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Ethnic Dining


Whether you're a fan of heavy bock bier or a tall, refreshing weiss bier, Café Bavaria has something for you to explore.

Take a tour of the world when you explore exciting ethnic restaurants in Wauwatosa. The downtown village hub is like a miniature ethnic village with French, Italian, German and Dutch cuisine within steps of each other.

Café Bavaria serves up traditional German favorites like schnitzel and delicious wursts in addition to modern twists like Bavarian Vegetrian Pho and the Wilhelm burger, topped with butterkäse and shaved ham. Right next door, you can taste the Low Countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) from mussels to frites at its sister restaurant, Café Hollander. Both cafes are well known for their extensive bier menus; browse the book or ask your server for a recommendation – staff take “bierklasse” to be in the know on all the best brews.

Find authentic Northern Italian cooking at Ristorante Bartolotta. The traditional menu features handmade pasta, or you can put yourself in the chef’s hands with the seasonal three-course chef’s menu. Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca is the spot for Mediterranean-Italian cuisine. Il Mito takes pride in their vegetarian, vegan and gluten free offerings, making it easy for everyone to find a dish to enjoy.

Feeling French? Dine on traditional bistro fare at Le Réve Patisserie & Café for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Definitely save room for dessert: the treats here are created by classically-trained pastry chefs. If a trip to the Emerald Isle is more to your tastes, Mo’s Irish Pub is the place to enjoy pub fare and traditional favorites like corned beef & cabbage and shepherd’s pie alongside a pint of Guinness.

Bel Air Cantina serves up Mexican food with a twist.

Depart from Europe to dine at the new location of Hué, serving up dishes from the Thua Thien – Hue Province in central Vietnam. These elegant and complex dishes are not often found outside of Vietnam. For a more familiar Asian dining experience, stop by Hui’s Cantonese & American Restaurant, a laidback spot featuring all your Chinese favorites. The recipes are mother's family secrets, and she cooks them.

Take your tastebuds south of the border at Bel Air Cantina, a local hotspot famous for both classic and creative tacos and burritos like the Ninja Pig (a taco filled with crispy pork tossed in a hoisin glaze). Or try Hector’s for authentic favorites ranging from Tex-Mex to the eclectic regional offerings of the Mexican interior. Both spots offer a variety of vegetarian dishes to satisfy your entire group.

But you don’t have to metaphorically leave the country to find different styles of cuisine – Tosa is also home to Ono Kine Grindz, a Hawaiian grocery store and restaurant where you can get traditional plate lunches like kalua pork, char siu chicken and lau lau to go. Want to stay south but not quite so tropical? Stop at Maxie’s for “Southern comfort” cooking with Creole and Cajun flavors and traditional southern barbeque. 


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