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West Allis is home to classics like Crawdaddy's, along with a host of new interesting spots.

West Allis dining guide

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For decades, West Allis has always been known for its bar scene, top-notch pub fare and classic eateries like Kegel's Inn. But, the swiftly developing neighborhood also happens to be an underrated hot spot for deliciously different ethnic fare.

Even more recently, the West Side has become one of the area's best spots to sample Chinese bakery, barbecue and locally minded comfort food.

So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down this list of scrumptious 'Stallis eateries. You're sure to find a new-old favorite. And you might even discover your next big food adventure.

Al Pastor
6200 W. Burnham St., (414) 210-5714
The tiny Mexican eatery serves up cheap favorites like tacos, tortas and enchiladas. It also serves all-day breakfast items including burritos and huevos rancheros. Try a slice of Mexican Key Lime ice cream pie for dessert. Our mouths are already watering.

Alphonso's The Original
1119 S. 108th St., (414) 755-0341

Open since 2010, Alphonso's features a fairly wide variety of pizzas, along with a short list of toasted sandwiches, for carryout or delivery. Choose from cracker, New York-style, super bee (with honey and red pepper flakes), herbie (double dough herbed) or Evel Knevel (scorpion pepper crust) topped with both traditional and a few more creative toppings. If you love garlic bread, try the decadent Fuel Injected Cheesy Garlic Bread which features garlic butter spread on top – as well as injected right into – the bread.

5823 W. Burnham St., (414) 321-5775 ( MOVED put in new info)

This bright, cheerful spot serves creative contemporary dishes inspired by the cuisines of Latin America, Mexico and Spain at this hidden gem located on the eastern end of West Allis. Whether it's Yucatan braised pork, enchiladas or steak with chimichurri sauce, you're sure to find something delicious.

Big Deal Burgers & Custard
1440 S. 84th St., (414) 774-4000

Go local at Big Deal where the custard is made fresh and the burgers feature top-grade ground sirloin and buns from Peter Sciortino's Bakery. Super hungry? Try the Big Deal Burger featuring a one-pound burger topped with six strips of bacon, four slices of cheese and extra butter.

Big Ebe's Pizza
1329 S. 70th St., (414) 321-8270
Big Ebe's has been a family owned West Allis fixture since 1978. The old school menu features pizza, baked pasta dishes, broasted chicken and fish fry, all available for dine in, carry out or delivery.

Binary: Games, Food & Spirits
9105 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 321-2600
Nerd out at Binary, West Allis' only geek-themed bar and grill. The walls are covered in memorabilia from owner Kelly Hamburg's personal collection. There are plenty of games to play while you eat and drink, including classic arcade games and card games like Cards Against Humanity. Standard bar fare, like nachos and tater tots, is served alongside vegan and vegetarian options.

Brass Monkey Pub
11904 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 476-6099

You're either going to think of the cocktail or the Beastie Boys' tune by the same name, and that's OK. Brass Monkey is a neighborhood joint where you're likely to run into one or the other when you belly up to the bar. Along with drinks and plenty of tunes on the jukebox, you can also enjoy a menu of pizza, burgers and chicken dinners served up straight from the old school broaster.

Capri di Nuovo
8340 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 543-5510

This West Allis classic, formerly known as Capri's, has been around since the 1960s. It reopened in 2014 with a new name and new owners, but, you'll still find some of Capri's classic menu. If you're looking for ooey gooey cheesy pasta dishes, classic thin crust pizza or carbonara made the traditional way, you'll find it at Capri di Nuovo. Take a seat inside and enjoy the diner-esque environs or take it out to the patio where you can enjoy your Italian feast al fresco. Don't forget the housemade cannoli for dessert.

Chef Paz
9039 W. National Ave., (414) 327-1600

Don't miss this unassuming gem which has been serving up classic Peruvian fare since 2012. Colorful offerings include flavorful empanadas, ceviche, aji de gallina (chicken stew) and lomo (sauteed steak) along with a variety of dishes which showcase the impact of myriad cultural influences on Peru. Along with appetizers and entrees, you can also sample Peruvian beer, sangria and a small selection of Peruvian wines.

Chilango Express
6821 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 541-8201
Chilango Express is attached to Bro's Petro Mart, but the food is far from your average gas station snack. The small menu mirrors the small space, but the tried-and-true Mexican staples are more than satisfying. The restaurant's corn tortillas are made fresh to order and are a hit with every diner.

Dicken's Grill & Spirits
9646 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 258-0888

This corner pub offers a nice selection of local craft brews along with sandwiches, appetizers, housemade pizza and a popular Friday night fish fry featuring walleye, shrimp, cod and breaded lake perch served up with coleslaw, rye bread and your choice of fries or potato pancakes. Other crowd favorites include grilled burgers and loaded Bloody Marys on Sundays. Note: You do have to walk through the heated smoking deck to get inside the restaurant; but, it does a fair job of keeping any residual smoke contained.

Dopp's Bar & Grill
1753 S. 68th St., (414) 257-1400

If you're looking for a solid bar to watch the game, Dopp's is a good bet. But, it's also a good place to grab a plate of bar food. The menu includes a solid selection of burgers and sandwiches, some served up with fries and mini candy bars. It is also one of the only brick and mortar spots where you can find authentic Polish pierogi made by the popular Stuffed food truck.

Double B's BBQ
7420 W. Greenfield Ave.,(414) 257-9150

Stop in at Double B's and sample some of the best barbecue in West Allis, including smoked wings, brisket, ribs and pulled pork served up with your choice of sides including beans, cornbread, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. The meat is perfect on its own, but you can gild the lily with housemade barbecue sauces. As you'd expect, there's also a full bar, so you can pair your smoked meats with a craft beer or old fashioned.

Escobar's Kitchen
9130 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 885-0025

This brightly colored corner spot offers up a large, reasonably priced menu featuring both classic American sandwiches like burgers and BLTs as well as Mexican specialties including quesadillas, chimichangas and fajitas. Both dine-in and carry out area available.

The Farmer's Wife
6533 W. Mitchell St., (414) 488-8296

If it's comfort food you're after, look no further than the Farmer's Wife, which opened in 2016. From soups and grass fed burgers to poutine, chicken and waffle sliders, pot roast, fried chicken and specials including Tuesday night tomahawk steaks, this casual eatery offers up some of the best in housemade fare using local and organic ingredients.

Chicken & waffle sliders at The Farmer's Wife

Filippo's Italian Restaurant
6915 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 321-4040

This old school red-sauce Italian joint serves up homemade pizza, pastas and entrees including classics like veal parmigiana, chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi along with soups and salads. Don't forget to order up a side of fried eggplant.

Firewise Barbecue Company
2767 S. 110th St., (414) 403-1375
This traveling food truck offers all the BBQ favorites such as pulled pork, beef brisket and pork belly sandwiches. Try some hot sausage or ribs. Can't decide? Order the four, five or six meat sampler, where you are able to choose your meats (and get corn bread to go with). But be sure you're driving to the right spot as the truck goes to different locations on different days.

8911 W National Ave., (414) 800-6640
This sports bar has a wide variety of beer, including Alaskan Amber, Black Husky Sproose II, Eagle Park M.C. Hammerschlagen, SteelHead Aleworks Kolsch and more. Best known for its chicken wings, which are served with fries.

Fratelli's Pizza Cafe

6202 W. Lincoln Ave.,(414) 541-0500

This quaint fast casual spot serves hand-tossed stone oven pizza, salads, burgers, subs, sausages and Italian beef sandwiches. Limited dine-in space is available; however most customers opt for carry out. Pro tip: get your Italian beef dipped with sauteed peppers and giardiniera.

Fusion Cafe
1427 S. 108th St., (414) 257-1199

Part Chinese bakery, part restaurant, Fusion Cafe offers a delicious selection of Asian curries, rice dishes, stir fried noodles and traditional noodle soups along with bakery items like savory pork buns, egg custards and lotus cake.

J.J. Chen's Eatery
10722 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 329-8333
Kung pao chicken, crab ragoon and Szechuan chicken are on the menu at J.J.'s. It is one of the few Milwaukee restaurants that serve dim sum, making it a popular destination.

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Braver | Nov. 2, 2018 at 9:07 a.m. (report)

"The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 31, 2018" Um...that statement is false. Escobar's is closed. Fratelli's has been closed for ages. Sofia's is also closed and looks like it is being remodeled for the future home of Chilago Express.

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mygreendoor | Nov. 1, 2016 at 9:11 a.m. (report)

Having moved from close proximity to the amazing array of Bay View restaurants out to the burbs, which, sadly, have only cookie cutter chain places, I am just delighted that you've posted this list. We're close to West Allis but I had no idea there were this many restaurants around. I can't wait to dive into this list and explore.

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