Explore the 5 top spots in Milwaukee's Avenues West neighborhood

Looking to uncover all that Avenues West has to offer? Get to know this Milwaukee neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a steakhouse to an Asian restaurant and more.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Avenues West, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Five O'Clock Steakhouse

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Topping the list is steakhouse and event space Five O'Clock Steakhouse, which offers seafood and more. Located at 2416 W. State St., it's the highest rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 337 reviews on Yelp. 

This upscale eatery offers appetizers such as shrimp cocktails, fried calamari, crab legs and bacon sticks, plus entrees like the weekend prime rib, lamb chops, filet mignon and lobster tail. Thirsty? Beer, wine and signature cocktails are on offer. (Here's the full menu.)

2. Conway's Smokin' Bar & Grill

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Next up is dive bar Conway's Smokin' Bar & Grill, which offers barbecue and more, situated at 2127 W. Wells St. With 4.5 stars out of 32 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

Appetizers, smoked meat plates and sandwiches are features on this spot's menu. Hone in on specific options like mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers to start; meatloaf or wings out of the smoker; or a classic Chicago hot dog or loaded burger. (Here's the menu.)

3. Asian Papayoyo

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Asian fusion and Malaysian spot Asian Papayoyo is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 2040 W. Wisconsin Ave., 4.5 stars out of 27 reviews. Curry chicken, ramen and lamb rice are featured at this eatery that offers authentic Malaysian fare.

Appetizers include edamame, dumplings, cheese sticks, egg rolls and more, and additional entrees include teriyaki fried chicken, spicy fried chicken steak and lamb with rice. Thirsty? Grab one of the many bubble teas on offer. (Here's the menu.)

4. Tangled Noodles

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Tangled Noodles, a Chinese spot that offers noodles and more, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 55 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1404 W. Wells St. to see for yourself. 

Both noodle and rice dishes are available at this eatery. Popular noodle dishes include five spice beef noodles with cilantro, pickled slaw and a fried egg in beef broth; Taiwan beef noodles with braised brisket, green onion and pickled mustard greens; and the Nuts About Peanut Butter Bowl with peanut soy sauce, pork, egg strips and cucumber. (Check out the menu here for a full line of offerings.)

5. The Fitz

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And then there's The Fitz, a local favorite with four stars out of 25 reviews. Stop by 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave. (inside the Ambassador Hotel) to hit up the diner and New American and breakfast and brunch spot next time you're in the neighborhood. 

The Fitz offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as weekend brunch. Look for vanilla waffles or the Fitz Breakfast complete with two eggs made your way, ham and hash browns in the morning; a Reuben or BLT sandwich for lunch; and Scottish salmon with sweet potato or pork tenderloin with Brussels sprouts for dinner. Thirsty? A number of libations are also on offer. (Check out the website here for more information and a complete menu.)