Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide
3701 E. Squire Ave., Cudahy
Ilija’s is a Serbian restaurant that exudes authenticity and charm, from the rugs on the wall to the freshly ground spices used on the meats to the homemade spreads for the bread. Expect to find friendly service at Ilija’s at lunch and dinner. (D.L.) $$. CC: MC, VS. FB, RS, OD. 727-5885
Old Town Serbian Gourmet House
522 W. Lincoln Ave.
Old Town’s specialties include burek, a huge phyllo dough pastry with different fillings. Also good is the sarma, great stuffed cabbage filled with rice and smoked pork. The chicken soup is always excellent, and the roasted red pepper salad should not be missed. Lunches are a great find for the budget-minded. (J.B.) $$-$$$. CC: MC, VS, AmEx. FB. RS. 672-0206
7640 W. Forest Home Ave.
The homey setting offers heaping plates of hearty Serbian fare at modest prices. Start with a loaf of freshly baked bread and enjoy specialties like cevaps, sarma, stuffed cabbage or one of the rolled schnitzels. Saturdays have specials of roast pork and lamb. Few places offer such good value, but the meats do tend to be overcooked. Expect crowds on weekends. (J.B.) $-$$. CC: MC,VS. Handicap access. 541-8280
2414 S. St. Clair St.
This former Schlitz corner tavern, a Bay View landmark, deserves a visit. Tables are crowded and the kitchen is slow, but the Serbian food is mostly worth the wait. Bureks are huge and sarma (stuffed cabbage) always pleases. (J.B.) $$-$$$. CC: Not accepted. FB. Handicap access. 481-7530