The craft brewery is as conscious of the food it serves as of the beer it makes. The chef’s mantra that drinkers want to eat well is in full force here. Vegan options available too.
El Cabrito – whose name translates to “little goat” – is marinated and slow-roasted (leg, sometimes), which lends a succulent texture and flavor similar to lamb. Keen palates will detect cinnamon, cumin, even lemon peel. Like other meats, it needs only cilantro and onion on top, but don’t be shy with the chunky red salsa! And corn tortillas are best.
Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille offers their popular fried chicken and waffles, which has been building fans rapidly. While chicken is offered daily, the rest of the buffet menu changes, rotating between barbecued short ribs, meat loaf, pork chops, catfish fillets and salmon patties.
Competed against AJ Bombers in the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars,” and despite losing, has triumphed with its “Loser Burger” (colby jack, bacon, fried onions). You can’t really lose here. The hangover burger is like the “Loser,” only topped with a fried egg. The Fresco burger (personal fave) has guac, habanero cheese and pico de gallo. Also very serious about bloody marys, topping them with ingredients that will blow your mind (i.e., bacon cheeseburger).
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Traffic moves at an antelope’s pace on National Avenue, so it’s easy to unknowingly whiz by El Comedor. Advice: Keep your eyes peeled for a corner building with a bright-red threshold, then head inside and place your order immediately for crispy, succulent shreds of pork (a.k.a., al pastor). The meat is sweetened with tiny chunks of pineapple. Ask for cilantro and onion on top, and be liberal with the fresh lime! Look for El Comedor taco truck on South 13th and Hayes.
Sit at a table pushed up against the old wooden bar at Guadalajara. It’s old Milwaukee (the building dates to 1890) meets the modern wave of immigration. The steak is lean, on the juicy side, and with the spread of toppings, the tacos looks like little queso-capped mountain peaks. Don’t forget the house pico de gallo! This boffo fresh salsa of cabbage, radish and bell peppers offers that all-important crunch.
Friday Fish Fry, Open For Lunch, Reservations Taken,
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Cafe El Sol offers an authentically delicious Puerto Rican and Mexican cuisine. Stop by on a Friday evening for a dinner buffet with broiled and fried fish as well as live Latin entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m.
Pakistani cuisine tends to be rich and very flavorful. Anmol gets that message. Meat dishes like haleem (shredded beef), mutton kahari and the tandoori platters are of note.
“Family, superb food and quality ingredients” has been the motto for Barbiere’s since 1963. Before getting into it, the homemade garlic bread is an absolute must, which then can be followed by one of their scrumptious pizza pies, lasagna or sandwiches.
La Casa de Alberto avoids the “all signs point to dry beef” predicament that seems to plague griddled steak. This is tender, flavorful meat buried under your choice of toppings. And if you order the chunky guac (you should), pile it on thick!
Entertainment, Late Night Dining, Open for Breakfast, Reservations Taken.
Nostalgia has defined the 5 O’Clock Club since it opened, as just a bar (under the name Coerper’s 5 O’Clock Club), in 1945. The ownership has changed but part of the reason the popularity of this joint hasn’t waned is it’s kept the trademarks intact: Diners belly up to the bar, where they order a drink and place their dinner order.
An institution that’s served fish fries since the 1960s. Order the Serbian-style cod or all-you-can-eat fried haddock with mashed potatoes and coleslaw. Food served Fridays only.