Voted one of Madison Magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2010, this down-home eatery delivers a menu loaded with barbecue-style southern savories and a deluge of draft and bottled beers. Customers will have to discard their dog’s squeaky toys at the door to keep mum about the menu's hush-puppies appetizer, a stack of southern-fried cornmeal fritters served with spicy mayo ($6.99). Diners can also dive into a legume-laden vegetable sandwich, packed with grilled portabella mushrooms, broccoli-forest-fire-roasted roma tomatoes, smoked gouda, and herb-infused garlic spread ($7.99), or beckon a rack of Brickhouse ribs, slow cooked in the St. Louis style and smothered in a signature spice blend ($19.99). The brisket sandwich sports Texas-style meat smoked in-house under a mound of melted pepper-jack cheese and onion strings ($8.99), while the southern catfish appeases anglers with a blackened or cornmeal-dusted, pan-fried filet coupled with corn-poblano relish and spicy mayo ($11.99).
The Wonder Bar is steak done right in the heart of cheese country. In fact, the Wonder Bar has been famous for great steaks and fresh seafood since 1929. The tradition and quality that were apparent then have continued down through the generations to be the driving force behind the fabulous food and stellar service that make the Wonder Bar what it is today. Steaks are the specialty and you can’t go wrong with the Wonder Bar Signature Steak (a 14 oz. premium filet of striploin cut from the heart of the New York sirloin) or the Filet Mignon. If lighter fare is your desire, the Wonder Bar also serves lobster, crab, and a host of fresh-caught seafood from around the world. Take a trip to the Wonder Bar and enjoy dining the way it should be.
Inside the kitchens of Crystal Lake Rib House, chef David Faccone takes a methodical, multistep approach to making his baby back ribs: he covers them with dry rub, smokes them, and finally chargrills them before brushing over the final product with housemade barbecue sauce. His work has paid off?his tender baby back slabs earned the restaurant a 2012 Best of the Fox Award for Barbecue from Planit Northwest, as well as praise from Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times, who called them "a gift from the Gods of barbecue." In addition to ribs, the cooks also chargrill half-pound burgers, topping them with lettuce and tomato or a meaty pile of pulled pork and melted cheddar. The kitchen?s old-fashioned attention to smoked flavor is reflected in the building itself, an old house whose wooden front porch is adorned with wagon wheels. Inside, rustic hardwood floors support tables topped with white-and-red-checkered cloths, where patrons dip their spoons into hearty chili and sip domestic and imported brews.
Crystal Lake Rib House also arranges catering services for office gatherings, family reunions, and pool parties near bubbling barbecue-sauce springs. They have even catered for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Randy Travis, and Illinois governors, according to staff.
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.
For many, barbecue is more than just food – it’s fine art. If you subscribe to this philosophy, the Smoke Shack is just what you’ve been looking for. The Smoke Shack only serves certified humanely raised meats and every sauce is a delight to the senses. The Smoke Shack is certainly an experience and not to be missed. But don’t dally. The Smoke Shack has a reputation for selling out early – once they're out, they're out. So get there early and stay late to experience the best barbecue that Milwaukee has to offer. One taste and we’re sure you’ll agree that the Smoke Shack is the place to be.
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.