Staff Foodie Feature written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide – third quarter 2011 Jennifer Knourek, WIBIG I love food.  But better than anything I could ever make in the kitchen, I make great reservations.  The nice thing about riding out to discover great food is that you rarely need to make reservations.  Which is good because we never know where we’re going… well not always!   And there will always be someone who can make a dish better than me. So the column and the adventure continues and I will continue to report my adventures here. Sobelmans – 414-931-1919 www.milwaukeebestburgers.com Milwaukee’s Best Burgers in the heart of Milwaukee’s Menominee River Valley at 1900 West St. Paul Ave., is worth the ride or the drive for a great burger and a unique experience.  Just minutes from the Harley Davidson Museum and the Iron Horse Hotel where the Thursday Night Bike Nights are in full swing during these summer months.  I’m highly recommending this as a destination for those of you who Live to Ride and Ride to Eat.  Dave and Melissa Sobelman have put a great deal into the atmosphere of this unique building which was originally a Schlitz Brew house “back in the day”.  It’s easy to get to and offers plenty of street parking.  And their burgers..  Oh yeah!  I had their signature “Sobelman Burger” which has cheddar, Swiss and American cheeses, bacon, fried onions and diced jalapenos… yummy! The staff was friendly and busy attending the the many patrons attending a regularly scheduled Biker Sunday (which on this particular Sunday donated $1 of every burger to ABATE of Wisconsin, a motorcycle rights organization.  Way to go Sobelmans!) Bathrooms are clean and there is seating inside or out.  It was my first of many visits to Sobelman’s but there is much to see on the ride into the “Valley” and when I go back, and I will.  I will definitely be stopping in again. Captain Mikes 262-658-2278  www.mikelikesbeer.com – 5118 6th Ave., Kenosha, WI.  Close to the lake front and across from the Best Western Hotel.  Our ride to Captain Mikes was a lunch ride (and we were hungry) so in addition to the monster stuffed burgers we indulged in a Garlic and Egg French Fries appetizer which was amazing.  The experience was fun and unique.  Ordering is somewhat self serve in that you each receive a menu which you complete by selecting your bun, the type of beef, the style or theme of burger, additional toppings, sides and more. Than you turn in your order at the bar which has a very large an unique selection of tap brews as well as a full bar.  (officially… don’t drink and ride)  There are so many options I can’t begin to explain everything we had delivered to the table that day.  But trust me.  It’s worth the trip.  Tell them we said hi! We’ll be discovering Door County, Madison, Janesville, Savanna, Chicago and Rockford and many of the roads in between. Living to Ride… Riding to Eat!
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