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6807 W. Becher St.
If you’re looking for a casual spot on the West Side of town to grab some grub, Ka-Bob’s is a good option. This casual spot is clean and bright with friendly staff and an upbeat vibe.
The menu is the sort that has "something for everyone," from burgers and macaroni and cheese to pork mignon and beef tenderloin medallions. On Saturday nights you can get a full rack of ribs for $21 or aged prime rib for $20.
On my latest visit, I ordered the Becher Burger, which features a one-third pound hand-pattied burger topped with bacon, provolone, Monterey jack, fresh jalapeños, jack straw onions, kabob's sauce on a toasted bun ($10) along with a choice of sides.
This was a tough one to call. On the one hand, the individual ingredients looked pretty good: the glossy bun, the fresh leaves of lettuce, the crisp onion strings. But their composition? Meh. This could have been a beautiful burger, and it just wasn’t.
The brioche bun was glossy and soft with a nice sweet flavor. It was appropriately sized to the burger and toppings, and it came beautifully toasted. That’s worth bun points in my book.
When we ordered our burgers, we weren’t asked how we wanted them to be prepared. So I was relieved to find mine cooked to about medium, with a fair amount of pink throughout. The burger wasn’t overly flavorful; however, it did come nicely seasoned, and there was a bit of char on the exterior giving it a pleasantly grilled flavor.
On the toppings side, the ingredients were high quality; but, there was a lot going on ... maybe a bit too much. Fortunately, there was redemption in the details. The kebab's sauce added a tangy barbecue-sauce-like flavor, eliminating the need for additional condiments. The cheese was well melted. The bacon was spectacularly crisp, and the jalapeno slices, were ultra fresh. Even the fried onion strings were well executed: crisp, without being greasy; unfortunately, they had a tendency to fall out of the sandwich, so I ended up eating most of them out of hand.
This average priced burger delivers with above-average ingredients, making it a good value for the money. It’s also plenty of food for a ten-spot, so you’re unlikely to leave hungry.
Some people are burger patty people. Others are topping people. If you’re one of the latter, you just might find your niche at Ka-Bob’s Bistro.
Ka-Bob’s Bistro is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.