Hidden gem: Sal’s Pub & Grill

Family is at the heart of everything at Sal’s Pub & Grill in Menomonee Falls, N88 W16697 Appleton Ave. Sal D’Acquisto opened the restaurant/restaurant in 2006 and his son, Salvatore, started working there 14 years ago and is now the manager. .

The corner building has two air-conditioned spaces, one with a large bar and tables and the other for darts and pool. The decor is clean and simple and the vibe is casual and friendly. We stopped by on Thursday and a softball team celebrated a win with beer and pizza; The couple chatted at the bar with bartender Tricia Youngbauer, who has worked here since the beginning and a family ordered burgers.

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On the weekends, Sal’s becomes the pinnacle of Menomonee Falls nightlife, with a lively young crowd from 10pm until close. This is the crowd that made Sal the top seller of Rumple Minze in the Waukesha area.

“Our distributor gave us a free Rumple Minze machine because we sell so many of them,” Salvatore said.

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But Sal’s is as distinguished for its food as it is for its alcoholic beverages. Sal, who is Sicilian, grew up with his family every Sunday and only these recipes are offered to guests in his company. He and Salvatore worked together to record family conversations with accurate measurements and ingredients so they could be passed down to future generations.

“Our beef recipe takes three days to make and has been in the family for over a hundred years,” says Sal. “I watched my grandfather make meatballs and pasta sauce every Sunday. During football season we’d watch the Packers and make the sauce, but sometimes I’d have it in the hallway because unfortunately I was a Baltimore Colts fan when I was a kid. ”

Sal’s menu features classic and well-crafted items, including scratch-made steaks, pizza, burgers, ribs, Italian beef, Italian sausage, the meatball hoagie and the blackened chicken sandwich that Sal says are the most popular with customers. . He attributes his fame to the Cajun rub.

“We’ve had guests from all over the world say this is their favorite sandwich. Other guests asked us if they could just buy our spices,” said Sal. “I’m not a Kentucky Fried Chicken colonel because I start with the Cajun mix, but then I make my own.”

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There is also a variety of Sicilian fish every Friday: perch, boiled cod, oranges and breaded prawns.

“We hand-bake our bread every Friday morning and make our own tartar sauce. A lot of love goes into our fries,” says Salvatore.

Sal’s first restaurant, The Maiden Voyage, operated on Brady Street from 1989 to 1994. He moved it to his current location in Menomonee Falls. then a seafood restaurant, but ten years later it was transformed into a more casual environment with an emphasis on soul.

“Many of my East Side customers have supported me since I came to Brady Street,” Sal said. “They’ve helped things grow and it’s been really good here.”

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Salvatore, who owns Mother Patti’s Power Plant in Bay View, said he’s been impressed by the same diversity of customers at Sal’s in Menomonee Falls.

“It means a lot to me,” Salvatore said. “People of all ages, sizes and races come in here and feel welcome. Everyone who walks through that door is treated like family.”

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Sal’s Pub & Grill is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Follow Sal’s on Facebook and Instagram.