Meals

Monday evenings, after our 6:00 run, we find a local establishment for a great meal under $10 (at least one good entree at that price).  Here are the place we’ve been, and our rankings out of 5 stars. Picture gallery at the bottom of this page.

  • Ruckus – May 22, 2017 (4.0 Stars) 9 diners – Regular burgers we very good (but not excellent). Veggie burger was heavy on pepper. Manager stopped by to get our opinions. He said he would look into why the veggie burger was not made correctly.
  • Mod Pizza – May 15, 2017 (Return visit not rated) 8 diners (Rainy Monday with lightening and thunder cut down on attendance)
  • Mod Pizza – May 8, 2017 (4.3745 Stars) 14 diners – Make you own pizza with as many ingredients as you want made for an excellent meal. Decker gave it a five!
  • Monday Meals are on Extended Spring Break (must be nice) until the end of April
  • Cafe Hollander – March 13, 2017 (Snow Day).
  • Milwaukee Public Market – February 27, 2017 (4.0 stars) 8 diners. Selections from St Paul Fish Company (4.5 stars), Sendiks (4.2 stars), Green Kitchen (4.6 stars), Margarrite Paradise (4.2 stars).
  • Bombay Sweets – February 20, 2017 (4.4 stars) 10 diners.There were more than 30 menu options to choose from and everyone (except on person) said the food was outstanding. Every entrees was inexpensive — most were under $10 (food is served on a styrofoam plate) and every dish was rich with authentic Indian flavors. The fact that the menu was 100% vegetarian was hardly a footnote. No one noticed.  Price + quality + easy ordering makes this place a winner!
  • La Casa De Alberto – February 13, 2017 (4.15 stars) 8 diners. Food was slightly better than Conejito’s. We saw some familiar faces among the waiters. Nice to get to know Chris and Jesse and little better. Service ok. Not snappy not slow. Real plates!
  • Monster Pizza – January 30, 2017 (Not Rated) 10 diners.
  • East Garden – January 23, 2017 (4.27 Stars). Really good Chinese food on Oakland Ave in Shorewood. Portions were generous, and spices were excellent.  One comment: “Best Kung Pow chicken outside of my visit to China….” Service was a bit slow this evening, but once orders were placed, the food arrived quickly. Separate checks and pay on the way out was efficient and much appreciated.
  • Transfer Pizza – January 2, 2017 (Previous Rated). Still OMG’s Favorite Pizza.
  • Oakland Gyros, December 26, 2016 (Previous Rated). Great hangover food.
  • Cafe India – South KK – December 19, 2016 – (4.5 stars) – 6 diners.  Best Indian food in Milwaukee according to several diners.  Great prices. Great service. Need to make this a regular stop.
  • Screaming Tuna– Third Ward – December 12, 2016 – 20 diners – (4.8 stars). Susi and Small Plates Monday special 1/2 price. Separate party room with large tables, two attentive, patient, and helpful waitresses, and lots of Saki!
  • Palomino – Bayview – December 5, 2016 – (4.3 stars) Sandwiches – 10 reviewers
  • Cafe Corazon – 3129 N Breman – November 28, 2016 – 10 diners – (4.37 stars). Everything was excellent. A few diners gave it a 5.0, and no one had complaints.  Two servings of salsa and guacamole for $7 with free chips was a great deal, and the food was textured and nuanced.
  • Comet Cafe – 1947 N Farwell – November 21, 2016 – 8 diners – 4.39 stars.
  • Zafiro’s Pizza – Farwell and Brady – November 14, 2016.  18 diners
  • Oscar’s on Pierce – November 7, 2016 (return visit 4.89 stars, but there seem to be voting irregularities) – 12 diners
  • Hubbard Park Beer Garden – June 20 thru September 26 – We spent the summer outdoors enjoying half price ‘mug night’ beers and sandwiches from local shops. Plenty of space for a large group with the fifty picnic tables that can be re-arranged to suit our group size (anywhere from 15 to 40 people over the summer). We love it’s quiet, quaint canopy of large maple trees and wood chips under our feet.  We can sit of wander from table to table.  No rating, but if we did it would be a 5.0.
  • Mykonos Gyros and Cafe – June 13, 2016 (3.43 stars)  18 reviewers. Food was meh, not bad but nothing to write home about. The Greek gentleman behind the counter had a scowl like the soup nazi (but did cordially take our orders). Prices were reasonable. Parking was a challenge on the lower east side.
  • Zafiro’s Pizza on Farwell and Brady – June 6, 2016 (return visit).  12 diners including three Zafiro’s Virgins!!
  • Hubbard Park Beer Garden – May 30, 2016 (return visit). Beer and one big pretzel.
  • Hubbard Park Beer Garden – May 23, 2016 (return visit).
  • Transfer Pizza – May 16, 2016 (Previous Rated). OMG Favorite Pizza.
  • Birthday Party at the Pavillon – May 9, 2016 (5.00 stars)  Patrick “best pizza ever!!!”
  • Oscar’s Bar and Grill – May 2, 2016 (return visit)
  • Apollo Cafe on Brady- April 25, 2016 (3.77 stars)
  • Balistreri’s on 68th/Wells- Apr 11, 2016 (4.22 stars)
  • Pho 43- Apr 4, 2016 (4.06 stars- revisit)
  • Emperor of China- Feb 22, 2016 (3.92 stars)
  • Riverwest Pizza- Feb 15, 2016 (3.89 stars)
  • Oscar’s on Pierce- Feb 8, 2016 (return visit 4.54 stars)
  • Buca di Beppo – Feb 1, 2016 (4.00 stars)
  • Oakland Gyros, Dec 21 2015 (3.76 stars)
  • Ceilito Lindo, Dec 14 2015 (3.44 stars)
  • Beerline Cafe, Dec 7 2015 (4.07 stars)
  • Solo Pizza on Oakland, November 30, 2015 (4.32 stars)
  • Bel Air Cantina on Downer, Mexican, November 23, 2015 (3.925 stars) 8 reviewers.
  • Screaming Tuna, Sushi, November 16, 2015 (4.28 stars) 22 reviewer. Our own room!! Excellent service. Half price rolls and small plates. Large table. Two waiters. This will be a return visit.
  • Milwaukee Ale House, November 9, 2015 (3.97 stars) 19 reviewers.  Food was ok. Nothing special, but service was slooow.  Our single waiter was in no hurry and inattentive at best.
  • Lisa’s Pizza, November 2, 2015 (3.89 stars) 14 reviewers.
  • La Fuente Mexican, October 26, 2015 (4.2 stars) 19 reviewers. Good service for most of our very long table, and great food.  Excellent vegetarian options.
  • Palomino Sandwiches, Veggie (repeat visit) October 19, 2015 (4.13 stars) 9 reviewers
  • Ma Fishers – October 12, 2015 (Not Reviewed)
  • Pho 43 (repeat visit) October 5, 2015 (3.85 stars). 8 reviewers.
  • India Cafe Bar & Grill on South KK (Indian) September 21, 2015 (4.23 stars). 12 reviewers. Outdoor heated patio and attention from three waiters! Quite intimate tiki-bar atmosphere with low music levels. Very good Indian dishes with excellent spicing, large portions, and fairly priced. Real cloth napkins! Complimentary naan bread. Free candies after dinner.
  • Milwaukee Beer Bistro (American) Sept 14, 2015 (3.7 stars). 22 reviewers.
  • Barnacle Bud’s (American) August 31, 2015 (4.0 stars) 16 reviewers.
  • Stack’d (Burgers) August 24, 2015 (4.0 stars).  17 reviewers. Return visit. Food was good. Waitress made a mess by giving us four checks.  We vowed to use Paypal or Venmo in the future.
  • Zaffiro’s (Pizza on Farwell) June 1 (4.38 stars). An OMG Favorite. This is our fourth visit. Large pizza two toppings is $10. Beers $4. Waitress were as grumpy as ever, but we expect this!
  • Red Lion on Water Street (English Pub Food) August 10, 2015 (3.8 stars). 14 reviewer. Service was slow. Vegetarian dishes were excellent, but the portions on the rest were too small. Not enough vegetarians to pull the score up.
  • Transfer Pizza on 1st and Mitchell (Pizza) July 13, 2015 (4.41 stars).  10 reviewers.  2nd Best Pizza in Milwaukee.  :))
  • BelAir Cantina on Water (Mexican) July 6, 2015 (4.26 stars) 14 reviewers. Outdoor seating! Our waiter, Hunter, was entertaining and attentive. Burritos were huge and 20% off. Two large pitchers of margaritas for $20. Great company. Very good food.
  • Barnacle Bud’s (American) June 29, 2015 (4.06 stars) 14 reviewers. Unique, relaxing, welcoming atmosphere along the river with boats docked by our long outdoor picnic table. Very Key West like. Average food and service. Large $5 Margaritas!!
  • Palomino (Sandwiches) June 22, 2015 (4.15 stars) 15 reviewers. Great food. Good service.
  • Swingin Door Exchange (Burgers and Sandwiches) June 15, 2015 (4.21 stars). 14 reviewers at three tables. Wide range of opinions. Many 3s and several 5s. Separate checks for 14 was a nice touch. Food was very good. Services was tardy but sufficient.
  • Milwaukee Public Market (Variety) June 8 (Not Rated).  No Swinging Door Exchange (too busy) so we ambled to Milwaukee Public Market.
  • Zaffiro’s (Pizza on Farwell) June 1 (4.43 stars).  Large pizza two toppings is $10. Beers $4. This never gets old. Our waitress was able to overcome the two credit card limit and process four (4) credit cards for us!!  She got a nice tip.
  • Cafe Lulu (Sandwiches and Salads) May 18 (4.4 stars).  Several members gave Lulu a prestigious 5.0, a perfect score for outstanding food, great service, flexible credit card handling.
  • Hi Hat Lounge (Burgers) April 27 (4.0 stars) – Waitress was accommodating, but kitchen took 20 minutes to prep food.  Joe’s Chocolate Mint Beer was like a Victorian mansion, full of character and a bouquets of flavors.  Half price burgers made it great outing.
  • Benji’s (Deli on Oakland) April 20 (4.04 stars).  They graciously stayed open past 8:00 for us. Excellent matzo ball soup and corned beef.
  • Solly’s Grille (Burgers) Mar 29 (4.025) Good service. Good food. Vegetarian burgers got a 3.7 from both diners.
  • Seoul Korean Restaurant (Korean) Mar 22 (2.9 stars)  The room was cold, service slow, food only ok (except for Emily Meingast who really liked hers). One dish was burnt, Clint’s vegetarian meal contained a fair amount of seafood.
  • County Clare (Irish) Mar 16 (4.11 stars)
  • Honey Pie (Local Source) Mar 9 (4.33 stars)
  • Thai-Namite (Thai) Mar 2, 2015 (No Rating)
  • Zaffiros (Pizza) Feb 23, 2015 (4.375 stars)
  • Maharaja (Indian) Feb 16, 2015  (4.3 stars)
  • Blue Star Cafe (East African) Feb 9, 2015 (4.0 stars)
  • Chili Cookoff – Super Bowl Party at Northwoods! – Feb 1, 2015 (5.0 stars)
  • Jalisco (Mexican) Jan 26, 2015  (3.0 stars)
  • Pho 43 (Vietnamese) Jan 19, 2015  (3.9 stars)
  • Melthouse Bistro (Grill Cheese) Dec 15, 2014 (3.8 stars)
  • Packer Party!! – Northwoods – Dec 8, 2014 (5.0 stars)
  • Shawarma House (Persian) Dec 1, 2014 (3.6 stars)
  • BelAir Cantina (Mexican) Nov 24, 2014 (3.8 stars)
  • Solo Pizza on Oakland (Pizza) Nov 17, 2014 (4.1 stars)
  • Cafe Corazon (Mexican Fusion) Nov 3, 2014 (4.0 stars)
  • Thai Kitchen (Thai) Oct 27, 2014 (4.0 stars)
  • Conejito’s (Mexican) Oct 20, 2014  (4.0 stars)
  • Maharaja (Indian) Oct 13, 2014 (4.1 stars)
  • Thainamite (Thai) Oct 6, 2014 (4.2 stars)
  • AJ Bombers (Burgers) Sept 29, 2014  (3.0 stars) Terrible Service
  • Build a Burger (Burgers)  (First OMG Outing) – Sept 22, 2014 (3.4 stars)
  • Hamburger Mary’s (Burgers) Sept 15, 2014 (2.7 stars) Terrible Service
  • Oscars (Burgers) Sept 8, 2014  (4.1 stars)
  • Sobelmans (Burgers) Sept 1, 2014  (4.0 stars)
  • Stack’d (Burgers) Aug 25, 2014 (3.9 stars)

Places Nominated for a Visit / Revisit

  • Guanjuato Mexican Bay View
  • Comet Cafe (Too Expensive?)
  • Baba Ghanouj Mediterranean. Humboldt Ave
  • La Perla Mexican near south side
  • Botanas Mexican near south side
  • Milwaukee Public Market (Revisit)
  • Thainamite on Brady St (Revisit)
  • Zaffiros (Revisit)
  • Blue Star Cafe (Revisit)
  • Ma Fishers on Farwell Ave
  • Transfer Pizza in Bayview
  • Anmol – Pakistani on Mitchell St
  • Guanajuato Mexican – on Howell
  • Red Dot – off of Oakland Ave.
  • Have a Suggestion?  Send an email to mke.run.group at g male dot com (We hope you can decipher this. Trying to avoid spam bots.)

We’d love to visit, but closed on Mondays :((

  • EE-Sane Thai Cuisine Restaurant (Farwell)
  • Blue Star Cafe Somali Restaurant (Farwell)
  • Ethiopian Cottage Restaurant (Farwell)
  • Cempazuchi Mexican on (Brady Street)
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