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OnMilwaukee's readers have voted The Vanguard's hearty menu as Milwaukee best bar food. (PHOTO: The Vanguard Facebook)

Milwaukee's best bar food, 2019

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!

The Vanguard

Once again, this year's winner for best bar food is The Vanguard! This bar and restaurant, located on Kinnickinnic Avenue in the heart of Bay View, specializes in house-made sausages, ranging from familiar favorites like bratwurst with pork, nutmeg, coriander and beer, to more adventurous links like a jalapeno cheddar brat and a Jamaican lamb currywurst.

Vegetarian options include vegan Italian and vegan chorizo sausages. Not a fan of tubular food? The Vanguard also offers burgers, with fries and poutine as sides. Baked potato balls, cheese curds and soft buttered pretzels are also offered as sides.

A brunch menu, served Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., includes chicken and waffles, a diner brat and a selection of brunch cocktails.

The menu is paired with draft cocktails, micro and craft draft brew and a lengthy bourbon and whiskey list.

In a surprise twist this year, Steny's not only leaps into the top five, it jumps over other familiar finishers to grab the No. 2 spot.

2. Steny's Tavern & Grill
3. Camino
4. McBob's Pub & Grill
5. Swingin' Door Exchange

OnMilwaukee editors' pick: McBob's Pub & Grill

Lori Fredrich's pick: Camino


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