AJ Bombers

AJ BombersI’m pretty sure that I’m the last person in Milwaukee to have finally eaten at AJ Bombers. I even have plenty of friends from out of town who have been there multiple times, yet my first visit wasn’t until a few weeks ago.

Why did I wait so long to finally stop in? There really isn’t one specific reason, but after seeing them mentioned non-stop on Twitter, hearing what seemed like everyone I know rave about them and watching them win the Milwaukee episode of Food Wars it seemed like there was so much hype surrounding the restaurant that I felt like no matter how good the food was it just wouldn’t live up to my expectations. It’s the same reason that to this day I’ve still never seen any of the Star Wars movies.

I finally stopped in with my buddy Allen on a Saturday night around 7pm and was sort of bummed to hear that there was a 45 minute wait for a table. We actually considered going somewhere else instead, but ended up scoring a couple seats at the bar after about five minutes or so. I’m definitely glad we decided to stay.

When it came time to order I decided to try the Barrie Burger, which is a 1/4 pound patty topped with bacon, American cheese and chunky peanut butter. I know that there are a lot of people who think that the peanut butter / bacon combination is crazy, but anyone who has ever had an Elvis sandwich should already know how perfectly these two foods go with one another.

I also ordered their Wisconsin Cheddar cheese curds, which were easily some of the best cheese curds I’ve ever had. How come no one ever told me how great their cheese curds are? It’s funny because they’re a lot lighter color-wise than most other cheese curds, so at first I just though they were undercooked, but that wasn’t the case at all. The chipotle ranch dipping sauce that came with them was a little too spicy for my liking, but when I swapped it our for some regular ranch dressing they were absolutely perfect.

Would I eat there again? Absolutely if the wait was short, but Milwaukee has way too many other awesome burger places to wait any longer than ten or fifteen minutes at any of them. Then again, I’m probably one of the most impatient people I know. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got six Star Wars movies to catch up on!

8 Comments on AJ Bombers

  1. Riki
    May 24, 2012 at 11:10 am (12 years ago)

    You must be the second-to-last person in MKE, since I haven’t been there yet! Good to know it’s worth trying, though.

    Also, I imagine that if Heaven has a taste, it’s a lot like bacon and PB.

    • Nick
      May 24, 2012 at 11:16 am (12 years ago)

      Alright, I guess I don’t feel quite as bad then, but yeah, it’s pretty good. You should check it out!

  2. Chris G.
    May 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm (12 years ago)

    Nice job choosing the Barrie Burger. It’s my favorite there.

  3. Elric
    May 25, 2012 at 3:07 am (12 years ago)


    Next time im in the US, i’m definitly going to Milwaukee.

    *drools while checking airline tickets*

  4. Erv
    May 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm (12 years ago)

    So I’m getting the burger isn’t worth waiting for. I’m always in search of a great Milwaukee burger. Where are the best burgers in Milwaukee?

    • Nick
      May 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm (12 years ago)

      It’s good, but I just never like to wait anywhere at all. I really like the burgers at Oscar’s Pub & Grill, but aside from that I’m a big fan of Stack’d and Sobelman’s as well. It sort of just depends what type of burger you’re looking for. If you’re just looking for something super basic Kopp’s is hard to beat.

      Burgers in Milwaukee are sort of like custard though, where everyone seems to have a different favorite. You could probably ask ten different people who has the best burgers in Milwaukee and get ten different answers.

  5. Brian
    May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm (12 years ago)

    Have you really never seen Star Wars? That’s crazy!

    • Nick
      May 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm (12 years ago)

      Nope, haven’t seen them. I did have a Han Solo action figure as a kid though.


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