Constructed in 1858, The Poplar Inn has had several past lives: it served as an inn owned by a Union Civil War captain, a tea room, and even a paper company before dining establishments took over in the 1980s. And for those who look closely, the Cream City brick building still shows off some of its roots. The second-floor bar, for example, has retained its original floors instead of replacing them with trendy moon-bounce material.
Today's diners gather inside the Poplar Inn's softly lit dining room to feast on the creations of chef James Jones. The hearty, rustic menu features classic steaks as well as signature cuts, including the Towering Inferno?blackened tenderloin balanced on beer-battered portobello mushrooms. Seafood entrees also steal the spotlight, from salmon served with maple syrup to pan-seared yellowfin tuna.