When the Milwaukee Ale House opened 15 years ago, the Third Ward was a
very different place. Many of the buildings were half-occupied and the area
wasn’t nearly as vibrant as it is today. In 2012, the Third Ward
Ethiopian restaurants offer a unique dining experience: You can ditch
the knives and forks and eat your meal along with the plate it’s served on—the
crepe-like, slightly tart sourdough called injera. Ethiopian Cottage offers
Grace and Julian, a collaboration between two New York University students, vocalist Grace Weber and pianist Julian Pollack, divide their time between up-tempo jazz pop and sultry adult-contemporary jazz ballads on their self-titled 2007 album. After a slew of shows around the area this summer—including a...