The epitome of down-to-earth Bay View warmth and insouciance. Well-chosen wines and craft beers, and clever, well-balanced cocktails. The seasons dictate the menu to a certain degree, but you can count on the fabulous meats (chicken, lamb) cooked on the French rotisserie.
This Bay View institution still has a Schlitz brewery globe hanging over the bar – a piece of historic Milwaukee in an otherwise old-world, Eastern Europe bubble. The effect of dining in the home of an old relative (who happens to be a great cook) keeps people coming back, for stars of the show like chicken paprikash, cevapcici (sausage) and the incomparable burek.
??Cold beer, hot whiskey,?? is part of the slogan for this Bay View bar, nestled near Groppi??s Market and Goodkind and the Cactus Club. It??s also your portal to Southern deliciousness like baked pimento cheese on sourdough, fried chicken and biscuits, and shrimp po?? boy.
The patrons seated around the bar finish each other’s thoughts, let alone sentences. This is that kind of place. The pizza has a solid rim of breadiness, and it’s strong and on the thicker side of thin. The toppings are what make it. More is more. If you can see crust under big chunks of sausage and vegetables, you’re not at this Bay View institution.
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Not your average taco filling. But Gypsy Taco isn’t your average maker. The truck – I guess you could call it more of a trailer – lives on the Boone & Crockett patio and services that bar’s barrel-aged cocktail drinking crowd. The Gypsy himself, Mitchell Ciohon, uses his fine-dining background to infuse his offbeat tacos with some razzle-dazzle, so expect drizzly schmears and garnishes of things like whipped goat cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds and arugula salad. His juicy-decadent shredded pork (the soda braising liquid leaves a mildly sweet finish) topped with cabbage, jalapeño, sliced radish, homemade pickles and a jigger of aioli – holy flavor burst! Add the extra creaminess of queso for $1. That’s what the Gypsy calls “Stallis-style.”
Be prepared to get smothered with Italian food. Casa Di Giorgio’s vast menu includes all the classic favorites along with some specialties, such as homemade lasagna, Casa Di Giorgio shrimp scampi, a petite filet and more.