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STEAK AND CHOPHOUSES

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Five O'Clock Steakhouse
2416 W. State St.

The menu is simple and all about meat. Call it t-bone, filet mignon, prime rib or porterhouse. Top it with buttered sautéed mushrooms, Call it big. Even the rack BBQ ribs barely fit on the platter. The décor is steakhouse retro, complete with a classic bar. (J.B.) $$$$. CC. RS. FB. 342-3553


Butch's Old Casino Steakhouse

555 N. James Lovell St.

The first page of the menu is devoted to appetizers and steaks, the second to seafood, other meats, and combination plates. A complimentary relish tray arrives with radishes, scallions, carrots, celery and pepperoncini. Some very good crusty Italian bread is also on the way. This is a sign that you will not be nickel-and-dimed here like at many upscale steakhouses. The entrees all also include a choice of soup or salad, and a baked potato. The steaks are all topped with whole mushrooms. This makes the steak prices, ranging from $22.95-$41.95, seem more than fair. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. FB. RS. Handicap access. 271-8111

Capital Grille
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, from the heirloom tomatoes on the fresh mozzarella salad to the Courvoisier cognac cream on the steak au poivre. The place seems made for expense accounts. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. FB. RS. Handicap access. 223-0600

Carnevor
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. The Australian Kobe filet mignon runs to $160! Everything from soup to salad to sides is strictly a la carte, which can add up quickly. But the luxurious seating, polished service and just one bite of the black peppercorn-crusted fillet should have everyone leaving with a smile. (J.B.) $$$$. CC. FB. RS. Handicap access. 223-2200

Eddie Martini's
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. FB, RS. OD. Handicap access. 771-6680

Jackson Grill
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. 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 ahi tuna to grilled asparagus. Valet parking available. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. FB, RS. Handicap access. 226-2467

Milwaukee Steakhouse
6024 W. Bluemound Road

Chef Richard Alvarado brings on big steaks, thick pork chops and jumbo shrimp. The king of steaks is a 38-oz. porterhouse. Good luck finishing it. Entrees all include a relish tray, salad, sourdough bread and a choice of potato. Order a baked and slather it with sour cream. Steaks and the Saturday prime rib special are the best to order here. If your focus is on succulent beef and abundant quantity this is your steakhouse. (J.B.) $$$. CC. FB. OD. Handicap access. 312-7891.


Mo's ... A Place for Steaks

720 N. Plankinton Ave.

This is the original Mo's, which now has outposts in Indianapolis and Houston. The prices and setting all say upscale. Start with a retro wedge of salad, then move to bacon-wrapped sea scallops and an MC Alpine for an entrée. Surf and turf combines ribeye with an Australian lobster tail. All for a mere $110. Sides are extra. (J.B.) $$$$. CC. RS. FB. Handicap access. 272-0720


Steakhouse 100

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 and steaks. Appetizers range from escargot to riblets. Have an inexpensive sandwich or splurge with a filet and lobster tail. Whichever you choose, prices are reasonable. (J.B.) $$-$$$$. CC. FB, FF. RS. Handicap access. 727-2222


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. FB. Handicap access. 223-0135