West Allis, Wisconsin, is a centrally located city with excellent access to Milwaukee and Lake Michigan as well as parks, museums, and more. The town is very friendly and a great place for a family outing. When you’re not exploring the nearby activities West Allis has to offer, try one of these ten exceptional restaurants.
Double B’s BBQ serves award-winning wings, a finalist for the best smoked barbecue in the Milwaukee area in 2015. A variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and smoked meats are offered for lunch and dinner. Enjoy your tender meats, slow smoked in a huge Missouri-Ole Hickory pit smoker, outside on the spacious patio area. The restaurant uses fresh cuts of meat and smokes them on cherry wood with a house-made special dry rub to give them a unique flavor. The house-made barbecue sauces include Tangy Texas, Sweet Kansas City, and Carolina Vinegar and Mustard.
Stocked with sandwiches, wraps, salads, and great coffee, Urban Joe Café is a great location for breakfast or a light lunch. Every dish is made fresh and can be prepared gluten-free. The atmosphere is comfortable, and the décor is modern. There are a variety of made-from-scratch options on the menu, including sweet and savory crêpes, build-your-own breakfast burritos or omelets, and daily specials, like a Mediterranean egg white sandwich, made with fontina cheese, roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, and avocado served on a fresh-baked ciabatta roll.
Urban Joe Café, 7028 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI, USA, +1 414 266 1500
Opened in 1982, this cozy Italian restaurant has been run by two generations of a family who moved to Wisconsin from Sicily in the 1960s. Using family recipes for their pasta, seafood, and meat dishes, the kitchen team continues to impress guests with the authenticity of the food. A complimentary antipasto appetizer tray is served and includes fresh mortadella, salami, and pepperoni meats, fontina and aged provolone cheeses, and homemade Sicilian olive salad. Try the linguini agli aroma e gamberetti, fresh linguini with sautéed shrimp, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and butter; or the capelli alla orlandina, angel hair pasta served with fresh eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, potatoes, and onions sautéed in olive oil with fresh tomatoes and a light tomato sauce.
Classic American dishes are served with a twist at The Twisted Bistro, where the melting pot of America is presented in food form. Start your morning with something spicy for breakfast like the Pepper Jack Smack, made with two eggs, jalapeño jack cheese, bacon, ham, and tomato served on toasted sourdough bread. At lunchtime, try one of the hand-made burgers, sandwiches, or wraps. This Little Piggy is a sandwich made with slow-cooked pork and house-made barbecue sauce served on a Kaiser roll, and the Twisted Philly is made with sirloin steak, provolone cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms, banana peppers, and horseradish aioli wrapped up in a tortilla.
Sofia’s is an American-Italian dining spot that is perfect for families or for watching sports games at the bar. The restaurant serves award-winning pizza as well as appetizers like bruschetta or breaded zucchini; sandwiches ranging from a meatball sandwich to a simple turkey club; pasta and entrées of steak, veal, chicken, pork, or seafood. Owner Sal was working as a baker in Europe before he realized his dream of owning a restaurant, and Sofia’s has been serving their delicious cuisine since 1982 when the restaurant was originally called the Pizza Chef.
Enjoy a romantic dinner date or a family night out at Fujiyama, an authentic Japanese eatery serving sushi and hibachi. The menu is expansive, offering sushi, noodle dishes, stir-fries, and hibachi selections. The sushi is made fresh right in front of customers from experienced sushi chefs. Try the chicken katsu, a dish of chicken cutlets prepared Japanese-style with a flavorful sauce and spicy mayonnaise; or a hibachi dinner of grilled meat served with a traditional soup, salad, vegetables, and fried rice. Fujiyama serves the best Japanese cuisine in the area, and there is something for everyone here.
You’ll find a truly local burger when you dine at Big Deal Burgers and Custard. A local meat supplier provides high-quality sirloin, and the Milwaukee buns are specially made at Peter Sciortino’s bakery. The Big Deal Burger is a pound of certified Angus beef topped with six strips of bacon, four slices of cheese, and extra butter on a gourmet bun. After your burger, try the custard, made from a special ultra-creamy recipe every day. After The Big Deal, try the Big Deal Sundae, made with seven scoops of creamy custard, butterscotch, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and crushed nuts. The vast menu also includes hot dogs, sandwiches, gyros, chicken, and fish.