Every October OnMilwaukee.com conducts online surveys to determine Milwaukeean’s favorite restaurants, and yet again Sobelman’s has arisen victorious in the Best Burger category. Since its founding in 1999, Sobelman’s has become a neighborhood favorite, and a local tourist attraction in its own right. The old tavern building housing the bar and grill is embedded on a hillside off of St. Paul Avenue, its parking lot heavily slanted.
Yet, despite the ominous looking parking arrangements, there is nothing ominous about their burgers. A perfectly toasted bun locks in the perfectly cooked burger, which is surrounded by three cheeses, bacon, grilled onion and yes, jalapeño peppers. Although it’s not listed on the menu, double and triple Sobelman burgers are also available, if you’re feeling particularly bold. Every burger comes with fries, and I would recommend a light beer to accompany this hearty meal. A camera in the kitchen allows patrons to watch their burgers being cooked from a screen set up in the bar area, which only works to exacerbate one’s craving for Milwaukee’s best burgers.
Sobelman’s has certainly become a favorite among Marquette students. Its proximity and bar atmosphere make it a perfect dinner venue. However, surprising is the number of students who have never been to Sobelman’s, despite its reputation. Kara Mullikin, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, made her first pilgrimage to Milwaukee’s Best Burgers only a week ago. Mullikin says that she had always heard positive things about Sobelman’s, but never had the time to walk down there until recently. When asked what she thought of Milwaukee’s best burgers her response was, “soooo good.”
So, if you haven’t made the hike down to Sobelman’s, located at 1900 W. St. Paul Avenue, definitely put it on your to-do list; you won’t be disappointed.
Elsa’s on the Park came in second in the category of Best Burgers, and is located at 833 N. Jefferson Street in Cathedral Square Park across from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.