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McBob's Pub & Grill
4919 W. North Ave.
In the heart of the Uptown neighborhood, in what oughta be the shadow of the now-demolished Uptown Theater, McBob's is an oasis of Irish hospitality, with great food, a fine bar and a warm welcome.
As I noted last St. Patrick's Day, because Uptown isn't Marquette, Water Street or North Avenue (on the East Side), the crowd at McBob's skews a bit older.
The clientele is a mix of neighborhood regulars and folks who trek in from far and wide because McBob's is that kind of friendly, casual place that makes everyone feel at home.
Menu: There's a wide variety of beer available on tap and in bottles, but it's the Guinness you'll be wanting.
Price: Inexpensive to moderate. The food item on the dinner menu ranges from $3.75 to $13.75. At lunch the upper limit is $10 and at breakfast it's $7.50.
When to go: Anytime, although if you're looking for food the Friday fish fry and a Bloody Mary-fueled Sunday brunch are unbeatable.
Don't miss: St. Patrick's Day. There's fun -- and free food -- from (basically) the crack of dawn over at McBob's.
Parking: There's usually plenty of street parking available.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.