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Keep Brady Street's Balzac in mind next time it's nearing the dark noon and you need food.

Late night dining guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on April 18, 2010 at 11:03 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

There are definitely days when you've fallen out of the 9 to 5 lifestyle and a 3 p.m. lunch is followed by a 10 p.m. dinner. Whether you're out on the town and need a sobering meal or just finished second shift and haven't eaten since lunch, Milwaukee's late night options are sure to fill your belly.

Based on recommendations from bar crowd diners and hospitality industry veterans, this is list reflects Milwaukee's best in the late hour.

Apollo Cafe
1310 E. Brady St., (414) 272-2233
Open Sunday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 3 a.m.
Apollo Cafe, located in the heart of Brady Street, continues the neighborhood's Greek and Italian cultural cuisine. This counter-service restaurant offers classic souvlaki, hummus and feta, gyros and spanakopita. Entrees and sandwiches are available in a variety of meats including lamb, chicken and beef as well as tuna and vegetarian options.

Balzac Dining and Wine Bar
1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099
Dining service available Monday-Thursday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 3 p.m.-midnight, bar service daily from 4 p.m.- 2 a.m.
On the east side, Balzac is known for an ever-changing, indulgent and alluring wine list. However, laying in the shadow of an incredible vino experience is a tapas and appetizer menu that is just as inviting. With food pairings for almost every wine on the list, Balzac offers a significant menu of appetizers, tapas and thin crust pizzettes. Appetizers include baked cheeses, small salads and brochettes of meats, olives or veggies. A selection of cheese and wine flight combinations are also offered.

Bel-Air Cantina
1935 North Water Street, (414) 226-2245
2625 Downer Ave. (414) 964-1190
If late night Mexican cuisine is what you want, Bel-Air cantina offers their full menu until midnight every night at their Water Street location and Friday and Saturday at their Downer location.With a wide variety of tacos and burritos to choose from, they are sure to have something for everyone.

Brick 3 Pizza
1107 Old World Third St., (414) 224-6040
Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 .m.-3 a.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Brick 3 Pizza started slicing pizza in spring of 2009 with a New York twist on a local favorite. Serving pizza by the pie or the slice, the Downtown restaurant offers just about everything from classic pepperoni or meat lovers to specialty Caprese or BBQ chicken and bacon.

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6342
Full menu service daily from 8 a.m.-midnight
A Diablos Rojos creation, Cafe Hollander brings touch of Dutch culture to Milwaukee's East Side. A taste of Holland includes mussels and frites, a variety of burgers, brats and mashers and of course a daily fish fry. Breakfast selections are offered all day but a more complete breakfast menu is offered daily from 8 to 11 a.m. and a larger brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Classic Slice
2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 238-2406
Open Sunday-Monday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m.-12a.m.
Known for their humongous slices of pizza Classic Slice is a must if you're looking for a late slice. Apart from pizza they also have calzones and sandwiches. They also accommodate to gluten free and vegan customers.

1609 East North Avenue, Milwaukee,(414) 270-1880
Open Sunday-Monday until 10 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday until 12 a.m.
Classic slice boasts the biggest slices in the city and based on the customer response, it may very well be true. The local pizza cafe offers pizza by the slice or the pie but either way everything is heated to order. Pizza options range from classic meat or veggie to exotic mac n' cheese or octopus and creamed spinach.

Comet Cafe

1947 North Farwell Avenue, (414) 273-7677

Food that will make you think you are back at your parents house. Everything is made from scratch with their signature "slow food". grab some late night eats when you go in for their cheap beer nights.

Crisp Pizzabar & Lounge
13232 E. Brady St., (414) 727-4217
Open Sunday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 a.m. and Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m.
Crisp Pizzabar & Lounge offers gourmet pizza by the slice, whole pies, wraps, panini sandwiches, burgers and personalized tossed salads prepared in front of you, and served throughout the day.

728 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 225-1760
Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Closed Sunday.
Named one of the top 30 restaurants in the city for the last four years, its no wonder customers return time and time again for a taste of cuban flavor plus minty mojitos. Cubanitas offers traditional cuban fare including pork, chicken and ham sandwich options as well as steak and seafood entrees. Tamales, ceviche and guacamole round out the appetizer list and are certainly followed by a array of torte and flan desserts.

The Dogg Haus
1433 E. Brady St., (414) 727-1442
Open Monday-Wednesday until 11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday until 3 a.m., Sunday until 10 p.m.
It's one of those nostalgic foods that sound perfect at bar time. Hot dogs. But The Dogg Haus doesn't simply offer up your standard dog with ketchup and mustard. Offering a long list of meats, toppings and sides, The Dogg Haus gives you options upon options for creating the dog of your choice.

Elsa's On the Park
833 N. Jefferson St., (414) 765-0615
Serving food until 1 a.m., bar open until 2 a.m.
Catering to a hip and trendy Downtown crowd, Elsa's has mastered upscale versions of nachos, wings and burgers. Not only are the offerings tasty, but you can get them until 1am everynight of the week. With a bar that is open until 2am daily, this lounge style restaurant offers anything from appetizers and salads to sandwiches and dessert.

Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill

1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, (414) 645-6888

Located inside the Potawatomi Casino this bar has everything that a sports fan could ask for. The kitchen offers the full menu until 2am. Great choice for the late night munchies. Try the signature Pit Burger.

George Webb (numerous locations)

Open 24 hours, seven days a week
We'd be remiss if we left out the granddaddy of all 24 hour diners, the famous George Webb's. Let's be honest: Webb's isn't gonna win any awards for gourmet food. But it's fast, cheap and always open. Chances are you'll run into some old friends, or meet some of Milwaukee's most unusual regulars at Webb's. Try not to think too much about the cleanliness of this place; when you have a hankering for some grub and less than $5 left in your wallet, chances are there is a George Webb's near you.

Jalisco II
2207 E. North Ave., (414) 291-0645
Open daily 7 a.m.-3 a.m.

Just two blocks away, Jalisco's offers up big burritos to the late night diner. No, this isn't breakfast, but just how picky can you be after last call? This Mexican food will fill you up, and there's nothing like a burrito the size of your head to soak up any of the lingering beer still in your system.

Jimmy John's
1532 W. Wells St., (414) 344-1234
3129 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 967-9014
Open daily until 3 a.m.
Would you like "The Sorry Charlie" or "The Pepe?" "The Country Club" or "The Bootlegger?" Whatever cleverly named sub sandwich you choose will taste great after a long night bellied up to the bar. Jimmy John's has two locations open (or delivering) until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Sandwiches come piled high with provolone cheese, mayo, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and the meat of your choice, or try the "Vegetarian."

The Knick
1030 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 272-0011
Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
In a trendy, casual environment, The Knick offers sandwiches, salads, entrees and desserts everyday until midnight. Opening early on Saturday and Sunday, the Knick now offers a full brunch until 3pm followed by dinner menu options. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)

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CoolerKing | April 19, 2010 at 6:49 a.m. (report)

I'd never go to Ma Fischer's considering what they charge for their menu items. If I want to go to a good, reasonably priced Greek diner I'll go to West Allis before I'd go to Ma Fischer's.

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college_dave | April 18, 2010 at 12:41 p.m. (report)

Balistreri's Bluemound Inn serves pizzas, sandwiches, and apps until 1am seven days a week.

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