3146 S. 27th St.
Milwaukee Wisconsin 53215United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Once you step inside this retro burger joint and taste the homemade food, you'll want to become a regular.
You'd probably never pass Mazos and decide to stop in for a meal. It's in a rather gritty neighborhood in south Milwaukee, and its exterior is unspectacular. But do go in. A fixture since 1934, and operated by the same family the entire time, it's filled with character, delicious homemade food and friendly waitstaff who feel like your favorite aunt, sister or cousin. Mazos' menu is much like the place itself: simple, honest and good. There's always homemade soup on the menu (chicken noodle and one other), old-fashioned shakes, a sandwich or two, and of course, the hamburgers: 10 on the menu, each made from beef that's ground daily and never frozen and served on a toasted, buttered bun (all for about $7). Surprisingly, and disappointingly, you don't really notice any difference in the freshly ground beef, although the hamburgers are tasty and served nice and hot. Crisp pickles make a side. Guests rave about the American fries, which appear to be simple boiled, sliced potatoes tossed with some fried onions. But when you've got framed photos of folks like Olivia deHavilland and Henry Fonda staring down at you, such old-fashioned, simple food seems right. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.