For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."
This East Side staple is packed with college students and bar hounds and is the perfect post-pub place for chow. Since 2007, OnMilwaukee readers have also given the title of Milwaukee's finest Greek food to Oakland Gyros – and it seems a lot of them also eat there late at night. It could be their plentiful portions of tasty gyros, spinach pies and much more that have captured Milwaukee's heart – especially when the night is winding down and you're craving a snack before hitting the sack.
2. Ian's Pizza
3. George Webb's
5. Ma Fischer's
Lori Fredrich's pick: The Vanguard
If I’m out, and it’s late, there’s something about The Vanguard that I crave. On the upside, there are far worse things to crave during the midnight hour than house-made sausages with creative toppings.
This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Evan Barnes, local bartender and former bar owner.
Barnes' pick: The Vanguard
I applaud restaurants for serving food late-night. Milwaukee has a lot of folks who enjoy the nightlife and want a good meal towards the end of the evening. Aside from 24-hour joints, I feel we have really stepped up to the demand. I have to give props to Goodkind, Gypsy Taco and Red Light Ramen, but my late night spot for food and drink is The Vanguard in Bay View.
They have a great staff, stiff drinks, a really nice whiskey selection and music ranging from punk rock to old soul. But on the late night menu, I personally like the burnt ginger tofu (in a sweet, garlic-ginger sauce) served with limes, the dry fried green beans and if you're looking for something more, the burger is solid as are the sausages. Kind of has everything I need for late night plus it's close to home.