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Paulie's Pub & Eatery in West Allis, WI

Updated on May 13, 2012

Whatever brings you to West Allis, Wisconsin, a suburb just outside of Milwaukee, be it the Wisconsin State Fair Park, which I would argue is the best state fair the world over, or the auto races at the Milwaukee Mile, Paulie's Pub & Eatery, located at 8031 W. Greenfield Avenue is absolutely worth stopping in while you're in town.

My wife and I, who live in the area, probably drove past Paulie's Pub & Eatery a half a million times since the pub and grill opened up its doors in 2004. In all those times, I'd never really given Paulie's a second glance. There are many bars in West Allis, and certainly in the city of Milwaukee, and so far as I knew Paulie's Pub & Eatery was just one more of them.

On one of those occassions, driving past the establishment, we happened to have noticed that there was an outdoor patio seating area, complete with umbrellas. I have no idea how long that outdoor patio may have been a part of this pub and grill on Greenfield Avenue, but it was certainly there then. Seeing it, for us, brought Paulie's Pub & Eatery into a whole new light. That outdoor patio made it clear that there was something more about Paulie's Pub & Eatery than just being somewhere to stop in for a cocktail, or your favorite fancied cold one.

On one day, out running a few errands, my wife and I were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to stop in to Paulie's Pub & Eatery to sample some of their offerings during their lunch hours. It was only spring, but the weather outside was more like a hot summer day, with temperatures rocketing into the 90s. Of all days, this seemed like it would be a perfect enough day to enjoy a quick bite, have an ice cold beer, and check out that outdoor patio they had.

It was a stop that was very well worth it. The restaurant and bar area is quite nice all by itself when you walk in. There's a nice long bar with plenty of stools to sit on, and a couple of TV's to gaze at. We walked in and told the bartender simply, "We're here to eat."

"Fantastic," he said. "Welcome." He gave us a quick rundown of our seating options. We could sit at the bar if we'd like, or there were beautiful wooden booths in the bar area itself where we could sit.

And, of course there was also that outdoor patio. That's what we were there for. Naturally we were there for the food as well. But we really wanted to check out that patio. That outdoor patio had all but taken us by the hand and lead us right through their front door.

We were given our menus, which is a very simple and typical pub menu. They serve up sandwiches and wraps, salads, and on this particular day they actually offered an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar. Despite the fantastic price, just $5.99, we passed, wanting to try a menu item.

My wife ordered a reuben wrap, and I had a mushroom and swiss burger with sauteed onions. Both platters were served up with Paulie's own homemade potato chips which, I must say, were absolutely great. It was definitely a nice change-up from the traditional french fries that most pub and restaurants serve up with their sandwiches.

The food? It was excellent. The hamburger was cooked to perfection. The bun was perfectly buttered. My wife told me her wrap was very good as well.

The prices? For the wrap and the hamburger, plus two draft beers, we only spent around $23 before the tip, and I felt that that was entirely reasonable.

The service? Our waitress was very attentive. It's a rarity that I will tip a waitress 20% on my bill, but in this case I felt she definitely did her job well, and earned it. Everything about our experience was first-class in my opinion, and my wife will attest, when it comes to customer service and the wow-factor I'm a hard guy to impress. But Paulie's Pub & Eatery certainly made an impression.

The business also has live entertainment on certain days of the week and on some weekends, and all-you-can-eat crab legs on Wednesdays and Sundays. They also have a fantastic fish fry on Friday nights—something my wife and I had an opportunity to check out on a later visit. The service and food were as good as our first stop in to Paulie's. It certainly is a little gem that shines, and they've definitely made a fan out of me. You can bet I'll be back many times more.

Where's Paulie's in West Allis?

Paulie's Pub & Eatery, 8031 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI 53214. Tel. (414) 257-2854

Beer at Paulie's Pub

  • Bud Light - Miller Lite - Coors Light
  • MGD 64 - High Life
  • Blue Moon - Spotted Cow - Sam Adams
  • Guinness - Smithwick's - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Stella Artois - Hacker Pshshorr Weiss
  • New Glarus Black Wheat - New Glarus Cracked Wheat
  • Sprecher Root Beer

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    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Without question, sometimes it's just the best treat there is. :)

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      A great review - sounds like the place place I would really enjoy. I will pop in when I head that way. I agree sometimes you just got to have that greasy burger.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sunday drive? :)

    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      nice to go there hehe, far away form here spring! Maita

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      lol. We can always just tie her up to something. {snicker and evil grin}. It'd be great. :)

    • jdunbar profile image

      jdunbar 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like you guys truly found a gem of a place. Would love to go there with you two when we are there for a visit. We may have to beg mom to watch the kids but we'll get there one day. :)

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Dim, it's nice to find different places every now and then, you know you get so tired of the same old same old. Even if you don't ever make it to West Allis, little gems like these are all over. :)

      Jimmyb, absolutely and thanks on both accounts. :)

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      jimmyb949 

      8 years ago

      Always enjoy your blog. Next time we visit, you have to take us to Paulees Pub. Happy birthday!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Loved the way you reported on this great-sounding place, even though I'm not likely to ever be over that way. Thanks for sharing.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      BJBenson, definitely worth a stop.

      James, nice to find hidden gems in West Allis. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Sounds like a cool place. Thanks for the info, bro'.

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      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

      Maybe driving to my new home this summer I can drop by. Great hub.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Habee, it definitely exceeded my expectations.

      Sheila, yes, something about fresh, homemade potato chips. There are few things better. :)

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Pubs such as this one are my favorite type of place. I go to a 'diner' in Littleton, NH, where they serve homemade potato chips, so I know how much you enjoyed them.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds like a place I'd love!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      If I ever visit India I will definitely have to check that out. Which reminds me, we have a couple of Indian restaurants right here in town I've been wanting to try as well. Might be the closest I can get to "Dhaba" in the near term. :)

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      dreamreachout 

      8 years ago

      I came back to put in another comment!! If you ever visit India and drive on our national highways, do stop to eat on one of the roadside eateries which we call as "Dhaba" here. It can be the best Indian food!!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      POP, glad to be of help. ;)

      Mrpyramids, lol. Sorry to hear that. But in a world with so much good food...man, it makes things tough does it not?

      Carolina, the wife and I enjoyed it very much. Sometimes a greasy hamburger loaded with goodies is just what the doctor ordered.

      Dream, I'm such a fan of other-than-chain restaurants. After a while Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Red Lobster, they all start to taste alike. So I like to try all that I can.

      Hello, happy to. :) And great to see you.

      Rpr, yeah they did a real good job on the new stadium. Roof finally works too. :)

    • rprcarz50 profile image

      rprcarz50 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this informative Hub. I'll be in Miller Park next month. I love that new facility . Look forward to a game there a least once a year.

      Good Hub

      Ron

      as always also a2z50

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That sound really lovely. Thank you showing it.

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      dreamreachout 

      8 years ago

      A foodie like me always enjoy reading about food and food-joints!! Thumbs up!!

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      yum... next time I'm up there, I'll take your rec!

    • mrpyramids1 profile image

      mrpyramids1 

      8 years ago

      thanks, but i'm so fat !!

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      First you peaked my interest and then you made me hungry. Great hub.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Not sure on that one, I'd have to look it up. It would be interesting to see any west allis bars on a TV show. It wouldn't be too surprising I suppose considering the bar's location across from the Milwaukee Mile which does NASCAR events and the Wisconsin State Fair Park which ALWAYS seems to have something or other going on.

      If I can find a link I'll post it.

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      Isaiah Michael 

      8 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Was this the one on Diner drive-ins and dives? I know I saw it on one of the food network shows.

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