STEAK AND CHOPHOUSES
Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide
5 O’Clock Club
2416 W. State St.
Call it T-bone; filet mignon; prime rib; call it porterhouse. Serve it Pittsburgh-style, butter it big and dig in to the best damn slab of meat in town. Just remember, reservations are required. (J.D.) $$$$. RS. FB. 342-3553
America's House of Steaks
4747 S. Howell Ave.
America's House of Steaks, located in the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel, is home to European trained Chef Axel Dietrich. America's menu includes the Chef's special recipe Prime Rib of Beef as well as Rotisserie Chicken and Grilled Wild Caught Salmon among some of the savory choices.$$$-$$$$ CC: All Major RS. FB. Accessible 615-8094
Butch’s Old Casino Steak House
555 N. James Lovell St.
The antique slot machines dotting the
dining room pay homage to the building’s lusty past. This former
disco-turned-steakhouse has no bones about serving some of the most
flavorful cuts of meat in Milwaukee. Order the perennial favorite: steer
tenderloin, grilled up in eight-, 12- or even 20-ounce portions.
Butch’s is a windowless Mecca of carnivorous delights. Did we mention
they have chicken and seafood too? Dig in. (J.D.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All
major. FB, RS. Handicap access. 271-8111 Reservation hotline: 803-7899
310 W. Wisconsin Ave.
This high-end chain sets the standard
for dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. Maine lobsters run as large as 5
pounds. The Milwaukee branch also has a fine setting with dark woodwork
and service that attends to every need. Steaks rank with the best
locally. No detail is too small, whether the Black River blue cheese on
the wedge salad or the 8-year-old balsamic vinegar on the delmonico
steak. Dinner may be expensive—lunch is easier on the wallet—but worth
the splurge. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access.
724 N. Milwaukee St.
The signage is hard to see, so look for a
window showing a bar and dining room with accents of wood, dim lighting
and a warm glow. Also look at the diners savoring what are hands-down
the finest steaks in this area—with prices to match. Everything from
soup to salad to sides are strictly a la carte, which can add up
quickly. But the luxuriant seating, polished service and just one bite
of the black peppercorn-crusted fillet should have everyone leaving with
a smile. (J.B.) $$$$. CC: MC, VS. FB. Handicap access. 223-2200
8612 Watertown Plank Road
Frank and Dino could have used Eddie
Martini’s bar as their watering hole. The drinks are potent enough to
power the Happy Hour neon, and the atmosphere is always dark and cool
behind impenetrable Venetian blinds. The Rat Pack would have dug the
swinging music, not to mention the steaks and chops, the oysters
Rockefeller and shrimp cocktails. Everything’s A-OK. (D.L.) $$$$. CC:
All major. FB, RS. Handicap access. 771-6680
Hugo’s Steak House
6951 S. Lover’s Lane Road, Franklin
This classically elegant steak and
seafood spot offers traditional lobster tail, filet mignon and pork
chops. But at Hugo’s, it’s the lighter touches, including the bourbon
applesauce and fresh, steamed broccoli, that separate it from other
local dining rooms. Since opening in 2004, Hugo’s has seasoned its
critical moxie with freshly prepared meat and fish dishes. (J.D.) $$$$.
CC: All major. Handicap access. 427-7705
3736 W. Mitchell St.
Though a small place, it has many nice
touches. Marinated olives arrive in a martini glass; the steaks are
Black Angus and expertly prepared; and the setting has the feel of a
’60s supper club, with a menu to match. Specials include a Friday fish
fry and even chicken livers. Prices are kindly with some steaks less
than $20. (J.B.) $$. CC: MC, VS. FB, FF. 384-7384
Milwaukee Chop House
633 N. Fifth St., Milwaukee Hilton
The upscale steakhouse has the meat to
match the prices, from the veal chop to the bone-in-ribeye steak. The
range of items includes seafood and rotisserie. But appetizers and side
items also shine from prosciutto-wrapped scallops to grilled asparagus.
Valet parking available. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB, RS.
Handicap access. 226-2467
Mo’s ... A Place for Steaks
720 N. Plankinton Ave.
If you want to play rock star for a day,
Mo’s is a good place to start. Swank in a decidedly carnivorous kind of
way, it’s certainly designed to pamper its guests. However, be prepared
to spend like a rock star—the menu is a la carte, and just the steak
generally runs in the $30–$40 range. (S.R.) $$$$. CC: All major. RS. FB.
Handicap access. 272-0720
7728 S. 27th St., Oak Creek
The Rafters is that kind of old-school
Milwaukee Supper Club that boasts autographed photos of Frank Sinatra on
the wall and an exposed flaming pit in the middle of the restaurant,
turning out the best steaks in the suburbs. Dinners are served with the
traditional relish platter of carrots, celery and radishes—a touch that
is all but forgotten in today’s world of salads-are-extra bistros.
(B.R.M.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. RS, FF, FB. Handicap access. 761-2222
7246 W. Greenfield Ave.
The beef ranges from USDA choice to
Black Angus at downtown West Allis’ classiest eatery. But there is more
than prime rib, with roast lamb loin, Asian salad or the seafood catch
of the day. Or splurge with a filet and lobster tail. Whichever you
choose, simplicity rules here. (J.B.) $$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB, FF.
Ward’s House of Prime
540 E. Mason St.
The bar room has a soaring ceiling, a great wine selection and a select list of scotch and cognac. Prime rib is the specialty although chicken, lamb and seafood are served. The bar has its own menu with lighter fare and some servings the size of tapas. The setting is pleasant, the seating spacious, and the service good. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access. 223-0135