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Fast, cheap and good. It really can be done at this pizza-by-the-slice place on Old World 3rd Street.

$7 Downtown Milwaukee lunch challenge: Brick 3 Pizza

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Brick 3 Pizza
1107 N. Old World 3rd St.
(414) 224-6040

Type of food: Pizza, sandwiches, appetizers.
Prices: Pizzas, $14-$25; by the slice, $3.25-$4; sandwiches, $7.50; appetizers. $3-$6
Vegetarian friendly? Yes. Plain cheese pizzas are available, as are Caesar and garden salads and meatless apps, like garlic bread, fries and mozzarella sticks.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

The one food I missed most when I moved to Milwaukee from New York City was pizza by the slice. Over the years, a few places came and went, but Brew City was never a pizza by the slice town for the first couple decades I was here.

Then, it changed and now we have Classic Slice, Ian's, Whole Foods and other places. The best in Downtown is Brick 3 on Old World 3rd Street between Highland and Juneau, which surely makes a killing on Friday and Saturday nights when the bars around there are hopping.

But it's also a great casual lunch stop, where for $7 you can get two slices. Sorry, a soda will break the lunch challenge budget, so I have to recommend water. Unless you're a one-and-done pizza slice eater, in which case you can get a soda or a small salad, too.

Hits: A pizza by the slice place has to do a solid plain cheese and Brick 3 does. It should also offer a few other options and Brick 3 does that too (the spinach and feta is quite nice, as is the sausage and pepperoni).


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