It feels like a standard neighborhood watering hole, but the massive bank of 30 taps behind the bar sets it apart. The selection includes standards from New Glarus and Lakefront, as well as oddities like Old Heathen bourbon barrel aged stout.
Chilango Express started in a space adjacent to a gas station. It’s since moved to a much larger location. Chilango’s creations start with homemade tortillas, which make all the difference. The freshness of that base ingredient (which yields a fluffy, light tortilla) combined with big meaty chunks of pastor is taco ecstasy. Come early on weekends for the lamb, a dynamite taco filling. Mentioned in:
Lines form early at the hostess station on the weekends. If you don’t mind a backless stool, the bar is comfortable and manned by a team of fast, friendly servers. Executive chef/co-owner Joe Muench offers familiar ideas packaged in untraditional ways. Don’t miss the stuffed browns, hoppel poppel and monkey bread. Read more…
While the decor conjures up a pseudo-bordello (red paint, crystal-like chandeliers), the cuisine takes off in various directions: BBQ (really fine beef brisket), raw oysters from the coasts, Louisiana jambalaya, and ??low country?? South Carolina specialties like?frogmore stew. A mint julep will get you in the mood.
One of Milwaukee’s classic frozen custard stands. This stand dishes up frozen custard, hot chili, burgers, cookies and Gilles T-shirts.
Wash down a plate of hearty pork shanks or wiener schnitzel with one of the bar’s at least eight German tap beers. This institution is also known for fish fry (walleye, bluegill, lake perch).
Morning to night, Bay View’s Buena Vista churns out tasty Mexican dishes to lines of loyalists. Nearly every day – winter and summer – the Buena Vista truck parks at Chase and Oklahoma Avenues, where it dishes out tacos, burritos, tortas and quesadillas. It’s part of a family business that includes Ruben Sanchez, his father and siblings. Read more…