By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 15, 2024 at 10:04 AM

Story Hill BKC
5100 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 539-4424
New American, Midwestern

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Every time I set foot inside Story Hill BKC, I’m reminded of the many reasons why it has remained on my list of top spots for so many years. The space is comfortable, yet lively and the service is cordial, with front-of-house staff who can adeptly walk newcomers through the varied menu offerings. Even more, the Midwestern fare – smattered with jolts of inspiration, both domestic and global – is both accessible and inventive.  

Dinner resembles a family-style meal featuring appetizers (like the long-running chicken meatball with green peppercorn sauce and truffle honey), plus shareable sides and main courses.  Dishes like pork chop schnitzel hearken back to Wisconsin's Germanic roots, while offerings like butter chicken bring comfort with a global perspective. Guests will also find pure comfort in dishes like red wine braised beef ribs served with housemade gnocchi.  

The West Side staple also remains a beautiful bet for brunch, thanks to a combination of longstanding dishes like Shakshouka and the Crepe Monsieur, along with newer creations like the savory mushroom and spinach waffle, featuring a wild mushrooms and spinach bread pudding waffle topped off with even more savory goodness.  Consider their stellar list of brunch drinks and you have a Saturday or Sunday Funday waiting to happen.

Don't miss a trip to the attached bottle shop to pick up your favorite wines, beer or spirits at exceedingly fair prices!

Recommended: Escargot; smoked Yukon au gratin; beef rib gnocchi; crepe monsieur at brunch

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.