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Taste of the Town: The Silver Spur

Andrea Budde

July 29, 2014

You don't need to venture to the south to get a taste of some Texas style bar-be-que. The Silver Spur in Elm Grove has been serving up Texas style BBQ since 1991.

"The inspiration for the Spur came from a desire to bring quality Texas Style BBQ to Milwaukee," co-owner Frank Hornick said of he and his co-owners Joe Zupan and Bradley and Christine Richmond.

The restaurant originally opened in 1991 on Greenfield Ave. in the Town of Brookfield, but a fire in 2008 destroyed the building.

"When we were looking for a new home, the Elm grove building was a perfect fit Built in 1854, is the second oldest continuously running restaurant in the state," said Hornick. The building once housed a blacksmith and livery stable, was once a post office, and rooms used to be rented out upstairs before finally becoming Reusch's Tavern in the fifties.

Everything the restaurant serves is made from scratch, something that Hornick said is "not found often in this world of large corporate chains."

He added that "We are known for our BBQ, but offer some Mexican, pasta dishes, great salad, and fresh fish is flown in daily."

Start your meal with an appetizer of Bubba's crispy chicken crunch strips, coconut beer shrimp, or tot-chos, crisp tater tots smoothed with co-jack cheese, tomatoes, black olives, scallions and sour cream. BBQ items include BBQ ribs, brisket, hot sausage links, pulled pork and chicken. Among the Spur favorites are The Spur pork chop, southwest Cajun pasta, risotto del mar, and a variety of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Just like in Texas, The Silver Spur serves warm BBQ sauce on the side to allow guests to add it to their meat based on their personal preference.

"We are a friendly establishment, and like to make everyone feel at home. We have customers that met at the old location, married, and now bring their children," explained Hornick.

The restaurant offers two separate dining rooms perfect for private events, and a large outdoor deck to enjoy summer. The Silver Spur offers full time catering services for all sized events, from 10 to 5000.

Catering menu options vary from BBQ items including a pig roast, to deli packes, Texas grill, kids items, and even the Big Ole' Breakfast for those with an early day event.

"We can create any type of menu through catering. We have done weddings for 300 with Italian menu, and once an oriental themed event," he said.

Name: The Silver Spur

Address: 13275 Watertown Plank Rd. Elm Grove, Wi 53122

Phone: 262-821-1511Website: http://www.silverspurbbq.com/

Taste: Texas BBQ, Mexican, fresh fish

Hours: Mon-Sat 11`am-10pm

Price Range: $8-$16

Reservations: Reservations accepted

Handicapped access: Yes

Gluten free options: Yes

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