|Restaurant front to back|
As you enter the pub, first thing that will probably catch your eye is the bar that takes up the majority of the right side of the front room. Across the bar are a few high top tables in the front left and then a longer high top in the front rear. There is also a back room that isn't as hoping and busy as the front room with the bar. The rear is filled with low top tables and another long high top in the left rear. When we arrived, there were a few tables that were occupied and a handful of people at the bar. During the time we were there, the crowd was very diverse which included people coming after work for a drink, a younger family, middle aged couples and college folk. We walked toward the bar where most of the employees were and they instructed us to seat ourselves. We decided on a front room high top. The decor was a typical Milwaukee type bar with Milwaukee sports
The music was decent. Was a mish mosh of top 40s from different decades. Caters to all ages. The music wasn't too loud that you couldn't keep conversation, which is nice. The bar has a simple wood back bar that included a Green Bay Packers sombrero and an old school turn dial telephone.
The server came to get our drink order within a reasonable time. Christina and Jamie ordered diet coke and I ordered a tallboy bud light. Why bud? Why not? It, along with Budweiser, was the special of the evening for $2 each. Can't pass up a tallboy deal!... or maybe you can. If you don't like the cheaper tallboy specials, they offer microbrews too. They do have a full bar and a pretty decent selection of drafts and bottles/cans. Christina and Jamie thought that their diet coke was one of the best bar diet cokes they have encountered. That's a pretty big deal as Christina is somewhat a diet Coke connoisseur. Typically, at a bar that serves coke through a gun, it's watery...per Christina. But here, just right. Jamie second the notion.
OnMilwaukee.com, it made much more sense. I won't go into the details but this little review on the place provided a tid bit of history. Also, on the website for the restaurant, finding that the owners are from Mexico and Austria helps to provide some reason for some of the flavors of the burger options. On that note, let's get on to to good stuff.... The food!
The food menu is simple, yet inclusive. The have apps, burgers and other delicious options. Pricing is pretty good as the sandwiches do include home fries or Oscar's fries (sweet potato fries) for a dollar up charge. Also, the burgers are all 8oz patties which is a hearty serving. One item that I noted on the menu that isn't on the online menu is a vegetarian burger but can't completely remember the details of the burger. And, they have a Friday fish fry... classic Milwaukee. A theme that I noticed is that this menu is not super lactose intolerant friendly. Cheese on almost everything and anything. But, I'm sure you can request to not have it as well. But, let's get real... This is Wisconsin. I think we'd sometimes wonder where the heck the fried cheese curds are on the bar/pub menu. Mmmmm cheese curds.
Here is what we ordered! Jamie and I pulled a half and half split and Christina got her own.
Christina's Pick (when we asked what she was getting, she started off with "I know that it's weird to order a salad in a bar but....")
Details: Caesar Salad, hold the croutons (peanut gallery aka Jamie thought "no croutons...not a real Caesar") and add the Chicken Littles. Fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and scallions topped with pieces of fried chicken tenders. $4 plus $1.50 up charge
|Caesar Salad with Chicken Littles|
Mine and Jamie's Picks
Details: The Big O. 8 oz. Premium Black Angus Burger, Chipotle Jack, Smoked Gouda, Hickory Bacon, Chorizo, Fried Onions, Jalapeños, Side of House Guacamole. Prepared medium. Side of home fries. $7.25
The Big Hongo.
|The Big Hongo with a side of Oscar's Fries|
|The Big O with a side of home fries.|