By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 29, 2021 at 12:01 PM

For decades, West Allis has always been known for its bar scene, top-notch pub fare and classic eateries. But the swiftly developing neighborhood also happens to be an underrated hot spot for deliciously diverse fare.

In recent years, the West Side has become one of the area's best spots to sample Chinese bakery, barbecue and locally minded comfort food.

Scroll down this list of scrumptious ‘Stallis eateries and put a few on your must-visit list.

Al Pastor
6200 W. Burnham St., (414) 210-5714
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The tiny Mexican eatery serves up cheap favorites like tacos, tortas and enchiladas. It also serves all-day breakfast items including burritos and huevos rancheros. Try a slice of Mexican Key Lime ice cream pie for dessert. 

Alphonso’s The Original
1119 S. 108th St., (414) 755-0341
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Open since 2010, Alphonso’s features a fairly wide variety of pizzas, along with a short list of toasted sandwiches. If you love garlic bread, try the decadent Fuel Injected Cheesy Garlic Bread which features garlic butter spread on top – as well as injected right into – the bread.

Antigua
5823 W. Burnham St., (414) 321-5775 ( MOVED put in new info) 
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This bright, cheerful spot serves creative contemporary dishes inspired by the cuisines of Latin America, Mexico and Spain at this hidden gem located on the eastern end of West Allis. Whether it’s Yucatan braised pork, enchiladas or steak with chimichurri sauce, you’re sure to find something delicious.

Big Deal Burgers & Custard
1440 S. 84th St., (414) 774-4000
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Go local at Big Deal where the custard is made fresh and the burgers feature top-grade ground sirloin and buns from Peter Sciortino’s Bakery. Super hungry? Try the Big Deal Burger featuring a one-pound burger topped with six strips of bacon, four slices of cheese and extra butter.

Binary: Games, Food & Spirits
9105 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 321-2600
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Nerd out at Binary, West Allis' only geek-themed bar and grill. The walls are covered in memorabilia from the owner's personal collection. There are plenty of games to play while you eat and drink, including classic arcade games and card games like Cards Against Humanity. Standard bar fare, like nachos and tater tots, is served alongside vegan and vegetarian options. 

Brass Monkey Pub
11904 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 476-6099
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You’re either going to think of the cocktail or the Beastie Boys’ tune by the same name, and that’s OK. Along with drinks and plenty of tunes on the jukebox, you can also enjoy a menu of pizza, burgers and chicken dinners served up straight from the old school broaster.

Capri di Nuovo
8340 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 543-5510
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This West Allis classic, formerly known as Capri’s, has been around since the 1960s. If you’re looking for ooey gooey cheesy pasta dishes, classic thin crust pizza or carbonara made the traditional way, you’ll find it at Capri di Nuovo. Don’t forget the housemade cannoli for dessert.

Camino
7211 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 810-4838 
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Burgers, sandwiches, fish fries, perogies and a tremendous beer list and more are available at Camino. Check them out in Walker's Point, too.

Chef Paz
9039 W. National Ave., (414) 327-1600
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Don’t miss this unassuming gem which has been serving up classic Peruvian fare since 2012. Offerings include flavorful empanadas, ceviche, aji de gallina (chicken stew) and lomo (sauteed steak) along. Peruvian beer, sangria and a small selection of Peruvian wines are also available.

Chilango Express
7030 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 541-8201
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Chilango Express offers tried-and-true Mexican staples that are more than satisfying. Plus, the restaurant's corn tortillas are made fresh to order. 

Dicken’s Grill & Spirits
9646 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 258-0888
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This corner pub offers a nice selection of local craft brews along with sandwiches, appetizers, housemade pizza and a popular Friday night fish fry. Other crowd favorites include grilled burgers and loaded Bloody Marys on Sundays. 

Dopp’s Bar & Grill
1753 S. 68th St., (414) 257-1400
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The menu includes a solid selection of burgers and sandwiches, some served up with fries and mini candy bars. It is also one of the only brick and mortar spots where you can find authentic Polish pierogi made by the popular Stuffed food truck.

Double B’s BBQ
7420 W. Greenfield Ave.,(414) 257-9150
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Stop in at Double B’s and sample some of the best barbecue in West Allis, including smoked wings, brisket, ribs and pulled pork served up with your choice of sides including beans, cornbread, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. There’s also a full bar to pair smoked meats with a craft beer or Old Fashioned.

Filippo’s Italian Restaurant
6915 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 321-4040
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This old school red-sauce Italian joint serves up homemade pizza, pastas and entrees including classics like veal parmigiana, chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi along with soups and salads. And the fried eggplant is top notch.

Firewise Barbecue Company
2767 S. 110th St., (414) 403-1375
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This traveling food truck offers all the BBQ favorites such as pulled pork, beef brisket and pork belly sandwiches. Check for location depending on the day.

Fourth-N-Long
8911 W National Ave., (414) 800-6640
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This sports bar is best known for its wings but also has a large selection of beer.

Fusion Cafe
1427 S. 108th St., (414) 257-1199
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Part Chinese bakery, part restaurant, Fusion Cafe offers a delicious selection of Asian curries, rice dishes, stir fried noodles and traditional noodle soups along with bakery items like savory pork buns, egg custards and lotus cake.

J.D.'s Pub & Grill
6300 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 763-1460
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Located inside the former Jonny Hammers, JD's offers wings, beers and pool in a remodeled environment.

J.J. Chen's Eatery 
10722 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 329-8333
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Kung pao chicken, crab ragoon and Szechuan chicken are on the menu at J.J.'s. It is one of the few Milwaukee restaurants that serve dim sum, making it a popular destination. 

Kegel’s Inn
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
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Dark wood, stained glass and murals all play a part in the decor of this classic German eatery, which has been owned and operated by the Kegel family since 1924. On the menu, you’ll find classic dishes like sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel and beef rouladen along with the house specialty: boneless roasted duck.

Las Palmas
1901 S. 60th St., (414) 329-9600
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Whether you’re craving a torta or quesadilla, or something more substantial like beef barbacoa, chiles rellenos or mole, you’ll find it at Las Palmas, a casual Mexican eatery that offers seating in both the dining room and on the patio.

Lucky Bakery & BBQ
11078 W. National Ave., (414) 329-2688
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 If you love delicious Cantonese barbecue and Chinese baked goods, you’ll want to give Lucky's a try. The simple carryout counter offers up a host of delights, including Chinese-sausage buns, steamed roast pork buns, steamed rice crepes, traditional lightly sweetened Chinese desserts and barbecue.

Roast duck at Lucky Bakery & BBQ.

Mama Mia’s
8533 W Greenfield Ave., (414) 475-0400
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When you talk about classic pizza joints in Milwaukee, Mama Mia’s is always top of mind. Sure, you can order lasagna or chicken parmesan while you’re there. But, if you’re like most people, you’ll order the pizza with the cracker-thin crust and the deep fried buttery garlic bread that helped make this gem famous.

Marco’s Pizza
1723 S. 76th St., (414) 258-8400
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Since 1959, Marco’s has been serving its "World Famous" pizza, which is hand-tossed and generously topped. Marco's also offers buckets of chicken, shrimp or fish as well as pastas, sandwiches, burgers, wings and rollos, a version of a calzone.

Michael’s Family Restaurant
8417 W. Cleveland Ave., (414) 545-2302
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Reasonably priced classic American diner fare is what you’ll find at Michael’s, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It’s known for its well-priced breakfast fare as well as for sandwiches. Dinner specials include fish fry and prime rib on Saturdays. 

Mis Suenos
7335 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 763-5150
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If laid-back is your style, you’ll find your groove at Mis Suenos, where you can sample Mexican fare like mole, enchiladas, chilaquiles and fish tacos. 

Natty Oaks Pub & Eatery
11505 W. National Ave., (414) 543-2255
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Self described as "a friendly watering hole serving more than just water," this cozy spot serves up traditional bar fare including appetizers, sandwiches, pizza and half-pound burgers in an Irish-inspired atmosphere. 

Pallas
1657 S. 108th St., (414) 771-8800
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Pallas epitomizes the traditional Greek American family restaurant in both decor and selection. The large menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches and entrees along with Greek specialties including moussaka, spinach pie, souvlaki and baklava.

Paulie’s Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 257-2854
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Enjoy live music, sportsball and bar-style grub including wings, burgers, wraps and pizza at this casual neighborhood hangout. On tap you’ll find a wide range of brews from Miller to Lagunitas.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Deli
6125 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 897-7987
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At this deli, find nut butters that are ground in-house daily and jams and jellies from local and regional jelly farms. The breads are baked locally.

Pegasus
7727 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 774-4828
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Settle into the old school digs at this family style Greek American restaurant where you can enjoy diner-style fare 24 hours a day. Whether it’s bacon and eggs, sandwiches or chops, you’re sure to find it on the expansive menu.

Peking Garden
7625 W. Beloit Rd., (414) 604-8888
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This popular takeout spot features familiar Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin flavors. 

Public Table
5835 W National Ave., (414) 488-2948
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This restaurant has enticing food such as pulled pork sliders and pork belly tacos along with an extensive beer menu.

Senor Sol
8129 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 456-9955
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Since 2002, Antonio and Katrina Escobedo have been serving fresh affordable fare inspired by the cuisine of Zacatecas and Mexico’s coastal regions. Don’t leave without trying the popular cucumber-laced pico de gallo.

Singha Thai
2237 S. 108th St., (414) 541-1234
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When Singha Thai restaurant opened in 1990. Over the years, Singha has stuck it out through an explosion of new Thai options, continuing to serve up savory (and spicy) rice and noodle dishes in its beautifully classic digs.

State Fair Inn
8101 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 778-0760
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Once owned by Schlitz Brewing, the State Fair Inn was purchased by the Potocic Family in 1921. This casual spot provides a dose of old school charm along with a menu featuring a number of long-standing family recipes.

Steak House 100
7246 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 727-2222
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Enjoy charcoal broiled steaks in quaint old school digs at Steakhouse 100. Or branch out and explore a variety of dishes from lamb loin and duck breast to chicken and ribs. It also offers a casual lunch menu and a classic Wisconsin fish fry on Fridays.

Sze Chuan Restaurant
11102 W National Ave., (414) 316-6372
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This Chinese restaurant offers dining and take-out and is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and high quality fresh ingredients. Menu items include soups, dry hot pots and stone pots, sizzling plates, chicken, fish, seafood, noodles, tofu and more.

Taqueria Buenavista
6000 W. Burnham St., (414) 546-1197
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This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves cheap, tasty Mexican food. Dishes include a variety of staples including tacos, burritos and tamales. Spice things up with one of four housemade salsas.

Tandoor
1117 S. 108th St., (414) 777-1600
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Inside Tandoor you’ll find a warming menu of classic Indian dishes including curries, vindaloo and daal, along with traditional breads and a variety of meats cooked in a traditional tandoor oven. 

Tomken’s Bar & Grill
8001 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 258-9110
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This corner bar and grill opened in 1991 and quickly became known as the go-to for delicious fried chicken. Years later, the chicken is still crispy and the bar and restaurant has remodeled and added award winning wings to their repertoire. 

Saucing wings at TomKen's.

Su Plus Two
7028 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 266-1500
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A neighborhood cafe featuring scratch-made soups, sandwiches, wraps and more.

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe & Cafe
6832 Becher St., (414) 543-4230
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 A bright, welcoming cafe was added onto the cheese shop in 2013, and it serves up a delicious array of hearty breakfast and brunch dishes (Bloody Marys and mimosas, too!), as well as a lunch menu that includes myriad sandwiches and housemade soups.


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.