water to see what all the talk is about!
839 S 2nd St
Milwaukee, WI 53204