Eating good 'n' cheap in Milwaukee
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Pinching pennies until the next payday? Well, you still have to eat ... and while the higher end, trendy joints seem to get a lot more media play, hometown Milwaukee has more than its share of some great places to get cheap eats that won't bust your budget, and will leave you with a happy tummy and a smiling face.
We of course cannot name every meal deal in our great city on the lake, but here is a sampling of great options for those of us who are on "a tasty nibbles for a reasonable price" diet.
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724 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-0345
What's better than a $1 taco and $1.95 burritos, enchiladas, tostadas and tamales? How about all that great Mexican madness food partnered with a $1 margarita or mai tai! From 3 to 10 p.m. on Monday nights, you can stuff yourself silly at Amelia's for under $10 and still have room for some guacamole ($1.50).
Cans Bar and Canteen
1815 E. Kenilworth Pl., (414) 225-0421
Chase away those Monday blues with 20-cent jumbo buffalo wings that come in hot, sweet, barbecue and teriyaki flavors from 5 p.m. to midnight. And of course, you can wash those babies down with one of over 50 cold ones offered in a sweet, sweet lure of an aluminum can.
Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
Living the high life was never so affordable. For a measly six bucks, you can chow down an 8-oz. tenderloin smothered in grilled onions and served alongside coleslaw and onion straws. Oh yeah, and a pitcher of High Life will only set you back another fiver.
Rip Tide Seafood Bar and Grill
649 E. Erie St., (414) 271-8433
If it's seafood you're craving, Rip Tide rolls out its chilled Jonah Crab claws at 11 a.m. and keeps them coming for 50 cents a piece until 11 p.m. That's a lot of crab for not a lot of coin.
223 N. Water St., #100, (414) 220-9933
Every Monday, from 4 p.m. to midnight, you can grab a slice from Rustico on the Milwaukee River for just one dollar. So belly up to the bar for a pint and a steal of a slice.
McBob's Pub and Grill
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
They claim "the beste soffte schelled Tacos in the citie", because tacos are, of course, Celtic, um, or it depends on who you ask? Regardless, for $3.50 for beef or $4 for chicken, you get a soft shell burrito that's as big as your head. Seriously. And if you miss these delicious monstrosities on Tuesday, that's okay, because they also have them Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
4928 W. Vliet St., (414) 453-6200
If your constant craving is for pasta, O'Brien's can meet your need. $7.50 will get you an ALL-U-CAN EAT build your own pasta extravaganza that will make any leprechaun jealous, and with the money you save, you can wet your whistle with a $2.50 Blue Moon. Yum.
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
$17.95 may sound like a lot for a cheap eats article, but when you consider that you're talking about ALL-U-CAN EAT Snow crab legs with salad, breadsticks and choice of potato, that's a lot of bang for your buck. Slim's serves them up hot and fresh on Tuesday nights and don't be afraid to check out their other nightly specials that are a smidge lighter on the wallet, but not on the portion size.
Butch's new BIG MOUTH FROG, 700 E. Layton Ave., offers the most reasonable and delicious steak filet and pork chop sandwiches. Check the whiteboard specials. Panko shrimp were huge and perfectly done. His famous mushrooms come with most menu offerings. $5 cosmos at all times have become the rage in the Bay View area. Butch, of steakhouse fame, has another winner at hand and he's doing the cooking! Perch fish fry on Fridays is packing them in, so get there early. They open at 4PM, but closed Sundays.
Kincaid's on Old World Third Street has awesome happy hour deals everyday! From 4-6pm and 10pm-close, its half off appetizers and $4 drink specials.
That happened to me two weeks ago! I asked them what the minimum order had to be for delivery and she stopped me after I said pan pizza. I figured she thought that was all I was ordering and didn't want to go through the hassle. And she said every other location was out too so you know they have premade dough for those. I shouldn't be surprised.
There are a lot of Mexican restaurants that offer all u can eat crab legs I know that Fiesta Girabaldi's on Bluemound had it on Mondays, there is also another place on 60th/Burnham, Las Palmas, where I've been to an all u can eat crab leg night. I would just call and ask if they still offer and if so, what night. Both places were quite reasonable and came with other food as well!
Can anyone recommend a good place for all you can eat crab legs (besides Slims)?
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