Bay View dining guide
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It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who's winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee!
Bay View is a serious contender within Milwaukee's food scene. Whether you are looking for an option that is classic or something new and exciting, the Bay View neighborhood has it.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe & Pizza
2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-0765
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. is a locally-owned, small batch roaster featuring a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks, along with authentic wood fired pizzas. Creatively topped pizzas with bubbling Neapolitan-style crusts are available Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974
Escape from the grind with a trip to Barnacle Bud's, Bay View's waterside oasis. Enjoy a menu of seafood-centric dishes, including oysters on the half-shell and the venue's popular grouper Reuben. Pair it up with an ice cold beer, bloody mary or one of their specialty cocktails (Dumpster Punch, anyone?).
Belli's Bistro & Spirits
3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 210-3665
This soul-ful bistro offers southern food items for brunch, lunch and dinner, coupled with a specialty cocktail menu. Options include creole-inspired favorites like jambalaya and shrimp and grits along with steaks, honey glazed salmon, burgers, salads and more.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
This Euro-style cafe offers a full menu of burgers, sandwiches and fresh frites (try them with a house-made dipping sauce) along with globally inspired plates and a brunch menu served every single day. Pair up your tasty finds with a craft cocktail or choose from a list of curated beer selections (including craft finds from Milwaukee and beyond).
2398 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 544-2774
Enjoy tacos, burritos and other specialties at the sister restaurant of the original Cafe Corazon in Riverwest. Corazon specializes in dishes made from farm fresh ingredients, some of which come from their family farm. Don't miss the daily specials listed on their web site, which will score you deals on Margaritas, tacos and more.
Cafe India Bar & Grill
2201 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 837-6121
Cafe India Bar & Grill is the second location opened by owner Rakesh Rehen. Serving traditional Indian food, as well as some Indian-American dishes, Bay View's Cafe India has the same menu as the original location at Walker's Point Plaza, with more space to enjoy. Enjoy the outdoor patio and hookah bar (if the weather permits) or sit and eat in the cozy dining area.
2165 S. Kinnickinnick Ave., (414) 800-7329
C-viche opened at 2165 S. Kinickinnic Ave. in late January 2018, bringing a new Ibero-American concept to both Bay View and Milwaukee on the whole. Enjoy Ibero-American plates with a Peruvian influence and focus on fresh ceviche, handcrafted cocktails (including a killer Pisco sour), and international wines. Be sure to try a few selections off of their Nikkei sushi menu.
2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 238-2406
Classic is the key word at this hip, counter-service pizzeria in Bay View which offers specialty pizzas, calzones and sandwiches. The slices are very large with and various toppings such as Italian sausage, homemade red sauce, arugula, prosciutto and fresh truffle (seasonal). Choose from a variety of craft beers to go along with your cheesy slice of heaven. Build your own pizza or ask about their slice of the day – you won't regret it.
2501 S. Superior St., (414) 483-6335
A remnant of Bay View's northern Italian community, the first such enclave in the city, Club Garibaldi – named for the great Italian patriot – is also a reminder of the many mutual aid societies that Italian-American communities founded throughout America. Get the wings, you won't regret it.
2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-6117
Colectivo's Bay View Cafe and Bakery is a unique space with great coffee and food, paired with an amazing view. The menu includes all-day breakfast options, sandwiches and freshly brewed coffee that will make anyone's day better.
Dom & Phil De Marini's Pizza
1211 E. Conway St., (414) 481-2348
DeMarini's bring the people of Bay View a reliable and comfortable family-owned and operated restaurant. The menu features a renowned original recipe pizza, authentic Italian specialties, fresh made pastas, and a traditional Friday fish fry. Take in a beautiful view of Milwaukee's skyline from the dining room or lounge.
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706
Goodkind is a restaurant and corner tavern that offers old-world dining and strive for a symbiotic relationship between the kitchen and bar, specializing in rotisserie meats, local produce and house-made cocktails. You'll find things like fresh pappardelle pasta, lavender-anchovy rubbed leg of lamb and a beef brisket tartare on their inspiring menu. Goodkind also offers an intriguing Sunday brunch menu, complete with cleverly named house cocktails.
G. Groppi Food Market
1441 E. Russell Ave., (414) 747-9012
Louie's Coop, the bar in G. Groppi Food Market, is a stellar example of a grocery store / bar hybrid. The lighting is low, the vibe is friendly and the bar is off to the side, away from the shopping bustle. Get panini, snacks and more.
Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant
2317 S. Howell Ave., (414) 763-4706
Satisfy your craving with Guanajuato's high-quality, hand-crafted Mexican food. This family-owned restaurant has been serving the Bay View neighborhood since 2007, and they don't plan on stopping any time soon. Try the classic huevos rancheros, mole con pollo, carne asada ... the list goes on.
1110 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 747-1103
The Gyros Stand is a family-run fast nosh place with custard, gyros, spanikopita, shish kabobs, sandwiches, burgers, grilled cheese, fries and more. Drive up, grab your food and go, or sit in and watch TV with the family.
2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-0504
Hi-Fi Cafe offers great coffee, food and music to the Bay View neighborhood. The menu includes various coffees and espressos, teas and juices, breakfast items, sandwiches and snacks, pizzas and pastas. Stop by this fun restaurant for a diner-like feel with good musical vibes.
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437
Since 2009, Honeypie has described its food as Midwestern-food from scratch. It offers a main menu consisting of sandwiches, salads and a few simple, yet delicious, entrees. Honeypie's bakery doesn't disappoint with freshly baked pies, cakes and cookies. Go hard or go home (with obvious regret about your decision to pass on the dessert).
Hot Head Fried Chicken/Crafty Cow
2671 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 808-0481
Can't choose between fried chicken or burgers? Head to this Bay View staple, which specializes in both. Choose from Juicy Lucy stuffed burgers, Nashville hot chicken or simply a plate of down home fried chicken and sides/ Stop by for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and taste their chicken and waffles, los huevos gordos or the ranchero burger.
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-0483
Hue is a Vietnamese restaurant in Bay View specializing in pho and other central Vietnamese dishes in a a modern setting. Try the Bánh Xeo crepe, the kitchen sink fried rice, some of the freshest spring rolls around and more.
Lazy Susan MKE
2378 S. Howell Ave., (414) 988-7086
A casual fine dining restaurant, Lazy Susan MKE serves a rotating eclectic mix of shareable plates. The food is fun, creative and community-driven. Brunch serves up unique creations like challah french toast, seasonal quiche and blueberry ricotta pancakes. Looking for a new culinary experience every time? Head over to Lazy Susan MKE to add some variety to your life.
2265 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858
Lulu prizes itself as a funky bar and cafe that serves unique hot sandwiches, fresh salads and daily soups. Wash everything down with with a variety of imported and domestic beers and wines, local and national microbrews and seasonal specialty drinks. Sunday brunch is served until 2 p.m. and consists of original scrambles and brunch specialties that will have you coming back for more.
2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-6469
This restaurant, just established in 2017, is located inside the iconic Avalon Theater building. Food is served daily from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., so stop by for dinner before seeing a movie. The menu is inspired by the vast regions surrounding the Mediterranean and includes seared halloumi, rabbit cacciatore, steak and frites, pacific halibut and more.
MOR Bakery & Cafe
2018 S. 1st St., Unit 102, (414) 249-3316
Gluten-free is the name of the game at this Bay View bakery featuring hard-to-find (and delicious) items from quick breads and cookies to brownies, cobblers and everything in between. Stop by for a coffee or one of the cafe's food specials. Mor's baked goods are made with natural, whole, certified gluten-free ingredients, so you can feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth.
No. 1 Chinese
2678 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 482-2218
No. 1 Chinese is a no-frills, classic Chinese restaurant with table service, delivery and carry-out. From chop suey to chow mein, this restaurant offers tasty dishes at reasonable prices.
Odd Duck Restaurant
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881
Odd Duck is known for its ever-changing small plate and shareable menu inspired by local ingredients. It has options for everyone: vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. Co-owners Ross Bachhuber and Melissa Buchholz operate the long-time staple featuring plates inspired by flavors and techniques from around the globe.
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Go old school with Palomino Bar, which serves locally-sourced food, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and brews and an extensive whiskey list. The staff at Palomino Bar hopes to entice customers with good food, drinks and music selection. You'll leave with your belly full and your night fulfilled.
2912 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 483-0650
Pietro's Pizza has offered good-quality pizza and other Italian dishes since 1973. The pizza crusts come in different thicknesses. You should try the double-decker if you're really feeling adventurous. Pietro's menu also includes chicken cacciatore, lasagna, mostaccioli with meatballs and lots more.
Pizza di Famiglia
2242 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 988-0001
This new pizza place offers all your favorite, classic pizza toppings such as pepperoni or sausage. However, if you're feeling different or experimental, you can order the grandma's pizza, lasagna pizza, white spinach pizza, Manhattan pizza or supreme pizza. The restaurant also offers stuffed pizza, calzones and stromboli, and of course you can't forget the cannoli for dessert.
Sabor Tropical Latin Inspired Kitchen & Lounge
2258 S. Kinnnickinnic Ave., (414) 988-8030
The runner up in our 2019 best new restaurant poll, Sabor Tropical is a pan-Latin restaurant that fuses the flavors of various Caribbean and Latin cultures. You'll find many flavor-bending dishes, like the Puerto Rican creole shrimp, the El Jibarito, and Mexican-style chicken.
Santino's Little Italy
352 E. Stewart St., (414) 897-7367
As the name suggests, find your new favorite Italian dish at this dinner spot. Gigante meatball plate, pasta carbonara, Sicilian pizza and Italian beef giardiniera are just a few plates to find on the menu.
2211 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 727-8462
The Soup Market serves six fresh soups every day, including chili, chicken soup and chicken dumpling daily and rotating vegetarian, meat and cream soups. Deli sandwiches, salads and Colectivo coffee are also available.
2504 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 763-7067
Opened in August of 2018, SmallPie is a sister to cafes Honeypie and Palomino. In addition to a wide selection of pie, they make quiches, bagels and salads and sandwiches, offerings changing daily. Their drink menu has selections such as Anodyne and Pilcrow coffee, cherry limeade, floats and cocktails.
Tenuta's Italian Restaurant
2995 S. Clement Ave., (414) 431-1014
Tenuta's Italian Restaurant provides homemade cuisine in a cozy environment. The menu consists of an impressive wine list and dishes made with local fresh ingredients, including a classic bruschetta, roasted mushroom gnocchi and chicken Marsala. Don't miss out on Tenuta's happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. every weekday, or Wednesday Wine Night when you get $10 off every bottle.
2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-3593
Sausage, spirits and beer are the main focuses of The Vanguard in Bay View. Choose a classic bratwurst, a chef-inspired styled sausages or a city-specific sausage. Every sausage has a specific beer or spirit recommendation for the ultimate pairing of meat and libations. Their menu also includes poutine and "tube-less" plates such as Thee Dirty Burger. You won't be disappointed.
2414 S. St. Clair St., (414) 481-7530
This European restaurant specializes in traditional Serbian dishes that will make your heart sing. Regulars love how cozy and charming Three Brothers is; it has an old-time decor which makes guests feel at home. Popular dishes include spinach and cheese burek, Serbian salad and chicken paprikash.
Vinchi's Pizza (located inside The Bubbler)
3158 S. Howell Ave., (414) 384-8040
Vinchi's Pizza is a low-key pizzeria located within the The Bubbler bar. Customers love their pizza, considering it as one of the best places to get pizza in Bay View, hands down. Customers love the Vinchi special with cheese, sausage, mushrooms and onions. Great sandwiches like the pork chop Calabrese or the classic chicken parmesan are also worth a try. Don't forget to indulge in the insane deals when Wisconsin teams are playing.
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