The dining room at Endter’s Sports Grill goes completely silent as occupants stare intently at athletic contests playing out on the screen in front of them. As the winning touchdown is scored, the room erupts into a flurry of yelps and victory dances, sending the pennants dappling the exposed-brick walls fluttering in a dance of their own. Behind the scenes, a crew of chefs rustles up a menu of pub fare built around Black Angus beef, lake perch, and hand-battered cod. Steam trickles from a pizza oven, hinting at toppings such as sausage, fresh tomatoes, and banana peppers. Beneath memorabilia from bygone eras of football and competitive baseball-cap wearing, diners blow on the molten pies, waiting to wash them down with draft and bottled beers. The suds, which hail from Germany as well as local brewers including Sprecher and Central Waters, click together in glasses, summoning forth belly laughs near the eatery’s flickering fireplace.
The distance from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to anywhere in Germany is vast, to say the least, and includes a trip over the Atlantic Ocean. But Schwefel's Restaurant—plopped right in between Madison and Milwaukee—cuts out lengthy travels and potential run-ins with hang-gliding sea monsters. Inside Schwefel's, the scents of sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel float amid cherry-red tablecloths in the understated dining area. Familiar American dishes, such as lobster and prime rib, share table space with German house specialties, such as the beef rouladen, a fusion of rolled beef, pickle, bacon, and onion. Regardless of the food's origin, Schwefel's makes each dish from scratch—right down to the soups and dressings. Though Schwefel's Restaurant is no stranger to formal dinners, a more casual bar area entertains patrons with arcade games and sports broadcasts.
Every Friday at The Spot on Sunset, diners flock to this neighborhood eatery for the weekly fish fry. Crispy batter covers tender fish filets and french fries fill the air with salty aromas. If you're keen on the fish fry but want a healthier option, the waiters at The Spot are eager to please. Customers praise their willingness to swap out the fries with fresh fruit including watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe. Once you've gotten hooked on the fish, come back any day of the week for a selection of cheeseburgers, salad, and local beers.
It's hard not to get a bit starry-eyed while dining at Heaven City. After all, CityVoters named the eatery one of Milwaukee's Best Romantic Restaurants for three consecutive years. Whether they're on a first date or celebrating their thousand-year anniversary, couples find it easy to connect over lovingly prepared steak-house cuisine, shareable Spanish tapas, and fine wine. The location doesn't hurt, either?Heaven City is nestled away in a Frank Lloyd Wright?style mansion in Kettle Moraine's rolling hills.
But couples aren't the only ones who frequent Heaven City. Families and groups of friends also return again and again to dine on artisanal Wisconsin cheese platters, wood-fired steaks, sashimi-grade ahi tuna, and other delicacies. Cap your meal with an indulgent dessert such as raspberry cr?me br?l?e or Guinness chocolate-stout cake.
The interior of Bigg's Roadhouse reminds drivers of the Mother Road—drawings of Route 66 and the countryside it wanders decorate the spot's walls. Twelve televisions broadcast sports games or the highlights from last-night's news. In the kitchen, cooks form fresh beef into hefty burgers, slice rotisserie chicken for enchiladas, and bake signature pizzas such as a pulled-pork pie with jalapeños, cream cheese, and barbecue sauce. And at Friday fish fries, they batter Icelandic cod to serve with housemade potato pancakes. Bartenders fill glasses with cold beer and stronger libations at a full bar.
Recognized as one of Milwaukee's favorite barbecue joints, Double B's BBQ & Burgers' pit masters oversee the slow-and-low-smoked cuts daily. The tender meats?available with or without house-made barbecue sauce?include half chickens or baby back ribs and are always served with cornbread, honey butter, pickles, and a choice of two sides.