About

Welcome to The National, located in the heart of Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood, just south of downtown. We love Walker's Point for its rich history, traditions, and unique flavor and are honored to be a part of this tapestry.

Everyone at The National is committed to giving you something special each day. We do it by creating meals that are bright, fresh, flavorful, and distinctly different—in a down-home kind of way—and with smiles and gratitude.

Almost everything we offer is made from scratch, and we use the best of fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. From our olive tapenade to our ginger-infused yogurt, from house-made hummus to the basil pesto. Expect flavor, originality, and only the best ingredients.

Our café is centered on the idea of sustainability. We recycle. We compost. We purchase our produce from the Walker’s Point farmers market, and we grow fresh herbs in our garden. Our To-Go containers and cups are made from recycled material, and are all compostable.

We are proud to serve Anodyne Coffee and Valentine Coffee. We appreciate our wonderful local roasters who take great pride in what they do. Their practices and their coffee are both held to excellent standards, and you can taste it in every sip.

We support local artists. If you would like to show your work, let us know. Hopefully, we can help each other. We’ll be happy to see what you have and discuss it with you.

We care about you, and what you think and feel. We love what we do, but the biggest part of that is that we get to see you—our friends and customers on a regular basis. Please share your ideas with us and/or let us know how we’re doing. We appreciate your input!

Chef Nell Benton
Born in Santa Monica CA, it was a toss up between surfer or chef. Her formative years were spent experimenting; not just in the kitchen, but with fixing small mechanical items and helping her dad take apart his motorcycles. After collecting a degree in Anthropology/Sociology in De Pere, WI, Nell spent almost a decade living and working all over the world, which fueled her passion for international cuisine. Having obtained a culinary degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nell moved to Milwaukee to surround herself with her favorite people - Midwesterners - and immerse herself in the local culinary scene. Nell is open about her ketchup obsession, hopes to one day ride the Tran Siberian Express, and has been known to serve tripe in dessert form.

The National - DAMN GOOD FOOD
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