When the first Carson's opened its doors in 1977, it was far from the only barbecue joint around. Yet the quality of its tasty, smoky barbecue is proven by the fact that it?s still gaining accolades from the press more than 30 years later.
The menu remains as it has always been?offering tender cuts of barbecued meat. Churning out everything from baby-back ribs and barbecued shrimp to grilled prime new york strip or prime rib, Carson's grills and smokers never stop working. In fact, the barbecued-beef sandwiches boast brisket that simmers in flavorful smoke for a whole 24 hours.
Housed inside the old Gas Light building in the Third Ward, Tulip Restaurant combines an Old World menu of Turkish and Mediterranean fare with a chic industrial aesthetic. Cream City brick walls provide the backdrop to framed pattern prints and an onyx bar with colorful lighting. Amid the dining-room tables, a pair of comfy couches and a coffee table surround a red fireplace that provides a place to warm hands or interrogate uncooperative chestnuts. Turkish dishes include succulent lamb chops, while Mediterranean fare ranges from fettuccine with sautéed shrimp to homemade ravioli.
Crocus Restaurant's story begins in Cold War–era Poland, when Andrzej and Elzbeita Wasielewski emigrated to America in 1964. Nineteen years later, they established the eatery, whose name refers to the crocus flower––one of the first spring blooms in the old country. Today, the Wasielewskis have passed the torch to Dorota and Joel Rewolinski, the latter being a third-generation Polish chef. In the festive restaurant, Joel and his kitchen staff keep things traditional, preparing classics such as braised-beef roll-ups, breaded pork chops, stuffed cabbage, and platefuls of pierogi.
Bluemound Gardens’ kitchen staff whips up a diverse array of offerings including homemade soups and pastries, and puts its twist on American classics such as ribs, burgers, and baked and broiled seafood. The eatery prides itself on a casual family dining atmosphere with a focus on customer service. Flat-panel big-screen televisions in the bar area showcase football games on Sundays, and the staff hosts a Mexican-themed night on Wednesdays. The Wauwatosa icon is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
Gianelli's Pizza & Chicken Man stokes internal flames with a menu of piping buckets of fried chicken and bubbling pizzas honed during 30 years of service. Diners confer to decide which of 19 toppings will festoon their pies, considering pineapple, taco meat, sauerkraut, or Christmas lights. Having requested the meal online or by phone, hungry parties may spirit it home themselves on the back of an enchanted pizza box or have it delivered ($3.40 plus tax) anywhere within a four-mile radius of the parlor.