Lauded by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of the city's top 30 restaurants, Bunkers Nostalgic Lounge & Eatery dishes out classic cocktails and hearty entrees in its retro lounge. Barkeeps follow original recipes for traditional cocktails such as Tom Collins and mai tais alongside modern libations including sparkling martinis. Wait staff scribbles daily specials on the chalkboard as chefs pile burgers, reubens, and other sandwiches or plate an array of vegetarian, seafood, and meat entrees including braised pork belly flanked by Viking Village scallops and red potatoes. Bunkers completes its throwback vibe on Saturday night with live bands, which play lounge, blues, Motown, sea chanties, and other tunes.
Senor Sol's house-made sauces accent a slew of meats, vegetables, and tortillas that populate the menu of Mexican fare. Hungry guests can obliterate the unpleasantness of a yet-to-be-sated appetite by imbibing an initial dose of house-made chips camouflaged in chunky guacamole ($7.50) or unsheathe silverware from napkins to splash Tony's seasonal chili ($3.25) into mouths with knives. For main courses, toppings from nine different styles of tacos, including specially spiced pork, beef tongue, and fajita vegetables ($2.25 each), burrow between the hard crevices of corn tortillas or the soft sleeping bags of corn or flour tortillas. The blueprints to chilies rellenos ($10.75) cause cooks to plop two poblano peppers into a deep-fryer, melting the stuffed cheese inside that oozes onto plates beside a choice of beans, rice, or tortillas. In addition, spoonfuls of house-made ranchero sauce daub melted anejo cheese perched atop three chicken enchiladas ($9.25)—one for each dimension in which Abraham Lincoln wanted his biographical Hollywood flick shot.
Painted Parrot's cooks flip fiery Caribbean fare from the kitchen grill, including jerk chicken and steak wraps and a scotch-bonnet-pepper-rubbed fish fillet. The casual, tropical-themed dining room wafts the aromas of the house jambalaya's cooked crab, shrimp, and andouille sausage, just like the best-selling air fresheners in Louisiana do. Additionally, flat-screen televisions hang from behind a bar that boasts numerous draft beers.
The sizzle of frying fish mixes with the cracks of billiards balls at Kokopelli's Pub & Grub, maintaining its lively atmosphere. Multiple televisions also reside in the pub, offering entertainment to guests as they munch on daily fish-fry offerings that include five types of fish served pan-seared, baked, or deep-fried. In addition to the oceanic selections, guests can order burgers that are hand-stuffed with ingredients such as sausage, bacon and jalapeño, or smaller, potentially indistinguishable patties.
If the giant crab and bright Corona banners hanging from the ceiling are any indication, Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant is a great place to kick back and have fun with friends—or family—over a meal. Along with the ever-popular Mexican favorites such as fajitas or taco dinners, the restaurant also has all-you-can-eat crab legs throughout the week, and plenty of tasty drink specials to help wash it all down. Karaoke nights three times a week add to the fun, or at the very least give a great excuse to order another margarita.
Amid the cheers of football and baseball games blaring from big-screen TVs, Magoo's Sports Pub's friendly bartenders fill bellies with domestic and imported brews and pub fare. Flocks of a dozen different varieties of chicken wings range from hot or mild spices to piquant flavors such as thai or caribbean jerk. At the grill, chefs flip burgers oozing with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni or blackened Cajun beef patties topped with with blue-cheese crumbles. Seafood lovers dock at the bar every Friday for an all-you-can-eat fish fry, and a selection of imported beer bottles contain lost messages from sea such as, "SOS. Please send ice."