The Farmer’s Wife in West Allis to Host Grand Opening On Sept. 30

The new restaurant puts affordable, sustainable comfort food in the spotlight.

Sustainable comfort food is the premise of West Allis’ casual, 70-seat The Farmer’s Wife (6533 W. Mitchell St., 414-488-8296), which will hold its grand opening celebration the weekend of September 30.

Owner Robin Mastera is The Farmer’s Wife. Her husband was raised on an East Coast dairy farm, while her mother’s family had farmland in Minnesota.

On her restaurant menu, Mastera melds some dishes from the Midwest with those specific to the East Coast (like New England lobster rolls). The menu offers snacks, share-able plates, dinners and nightly specials. Choices range from poutine, chicken and waffle sliders and a Reuben sandwich to a three-cheese burger, chicken pot pie, meatloaf dinner, pot roast, Southern-style banana pudding and country-style bread pudding. Among the specials is fried chicken (Wednesday nights) and lollipop lamb chops (Thursday nights).

Among the local farms supplying ingredients: Kettle Range Meat Co., LotFotl Community Farm in Eklhorn, Growing Power and Braise RSA. Breweries and distilleries represented on the tap list include New Glarus, Lakefront, Door County and Great Lakes Distillery. For more, click here.

The grand opening festivities will last pretty much all of the Sept. 30 weekend, culminating with $5 Bloody Marys served during Sunday brunch on Oct. 2. Hours: Tues-Thurs 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.