Quickly making a splash at the East Side food hall Crossroads Collective, Heaven’s Table creates heavenly plates of slow-smoked Texas brisket, hickory-smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pork shoulder, sausage and smoked chicken. Get the brisket!
Locals follow the aroma of smoke on Center Street to the walk-up window inside. Best bets are the BBQ dinners (ribs, rib tips, chicken) and family meals (pan of shoulder, ribs, tips, etc.). Head down on Thursday night for the weekly special gumbo.
A sharp focus on meats, including the great Milwaukee Rib. Grits and mac and cheese are among the sides.
The aroma emitted by Edna cannot be denied. “She” perfumes Iron Grate BBQ Co., overriding the smell of roasted coffee beans. Edna’s 10-foot-long, 500-gallon, mostly recycled self is the force behind half of this unusual business model. Iron Grate shares 8,000 square feet of real estate with roaster-café Hawthorne Coffee.
A country & rock bar serving BBQ, wings and homemade BBQ sauces. Every Friday night has live local and national music acts. It is also home to Red Rock, the mechanical bull.
Carson’s has quite the Chicago reputation. Carson’s brings to Milwaukee a similar menu and what promises to be a swanky space. Here’s a look at the menu: BBQ baby-back ribs, chicken and pork chops; steaks from a 10 ounce filet to a black Angus NY strip. There’s also a Prime burger , shrimp Dejonghe , char-grilled salmon and more.
This institution is still a classic for pork shoulder served with white bread.
A lot of smoked options here, including baby-back and spare ribs, pulled pork and chicken, beef brisket, andouille sausage, even BBQ seitan for vegans.
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.
To say Atlas specializes in all things BBQ would be an understatement. Some delicious BBQ specialties include grilled BBQ shrimp, 6 different kinds of BBQ platters and BBQ nachos just to name a few. Try the Hercules if you dare.