Whether you're jonesing for a prime porterhouse or juicy rib eye, Five O'Clock Steak House has you covered. Vegan options are also available for those who avoid meat and dairy products. Five O'Clock Steak House guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Five O'Clock Steak House is great for large groups. You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi. Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Save Five O'Clock Steak House for a splurge since prices for a meal can run upwards of $50.
Most of Wild Flour's loaves are crafted with traditional old-world European techniques, which exclude fat, oil, sugar, eggs, dairy, and preservatives and replace them with high-quality flours. Artisan favorites, such as the olive rosemary and cranberry walnut, complement any meal, while health-conscious selections such as the whole-grain flax-seed bread and the multigrain sourdough will allow nutrition-minded architects to nosh guilt free. Each of Wild Flour's four cozy stores serves hot lunch daily, with a rotating soup selection that pours the likes of Catalina chicken, cream of potato with bacon, and tomato red-pepper bisque alongside hot grilled sandwiches such as the zipper (ham, salami, provolone, tomato, onion, jalapeños, and mayo, $5.50) and the hot vegetarian (marinated eggplant, red peppers, portobello mushrooms, and pesto sauce, $4.90). Cold deli classics also sashay out of the kitchen, including egg salad ($4.90) and chicken salad ($5.50) and a wide selection of salads (starting at $3.25).
Refuge Smoothie Cafe started as a way to indulge without completely undoing healthy eating habits. The menu boasts colorful, tasty smoothies made with fruit and vegetables to satisfy sweet cravings while filling the body with healthy vitamins. House blends include smoothies packed with berries, vegetables such as kale and spinach, and herbs such as mint and basil. Guests can customize their own smoothie or slurp on coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juice. Refuge Smoothie Cafe also offers a selection of healthy wraps (roll-ups) and breakfast sandwiches.
According to OnMilwaukee.com, Angel Velasquez didn't only look to his own Puerto Rican heritage when planning the menu for Kafe Kultura. Instead, he brought back the dishes he fell in love with on his many travels throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. As a result, the recipes hail from varied and far-reaching locales—Cuba's ropa vieja, for instance, drenches pulled beef and bell peppers in tomato sauce for a disk-shaped meal that Carol Deptolla of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lauded as "modern and so delicious." Pechuga rellena—a stuffed chicken breast wrapped in a blanket of bacon alongside a delicate guava sauce—comes from the Caribbean, while the cheese-laden sweet plantains and ground beef that is pastelon hangs its hat in Puerto Rico. In the dining room, Deptolla writes, "Latin music is played at a subdued level, and the lighting is discreet," forming an atmosphere that sets a prime stage for romantic dinners, special occasions, or secret rendezvous between rival spice-trade ships.
The owners of Sven's Café pride themselves on being ahead of their time—when Steve Goretzko and his business partner George Voglis began roasting in 1989, they were among the first in Wisconsin to specialize in fair-trade and organic coffee. After Sven’s Organic Coffee Company began to take off, Goretzko decided to open Sven’s Café in Bay View; eventually, he added another location in downtown Milwaukee.
Goretzko hails from Berlin, and Sven’s Café has a decidedly European feel; baristas use Probot and Gothot German roasters to brew fresh java, for example. Sven’s coffee beans hail from the world over, harvested in far-flung locales including Africa, Indonesia, South America, Hawaii, and the moon. The café also serves breakfast sandwiches, paninis, salads, and soups.
INdustri Cafe evokes local industry in more than its name—its New American menu prizes local ingredients , and it’s served in a rustic warehouse-style space hung with the work of local arts. The bistro brings fine dining out of the realm of diamond-encrusted waiters in order to bring the delicate flavors of lobster, pulled-duck, and truffle oil to a wider audience. The menu shifts with the seasons, but diners can expect to find American favorites graced with a gourmet touch—burgers topped with sautéed apple and poblano barbecue sauce, for instance. Serious Eats found that burger " juicy and rich and well seasoned" with toppings that "all worked together in total harmony."
Weathered wood and exposed brick surround the dining room at INdustri, which is illuminated by rows of bright globe lights. Another level of seating sits atop the bar’s canopy, while beneath it patrons sip from a beer list that only includes Wisconsin brews.