Hamburger Mary's surprisingly family-friendly, but it's not for everyone


We had a blast this Saturday at the bright purple restaurant on Kinnickinic Avenue in Bay View. Hamburger Mary's caters to families with a special kids' menu, children's specials, and kitschy decorations. And while I love the risqué tone, it's not for the faint of heart.

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We went for an early dinner around 5:00, and were greeted by a larger-than-life, cartoonish, and scantily clad Hamburger Mary statue. The hostess, a six foot tall drag queen that was much prettier than I, sat us in a corner booth and provided us with "Little Lambs" kids' menus and crayons.

The kids' menu offered grilled cheese, a mini hamburger, and other traditional favorites. I ordered an adult grilled cheese with basil and tomato, and my husband was impressed with the Sloppy Mary burger and perfectly crisp "ta-tas" (tater tots). They also serve local favorites like Sprecher root beer.