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Callanan's Parkway Pub in West Allis

Updated on May 8, 2011

From the outside of the building, Callanan's Parkway Pub in West Allis, Wisconsin, located at 11505 W. National Avenue, doesn't look like much. The building seems small and unassuming, and in all fairness the establishment looks mostly like a bar, though formerly the building was home to Bobu's Streakhouse. My wife and I being ever the adventurous ones when it comes to dining out, and me being one who much prefers to support local small businesses over big chains, especially when it comes to restaurants, we decided to give Callanan's Parkway Pub a go and see what they had to offer. Unfortunately the pub does not have an official website and so there really isn't much information available on the place. At least we were able to find their phone number.

When I called Callanan's Parkway Pub to ask about menu items the woman who answered the phone was pleasant and very helpful, and enthusiastically went through a sampling of offered menu items. They had the regular stuff one would expect to find at a pub like burgers and fries and even fresh made potato chips, but one item she mentioned made a bell go off in my head. Irish egg rolls, she told me, were egg rolls filled with corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese, served with a side of Thousand Island dipping sauce. I had never heard of such a thing, and this just sounded really good. That was really the seller for me on this one. I was going to have to try their Irish egg rolls if nothing else.

When we arrived at the pub there wasn't a large crowd, but we were there a bit early for the heavier dinner crowd, around 4:00 pm on a Saturday evening. It also was much more than a bar. The floors were pristine with fairly newly laid laminate wood flooring. The place was appropriately lighted—not too bright and certainly not as dark as one would expect a bar to be. But they did indeed have a very nice bar as well.

It was seat yourself, so my wife picked a spot in the back of the dining area, and immediately we commented that the place seems much larger on the inside than it appears to be on the outside. Quickly the waitress, who also seconded as the bartender when we were there, arrived at our table with our menus and asked if we'd like anything to drink for starters. I ordered a black and tan, which is basically a Harp beer topped with Guiness. My wife ordered a Spotted Cow, which is made by New Glarus Brewing in New Glarus, WI. It's a very good beer, by the way, and if you're not from Wisconsin and ever happen to visit here, it's definitely one of our local beers worth a sip or three. Going through the beer on tap, they even had Samuel Adam's Noble Pils available, so already I was being won over by the beer selection.

Of course we decided right away to order up a plate of those Irish egg rolls off of the appetizer menu that had been mentioned over the phone. When they arrived they were absolutely as delicious as I had imagined them to be. Very good indeed. I will definitely have to have those again.

For our main course I ordered their Black and Blue burger, which is basically a 1/3 pound hamburger with lettuce, red onions, and blue cheese crumbles topped with a soft pretzel bun. My wife had a Rachel. Sort of like a reuben sandwich on rye bread, only instead of corned beef the sandwich is made with turkey. For sides, Callanan's Parkway Pub offers several choices, such as their sweet potato chips, and coleslaw among a couple other offerings. I had the coleslaw and my wife had the sweet potato chips. Interestingly, I am not a huge fan at all of sweet potatoes. Perhaps loathing would be a strong word for my distaste for them, but let's just say I don't like them. At another place my wife and I ate recently on a trip to my sister and brother-in-law's in Belleville, Illinois—which was really good food as well by the way—they served up sweet potato french fries, and I did not care for them. But these sweet potato chips were good. What my wife did not finish in her basket, I finished off for her.

The food was fantastic. It was far better than I had thought it would be, and it is definitely a place I'd like to go and eat at again. The prices were reasoable as well. Infact, when I got the bill I was a bit shocked by the beer prices. I thought for sure my black and tan was going to hit me for at least $6 or $7. When I got the bill they had only charged me $3.25 for it. My Samuel Adams Noble Pils which I had on my second round was also only $2.25, as was my wife's Spotted Cow. Our sandwiches ran a very reasonable $7.95 a piece. And we only paid $6.95 for our fantastic Irish egg rolls.

When the waitress came over to collect on our bill I was compelled to tell her about the beer prices. She told me it was happy hour and normally the beers would have been a dollar more each. Still, at even $4.25 for a black and tan, I think that is crazy cheap when you compare that to most other places when it comes to what they charge for even a domestic beer like a Miller Lite. I've paid typically $5 for a Miller Lite bottle at many places around town where I've eaten. So, hands down, these are perhaps some of the best prices I've seen in a while for beer offerings at a food establishment.

And believe me, I know beer prices. My wife might tell you I have much more of an intimate relationship with beer than I should. "Hush now," I tell her. "Don't tread on sacred things."

All said Callanan's Parkway Pub was a complete joy. The food was fantastic, the beer was cold and smartly priced. The waitress made a beautiful and perfect black and tan, and while the only caveat may have been that the food took just a bit longer than I would have liked it to have, the wait was more than worth it. The atmosphere was right, and there were several TVs running to look at. Callanan's Parkway Pub is a heck of a place worth stopping in for a bite to eat, and I and the wife will definitely be back for more. I very much recommend it.

Where's Callanan's in West Allis?

Callanan's Parkway Pub, 11505 W. National Ave., West Allis, WI 53227. Tel. (414) 543-2255

Beer at Callanan's Parkway Pub

  • Smithwicks - Harp - Guiness
  • Samuel Adams - Miller
  • Spotted Cow, just to name a few


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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'd never heard of Irish spring rolls before, but yes. They were awesome. As for the meeting, you know, stranger things have happened. lol Thanks for stopping in.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I totally agree with Wesman Todd Shaw's comment above. I enjoyed this report. That is my kind of place. I love a black and tan; I adore Irish spring rolls. Good to hear you received great service. Maybe I'll meet you up there one day.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I thought I saw you in the far corner with a smile and an ale. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such a spendid and explicit hub. I thought I was there.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wesman and Drbj, glad I could keep you reading. You guys are too kind. As always I value your comments. I love to follow great writers as well, and there's good reason you two are included in that list. :)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Wesman recognizes a great writer when he sees one and I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment, Jim. You made this description of your meal so delicious that I am salivating ... and I just finished eating dinner. Voted up.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      How do you know someone is a good writer? He can tell you about going to a pub that you'll probably never see, eating a burger and some egg rolls and drinking some beer with his wife - and you read the whole thing.