Bay View dining guide
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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."
Bay View is a serious contender within Milwaukee's food scene. Whether you are looking for an option that is classic or something new and exciting, the Bay View neighborhood has it.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe & Pizza
2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-0765
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. is a locally-owned, small batch roaster featuring a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks, along with authentic wood fired pizzas. Creatively topped pizzas with bubbling Neapolitan-style crusts are available Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974
Barnacle Bud's offers patrons fresh seafood and barbecue in a beach-style shack in Bay View. Enjoy their fresh oyster bar, appetizers, sandwiches and such. The menu includes gems such as po' boy and crab cake sandwiches, along with fried fish baskets that are to die for. Weekends can get really interesting with a crab cake Benedict until 2 p.m. and a build your own bloody bar until 4 p.m.
2671 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (262) 354-8070
Newcomer Bumstead Provisions brings menu selections that are playful and sometimes unexpected, offering dishes that bring together both high and low-brow cuisine in a deliciously seamless fashion. You can also shop in the adjacent provisions store after devouring a Philly cheesesteak with lobster. Yes, really.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
Cafe Centraal has one of the city's largest beer books and longest bars. This European-styled cafe offers a full menu of burgers, sandwiches and fresh frites (try them with a house-made dipping sauce) to go along with an extensive list of Belgian and Dutch beers.
2398 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 544-2774
The new restaurant located in the former Johnny's Club Carnival, has been in the works since April of 2015. Although the new Corazón closely resembles the Bremen St. location, which opened in 2009, it has a significantly larger kitchen, dining area and bar while offering the same delicious food.
Cafe India Bar & Grill
2201 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 837-6121
Cafe India Bar & Grill is the second location opened by owner Rakesh Rehen. Serving traditional Indian food, as well as some Indian-American dishes, Bay View's Cafe India has the same menu as the original location at Walker's Point Plaza, with more space to enjoy. Enjoy the outdoor patio and hookah bar (if the weather permits) or sit and eat in the cozy dining area.
2165 S. Kinnickinnick Ave., (414) 800-7329
C-viche opened at 2165 S. Kinickinnic Ave. in late January, bringing a new Ibero-American concept to both Bay View and Milwaukee on the whole. Enjoy Ibero-American small plates with a Peruvian influence and focus on fresh ceviches, handcrafted pisco cocktails, and international wines.
2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 238-2406
Classic Slice is a hip, counter-service pizzeria in Bay View that offers specialty pizzas, calzones and sandwiches. The slices are very large with and various toppings such as Italian sausage, homemade red sauce, arugula, prosciutto and fresh truffle (seasonal). Choose from a variety of craft beers to go along with your cheesy slice of heaven. Build your own pizza or ask about their slice of the day – you won't regret it.
2501 S. Superior St., (414) 483-6335
A remnant of Bay View's northern Italian community, the first such enclave in the city, Club Garibaldi – named for the great Italian patriot – is also a reminder of the many mutual aid societies that Italian-American communities founded throughout America. Get the wings, you won't regret it.
2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-6117
Colectivo's Bay View Cafe and Bakery is a unique space with great coffee and food, paired with an amazing view. The menu includes all-day breakfast options, sandwiches and freshly brewed coffee that will make anyone's day better.
Dom & Phil De Marini's Pizza
1211 E. Conway St., (414) 481-2348
DeMarini's bring the people of Bay View a reliable and comfortable family-owned and operated restaurant. The menu features a renowned original recipe pizza, authentic Italian specialties, fresh made pastas, and a traditional Friday fish fry. Take in a beautiful view of Milwaukee's skyline from the dining room or lounge.
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706
Goodkind is a restaurant and corner tavern that offers old-world dining and strive for a symbiotic relationship between the kitchen and bar, specializing in rotisserie meats, local produce and house-made cocktails. You'll find things like fresh pappardelle pasta, lavender-anchovy rubbed leg of lamb and a beef brisket tartar on their inspiring menu. Goodkind also offers an intriguing Sunday brunch menu, complete with hilariously-named house cocktails.
G. Groppi Food Market
1441 E. Russell Ave., (414) 747-9012
Louie's Coop, the bar in G. Groppi Food Market, is a stellar example of a grocery store / bar hybrid. The lighting is low, the vibe is friendly and the bar is off to the side, away from the shopping bustle. Get panini, snacks and more.
Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant
2317 S. Howell Ave., (414) 763-4706
Satisfy your craving with Guanajuato's high-quality, hand-crafted Mexican food. This family-owned restaurant has been serving the Bay View neighborhood since 2007, and they don't plan on stopping any time soon. Try the classic huevos rancheros, mole con pollo, carne asada ... the list goes on.
2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 988-4758
Pop over to Boone & Crockett after 4 p.m. (any night except Monday), and you can indulge in a well-prepared but (un)apologetically (un)authentic taco. That's because the taco-slinging food truck Gypsy Taco is on the gorgeous Boone patio. And that's kind of a big deal, in part because it's the only food truck in the entire state of Wisconsin that has regular, legal occupancy on a bar property. Go for the tacos, stay for the drinks.
1110 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 747-1103
The Gyros Stand is a family-run fast nosh place with custard, gyros, spanikopita, shish kabobs, sandwiches, burgers, grilled cheese, fries and more. Drive up, grab your food and go, or sit in and watch TV with the family.
2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 988-9324
Hamburger Mary's is an American bar and grill that offers classic meals and cocktails in a quirky, fun setting. The menu includes things such as loaded mac 'n' cheese, a "Gouda Morning" burger, the Santa Fe chicken sammie and much more.
2301 S. Howell Ave., (414) 509-5924
Hello Falafel offers a fresh take on vegetarian and vegan Middle Eastern-inspired fare including salads, falafel sandwiches, rice pilaf and sides. Fresh, made-to-order juice blends round out the fast casual menu.
2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 486-0504
Hi-Fi Cafe offers great coffee, food and music to the Bay View neighborhood. The menu includes various coffees and espressos, teas and juices, breakfast items, sandwiches and snacks, pizzas and pastas. Stop by this fun restaurant for a diner-like feel with good musical vibes.
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437
Since 2009, Honeypie has described its food as Midwestern-food from scratch. It offers a main menu consisting of sandwiches, salads and a few simple, yet delicious, entrees. Honeypie's bakery doesn't disappoint with freshly baked pies, cakes and cookies. Go hard or go home (with obvious regret about your decision to pass on the dessert).
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-0483
Hue is a Vietnamese restaurant in Bay View specializing in pho and other central Vietnamese dishes in a a modern setting. Try the Bánh Xeo crepe, the kitchen sink fried rice, some of the freshest spring rolls around and more.
Lazy Susan MKE
2378 S. Howell Ave., (414) 988-7086
A casual fine dining restaurant, Lazy Susan MKE serves a rotating eclectic mix of shareable plates. The food is fun, creative and community-driven. Brunch serves up unique creations like challah french toast, seasonal quiche and blueberry ricotta pancakes. Looking for a new culinary experience every time? Head over to Lazy Susan MKE to add some variety to your life.
Little DeMarini's Pizza
2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5272
Little DeMarinis continues Mama DeMarini's six-decades old tradition of pizza in Bay View (the original restaurant closed a few years ago and now houses Goodkind). This family-owned pizzeria uses a secret recipe that patrons have loved since the beginning. In addition to gourmet pizzas, the menu includes tasty sandwiches, pasta dinners and appetizers. Head over to Little DeMarini's for traditional Italian-American pizza.
2265 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858
Lulu prizes itself as a funky bar and cafe that serves unique hot sandwiches, fresh salads and daily soups. Wash everything down with with a variety of imported and domestic beers and wines, local and national microbrews and seasonal specialty drinks. Sunday brunch is served until 2 p.m. and consists of original scrambles and brunch specialties that will have you coming back for more.
2321 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7880
If you're hungry for classic American fare, head over to Midwest Diner. It offers everything: simple sandwiches, burgers, gyros, chimichangas, you name it.
No. 1 Chinese
2678 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 482-2218
No. 1 Chinese is a no-frills, classic Chinese restaurant with table service, delivery and carry-out. From chop suey to chow mein, this restaurant offers tasty dishes at reasonable prices.
Odd Duck Restaurant
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881
Odd Duck is known for its ever-changing small plate and shareable menu inspired by local ingredients. It has options for everyone: vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. Co-owners Ross Bachhuber and Melissa Buchholz boast French, Mediterranean, Southern Asian and other various culinary styles – they named their restaurant Odd Duck for a reason.
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Go old school with Palomino Bar, which serves locally-sourced food, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and brews and an extensive whiskey list. The staff at Palomino Bar hopes to entice customers with good food, drinks and music selection. You'll leave with your belly full and your night fulfilled.
2912 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 483-0650
Pietro's Pizza has offered good-quality pizza and other Italian dishes since 1973. The pizza crusts come in different thicknesses. You should try the double-decker if you're really feeling adventurous. Pietro's menu also includes chicken cacciatore, lasagna, mostaccioli with meatballs and lots more.
422 E. Lincoln Ave., (414) 616-1565
Fruit and veggie smoothies, stuffed avocados, whole grain wraps, egg breakfast sandwiches and fresh squeezed juices at Refuge Cafe.
2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-4848
Make your way to the vibrant Riviera Maya for fantastic margaritas and authentic Mexican food. The chefs at Riviera Maya are proud to continue the culinary tradition of Mexican moles, which are their specialty. Patrons can also choose from a series of tapas with fresh cocktails to round out their experience. Riviera Maya is open for lunch, dinner, brunch, banquets and parties.
2211 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 727-8462
The Soup Market serves six fresh soups every day, including chili, chicken soup and chicken dumpling daily and rotating vegetarian, meat and cream soups. Deli sandwiches, salads and Colectivo coffee are also available.
Sven's European Cafe
2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-483-2233
Owners Steve Goretzko and George Voglis took their successful coffee roasting business and expanded it into a full European cafe. The coffee is freshly roasted with top quality beans, providing a pleasant cup of coffee, every time. Sven's food menu includes breakfast items, hearty soups, sandwiches and panini.
Tenuta's Italian Restaurant
2995 S. Clement Ave., (414) 431-1014
Tenuta's Italian Restaurant provides homemade cuisine in a cozy environment. The menu consists of an impressive wine list and dishes made with local fresh ingredients, including a classic bruschetta, roasted mushroom gnocchi and chicken Marsala. Don't miss out on Tenuta's happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. every weekday, or Wednesday Wine Night when you get $10 off every bottle.
2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-3593
Sausage, spirits and beer are the main focuses of The Vanguard in Bay View. Choose a classic bratwurst, a chef-inspired styled sausages or a city-specific sausage. Every sausage has a specific beer or spirit recommendation for the ultimate pairing of meat and libations. Their menu also includes poutine and "tube-less" plates such as Thee Dirty Burger. You won't be disappointed.
2414 S. St. Clair St., (414) 481-7530
This European restaurant specializes in traditional Serbian dishes that will make your heart sing. Regulars love how cozy and charming Three Brothers is; it has an old-time decor which makes guests feel at home. Popular dishes include spinach and cheese burek, Serbian salad and chicken paprikash.
Vinchi's Pizza (located inside The Bubbler)
3158 S. Howell Ave., (414) 384-8040
Vinchi's Pizza is a low-key pizzeria located within the The Bubbler bar. Customers love their pizza, considering it as one of the best places to get pizza in Bay View, hands down. Customers love the Vinchi special with cheese, sausage, mushrooms and onions. Great sandwiches like the pork chop Calabrese or the classic chicken parmesan are also worth a try. Don't forget to indulge in the insane deals when Wisconsin teams are playing.
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