A few weeks ago, Jake Replogle put the brakes on Haute Taco, his taqueria at Brookfield Towne Centre (18905 W. Capitol Dr., Suite 110). Yep, the tortillas are out. Replogle has moved on to buns. It’s taken little time to get Jake’s Burger off the ground in that space. When I called just now, it was open. The menu has close to a dozen burgers, plus four salads, along with sides and extras (like homemade chips and haystack onion rings). The burgers range from the "house blend" – ground short rib, brisket and sirloin – to a tuna Nicoise "raft’ (served open-face and meant to be eaten with a knife and fork). The truffle burger is topped with melted Brie truffle cheese, white truffle oil and arugula, while the Carolina has creamy coleslaw and barbecue sauce ($6.95-$10.95). Want a shake or float with that? Jake’s offers double chocolate, lemon meringue, mocha caramel and other flavors. Wine and beer available, too. Tues-Thurs 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4-9:30 p.m. Happy Hour: Tues-Fri 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tapas on the Table
I am looking at a red tablecloth. It is set with plates of food – appetizers. This image comes courtesy of a photo on the Facebook page of España Tapas House, whose first day of business was yesterday (March 21). The restaurant – in the space once tenanted by Butch’s Clock Steak House – is a house with different rooms. The Madrid Lounge, the Barcelona Hideaway, the Andalusia (which is the main dining room). Where you sit depends on you. The menu includes bize-size tapas, cold and hot tapas, salads, four types of paella, and seven entrées. Check out the full menu here. Hours: Mon-Sat from 4 p.m. Late-night menu served after 10 p.m. Mon-Thurs; after 12 a.m. Fri-Sat. (800 N. Plankinton Ave., 414-988-9468)
Charro Almost No More-o
After the lights go out at Milwaukee Street’s Charro Restaurante on Saturday night – lights out for good, that is – the powers-that-be will concentrate on what’s to happen in a few months. SURG Restaurant Group will send the Charro staff to other posts within the company (Ryan Braun’s Graffito, for instance, needs to bump up its waitstaff once patio season begins), and the Charro kitchen will take on other tasks – namely, the concessions at Bradford Beach House, control of which SURG has taken this year. The group’s ideas for Bradford Beach are tantalizing. Unfortunately, they await Milwaukee County Parks director Sue Black’s approval. And I am sworn to secrecy. The next step for Charro’s executive chef, Aaron Patin, is to head to Brookfield to work on a new development SURG is opening in what used to be Charro’s second location (17800 W. Blue Mound Rd.). Omar Shaikh, a partner in SURG, is again circumspect on releasing details. But Shaikh did leave me with this quote: "It’s going to be one of the biggest splashes in the history of the state."
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