It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who's winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee!
Walker's Point is a highly diverse neighborhood, offering equally as diverse cuisine. It may take some time to get through all of these options.
Black Sheep MKE
216 S. 2nd St., (414) 223-0903
Black Sheep MKE is an upscale wine tap bar in the Walker’s Point neighborhood. The wine taps feature a rotating selection of 16 bottles of red, white and rose. Chef Adam Pawlak brings flavors across the world alongside Wisconsin favorites for a one of a kind dining experience.
816 S. 5th St., (414) 672-3755
Seafood – particularly shrimp and fish – is the specialty at this Mexican restaurant. The addition of the open-air patio contributes to the fun and relaxing atmosphere, especially on a warm evening.
1101 S. 2nd St., (414) 212-8843
Braise is a restaurant and culinary school that specializes in locally-sourced New American fare, regionally crafted beers and wines from all over the world. The staff at Braise has made it their mission to reconnect people with their food through teaching and advancing community-based food issues. With that being said, you can try the leek and potato soup, warm farro salad or steamed pork buns, and know exactly where those ingredients came from.
207 W Freshwater Way, (414) 800-5667
A new vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly restaurant addition to Walker's Point. From salads, to grain-based bowls to acai bowls, Bowls has all the bowls you could dream of. For example, their menu includes their North African bowl with quinoa, golden raisins, tomatoes, pickled peppers, pistachios and feta.
Cafe El Sol
1028 S. 9th St, (414) 384-3400
Located inside the United Community Center, Cafe El Sol offers Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also serve a "Mexican Fish Fry" on Friday evenings with a live mariachi band.
605 S 1st St., (414) 224-5444
With a Bayview location as well as their Walker's Point location, Cafe India serves traditional Indian classics like Chana Masala and Chicken Curry.
Casa de Alberto
624 W. National Ave., (414) 643-5715
Family-owned Mexican restaurant with affordable prices and a full bar. Specializes in classic Tex-Mex favorites along with a few unique seafood dishes.
Cielito Lindo LLC
739 S. 2nd St., (414) 649-0401
Cielito Lindo is a Mexican restaurant that offers classic, authentic dishes in a pleasant and colorful setting. The menu includes things like huevos rancheros, camaron al diabla, and flautas. With low prices, satisfying portion sizes and late-night hours, Cielito Lindo is most definitely a must.
539 W. Virginia St., (414) 278-9106
Very casual, very affordable "Mexican comfort food" including tacos, enchiladas and mole – most of which are served on paper plates.
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606
Crazy Water is a cozy, bustling bistro that serves upscale American fusion cuisine and wine in a charming vintage tavern. Try the baked seasonal oysters, five spice Hudson Valley duck breast or the warm apple tart. Whatever you choose, the staff at Crazy Water guarantee a dining experience that you won’t forget.
1100 S. 1st St., (414) 808-0805
Walker’s points’ new favorite brunch and dinner spot goes to this trendy eatery. Inside the aestically pleasing dining room, Don’s diner is serving up anything from pizza fries to boozy shakes. Oh, and did I mention their extensive happy hour and martini deals.
Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
Engine Company No.3 offers a unique breakfast and lunch experience in the Walker’s Point neighborhood. This sister restaurant of La Merenda not only offers, breakfast, lunch and brunch, but offers cooking classes, to. Try the maple honey french toast, quiche Lorraine or chorizo mac & cheese. The menu also features sides like Troubador Bakery toast and house made chicken breakfast sausage.
1407 S. 1st St., (414) 914-9569
Fiesta Cafe is a family-friendly restaurant with American and Mexican inspired cuisine. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, menu items feature dishes like huevos rancheros, housemade sweet Mexican breads and more.
Fuel on 5th
630 S. 5th St., (414) 374-3835
Motorcycle-themed hotspot for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Great sandwiches, specials, wings and healthy items (try the Korean Bowl!). Similar to the original Riverwest location, only bigger, newer and with an expanded menu.
901 S. 10th St., (414) 647-2266
House made Mexican soups, entrees and drinks are served all day in this quaint, authentic residential restaurant.
Hamburger Mary's Milwaukee
730-734 S. 5th St., (414) 488-2555
An America bar and grill chain serving up cocktails and quirky entertainment. They have everything from Spotted-Cow beer battered chicken tenders to their "Proud Mary" burger which has two big patties layered with onions, bacon, mushroom medley, cheddar and jack cheese, lettuce and their famous Mary's sauce.
600 S. 6th St., (414) 488-9146
If you're looking for something special, head over to Bodegon, the rustic-yet-refined restaurant at Hotel Madrid to feast on a wide variety of Spanish-inspired plates including braised Spanish Octopus, dry aged steak and Iberian pork. Feeling more casual? Grab a drink and dinner at Vermuturia 600, Hotel Madrid's well appointed bar. They offer a full menu of starters, snacks and entrees (from burgers to bolognese).
625 S. 5th St., (414) 271-8595
La Fuente serves a menu of traditional Mexican dishes and margaritas in a relaxed setting. Indulge in choriquezo, mushroom morelos and the special Debra’s fajitas tacos. La Fuente has very large, and very satisfying, margaritas that pair nicely with authentic fare.
125 E. National Ave., (414) 389-0125
La Merenda is a colorful spot with a menu of globally inspired small plates, local beers and wine. You’ll surely enjoy anything from the Wisconsinite truffled potato skins, to the Mexican Fundido de Hongos, which is made with a Mexican cheese from Clock Shadow Creamery. With so many dishes from various cuisines of the world, you may have to make multiple visits.
1033 S. 1st St., (414) 210-3086
A new taqueria in the neighborhood featuring 7 traditional, simple tacos. Their menu includes a "bistec" which is steak in a corn tortilla topped with cilantro and onion. There's also the "campechano" which includes marinated pork, seasoned steak, cheese, cilantro, onion and avocado in a flour tortilla. Taco prices range from $2.50-$5.
939 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-7230
The chefs at Meraki are offering classic cuisine, with a modern technique. The ever-changing menu draws inspiration from all over the world, bringing diversity to the Walker’s Point neighborhood. To give an idea of what the food is like, their current menu features things like pickled beet salad, house made cheesecake and a smoked heritage pork chop. Meraki also offers special dining events, which usually include a four- or five-course dinner, in addition to the daily menu.
240 E. Pittsburgh Ave, (414) 645-0240
The Merriment Social takes on classic American comfort food dishes with a global twist. Their menu features fried brussel sprouts, "Chinese takeout" chicken wings, their famous Merriment burger, spaetzle mac n' cheese and more. The ambience is a rustic, modern feel with a lot of natural light pouring in from their front floor-to-ceiling windows.
430 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-0747
Morel Restaurant offers a menu inspired by local ingredients, made with natural flavors, colors and textures. Try the well-known charcuterie board, lamb carpaccio and smoked lamb ragout. Morel also serves distinctive cocktails, draft beers and offers a full wine list.
524 S. 2nd St., (414) 224-5300
Movida is an upscale restaurant that serves tapas, classic Spanish dishes and cocktails in an open, low-lit space. The menu features grilled shrimp tosta, pan con tomate and a special Movida paella. The drink menu is complete with a full wine list, classic and seasonal cocktails and house-made sangria.
704 S. 2nd St. (414) 243-4997
This quirky and intimate spot with outdoor seating has a small menu with big flavors, that changes often so it keeps you on your toes!
O’Lydia’s Bar & Grill
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
O’Lydia’s is an Irish bar with a spacious patio and a broad American menu. Dive into Irish potato skins, mile-high pastrami sandwich or shepherd's pie. O'Lydia's offers a full list of craft beers and cocktails to pair with the hearty list of food. Also, don’t miss out on free parking and shuttles to Brewers games.
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637
Screaming Tuna is a sushi and Asian bistro specializing in traditional dishes with a twist. From the signature roll to sushi pizza, you’ll find classic flavors and one-of-a-kind inspired fusions. With additional tables outside in the warmer seasons and boat parking, Screaming Tuna also makes for a great warm-weather destination.
Ash (located in the Iron Horse Hotel)
500 W Florida St #102, (414) 831-4615
Enjoy simple, seasonal dishes in this well appointed restaurant just inside the Iron Horse Hotel. Ash specializes in shareable wood-fired plates, from grilled vegetables to large format meat platters.
170 S. 1st St., (414) 273-7800
This bar features "large format sharing beers" and a restaurant specializing in upscale burgers stacked high with Wisconsin grass-fed Fountain Prairie Farms beef and artisan Wisconsin cheeses.
Steny's Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
Steny's is a large sports bar and grill specializing in American bar eats including burgers, wings and Bloody Marys.
Taqueria el Cabrito
1100 S. 11th St., (414) 385-9000
Walker's Point does not disappoint when it comes to Mexican options. El Cabrito has pork tostadas, chicken burritos, quesadillas, guacamole (yum), goat meat (yes, you read that right) and more.
The National Cafe
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
The National Cafe is a hip daytime cafe that offers breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. Try the Croque Madame, a hot ham and Swiss sandwich, prosciutto baguette or the lemon caper tuna steak salad. National Cafe also serves a long list of coffees and various non-alcoholic drinks.
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe is relaxed cafe featuring 40-plus types of creative pizzas, wine and beer, complete with local art and live music. Make an attempt to try the bruschetta salmone, prosciutto fungi pizza or the classic carbonara pasta. The drink also menu features cocktails, spirits and digestivi.
1801 S. 3rd St., (414) 837-5950
Located just south of Walker's Point, Triskele's is a cozy, friendly bar and restaurant with a seasonal, rotating menu. Head there Tuesday night to get 2 pounds of mussels for only $10.
626 S. 5th St., (414) 312-7563
This new eatery offers innovative twists on classic breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner items.
Zócalo Food Park
636 S. 6th St. (414) 433-9747
Milwaukee’s very own food truck park is finally here with a large variety of cuisines, tastes, and feels. With communal seating, gather and try the delicious food trucks Zócal has to offer!