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Babe's American Grill

In a word: Better bar food than average.

The specs: #0016
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JM ate the razorback pork sandwich with curly fries and a pink lemonade and worked the December 1984 Atlantic Monthly cryptic crossword.
Nichole ate the chicken kabobs and salad with a Coke and wrote a shopping list.
The bill was $24, or $12/person, plus tip.
JM gave Babe's an A-; Nichole gave Babe's an A- (see our grading rubric).

Finding ourselves at loose ends on yet another July 5th on Earth, we began the B's with this favorite of some of JM's coworkers. This sports bar was pretty quiet for lunch, but the cool darkness was welcome on a midsummer day.

Nichole's salad featured real, red, ripe tomatoes and a warm garlic breadstick. (Aside: incredible as it may seem, a great place for salads is the Milwaukee County Zoo. The greens and cut veggies top the average salad at several "real" restaurants, including Angelo's and Avenue Bar.) The shish-ka-Bobs featured juicy chicken and flavorful veggies on a bed of fluffy rice pilaf, and were bountiful enough for a second meal later on.

JM's pork sandwich was fine, though the soggy bottom bun prompted him to say that it would have been better open-faced. The curly fries were "Arby's standard."

Unfortunately the women's restroom was below average, and featured those annoying captive-audience advertisements in the stalls. All in all, though, a pretty nice meal.


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I recently went to the new east side location. The Friday fish was very good. Perfect portions, which is important since leftover fried fish is a bad idea.

Their nachos are good too. They mix in the "toppings" into the middle too so its not all one lump of stuff at the top.

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