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"You will have fun here." That's the prediction of one Shepherd Express writer who visited Ashley's Que, a Walker's Point barbecue joint operated by a trio of seasoned pit-masters. It's true, the atmosphere here seems geared toward laid-back fun; blues songs drift from the speakers, guests sip draft beer next to a fieldstone fireplace, and bartenders mix drinks such as the nutmeg-laced bourbon milk punch. And we haven't even gotten to the food yet.

This is definitely comfort food. Stacks of tender, saucy ribs and piles of beef brisket fill diners' plates, accompanied by sides such as deep-fried corn on the cob or twice-baked potatoes. Although most of the menu sticks to barbecue classics, there are some outliers, including the gyro sandwich.

1501 W Center St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Guests need not come on bended knee to Speed Queen’s Bar-B-Q. From ribs to beef to fish, this Wisconsin eatery has something for every lover of home-cooked savory food. Using the "largest barbecue pit in the city," all dinners come with bread and coleslaw to round off rib tips, chicken or turkey. For those on a budget, this establishment offers pork, beef or turkey on a bun. Families are welcome to enjoy the Family Feast menu options, which feed up to five people and include a pan of the meat of your choice. For extra large groups of barbecue lovers, Speed Queen’s Bar-B-Q offers catering services as well. Diners wanting to find more of the restaurant’s delicious trademarked sauces can find them in grocery stores in Milwaukee, Madison and Racine. Hungry patrons are in luck as the restaurant is open every day of the week except Sunday.

1130 W Walnut St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

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.

2416 W State St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

In an interview with Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel, the owner of Solly's Grille divulged the secret of making his famous butter burger. That secret is simple: all you need are "two products that come from that fabulous cow." The first is sirloin, delivered daily to the restaurant by a local butcher. The second is a generous dollop of butter from a Wisconsin creamery. The butter is slathered onto the top bun, where it melts with house-made stewed onions and seared beef to create a decadent sandwich beloved by the state and America at-large. As evidence of the burger's popularity, Solly's Grille has been featured multiple times by the national media, including USA Today, the film and book Hamburger America by George Motz, Food Network Magazine, and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's hit series No Reservations.

All that fame is even more impressive considering that the recipe for Solly's butter burger is more than 78 years old. Kenneth "Solly" Salmon founded the restaurant in 1936, and its menu still reflects these classic roots. The cherry pie is homemade with Door County cherries, complementing the roster of time-honored breakfasts and other great sandwiches. That's not to say that Solly's has resisted progress, however. Its fries, onion rings, and hand-breaded Alaskan Cod get their crispiness from cholesterol-free oil, and veggie burgers and gluten-free buns are available for those with dietary restrictions.

4700 W North Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Tucked inside the Ambassador Hotel, Envoy impresses the palates of tourists and locals alike with upscale, homemade food served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Ismail Oztas shows off his talents in the kitchen by arranging perfectly seared diver sea scallops over potato mousseline and heirloom apples, or by whipping up “green eggs and ham,” creatively scrambling the eggs with mascarpone cheese and pesto. After their meal, guests can leave their cushy spot inside the elegant, high-ceilinged dining room for a seat in the lounge. There, bartenders craft 1920s-inspired cocktails, such as mint juleps and sidecars, and enthrall guests with tales from their recent trips back to the 1920s.

2308 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

At Loucci's NY Pizza, chefs bake the eatery's titular pie in the classic New York style, a thin, toothsome, bubbly crust loaded with savory sauce, cheese, and toppings. Guests sink their teeth into slices of pizza covered in feta cheese, veggies, or italian sausage, or dig in to hearty spaghetti dinners, baked lasagna, or Greek gyros.

4720 W Lisbon Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US