By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Dec 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Agave Southwest Bar & Grill, 800 N. Plankinton Ave., has announced that it will roll out a new menu beginning Friday, Dec. 18.

The new menu features a combination of American style favorites, along with numerous Southwestern inspired dishes.


Among starters, diners can choose from items like steamed mussels served with a choice of Southwest style tomato sauce or white wine with fresh herbs ($12), crab cakes with chipotle remoulade ($13) and Santa Fe flatbread with agave-cured salmon ($13).

Salads include classic Caesar ($7); beet salad with goat cheese, spiced walnuts and citrus chile dressing ($9); and the Agave Cobb featuring turkey, black forest ham, avocado, tomato, red onion, hard boiled egg with chile lime dressing ($8). A soup of the day, as well as the house tortilla soup ($5), are also available.

Dinner items include pastas like Southwest penne with chicken, featuring ancho-rubbed chicken with romesco sauce ($16) and Seafood Pasta ala Agave with scallops, salmon, mussels, shrimp, mahi mahi and linguini in a light tomato sauce ($28). Entrees include ancho chile salmon with garlic potato mash and spinach saute ($22); braised short ribs with portabello, crimini, demi glas, green beans and celery root and potato mash with white truffle oil ($22); enchiladas suiza with chicken, poblano cream sauce and Swiss cheese served with Spanish rice and guacamole ($16); and a stuffed poblano pepper with spicy black bean puree, goat cheese risotto and vegetable saute ($15).


Lunch options include a limited selection of soup, salad and starters, along with burgers and wraps sandwiches – including the Agave Southwest burger featuring an agave spice blend, sharp cheddar and fresh jalapeno on a brioche bun ($10); a barbecued pulled pork sandwich with tangy barbeque sauce ($11); a portabella mushroom sandwich with roasted red peppers, onion, spinach and chipotle mayo ($10); and a turkey club wrap with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo ($9).

Agave is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to close. Happy hour specials are offered daily from 2 to 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday featuring half-price appetizers, Agave mimosas and Marias, $3 domestic beer and two-for-one wine, agave infusions and rail cocktails.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.