3146 S. 27th St.
The cozy dinner is known for its burgers and real ice cream malts and milkshakes. The burgers are big, made from lean beef ground daily on site. The only other sandwich options are a Reuben, grilled cheese and BLT. Mazo's is a longtime Milwaukee favorite, operating from its present location since 1948. (J.B.) $. CC. 671-2118.
1900 W. St. Paul Ave.
Sobelman's serves some of the best burgers in town, at least in part on account of a good bakery. The one-third pounder, cooked on the open grill behind the bar, is a fine accessory for a beer, a shot or even a cocktail. Sobelman's is a great place to get lost on the way to Potawatomi. (D.L.) $. CC. FF, FB, OD. 931-1919
Sobelman's East Side Grill
1952 N. Farwell Ave.
If you ask for a burger made from grass-fed cattle, you can still get one at the former site of Sobelman's Tall Grass Grill. If not, you'll receive the same certified Angus burger served at the original Sobelman's. Alas, the tall grass experiment was not as widely supported by Milwaukeeans as one would hope, but in bringing the East Side venue's menu more in line with Sobelman's in the Menomonee Valley, the neighborhood gains a good place for classic hamburgers and cheeseburgers. (D.L.) $. CC. 273-4727
4629 N. Port Washington Road
There are a few local spots that are famed for their hamburgers. One of the oldest is Solly's Grille, in business since 1936. The interior is a classic lunch counter in the shape of a double horseshoe. The burgers are 100% sirloin but that is not the only key to a Solly's burger. They are prepared with a lot of butter— even the roll gets some. Try the Super Solly, which is a bit bigger with a 1/3 lb. patty. These burgers have a buttery richness that Paula Deen would surely love. (J.B.) $. CC. FF. Handicap access. 332-8808
170 S. First St.
Stack'd bills itself as a burger bar but the feel is more like a lounge in a setting of rustbelt chic. Burgers are the specialty. A decent mac'n cheese is another option. Some appetizers arrive in tall stacks like the loaded potatoes and the great thick-cut onion rings. This is a nice setting for a glass of wine or one of the well-chosen beers. Plus there are milkshakes. Try a chocolate truffle alcohol-free or spiked. Prices are moderate. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. OD. FB. Handicap access. 273-7800