Tipsy Cow's Corner Comfort Food

This Capitol Square standby a good place for drinks and Wisconsin-inspired eats

The corner tavern: you might not remember its exact name, but you know it’ll always be there.

Such is the case with the Tipsy Cow, whose location was previously King & Mane, The Local, the Flatiron and Luigi’s. And yet, it’s always been a dependable bar/eatery where you could sit down and have a drink and a bite.

“We’re not trying to be anything more than that,” explains co-owner Michael Banas. “Obviously the bar food concept isn’t foreign to everyone, but we wanted to put our own spin on it.”

Banas (who owns Lombardino’s and Tipsy Cow with Patrick O’Halloran; Sue Kirton is Tipsy Cow’s other co-owner) says he and O’Halloran wanted to revamp King & Mane (which they also owned) to make the concept work more cohesively.

“We wanted to use familiar foods that [Patrick] and I had eaten as kids. I grew up in Kenosha, Patrick in Milwaukee. We were playing off those memories and ideas.”

Those memories include Usinger’s sausage for the kielbasa and spicy slaw dog, says Banas. Comfort food abounds in lots of apps (cheese curds, hot soft pretzels, onion rings, several types of fries), grilled ham and cheese, Friday fish fry, BLTs and, of course, burgers. Beef is from Knoche’s Butcher Shop. To accompany your meal, choose from thirteen types of craft beer on tap and twenty-five-plus in the bottle.

“We want it to be understood we’re a corner tavern. We’re not over the top with anything on the menu—and we’re not the drunken cow, but we are the Tipsy Cow. We thought that was fun.”

Tipsy Cow, 102 King St. 287-1455. (Check their Facebook page for weekly specials).     

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