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.
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.
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).
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.
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.