There’s a New Dog-Friendly Bar and Sandwich Shop in the Third Ward

Riley’s Sandwich Co. just opened their second location.

Riley’s Sandwich Co., known for huge, very delicious two-fisters served at its counter-service Shorewood shop (4473 N. Oakland Ave.), is cranking things out now at a second location, in the Third Ward (148 N. Milwaukee St.).

Just like the flagship space, Riley’s Sandwich Co. & Social House in the Ward loves dogs. Canine buddies are welcome to hang out inside with their humans. Riley’s loves sandwiches, too – on the south end, adjacent to the Social House, is a walkup window where you pick up the order you either place right there or make online

But there are some differences here. The Social House part of the business is an airy, square-shaped room that has both a six-seat liquor bar and an open area with bench seating. Say yes to dogs and cocktails… beer or wine, too! Owners Jess and John Ludwig – who named Riley’s after their own pooch – are offering 12 house cocktails, including a mojito, strawberry martini, dirty martini, Wisconsin old fashioned, Moscow mule and rye Manhattan ($12-$15). Beer is available in pint or flight form, with 24 options on tap. Wines are served by the glass or bottle.


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The food menu is quite robust, offering sandwich staples (which you may recognize from Shorewood) like the steak Philly, buffalo chicken, Wannabe banh mi, and Nashville hot cauliflower ($10.45-$16.25). There’s also the sandwich collaboration they do with the local street food vendor Lumpia City: a beef tenderloin steak with cheese, mushroom, onion, bell pepper and house roll stuffed with Lumpia City’s 5 Cheese Mac Lumpia Roll ($16.95). Feeling more like greens? They serve salads, too – Italian chopped, Southwest BBQ ranch and others ($12.25-$15.95). 

There’s also a pretty spacious patio outside.

Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 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.