At The Summit Restaurant, soft light illuminates an ultramodern space full of blonde woods, black leather, and wrought-iron accents, perfectly framing feasts of gourmet steaks, seafood, and handmade burgers. Guests wrap their hands around roast-beef baguette sandwiches or dig knives into tender morsels of filet mignon and kona-crusted sirloin. Couples share romantic evenings out over meals of cedar-plank salmon or chicken pasta, while company parties and wedding banquets revel in the restaurant's event space. In the Everest Lounge bar area, patrons enjoy live music, comedy, and dancing four days a week. The bar is a member of the Tavern League of Wisconsin and offers free safe rides for late-nighters. A window for takeout opens in the winter.
SteakHouse 100 satisfies carnivorous cravings with a menu heavy on red meat and sophistication. Start by snacking on nature's easiest prey: escargot in mushrooms and garlic butter ($6.95 for six). Steaks—such as the 25-ounce cowboy steak ($29.95) and the 12-ounce senior New York strip ($23.95)—are cut by hand, not by laser. A quartet of surf 'n' turf options pits land against sea in a culinary cage match, and an array of sandwiches (such as Philly cheesesteak for $10.95 and marinated chicken breast for $7.95) provides meaty delight without the encumbrance of silverware. Because rib, like ministers and meridians, is better when it's prime, SteakHouse 100 also offers a trio of prime-rib options, starting with the 12- to 14-ounce junior prime rib ($19.95) and scaling up to the 16- to 18-ounce king prime rib ($23.95). A large wine list and full bar keep beef-weary jaws well-oiled.
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When to Go: Try to plan your dinner for a Friday night around 8 p.m. That’s when musicians hit the adjoining Alley Cat Lounge stage, playing everything from oldies and jazz to modern rock and R&B.
Inside Tip: Show up hungry. All meals come with a salad, relish tray, and sourdough bread with butter and honey. A side of butter-sauteéd mushrooms also accompanies every steak.
Media Mentions: Over the years, 5 O’Clock has drawn national attention. The Travel Channel featured it on the program Steak Paradise, Saveur magazine named it one of the best steak houses in the country, and Travel + Leisure said it has a "Mad Men vibe."
Behind the Name: According to the restaurant's lore, the steak house got its name from an alarm clock that would ring every day at 5 p.m., alerting customers that it was time for a free drink.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Tour the Tripoli Shrine Center (3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue), a replica of the Taj Mahal and a member of the National Register of Historic Places.
After: If the entertainment at the Alley Cat Lounge isn't to your taste, head over to The Coffee House (631 N. 19th Street), which offers acoustic music and poetry performances.
Showcased on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise for its gargantuan cuts of prime rib, Ward’s House of Prime elevates plates with formidable servings of steak, veal, seafood, and pasta within an elegant, leather-tinged dining room. Chefs slice the signature prime rib in a spectrum of portion sizes ranging from modest 8-ounce morsels to The Al-Mighty Halaka's behemoth 160 ounces. Those who conquer these savory leviathans garner immortalization in Ward’s Hall of Fame, where caricatures of past protein vanquishers smile from behind their trusty steak knives. At the bar, an extensive wine list gilds glasses with varietals hailing from throughout the globe as drinksmiths craft a bevy of inventive cocktails. The dining room’s studded-leather seating flanks tables clad in white linens, and the outdoor patio’s umbrellas keep diners dry during worcestershire storms brought on by their steaks' gravitational forces.
Milwaukee ChopHouse's menu of succulent fare begins with ahi tuna tartare with avocado, wasabi, and sriracha ($12) and wagyu beef carpaccio in a white truffle oil with parmigiano reggiano and capers ($13)—both of which sharpen the palate for the main event: the ChopHouse's signature boneless 16-ounce strip steaks prepared au poivre ($35), crab Oscar-style ($42), blue-cheese crusted ($39), or with truffle butter ($39). The kitchen also turns out hot non-bovine entrees such as sautéed sea bass with sundried tomato and basil pesto ($32) and lobster tail ($51), a.k.a. mermaid steak.