From ramen and birria to bratwurst and cheese curds, Milwaukee’s food scene has something for everyone, but Muslim diners often have to pass on some of the city’s best restaurants due to religious observances. Halal Restaurant Week plans to change that.
Milwaukee’s first-ever Halal Restaurant Week, July 10-17, will feature popular Milwaukee spots like DanDan, Five O’Clock Steakhouse and Amilinda. Participating restaurants will offer a special halal menu during the week.
Halal is an Arabic word meaning permissible. Ingredients for each dish, especially meats, must be prepared in a specific way to comply with a halal diet. Most notably, pork is prohibited.
Even before joining Halal Restaurant Week, some restaurants discovered that they already offered halal options.
“The majority of our steaks are already [halal],” said Stelio Kalkounos, managing partner at Five O’Clock Steakhouse.
The restaurant sources most of its cuts from Creekstone Farms, a Kansas-based meat processing plant that meets the requirements to be halal-certified. Further, Creekstone partners with Temple Grandin, a scientist and animal behaviorist, to optimize efficiency and humanity in the farm’s feedlots and slaughterhouses.
ABOUT THE FIVE O’CLOCK STEAKHOUSE
Five O’ Clock Steakhouse, formerly Coerper’s Five O’ Clock Club, has been a family-owned and independently operated Milwaukee steakhouse since 1946. Five O’Clock specializes in serving the finest steaks and seafood paired with a notable wine list, classic cocktails, as well as outstanding, personalized service. The Alley Cat Lounge at Five O’Clock Steakhouse features Milwaukee’s best free live music, classic cocktails and a 1940’s retro-lounge ambiance.
They are a destination dining experience beginning with cocktails and ending with entertainment; making dinner last into the night. Five O’Clock Steakhouse is the only supper club left in the Midwest region; the oldest remaining Supper Club in Milwaukee dating back to 1946.