There are not many restaurants in the city that have a dining experience similar to that of Mo’s A Place for Steaks. First of all, it is a world class steak house in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. However, we recently stopped by to have a dinner in the bar area prior to a show. Simply put, this dining experience was one of the better meals in Milwaukee.
Mo’s has a traditional steakhouse feel with the white table cloths and attentive service upon entering the facility. However, instead of turning left into the main dining room, if you are looking for to dine in the bar area you will have to take a right. The bar has a classic feel and there are a couple of televisions for people looking to take in a game. There is a great sitting area that overlooks the sidewalk and Plankinton Avenue. One of my personal favorites is the fact that there is a piano and Mo’s features great live music throughout the year. It gives the bar area a classy feel and really adds to the enjoyment of the dining experience.
The first thing that struck me while at Mo’s Bar was the fact that the menu was all encompassing. It is clear that the dining experience within the bar area was held to the same high standards as the dining room. We started with some drinks and ordered the Colossal Shrimp Cocktail ($14.00). The Shrimp was fresh and indeed colossal, the cocktail sauce had a great kick, and this traditional appetizer is certainly a great way to start a meal.
If you are looking for an item that showcases the steak for which the steakhouse is known, there are two options. One item, ) is the Grilled Tenderloin Crostinis ($12.00). This might be the best bar menu item in the city of Milwaukee. The tenderloin is cooked to perfection, placed on a grilled piece of bread and topped bearnaise sauce and horseradish sour cream. The second item on the menu that showcases the steak is the Kung Pao Beef ($12.00). This item has seared tenderloin, kung pao sauce, and sesame rice.
For those who are looking for something other than steak, the California Rolls ($9.00) and Peppercorn Dusted Ahi Tuna ($15.00) are great options. The California Rolls had crab, cucumber, and Avocado. It was extremely fresh and showed surprising versatility for a restaurant that is best known for its steak. The Peppercorn Dusted Tuna showed that the California Roll was no fluke. The Tuna was cooked to perfection (a common theme at Mo’s) and was served with the traditional staples of Ginger and Wasabi.
Finally the 10 oz. Steakhouse Burger ($14.00) was very good for those looking for a nice sandwich.
The service, as you would expect, is top notch. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, it is clear that the staff is committed to providing the best possible dining experience. At Mo’s you never have to wait, and the servers are constantly paying attention to your needs. This is just a part of what makes Mo’s such a great place for a meal.
If you are looking for the steakhouse experience, but are interested in sharing some smaller plates, do not forget about Mo’s. They truly have something for everyone.