This year marks a milestone for Five O’Clock Steakhouse, 2416 W. State St., which has been serving customers (and creating fond memories) for 75 years.

That’s no small feat, especially given the events over the past year, from a surge in the price of beef this summer to the overall stressors on the restaurant industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, thanks to the dedication of both ownership and staff, the steakhouse is moving forward into 2021 with a great deal of optimism and gratefulness for having made it to their semi-sesquicentennial.

Milwaukee’s dining scene looked more than a bit different in 1946. But, the era wasn’t devoid of dining choices by any means.

Among the highlights, we saw German classics including John Ernst CafeMader’s and Karl Ratzsch were swiftly gaining a national reputation as the Cream City’s “Big Three.” The Boulevard Inn made its debut on the West Side, offering favorite dishes like Caesar salad and honey duck (prepared tableside) alongside views of the scenic Washington Park.

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