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Harry's Bar and Grill - Milwaukee / Shorewood

Harry's Bar and Grill on the border of Shorewood and Milwaukee is probably one of the most under-rated restaurants in the Milwaukee area. Shorewood, which is not known for its abundance of bars and restaurants is lucky to have a place like Harry's so close by! Their website describes themselves as successfully combining neighborhood charm with big city sophistication and I can personally attest that they have successfully done so!
I have visited Harry's more times than I could count and again found myself there last weekend! On this visit our group was seated quite quickly near the back of the restaurant. It was on a Sunday morning and the TV's were filled with pre-game football coverage. Luckily, Harry's has enough TV's strategically placed throughout the restaurant to make watching the big game possible from any angle.
The menu at Harry's provides enough variety to please any member of your group. On this last visit I focused mainly on Brunch items, but check back for a more extensive review of their lunch / dinner items in the near future.
I skipped the regular brunch menu items and opted for a special this time around. There was an assortment of specials to choose from including the 'Oreo Pancakes', which tempted me greatly, but I ended up choosing the Hopple Popple. This was a combination of scrambled eggs, red potatoes, bacon, red peppers and fontina cheese. Served with fruit and sourdough toast.

It was a great brunch selection and I was glad to see this dish make it on the menu of specials. In talking to some Harry's patrons the 'Hopple Popple' makes an appearance quite often and seems to be a big hit!
A while ago Harry's made the decision to take a Reuben Omelet off the menu, it was probably within good reason as most people I talked with didn't even realize it had ever been available or better yet, what exactly it was. For those of you that don't know what the Reuben Omelet was/is..it is an omelet filled with corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
Served with toast, potatoes and fruit on the side. I will be the first to admit this does not sound appetizing to me and luckily no one at the table offered a bite, I would have had to find a polite way to change the subject. If you aren't interested in this meal, don't worry, like I said Harry's took it off the menu and seems to only make it on special requests. Ask your server if you are interested!
The third brunch item is a personal favorite of mine, the Breakfast Burrito. Harry's keeps up with places like Chipotle and Qdoba when it comes to the size of their burritos, but they set themselves apart with great ingredients and uniqueness of flavors.

The Breakfast Burrito is made with scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, tomatoes, a red bean puree, pepperjack cheese and rolled into a flour tortilla then topped with pico, sour cream and guacamole. The burrito has a spicy element from the pepperjack cheese and chorizo sausage. But don't be alarmed if you don't like too much spice. The scrambled eggs and red bean puree mellow it out to an overall nice smooth flavor! This is also served with Harry's traditional breakfast potatoes. I would highly recommend trying this dish the next time you are looking for a hearty breakfast!
Harry's Bar and Grill in Shorewood has drinks and entrees that should be able to satisfy your casual diner or someone going out for a fancier meal. The three items above are just a very small sampling of what Harry's has to offer when it comes to breakfast or brunch. They have an amazing selection of burgers and appetizers that rival your larger everyday chain restaurants. Definitely check them out and see why everyone in Shorewood wants to keep this place a secret!

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YourMilwaukeeDining | Nov. 9, 2009 at 7:11 p.m. (report)

35227 Thanks for the political observation...feel free to comment on the food anytime now. No offense, but you can click on the politics tab anytime and update us all from there.

Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever you may be - I would still recommend the 'Hopple Popple! :)

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duhawk05 | Nov. 6, 2009 at 2:41 p.m. (report)

Sigh... Living up the street is convenient, but my most recent experience at Harry's will probably be my last. I ordered my beloved Buffalo Chicken Wrap. One half of the wrap was soggy; the dressing was bitter, the tortilla fell apart, the lettuce was wilted, and it only contained one piece of chicken. The other half was obviously fresh-made that afternoon and tasted great as usual.

What gives, Harry's? You're willing to pass along food poisoning (and an obviously aged half of a wrap) to save money?

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alba | Nov. 4, 2009 at 10:23 a.m. (report)

Good food, but overpriced. Go during happy hour and at least your drinks will be reasonable.

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JohnH | Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:33 p.m. (report)

The food is good. The burgers are almost always made correctly to order, the ingredients are mostly fresh, the dishes are creative, and it's within walking distance of my house. Furthermore, Harry's has been kid-friendly for my two under-3 boys, and the price is no more than what you'd expect from a far-better-than-average burger joint and bar. But: (yes, there's a "but"): One night in November of 2008, a couple of my friends and I were sitting at the bar eating and having a drink while glancing at the TVs every so often to check the presidential election tallies as they came in. At some point, it became very apparent that Obama was going to win. Soon after that, the speeches began. McCain was going to give his concession speech first. All eyes were glued to the screen. But when the bartenders were asked to turn up the volume so that we could listen to the speeches on election night, they refused. There were only a few people in the bar/restaurant, so it wouldn't have bothered anyone (at least not in terms of noise level). I've had a bitter taste about Harry's burgers in my mouth ever since. Since when do social venues like bars shy from publicizing major political events in the USA? Now, I suppose I could understand not wanting the tension in the restaurant, but this was not a noisy crowd of fanatics. There were some obvious leaners in the place representing both sides of the political front, but nothing ugly had been said, and no noise had been made. Since when can a bar in an above-averagely educated municipality like Shorewood play Fox News all day long, but not allow the candidates to speak live as the election is decided? We left. We went somewhere where all speeches would receive equal respect. And while I continue to enjoy Harry's food with my family, I will never forget the lack of patriotism they showed to me that evening. I don't blame Harry's in particular as much as I blame an angry nation, built more and more of intolerance, for making it impossible for us to practice healthy public discourse. No American should be taken away the right to listen to our highest-level politicians on election night. It is not American to silence those who we choose to govern our country.

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