I'm fascinated by the names of the businesses I write about. It's one of the standard questions I ask every business owner: What does the name mean? For Dan Nowak, you can't get simpler, or more straightforward, than his catering/take-out business, Tall Guy and a Grill. You see, Dan is, well, tall and his business stemmed from his passion for tailgating.
"What started as us (Nowak and his wife, Amanda) just doing tailgates and outdoor events has grown to a business where we now do full-service wedding catering in buffet and family-style formats, carry-out and brunch," Nowak explains.
Located on North Avenue in what has become a bit of a "foodie destination" area, Tall Guy and a Grill is a tiny, corner storefront. If you stop in during the week, you can pre-order takeout items from the menu. On Saturday and Sunday, the Tall Guy is serving brunch served in carry-out containers. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside at their bistro tables or stand and eat inside at their high-top tables. (Tall Guy and a Grill is not a restaurant and, therefore, does not have a restroom for patrons.)
Most Tall Guy brunch items are priced about $5 to $6. They include: Bourbon BBQ Pork Meatball Sliders (voted People's Choice for best meatball in Milwaukee); Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich; Chocolate Chip Monkey Bread Muffins; Biscuits and Gravy; Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Quiche; and Mini Breakfast Pizzas.
"We use family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation," Nowak says. "We shop local markets and farms for the freshest ingredients, to create unique, delicious American and Italian comfort food."
NAME: Tall Guy and a Grill
ADDRESS: 7227 W. North Ave.
PHONE: (414) 777-0770
FARE: American comfort food, with an Italian twist
HOURS: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
PRICE RANGE: $1 to $6 for brunch items. See menus for pricing on other items.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: Available upon request and with advance notice.
HANDICAPPED-ACCESS: Storefront only; no restrooms for patrons.
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