The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's deal presents another option when there are no illusionists handy. For $10, you get $20 worth of Southern fare and drinks at Red Rock Saloon on Water Street.
Red Rock serves up burgers, barbecue, and wings with a Southern flair. The menu is riddled with country cuisine, with such savory flavors populating the no-nonsense pulled-pork sandwich ($9.95), the customizable Foundation burger ($7.95), and the 2011 Golden Ladle award-winning Texas red chili ($4.95). Like hang gliders above local volcanoes, poultry pilots can heat up their wings in various fiery temperatures (various sizes; $7.95–$19.95), from the sweet sting of the Red Rock BBQ to the potentially hazardous Takin Care of Business, made with a feisty mélange of thai bird peppers, habanera, cayenne, and jalapeño ($11.95). Live music is on hand every Friday, maximizing lively atmosphere and line-based dances with smooth country tunes ($5 cover).
In addition to a rowdy roadhouse atmosphere, replete with license plates on the walls, corrugated tin, and rustic wood, Red Rock Saloon features one of Milwaukee's only mechanical bulls ($5 per ride). Feel free to enlist the bar's plentiful liquid courage and android rodeo clowns to tame the raging Mecha-Taurus.
Red Rock Saloon
In 2012, Man v. Food called in Jeremy Wheeler, one of their most trusted competitors, to take on Red Rock Saloon's Unforgiven challenge. As he sidled up to the table, a gravity-defying meal towered before him: atop a pound of French fries sat a fried chicken breast buried between two half-pound bacon cheeseburgers. Encircling the meaty monolith were six ghost-chili chicken wings—and he only had 23 minutes to eat it all. Though it took him until the very last second, Jeremy defeated the meal, becoming only the second person in Red Rock's history to do so.
It’s fitting that Red Rock would dream up a challenge most patrons can’t win—the restaurant is named after a real-life rodeo bull that famously bucked more than 300 riders. When patrons aren’t lining up to ride the mechanical version of Red Rock or listening to live rock and country music, they’re crowding around tables to order from a menu that boasts 2012 Chili Bowl champion Texas red chili. Like Oprah’s address book, the rest of the menu reads like a scrapbook of American pop culture: seasoned chicken crowns the James Dean salad, molasses barbecue sauce sweetens KC Jones wings, and pineapple and jalapeños pile atop a Will Kane pulled-pork sandwich.
1227 N Water St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202Get Directions