Blackfinn Ameripub opened in Brookfield Square one year ago on March 3, and it is a first for Wisconsin.
Privately owned, it is the 14th Blackfinn restaurant in the United States – and a 15th is planned in North Carolina, said Amy Tonn, the director of sales and marketing for the Brookfield Blackfinn.
While the menus for each are similar, Tonn said there are variations based on location.
“There are some obvious seasonal or regional differences,” she said. “We have walleye on the menu here. Our restaurant in Austin (Texas) doesn’t.”
While offering regional choices, the menu reflects Blackfinn’s name – American pub. “We have your tacos, we have your pasta,” she said. “We have about six different burger options.”
There’s something for everybody, said Tonn, who said her favorite item was the Balboa sandwich, made with shaved roast beef and melted mozzarella on toasted garlic bread with beef au jus.
Another popular item is the Ying Yang shrimp, an appetizer with fried shrimp with a sweet and spicy Asian dipping sauce garnished with Sriracha.
“We did Zoo a la Carte last summer and everyone loved those,” she said.
The honey-crusted walleye and bacon-wrapped meatloaf are also well-received.
“Some people love our shrimp and grits,” said Tonn. “We have one man who comes in just for that.”
The atmosphere is lively, and there’s bar and dining room booth and table seating. There are plenty of large-screen TVs to watch a game – and Blackfinn offers game-day specials – plus quieter seating in the dining room.
The busiest time is Wednesday evenings – Wined Up Wednesday – when wine is half off.
“We get people from everywhere,” Tonn said. “We have a lot of business travelers who stay at the Sheraton. We have a lot of business offices nearby. And retail is big.”
ADDRESS: 95 N. Moorland Road, Brookfield, in Brookfield Square and accessible from the parking lot
RESERVATIONS: Not required but recommended for parties of six or more
FARE: Blackfinn Ameripub has an extensive lunch and dinner menu. Lunch, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, includes salads (like the BLT Caesar), burgers (like the California Naked Bird Burger, a turkey burger without a bun served on a lettuce cup and topped with chive aioli, Blackfinn BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, avocado slices and cilantro), a chicken wrap, and fried chicken or fish tacos. Dinners include flatbreads, steaks, a wide array of salads (like the Asian cashew chicken salad), steaks, chicken, seafood and burgers. Appetizers available too, including familiar ones like chicken wings and chicken tenders and the more daring tuna poke, made with avocado, cucumbers, green onions, citrus soy dressing, wasabi cream, Sriracha sauce and wonton chips. A few desserts – including funnel fries that are fairground-style with raspberry, chocolate and caramel dipping sauces – are offered too.
PRICE RANGE: Lunch entrees are $10.99 or, for $9.99, you can pick two of three offerings: soup, small salad and half flatbread. Dinners range in price from $4.99 for a small baby kale quinoa or Caesar salad to $28.99 for a 7-ounce filet mignon with two sides.
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; happy hour is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.