Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

Brady Street Area

Neighborhoods

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There's nothing in Milwaukee quite like Brady Street. This half-mile-long stretch served as home to immigrant Sicilians and Poles, was later overtaken by hippies, suffered a decade of decay and experienced a rebirth in the 1990s. It is now home to lively weekend nights and café tables. And since it's a living, breathing neighborhood—with schools, a landmark church, fire station and bakery—it also offers things like hardware, paint (Sherwin-Williams) and bed stores, as well as STD testing, a flower shop, pet stores, wine and liquor shops, and a martial arts dojo.

Eating and Drinking

Brady Street offers plenty of food. The Italian roots remain strong with Glorioso's grocery and deli, Mimma's fine dining and Peter Sciortino's Bakery. Asian cuisine includes Emperor of China, Thai-Namite and Mai Thai. Upscale Mexican is available at Cempazuchi, and fine Southern fare lines the tables at Bosley on Brady. Apollo Cafe has great Greek, and Casablanca has traditional Mediterranean, complete with hookahs. It just wouldn't be America without pizza, sandwiches and hot dogs. Zaffiro's, Crisp and Papa John's are joined by Cousins, Jimmy John's and Subway in offering the first pair, the Dogg Haus specializes in all things sausage, and Zayna's offers all three for dine-in or carry-out.

On the lighter side, Brady Street's cafés offer traditional fare as well as drinks of all sorts. These include longtime stalwarts Brewed Café and Rochambo, as well as the newcomer Dryhootch and the ever-present Starbucks. If you're in need of something cooler and sweeter, there's frozen yogurt at Berry Me and gelato at Mimma's.

Last but not least is Brady Street's fine collection of pubs, taverns and bars. From Hybrid and the Roman Coin on the west end, down to Bruno's (aka Listwan), Club Brady and Nomad on the east end, the street offers plenty of options.

The intersection of Arlington and Brady alone is home to Jo-Cat's Pub, Hi Hat and Hi Hat Garage, Balzac, Thurmans 15, Jamo's and Circa. At Hosed on Brady—a hockey-heavy bar, tucked alongside Brady Street's firehouse—shots get poured when the fire bell rings. Up and Under is the place for live music. Comedy Café deals out the chuckles. And if you're up for a hunt, try to find Wolski's (1836 N. Pulaski St.).

Retail and Health

As one of Milwaukee's premier shopping locales, any walking list should begin with retail. What can't you get on Brady Street? Art Smart's Dart Mart & Juggling Emporium is a longtime fixture that offers all that the name implies and more. The area has a FedEx, Cricket, Sprint, an Exclusive Co. music store (just around the corner from Brady on Farwell Avenue) and a check-cashing stop to pay for it all.

If you're into looking good, Brady Street offers boutiques and clothing stores as well, including Angelina's Boutique, Uncommon Items, Dragonfly and Miss Groove's lingerie. There are multiple laundry and tailor shops to keep it all neat and clean.

Brady Street is lined with spas (Reagan & Ruby), nail shops (Venetian Nails), salons (Fabrizio Cappeli), advanced skin care (Halo) and a discount barbershop (Supercuts). You'll also find multiple tattoo parlors, if you're looking for something a little more permanent.