On the Rum

In the name of all things fusion, Wauwatosa is home to a speakeasy-tiki-small-plates joint called Lucky Joe’s.

The intended destination is Lucky Joe’s Alchemy and Eatery on the downtown Wauwatosa angle street of Underwood Avenue. It seems fitting that we must weave through the jolly Tosa Fest crowd, and a ring of faces pressed around a man, stripped to the waist, seated inside the fest’s dunk tank. Lucky Joe’s, its striped awning like a cap pulled down low over the forehead, stands inconspicuously on the west side of the street.

Do not confuse this Joe (situated inside the former digs of One Way Café) with its Walker’s Point brother (set to close Saturday, Oct. 31), a business with the same name but a pseudo-Polynesian theme. However, there is tiki present here. Tiki in Tosa.

Lucky Joe’s Alchemy and Eatery: 1427 Underwood Ave., Tosa Hours: Dinner, Mon-Sat. Brunch, Sun. Prices: $5-$13 Service: Confident, friendly, unhurried.

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‘On the Rum’ appears in the November 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.