Joy's Bonker Hill serves up hearty, housemade lunches and dinners Tuesday–Saturday. Each day, rotating specials pop up alongside the regular menu, ranging from broasted pork chops to fish-fry Fridays—but the signature broasted chicken is available daily. On Sundays, stop in for mimosas, coffee, and bloody marys alongside classic breakfast and lunch dishes, such as steak and eggs.
The seasoned chefs at Broadway Lounge and Grill dish up a palate-pleasing menu of savory sandwiches, juicy burgers, and fresh fish to complement the establishment's fully stocked bar. Lubricate stomach longing for libations with domestic pitchers ($6), pints ($2), and bottles ($2) before diving face first into the Broadway combo, a hearty platter of chicken strips, mushrooms, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and freshly crisped fries ($8.95). The brat burger celebrates the marriage of meats with a quarter-pound brat patty and a quarter-pound hamburger nestled beside a mound of homemade, hand-cut fries and a pickle spear ($6.95). Lightly floured and fried until crispy crooners serenade a soft, tender inside, the pan-fried walleye filet comes with a side salad or cup of soup and a choice of potato, including baked, mashed, garlic mashed, fries, sweet potato fries, or wild rice ($13.95). Broadway Lounge and Grill boasts a Friday fish fry, live entertainment, free WiFi for writing electronic lovelorn sonnets, and ample parking for pickup trucks, segways, and sedans.
Housed in a complex of four different bars, Time Out scores points with game-day appetites with its hefty playbook of burgers, brews, wraps, wings, and more. Start meals off with a baked plate of potato skins filled with bacon and melted cheese ($5.25) or some pure Wisconsin white-cheddar cheese curds ($4.25). Hands free from inarticulate and accusatory foam fingers work their way through hills of chicken wings in portions of 12, 20, or 50 ($4.95–$14.95), coated in one of seven sauces ranging from money mustard to hot to psychically charged medium varieties. Burger-minded diners find pattyborne paradise in the Vince Lombardi melt, a pair of third-pound burgers stacked with slices of swiss and american cheese under a layer of fried onions on grilled rye ($7.95). Finish off the workweek with Time Out's Friday fish fry, in which platters of perch ($7.95) and shrimp ($7.95) provide a flaky, battered complement to a cold brew and springtime reruns of championship performances.
At Richard Craniums, the scent of no-frills tavern food mingling with the casual atmosphere encourages camaraderie with plenty of distractions to accompany the tavern food. Patrons cluster on couches in the upstairs lounge, noshing on jalapeño poppers or chicken wings in 12 flavors while they watch the big game or community-theater reenactment of the big game on projection televisions. Downstairs, sportsmen lit by the flicker of big-screen televisions test their mettle at pub games including darts and pool. The staff encourages commemoration above all else; patrons can grab a marker and leave their stamp on virtually any flat surface, and the bar will fill and cap beer bottles personalized with a photo of the customer’s grinning face.
Taste of the South on Broadway transports the atmosphere of the French Quarter to Green Bay with Mardi Gras décor and a hearty menu whose seafood slips into frying pans and splashes into spicy gumbo. Gustatory gurus calibrate spice according to patrons’ requests, letting tongues fearlessly savor jambalaya and focus on a choice of five different cornbread flavors. Light yellow walls hung with paintings encircle diners as they nibble at meats such as barbecued ribs and fried chicken, sip the distilled essence of the South in sweet tea, and kiss frog legs in the hope of meeting a prince.