Local Gems

These quirky local favorites are must-try spots for any visitor who wants the authentic Tosa experience! From popular breakfast spots to nighttime fun, you too can dine like a local.

  1. Balistreri’s

    Italian American


    Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante has been serving up lunch and dinner to Tosa citizens for over four decades. You can find all your classic Italian favorites here; if you want to blend in with the locals, order one of their famous pizzas.

    812 N. 68th Street
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 475-1414
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  2. Cranky Al's

    Donuts & Pizza

    Cranky Al's

    For another breakfast option, don’t miss the hand-cut donuts at Cranky Al’s (celebrity chef Alton Brown called them the best he'd had on the road in 2015!), along with handmade muffins, scones and other breakfast favorites.

    6901 W. North Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 258-5282
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  3. Eddie Martini’s


    Eddie Martini’s

    A classic steakhouse with a surprising twist. Premium Midwestern steaks cooked to perfection along with exotic seafood, organic produce and cheeses. Eddie Martini’s experience not to be missed.

    8612 W. Watertown Plank Road
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53226
    (414) 771-6680
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  4. Firefly



    This modern, cosmopolitan bar and grill offers varied menu of creative American cuisine. Try inventive, gourmet takes on classic comfort food in the sleek dining room or by the fireplace, along with a creative cocktail.

    7754 Harwood Ave
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
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  5. Highlands Cafe


    Highlands Cafe

    Although it started out as a more of a coffee shop, Highlands Café has blossomed into a full-fledged restaurant serving rustic, regional cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    1413 N. 60th Street
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 727-1799
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  6. North Avenue Grill


    North Avenue Grill

    The diner is still alive and well in Tosa. Stop by North Avenue Grill to try the all-day breakfast or classic burgers and sandwiches alongside hand-cut fries.

    7225 W. North Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 453-7225
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  7. Ono Kine Grindz


    Ono Kine Grindz

    Since 2010, Ono Kine Grindz has been a little grocery store/general store/restaurant that's focused on all things. Guests can order takeout from the counter or head up the stairs to eat in the small dining room.

    7215 W. North Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 778-0727
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  8. Rocket Baby Bakery creates all of its offerings daily from scratch, using local sources as often as possible. This adorable bakery makes a growing range of artisanal breads and pastries, including a variety of naturally leavened hearth breads, baguettes and other yeasted breads.

    6822 W. North Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 502-7323
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  9. The Ruby Tap

    Wine Bars

    The Ruby Tap

    Find nearly 40 wines from around the globe in Ruby Tap’s exciting self-serve wine tapping system alongside delicious small plates featuring Wisconsin cheeses, charcuterie and desserts.

    1341 N. Wauwatosa Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 456-1300
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  10. Visit Ted’s Ice Cream & Restaurant, a true local haunt described by the owner as “Cheers without the beers,” for breakfast, Friday Fish Fry or a malt made with frozen custard made fresh in-house.

    6204 W. North Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 258-5610
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  11. The Village Cheese Shop

    Grocery Stores

    The Village Cheese Shop

    Sabina Magyar has dedicated her life to the finest things in food and beverage it’s evidence in her dedicated European-style cheese shop in the heart of the Village of Wauwatosa. The Village Cheese Shop offers the best in artisan and farmstead cheeses from producers in the region, across the country and Europe.

    1430 Underwood Avenue
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 488-2099
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