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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6300 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 430-0282
If you're looking for a dive bar that serves up solid pub fare, Jonny Hammers has your number. Chicken wings, burgers, grilled sandwiches and pizza are all on the menu at this bar that is also a popular breakfast destination (served daily until 4 p.m.).
Johnny V's Classic Cafe
1650 S. 84th St., (414) 771-9660
You might mistake the interior of this modern cafe for a 1950s diner with its bright red booths and spinning counter-side stools. And it offers up diner-style food to boot. Their menu includes a huge selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items including appetizers, salads, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, broasted chicken, roast turkey, meat loaf and more.
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
Dark wood, stained glass and murals all play a part in the decor of this classic German eatery, which has been owned and operated by the Kegel family since 1924. On the menu, you'll find classic dishes like sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel and beef rouladen along with the house specialty: boneless roasted duck.
6001 W. Madison St., (414) 476-8788
This classic neighborhood pub serves up traditional pub fare, including wings, stuffed burgers and sandwiches, along with specialty items like deep fried portobello mushroom sticks, fish tacos and a weekly Friday fish fry.
1901 S. 60th St., (414) 329-9600
Whether you're craving a torta or quesadilla, or something more substantial like beef barbacoa, chiles rellenos or mole, you'll find it at Las Palmas, a casual Mexican eatery that offers seating in both the dining room and on the patio. Don't miss the (rare and delicious) all-you-can-eat Alaskan snow crab on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Lucky Bakery & BBQ
11078 W. National Ave., (414) 329-2688
You might overlook Lucky Bakery & BBQ if you're not paying attention. But, if you love delicious Cantonese barbecue and Chinese baked goods, you'll want to give it a try. The simple carryout counter offers up a host of delights, including Chinese-sausage buns, steamed roast pork buns, steamed rice crepes and curry beef buns, along with traditional lightly sweetened Chinese desserts. But don't overlook the barbecue, including cha siu (barbecued roast pork), siu aap (roast duck) or siu yuk (crispy pork belly).
Roast duck at Lucky Bakery & BBQ.
6139 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 509-7672
Lively Lucky Chance offers live music, taps and cocktails along with a creative menu that goes beyond typical bar fare. Choose from creatively topped burgers and flatbreads, or sidle up to healthier options like the "Awesome Chicken Bacon Salad."
8533 W Greenfield Ave., (414) 475-0400
When you talk about classic pizza joints in Milwaukee, Mama Mia's is always top of mind. Sure, you can order lasagna or chicken parmesan while you're there. But, if you're like most people, you'll order the pizza with the cracker-thin crust and the deep fried buttery garlic bread that helped make this gem famous.
1723 S. 76th St., (414) 258-8400
Since 1959, Marco's has been serving its "World Famous" pizza, which is hand-tossed and generously topped. Not in the mood for pizza? Marco's also offers buckets of chicken, shrimp or fish as well as pastas, sandwiches, burgers, wings and rollos, a version of a calzone. Don't miss daily meal deals featuring combinations of pizza, garlic bread, wings and soda.
Michael's Family Restaurant
8417 W. Cleveland Ave., (414) 545-2302
Reasonably priced classic American diner fare is what you'll find at Michael's, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It's known for its well-priced breakfast fare as well as for sandwiches, which include favorites like corned beef and pot roast. Dinner specials include fish fry and prime rib on Saturdays. Rumor has it you have to try the chicken dumpling soup.
7335 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 763-5150
If laid-back is your style, you'll find your groove at Mis Suenos, where you can sample Mexican fare like mole, enchiladas, chilaquiles and fish tacos. You're sure to find your optimal heat level among five housemade salsas.
Natty Oaks Pub & Eatery
11505 W. National Ave., (414) 543-2255
Self described as "a friendly watering hole serving more than just water," this cozy spot serves up traditional bar fare including appetizers, sandwiches, pizza and half-pound burgers in an Irish-inspired atmosphere. Wash it down with one of 10 tap beers, wine or a cocktail. If you're lucky, you can even catch a rugby game while you're there.
1657 S. 108th St., (414) 771-8800
Pallas epitomizes the traditional Greek American family restaurant in both decor and selection. The large menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches and entrees along with rotisserie chicken and pork. You'll also find a few Greek specialties including moussaka, spinach pie, souvlaki and baklava.
Paulie's Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 257-2854
Enjoy live music, sportsball and bar-style grub including wings, burgers, wraps and pizza at this casual neighborhood hangout. On tap you'll find a wide range of brews from Miller to Lagunitas.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Deli
6125 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 897-7987
At this deli, find nut butters that are ground in-house daily and jams and jellies from local and regional jelly farms. The breads are baked locally so you can enjoy fresh favorites such as a PB Banana, Almond Delight, Bagel PBJ, PBJ Hot Dog and The King.
7727 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 774-4828
Settle into the old school digs at this family style Greek American restaurant where you can enjoy diner-style fare 24 hours a day. Whether it's bacon and eggs, sandwiches or chops, you're sure to find it on the expansive menu.
7625 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 604-8888
This popular takeout spot features familiar Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin flavors as well as a lunch buffet Monday through Saturday. Delivery is available within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.
5835 W National Ave., (414) 488-2948
This new restaurant, in addition to food such as pulled pork sliders and pork belly tacos, has live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. But, of course, enjoy some beers from the extensive menu, including Spotted Cow, Coconut Porter and MKE Brewing IPA. Be sure to check out the wine and cocktail list, too.
8129 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 456-9955
Since 2002, Antonio and Katrina Escobedo have been serving fresh affordable fare inspired by the cuisine of Zacatecas and Mexico's coastal regions. Diners will find familiar favorites like enchiladas and burritos along with more creative dishes based on family recipes. Don't leave without trying the popular cucumber-laced pico de gallo.
2237 S. 108th St., (414) 541-1234
When Singha Thai restaurant opened in 1990, it was one of only three Thai options in Milwaukee, and the only one on the West Side. Over the years, Singha has stuck it out through an explosion of new Thai options, continuing to serve up savory (and spicy) rice and noodle dishes in its beautifully classic digs.
7032 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 321-8600
Experience a bit of the old world at this casual spot which has served up Italian American classics since 1982. Originally called Pizza Chef, Sofia's has long been known for its pizza; however, the also offer up a menu of other Italian and American favorites from broasted chicken to manicotti.
State Fair Inn
8101 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 778-0760
Once owned by Schlitz Brewing, the State Fair Inn was purchased by the Potocic Family in 1921. Initially a boarding house, this casual spot provides a dose of old school charm along with a menu featuring a number of long-standing family recipes. Whether you stop by for a burger or for the Inn's famous Friday fish fry, you're sure to find a bit of comfort at the Inn.
Steak House 100
7246 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 727-2222
Enjoy charcoal broiled steaks in quaint old school digs at Steakhouse 100. Or branch out and explore a variety of dishes from lamb loin and duck breast to chicken and ribs. It also offers a casual lunch menu featuring salads, sandwiches and entrees along with a classic Wisconsin fish fry on Fridays.
This Chinese restaurant offers dining and take-out and is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and high quality fresh ingredients. Offering soups, dry hot pots and stone pots, sizzling plates, chicken, fish, seafood, noodles, tofu and more, you are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.
6000 W. Burnham St., (414) 546-1197
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves cheap, tasty Mexican food. What it lacks in glitz or glam, it makes up for in character. Dishes include a variety of staples including tacos, burritos and tamales. Spice things up with one of four housemade salsas.
1117 S. 108th St., (414) 777-1600
Don't be intimidated by the shabby exterior. Inside Tandoor you'll find a warming menu of classic Indian dishes including curries, vindaloo and daal, along with traditional breads and a variety of meats cooked in a traditional tandoor oven. Tandoor also offers a lunch buffet seven days a week.
Tomken's Bar & Grill
8001 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 258-9110
This corner bar and grill opened in 1991 and quickly became known as the go-to for delicious fried chicken. Years later, the chicken is still crispy and the bar and restaurant has remodeled and added award winning wings to their repertoire. So grab a craft beer and belly up to a table, there's plenty of fried chicken waiting for you. Oh, and if you're game, branch out and try the fried pickles.
Saucing wings at TomKen's.
Urban Joe Cafe
7028 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 266-1500
This friendly neighborhood cafe serves up a menu of delicious breakfast options along with fresh salads, wraps and panini made with an emphasis on organic, sustainably harvested and fair trade ingredients. Quench your thirst with an expansive selection of tea, coffee and espresso drinks.
10535 W. Greenfield Ave., (262) 671-2445
The decor is unassuming at Vani's Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in Indian specialties including Hyderabad biryani, curries, tandoori dishes and more. Dine-in and carry-out are available, as is as a lunch buffet.
West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe & Cafe
6832 Becher St., (414) 543-4230
It might seem unusual to stop off at a cheese shop for breakfast, brunch or lunch; but in the case of the West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, it's one of the best ideas you could have. A bright, welcoming cafe was added onto the cheese shop in 2013, and it serves up a delicious array of hearty breakfast and brunch dishes (Bloody Marys and mimosas, too!), as well as a lunch menu that includes myriad sandwiches and housemade soups. Don't neglect to check out the specials, which are posted on the board at the counter.
"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.
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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