Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon to The Loaded Slate.
- For $14, you get a meal for two (up to a $31.90 value).
- For $25, you get a meal for four (up to a $63.80 value).
Each meal includes the following for each person:
- Any entree (up to a $10.95 value each)
- Any beer (up to a $5 value each)
The Loaded Slate's kitchen gurus whip up hearty sandwiches and pub grub as patrons use tableside chalkboards to scrawl difficult long-division problems and draw disturbingly accurate timelines of each other's relationships. Nosh on the Loaded Slate grilled cheese, which coats two slices of sourdough bread with crispy bacon, tomatoes, and swiss, provolone, and sharp cheddar cheeses. The pineapple grilled chicken sandwich ($8.95) snuggles its namesake ingredients together under a blanket of melted pepper jack cheese, while the Black & Bleu burger's Cajun seasoned and blackened eight-ounce patty silences grumbling stomachs before they betray owners' embarrassing high school nicknames. Patrons can quench non-ketchup thirsts by sipping on refreshing bottles of Bud Light or heady mugs of Guinness on tap collected from the pub's simple wooden bar.
The Loaded Slate
You can write on nearly every surface at The Loaded Slate. A slate strip runs down the bar for tabulating tips, wooden tables have hunks of slate where you can copy the chalk drawings by local student artists decorating the walls, and even the glasses have surfaces you can chalk your name onto in case you forget every word except "slate." The bar delivers on the promise of its name in other respects, too, with a menu loaded with filling pub sandwiches and nights packed with games, sporting events, and DJ sets. According to OnMilwaukee.com's 2011 profile, co-owner Joe Kuntz built drop-leaf tables that can be folded flat against the wall after the kitchen closes to flood the space with revelers. "We're family friendly till 10," explains co-owner Shawn Mellon. "Then we become strictly a bar."
During dinnertime, half-pound Angus burgers and the chef's panini of the month arrive with a pile of pub fries, waffle fries, homemade chips, rosemary red potatoes, or coleslaw. Poultry sandwiches also abound, with baked chicken piled with pineapple and pepper jack or assembled day-after-Thanksgiving style with provolone, spinach, and cranberry mustard. Throughout the night, five taps may pump out Strongbow cider, frothy Guinness, and New Glarus Spotted Cow Ale, which refreshes between bites of nachos made on a base of seasoned waffle fries, or reuben sticks, a fried wonton containing the sandwich's famous fillings and last words. Visitors spill out onto the patio on balmy nights, or pile into the back room—dubbed The Tailgate Zone because of the Ford and Chevy pickup beds jutting from the wall—to watch sports on a laptop-compatible projection TV, a 46-inch TV, and two 26-inch TVs.