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This is where you can read about the many restaurants we've featured over the years. Just like in the physical magazine, we've arranged the restaurants by the cuisine offered at each restaurant. Some of our most recently uploaded articles can be found below.

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Ward’s House of Prime PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Steak
By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of Ward's 16 oz prime ribWard’s House of Prime is a newer addition to the downtown Milwaukee steakhouse scene and if you’ve been there already, then you know how nice it is to have it here! If you still haven’t visited, then allow me to walk you through my experience. Hopefully you’ll make a reservation soon.

Ward’s, to me, is a more relaxed steakhouse, and I appreciate that approach. When walking in the front doors you step into a large open bar area filled with numerous high-top tables and a long, inviting bar. It’s the perfect place to stop for a drink and simply relax or to wait for your party before stepping into the dining room where crisp, white tablecloths and an upscale steak experience await.

My biggest attraction to Ward’s, outside of the diverse menu and excellently-sourced beef, is the approach to a la carte. Unlike most steakhouses in Milwaukee, Ward’s makes your dining experience affordable and extremely enjoyable by generously including soup or salad as well as a potato with any entrée ordered. At Ward’s, the days of coughing up an extra $8-$10 for traditional sides are long gone!

a picture of Ward's Veal MarsalaWith that being said, I couldn’t pass up splurging and adding the Brussels sprouts ($7) to our table. I have heard and seen Ward’s prepare this side numerous times and I consistently think to myself, I can’t believe someone has made me want to devour a bowl of these! Caramelized and pan-fried Brussels sprouts are one vegetable I wish my parents would have made growing up; eating vegetables would have been so much easier!

When the first main dish hit the table I was smiling ear to ear, as the 16 oz prime rib ($30) was wading in a pool of flavorful Au Jus. Ward’s is one of the few steakhouses in Milwaukee that still serves this incredible cut of meat daily—and they do it right! The knife sliced through the prime rib with such ease, I questioned if I really needed to use my knife for the next bites. I kept it handy because I knew it wouldn’t be long until I focused my attention on the second dish, Veal Marsala ($28).

a picture of Ward's Pan Seared Sea BassIf you think of veal as traditionally being a thinly-pounded cutlet, let me tell you right now that Ward’s doesn’t follow that tradition. I have enjoyed this veal dish numerous times and it never ceases to amaze me when the two- to three-inch-thick veal medallions hits my table. For being such a large cut of veal, the tenderness and juiciness might just make you skip your usual steak entrée and make the switch to veal—I know I did!

Ward’s is a great choice for a group dinner because just like other Milwaukee steakhouses, they recognize that diners are coming to expect more than just a good steak when walking in the door. The menu is varied enough that it’s not hard to find a skillfully prepared piece of fish; in this case, the Pan Seared Sea Bass ($35) stole the show in the non-red-meat category. Perfectly seared and topped with a white wine and dill sauce, this combination is sure to keep your friends quiet and happy while you sneak off to enjoy your prime rib or Veal Marsala!

Ward’s is one of many steakhouses in downtown Milwaukee, but they have found a niche and have perfected what they do. Every time I walk into Ward’s, I know that my steak will be cooked perfectly, my sides plentiful, my service impeccable and, most importantly, the final bill will be extremely reasonable!

Ward's House of Prime
540 E. Mason Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 223-0135
 
Milwaukee Steakhouse PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Steak
By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of the Milwaukee Steakhouse's  28 oz Porterhouse Steak "Oscar Style"Comfortably sitting, unchallenged, on the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Steakhouse—formerly Brewski’s Steakhouse (changed names to avoid confusion with Brewski’s Sports Bar)—is quietly dominating the restaurant scene and finally providing local residents with appetizing, jumbo steaks minus one thing: the drive to downtown Milwaukee.

Chef Rich Alvarado, formerly of Coerper’s 5 O’Clock Steakhouse, is still making mouths water and turning occasional customers into frequent diners with his jumbo steaks, secret ingredients and broiling techniques.

The first thing I need to say about Milwaukee Steakhouse is to be prepared for a lot of food! As you sit and peruse the menu, you will undoubtedly see servers delivering piping hot items to other tables using double-decker carts—that’s how much food you can expect. Like most steakhouses, fresh bread makes its way to your table, but what you don’t expect is the three tablespoons of butter that each member of the table receives. I can’t forget the bottle of honey that was passed around the table like a hot potato, either: take warm bread, add butter, drizzle on honey and let your Milwaukee Steakhouse experience begin.

a picture of the Milwaukee Steakhouse's 16 oz naturally-aged filet mignon topped with bleu cheeseNarrowing down the steaks was almost as difficult narrowing down the side dishes. But in the end, the table finally decided on the bright green and flavorful asparagus ($7) and sautéed mushrooms in butter sauce ($6). As expected, both were very robust in flavor and the portions were nothing short of impressive!

Before we knew it, our table appeared to have shrunk in size. We went from sitting comfortably to sharing our table with a mammoth 28 oz Porterhouse Steak ($39), known as the “Milwaukee Cut,” cooked medium rare. We made the wise choice of having this cut of meat prepared “Oscar Style,” which means it was topped with asparagus, crab meat and béarnaise sauce! It was by far one of the best decisions of the night.

Right after the Porterhouse was the 16 oz naturally-aged filet mignon ($39) topped with bleu cheese. I was impressed with how the powerful bleu cheese paired with the perfectly crusted filet mignon. Each bite was tender and flavor-packed to the end.

a picture of Milwaukee Steakhouse's ½ lb of crab legsMilwaukee Steakhouse will be offering a fish option everyday of the week in the near future. In the meantime, I would highly recommend the ½ lb of crab legs (market price) that come pre-split for your convenience with warm butter for your dipping enjoyment. This shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point, but these crab legs were some of the largest I have experienced. They were a pleasant surprise, as crab legs of such size are hard to find at a steakhouse nowadays.

Milwaukee Steakhouse is pulling downtown steakhouse lovers out of their comfort zones and into a stellar restaurant experience. I noticed a mixture of clientele—a steady stream of business professionals, sports fans and families have all discovered this restaurant here on the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. They have been welcomed with open arms, and as word travels about the outrageous portion sizes, upscale menu options, stellar cooking methods and secret recipes, I can only imagine how much more we will be hearing the name Milwaukee Steakhouse dominate the conversation.

 

The Milwaukee Steakhouse
6024 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53213-4179
(414) 312-7891

 
Stonefly Brewery PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Fish Frys

By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of Stonefly's Friday Fish Fry SpecialStonefly Brewery, in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, has something to offer for nearly anyone. The brewery aspect alone should make you want to visit, and if you decide to check them out on a Friday, consider it your lucky day!

The kitchen of Stonefly has been open for 4 years now, and when you taste what they are putting out it’s safe to assume they will be open for many, many more! Their Friday Fish Fry special ($9.75) is a generous serving of cod prepared in their Brewtown Brown Ale batter. If you think nothing screams Wisconsin like a beer-battered fish, then prepare yourself for another way that Stonefly makes their menu even more ‘Sconnie — deep fried smelt. I was skeptical as to how much fish flavor would actually come through from these tiny fish, but that concern was unfounded as I had one smelt, then two and

a picture of Stonefly's three-to-four more. Each fish fry comes with your choice of fries, celery root mashed potatoes or tater tots as well as coleslaw and tartar sauce. I also had a chance to try their homemade warm applesauce that made me wish that side item was served in tubs rather than tiny cups!


Stonefly already knows that we Wisconsinites love our beer and fish, but they also know we have a hard time deciding between two good things. They just happen to offer a half & half fish fry that gives you the best of cod and smelt to satisfy the most indecisive patron.

The fish alternatives are aplenty at Stonefly, and with over half of their menu prepared with beer, you are sure to find an item both unique and mouth-watering. A popular item ordered is an unbelievable Pulled Pork Sandwich that is cooked for 8-10 hours called The Shredder ($9). Topped with Swiss cheese and fried pickles, you can’t even begin to understand the various flavors that come bursting through with each bite. Add in the spicy honey mustard and you might wonder why you never combined pork, pickles and honey mustard before!

a picture of Stonefly's I’ve had my fair share of mac & cheese, and every good home-style restaurant in Milwaukee has one on their menu, but I was somehow impressed and drawn to Stonefly’s rendition. The Smack Down n’ Cheese ($8.50) is soul food influenced with pieces of jalapeño and green chiles running throughout. (You can add chicken/bacon/tofu for $2). A balanced flavor of spice and cheese make the Smack Down n’ Cheese an ideal entree to try and fall in love with.

Unique, fresh and flavorful are just a few words you can use when telling your friends about the fish fry and numerous other options at Stonefly. Better yet, don’t tell your friends about what’s going on at Stonefly — show them! It’s absolutely delicious!

Stonefly Brewery
735 E. Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 264-3630

 
The Irish Pub PDF Print E-mail
Restaurants - Fish Frys

By Stephen Carlson, yourmilwaukeedining.com

a picture of The Irish Pub's Fish FryThe Irish Pub on the southern end of Water Street is easy to miss, but that doesn’t mean you should forgive yourself too easily if you don’t stop in.

All of The Irish Pub’s food is homemade and it definitely comes through in the cooking. When it comes to The Irish Pub’s Famous Fish & Chips ($13) they use an eco-friendly North Atlantic Cod. As soon as the fish wrapped in paper hit our table, I noticed the sheer volume of fish and chips that came with each order — it was a mound of food and as we all know, the more food the better here in Wisconsin!

The fish is full of flavor and definitely doesn’t hold an overly fishy flavor. When their cod meets their Carlsberg beer batter, it turns out an incredibly crispy fish fry. Its seasoned perfectly and with each bite, the fish and batter don’t fall apart, which is one of my biggest pet peeves when enjoying a fish fry. Absolutely well-constructed and packed full a flavor, you might forget there’s a generous serving of chips waiting for you as well. Not to mention the rye bread, soft butter and curry slaw. Whether you are experiencing the perfectly-seasoned and crispy cod alone or pairing it with the homemade horseradish tartar sauce, you’ll have a smile on your face the entire time.

a picture of The Irish Pub's Wisconsin goes crazy for fish fries and even though I know it’s probably hard to believe, there are people out there that opt for something other than the customary Friday fish fry. Whether this person is you or your dining partner, don’t worry, The Irish Pub has enough options to guarantee that you’ll still get your fish and your partner will feast as well.

Milwaukee’s Largest Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($10) is a popular alternative and for good reason. Gone is the typical white bread that starts this sandwich. The Irish Pub grills a soft flat bread that, when bitten into, blends perfectly with soft American & Cheddar cheeses. Add the fried onions and soft tomatoes, and you have all the reasons to not only consider this Milwaukee’s largest grilled cheese, but also the best.

a picture of The Irish Pub's assorted SlidersSliders are quite popular now, so when I heard The Irish Pub was serving them I was excited, but not surprised. That was my first mistake. If you think these are your ordinary mini burgers that in the end lack excitement, you’re wrong. You get the choice of 4 sliders and all are $3 each – Reuben, Curry Fish, BBQ Sloppy Joe and a Leprechaun burger. The flavor of each — from an exceptional Reuben, to the freshness of a Curry fish, a flavor-packed sloppy Joe, to the perfectly-seasoned garlic and horseradish burger — will make it extremely difficult to just order one or two as a meal. But then again, I would suggest doing the real Wisconsin thing and order them all! You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

The Irish Pub
124 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 225-9400

 
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