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8 Affordable, Family Friendly & Unique Milwaukee Restaurants

By Keith Stachowiak on October 29, 2015 // Leave a Comment

As personal injury lawyers in Milwaukee who have been in practice in the Milwaukee Area for more than 30 years, we have explored a lot of what this outstanding city has to offer, including dining. During our years of helping people, we have seen many Milwaukee food trends grow and change, and numerous old favorites endure. 

If you are looking for a new spot to experience, or a Milwaukee institution to revisit, there are many inspirational lists available, from the Journal Sentinel’s Top 30 Restaurants of 2015, to the results of OnMilwaukee.com’s annual best restaurants poll. As October is dining month over at OnMilwaukee.com, we wanted to share some of our diverse favorites, both old and new. Here are 8 of our picks - with a focus on affordable and family-friendly restaurants. 

  • Casablanca - It may be named after a city in Africa, but the food is amazing Middle Eastern. From perfect crispy falafel to marinated sirloin shish kebabs, Casablanca brings the smells, textures, and flavors of Jerusalem to Milwaukee. Unique offerings include a vegetarian lunch buffet on Mondays through Saturdays, and a vibrant nightlife scene with live DJs, drink specials, and Belly Dancing performers. 
  • Transfer Pizzeria - Known mostly for their excellent pizza, Transfer also offers a wide range of Italian appetizers and entrees. For those eating gluten-free, they offer both pizza and beer, with no extra charge on “Defeat the Wheat” Mondays and Wednesdays. Transfer also offers occasional live music, the atmosphere of a unique vintage building, and a back room available for parties and events.
  • Sobelman’s - Beyond the famous, elaborate bloody mary cocktails, Sobelman’s Pub and Grill consistently tops lists of the best burgers available in Wisconsin. After you have worked your way through the burger options, try the Fish Fry. Sobelman’s has three locations, but the original on St. Paul Avenue, previously one of Milwaukee’s original Schlitz Taverns, is worth a visit.
  • Cafe At The Pfister - It may seem odd to find one of the best kid-friendly downtown restaurants located in the city’s most exclusive historic hotel, but the Cafe At the Pfister is a hidden gem for families. With a large and affordable kid’s menu, friendly and helpful staff, free indoor parking (with validation), and a lobby full of exciting things to see, it’s a great place to eat with children. This is a particularly magical spot for a special lunch or breakfast once the Pfister hotel’s Christmas decorations go up.
  • Guanajuato’s - Nicknamed GTO or GTOs, this Mexican restaurant is a Bay View favorite. With fresh salsa and horchata, breakfast all day, fast service and a large menu containing all of your favorites, think beyond National Avenue for Mexican food. GTO is worth a stop for carry out or a casual meal.
  • Xanika - Vietnam was a French colony for over 60 years. One side effect of this is the French accent on Vietnamese cuisine, including the amazing crusty French bread that is the base of the Vietnamese sandwiches known as Bahn Mi. In downtown Milwaukee, Xankia serves Bahn Mi with flavorful meat (or tofu), crunchy homemade pickles, fresh cilantro, and spicy jalapeno peppers. Not feeling a sandwich? Try the Pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup), or other Vietnamese appetizers and entrees.
  • Nessun Dorma- When you think of bar food, what comes to mind first is deep fried goodness with a size of frozen pizza. When you are in the mood for something different, check out Nessun Dorma for modern pub food with an Italian accent. The antipasti platters are large enough to share, and there is typically a daily special entree in addition to the flavorful panini sandwiches and salads. This vintage corner pub in Riverwest has a wide selection of contemporary wine, beer, and spirits, and outdoor seating in the summer.
  • State Fair Inn - You may have your regular favorites for Friday Fish Fry, but if you are looking for something new (and want a side of Milwaukee History alongside your potato), check out the State Fair Inn in West Allis. Originally built as a Schlitz tavern in the early 1900s, it became an Inn with a restaurant on the first floor in 1921. Today, they serve burgers and sandwiches each day that they are open (Tuesday through Saturday), with special additional menus available on Wednesday and Fridays. Both the interior decor and the quality of the food is more supper club than corner bar - prepare to be impressed. Get there early during popular times as the Friday fish fry sells out! 

Over our many years of practice in Milwaukee, the lawyers and counselors at Murphy & Prachthauser have been an active part of the community, including enjoying thousands of meals, many of them at great local restaurants. We hope our list has inspired you to get out and enjoy a few of the amazing dining options here in Milwaukee.

At Murphy & Prachthauser we are car accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys in Milwaukee who practice the law the way it should be practiced – motivated and equipped to do our best for you. We take pride in being good lawyers who help people. 

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