El Guapo Mexican Restaurant saturates stomachs with tasty cuisine from below the border, featuring scrumptious eats and drinkable drinks. Initiate ingestion sequences with a helping of empanadas served with roasted poblanos, cheese, and spiced pumpkin with avocado ($3.95). Or try the chicken quesadillas with corn relish ($8.75), then drink down a bowl of guajillo-turkey chili, which comes sprinkled with diced scallions and cheddar cheese ($4.75). After using your teeth to unwrap a pair of barbecue-pork burritos stuffed with cheese, peppers, and onions and accompanied by a side of rice and beans ($10.50), polish off a plate of huevos rancheros ($9.75). Cinnamon-dusted Mexican donuts coated with dulce de leche and chocolate sauce ($6) provide a grand finale to the meal-fireworks.
For culinary inspiration, chef Michael Downey doesn't look overseas or at the cookbooks of renowned masters. Instead, he imagines rural Wisconsin households—their farms yielding fresh crops and the region's coveted cheeses, their kitchens filling with the spicy aromas of sausage and fresh-caught fish. He then transplants that pastoral nostalgia into a sleek, upscale setting. The result is Bistro Bar 333, a sophisticated slice of the midwest inside the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.
Keeping with his vision, Michael's menu pays homage to the surrounding landscape. His steaks arrive from Creek Stone Farms, and his walleye and salmon are pulled from the wild rather than dentists' aquariums. Wisconsin cheeses play a heavy role in many plates, from the grilled cheese sandwich with Maple Leaf Farm duck bacon to the pappardelle pasta's mozzarella. This carries through to the bar, where white-cheddar cheese curds complement cocktails made with just-squeezed juices and crisp herbs.
Even a detective might not realize at first that Terra Restaurant Bar deals in Mexican food. Outdoors there's an unassuming table for two and inside, a handcrafted bar and tables with wooden chairs. No sombreros or depictions of southwestern scenery adorn the walls. But investigate the kitchen and the smell of grilled meats and cochinita pibil are a dead giveaway.
Founders Mauricio, Paco, and Nibardo honed their skills for 15 years in the service industry before teaming up to begin a restaurant of their own. In addition to signature Mexican eats—enchiladas verdes, carne asada, tacos—the menu crosses the border with omelets, pancakes, and burgers often unseen in a Mexican restaurant. Extending its devotion to Hispanic culture beyond just food, the eatery hosts salsa lessons on Thursday nights.
Originally founded as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the Milwaukee Brewers have brought Major League Baseball to Wisconsin since 1970. The team played its first 30 seasons at Milwaukee County Stadium; Miller Park opened its gates in 2001, featuring field dimensions mapped out by legendary Brewer Robin Yount. Today, up to 41,900 fans pack into Miller Park to cheer on their home team as well as The Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie the Brewer, who soars down his iconic slide to celebrate home runs or cheer himself up after burning popcorn inside his elevated left-field clubhouse.
Described by OnMilwaukee.com as "a warm and relaxing getaway that's close to all the East Side action," Tess occupies a renovated Victorian on the Milwaukee River's east bank. Chef Martin Magana and his team man the kitchen, marrying locally sourced ingredients with time-tested counterparts: sage with sausage, strawberries with arugula, and potatoes with beef. Although the chefs adjust the menu seasonally, they maintain a consistently robust wine list and artisan beer collection. Tess's modestly sized dining room opens up to a garden patio, which then opens up to Narnia, but only if you have the proper armoire.
Chubby's Cheesesteaks celebrates one of America's best-loved regional dishes with a menu full of Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches that Chubby's chefs believe to be the best cheesesteaks west of Philadelphia. They chop up morsels of steak to order for creations ranging from a pizza cheesesteak with marinara and mozzarella to the classic Philly with peppers and Cheez Whiz, a cheese spread that could only be more American if it came with free baseball in every jar. In addition to hand-held feasts of warm, toasty rolls and succulent beef, cooks whip up chicken cheesesteaks, Italian beef sandwiches, fried fish dinners, gyros, burritos, and jumbo chili dogs.