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The dining scene is Wauwatosa has exploded over the past few years, creating a wide variety of new options for hungry Tosans. (PHOTO: Lori Fredrich)

Wauwatosa dining guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 12, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

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Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St. (414) 258-9886
Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, wings and pizza are the specialties at this comfortable corner tavern, which is hugely popular with softball, kickball and dart league all-stars. Stop in to watch the game, or on your way to the game, and you won't leave hungry. The patio is a must, in season.

Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe
7610 Harwood Ave., (414) 778-3333
Le Reve is a French-style patisserie and cafe in the heart of downtown 'Tosa that serves pastries, sandwiches, salads, crepes and coffee. Some of the best desserts on tap in the area can be found here.

Lucky Joe's Alchemy & Eatery
1425 Underwood Ave.
A small menu of entrees (sliders, Burgundy glazed chicken, triple mushroom risotto, slow-braised lamb stew) is augmented by a range of shareable plates, salads and sweets in this intimate Tosa Village bar and restaurant.

Maggiano's Little Italy
2500 N. Mayfair Rd.
(414) 978-1000
Since the opening of the first Maggiano's in Chicago in 1991, the restaurant has expanded with locations across the country. Even though Maggiano's is considered a chain, you can still expect wide ranging and unique Italian menu.

Maxfield's Pancake House
2727 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 453-6000
This bustling breakfast, brunch and lunch spot dishes up deliciousness from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. On weekends, you'll often find a line, but it won't take long as service is efficient here. Don't miss the potato pancakes.

Mekong Café
5930 W. North Ave.
(414) 257 2228
Mekong is a family owned southern Asian themed restaurant. Since opening in 2008, Mekong has offered Laos, Thai and Vietnamese options.

MidTown Grill
8913 W. North Ave., (414) 837-6400
Located in the former John's Sandwich Shop space, MidTown offers a full menu of hearty options for breakfast and lunch, from diner-style fare to salads and other healthy options.

Mo's Irish Pub
10842 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 774-9782
Like its sister location Downtown, the Wauwatosa Mo's Irish Pub offers a variety of Irish and American staples in food and drink. You can get a shepherd's pie and wash it down with a pint of Guinness or have a cheeseburger and a Miller Lite; the choice is yours.

North Avenue Grill
7225 W. North Ave., (414) 453-7225
Open daily from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. (until 3 on Sundays), North Avenue Grill – located in a classic diner space that retains its counter seating and booths set-up – serves breakfast, great burgers, chili and more, as well as cocktails, beer and wine. Sidewalk tables make for great people watching.

Ono Kine Grindz
7215 W. North Ave., (414) 778-0727
Not every neighborhood in the area can boast a Hawai'ian deli and catering business, but East Tosa can. There's Kalua pig, Chinese char siu chicken, Huli chicken, grilled salmon, ahi poke and more, plus a variety of bento boxes, too.

11530 W. Burleigh St., (414) 988-6044
Osgood's calls itself "a fresh take on an old classic, the hot dog stand," but it's much more than that. There are soups and salads, burgers, Italian beef and more, too. The baby back ribs are quite good and you can top it all off with frozen custard at the end.

Peony Dim Sum and Seafood Restaurant
11120 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 443-6455

Milwaukee loves its dim sum and Peony has proven itself as one of the best places in the area to indulge.

Pizza Man
11500 W. Burleigh St., (414) 249-2000
Finally, Tosans and West Siders don't have to drive to the East Side to get their Pizza Man fix, now that there's a location in the Mayfair Collection retail and residential development. Some of the area's best pizza and a great wine list in a festive atmosphere.

Pizzeria Piccola
7606 W. State St., (414) 443-0800
Located in downtown 'Tosa, this place is a marked departure from the Bartolotta group's signature fine dining eateries. This "little pizzeria" venture is a pocket-sized treasure that combines the positive aspects of a chain restaurant – fast, good and inexpensive – with a unique, atmosphere and wood-burning oven.

Red Dot
6715 W. North Ave., (414) 607-1045
Red Dot Tosa has a great patio for people watching, hearty pub food – including poutine, tater tots, wings, burgers, Friday fish fry – and weekend brunch. Lately, live music – including legendary blues band The Kinsey Report – has also been on tap. (NOTE: As of late 2018, Red Dot is closed after a fire. Please call ahead to see if it has reopened before visiting.)

Ristorante Bartolotta
7616 W. State St., (414) 771-7910
Bartolotta's theme here is "cucina rustica," or the serving of traditional, simple foods that Italian families enjoy in their homes. This rustic cuisine focuses on country recipes utilizing the freshest of ingredients. Many argue this is Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant.

Saz's State House Resturant
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
Saz's is a great spot to get your barbecue fix with its specialty: baby back ribs and pork sandwiches. In addition, Saz's has specials for game days and shuttles to Miller Park.

Smoke Shack
11340 W. Burleigh St., (414) 431-1119
Grilled or smoked, sauced or dry rubbed, some of the best barbecue in the area can be had at this second location of the popular Third Ward restaurant, Smoke Shack.

Story Hill BKC
5100 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 539-4424
Stop by Story Hill BKC for brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu is upper Midwest inspired with a unique flavor and it also offers cocktail and wine lists, and has a small wine shop.

The Original Suburpia
10853 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 456 1100
Walk-in or take out for great classic subs. Just be careful, the subs are addicting!

Taqueria El Jefe
11200 W. Burleigh St., (414) 837-6295
Taqueria El Jefe is bright and casual with tacos made to order. From the expected (al pastor) to the unusual (croque and Cantonese char siu pork), El Jefe brings Mexican-style street food indoors in western Tosa.

Ted's Ice Cream and Restaurant
6204 W. North Ave., (414) 258-5610

Belly up to the serpentine lino counter at Ted's and dine like your grandparents did. Prices are reasonable and the food is no-nonsense, home-style fare: bacon, eggs and waffles with coffee for breakfast, burgers and fries and Cokes for lunch. Fish fry on Fridays.

Thai-Namite Tosa
8725 W. North Ave., (414) 837-6281
In addition to your typical Thai cuisine, Thai-Namite – which also has a Brady Street location – also offers sushi. A small patio out front offers outdoor dining when the weather cooperates.

Wauwatiki Bar & Grill
6502 W. North Ave., (414) 323-7555
With an island themed cocktail list and menu, Wauwatiki will take you out of Milwaukee and into your happy place on a sandy beach.

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