AJ Bombers is the go-to burger joint on Water Street, a popular destination for nightlife. The restaurant has been serving up burgers for over a decade, and once even won a television contest for best burger in the city. AJ Bombers has a ton of character, from shelled peanuts everywhere to customer’s signing the walls, meaning it would probably be popular even if they didn’t serve excellent food. Since becoming so popular, the restaurant now has a permanent second location on the west end of town, and seasonal stands at Miller Park and Summerfest.
The original location definitely boasts a great location. AJ Bombers is the final business at the end of a stretch of some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants. Given the hours, you can stop off at AJ Bombers for some food before a night of fun on Water Street, or for after a happy hour at some of the surrounding bars. The restaurant is also a short walk from other downtown entertainment choices, like the Fiserv Forum or the Milwaukee Rep Theater. Though there are many options for food in the area, if you are craving a burger, few spots can compete with AJ Bombers.
Before you dig into one of AJ Bombers award-winning burgers, you may as well start with an appetizer. Try either the buffalo chicken egg rolls ($7.95) or the poutine, fries topped with gravy and cheese curds ($6.95).
There are numerous burger options to choose from, or you can build your own burger, but the Milwaukee Burger is a must try since it won AJ Bombers an award on a national TV show. It’s a quarter pound burger topped with bacon and stewed onions and is as delicious as it sounds ($8.50). The Barrie Burger is also worth a try, a quarter pound burger topped with American cheese, bacon, and peanut butter ($7.25). If peanut butter isn’t your favorite topping, try the Bomber Burger, which starts as a quarter pound patty coupled with a fried or baked portabella mushroom stuffed with cheddar and muenster cheeses, and you can pick toppings from there ($8.95). Remember to also pick one of AJ Bomber’s sides, including skin-on fries, tater tots, onion strings, or sweet potato chips.
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For dessert, try the homemade frozen custard ($3.50 for a cup, $6 for a pint), or one of their custard concrete concoctions, like dirt cake or Nutella-banana ($4.75 for a cup, $7.50 for a pint). Milkshakes are also offered in a variety of flavors, like raspberry and peanut butter ($5.50), which you can also add a shot of alcohol to for an extra fun time.
AJ Bombers Location & Hours
Water Street location
- Address: 11340 W. Burleigh St.
- Hours: open daily 11am-10pm
Stands at Miller Park and the Summerfest Grounds also