Cozy storefront space where the sushi bar chefs perform magic with fish, vegetables and condiments. Exceptional sashimi and nori rolls. Offers some Thai selections as well.
Vientiane holds up to its Southeast Asian name, showing skill with noodle soups and Thai specialties like pad see ew. And the sauce served with its spring rolls – light, piquant and speckled with crushed peanuts – is the best in town.
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.
The low-key supper club, tucked into a residential South Side neighborhood, indulges Milwaukeeans?? love of large portions. Loosen your belt and dig into the saloon steak a la Portobello, spicy purgatory shrimp or sea scallops with saffron risotto. A martini is obligatory.
A tiptop taco need not come from a Mexican restaurant. What sets the bar for a breakfast taco is flavor and heat, both of which Mad Rooster’s trio has: scrambled eggs mixed with chicken chorizo, onion, mild poblano pepper, tomato and avocado. Raise the heat level with a few dabs of salsa ranchera.
Owned by a onetime employee of Sobelman??s Pub and Grill, the bar focuses on more or less one thing: burgers. Bring your voracious appetite for the Big O burger (with chorizo, bacon, two kinds of cheese, fried onions and guac) with a side of sweet potato fries. If you??re not burgering it, try the seven-layer cheese nachos.
There’s an art, or perhaps etiquette, to eating tacos (nobody tells you that until the filling is falling out of your tortilla down onto your sandaled foot!). The well-seasoned, griddled chicken is so generously piled on by the cooking masters at Taco Loco (inside the El Rey markets) that you need to double-hand the taco, in a so steamy corn envelope, and lean over your plate, letting the juices dribble down your hands. But wonderful? Si!