Dominic the Food Reviewer: Sobelman’s North Shore

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This week I visited Sobelman’s North Shore. It is located at 10352 N. Port Washington Rd. in Mequon.

I had the honor of meeting the owner, Dave Sobelman. Dave and his wife Melanie Sobelman run the business.


He said he was born in St. Louis and moved here when he was ten years old. The owners said the first Sobelmans on St. Paul opened in May 1999. They bought the Mequon location six years ago. Sobelman said he met his wife at a restaurant where she worked called Margie’s Bar and Grill. He told me he kept going back to see her. He was there so often that the owner got to know him. When he retired, he offered the bar and the grill to Mélanie.

Sobelman said he started with no experience and worked really hard to get there. He said he also had incredible luck along the way.

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The Mequon location was built in 1892. It used to be a haberdashery. Today, the decor has a rustic bar or pub vibe. It still has the original wood floor inside. The real bar was from a place called Bohemian, which was on Tenth and North Avenue in Milwaukee. It’s a nice pub and bar where you can relax and enjoy things.


For my appetizer, I tried the sausage sampler which had Andouille, Italian, brat and cheddar jalapeño sausages with mozzarella sticks and fries.

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Their sausage sampler was well spread out and the sausages were well cooked and very delicious. It definitely hit with ketchup and mustard. You can’t go wrong with a brat or an Italian sausage in Wisconsin. Their mozzarella sticks were nice and cheesy and also had the perfect crunch.

I also had an appetizer of bacon wrapped jalapeño cheese balls.

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I have to say the bacon on the outside was nice and crispy and had a slight sweet flavor. It was a very tasty appetizer.

Sobelman’s is also famous for its Bloody Marys. Dave said it started because he noticed places only had drink specials on Sundays and he wanted to make every day special. He had a lot of fun over the years coming up with new things. Since I’m not 21, my teacher, Mr. Bernfeld, tried one on for my exam. He said it was super tasty.

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For my main course, I tried the Sobelman burger, which included American, Swiss, and cheddar cheeses with bacon, fried onions, and diced jalapeños.

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It was very ginormous and very filling, I thought. The cheddar and swiss cheese made it nice and extra cheesy just the way I like it. It was nice and spicy and had the perfect amount of heat. The bun on the burger was grilled and tasted homemade. I loved this burger. I swallowed it like there was no tomorrow.

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I would definitely make more trips to their other places in the area too. Their food is delicious and they treat you like family. I must make a special mention of the friendliness of Dave and our waitress Mary. They treated us so kindly and it really makes a difference in your dining experience when you have such caring people. I like to give business to the right people.

Dave and Melanie have four locations in the area. These include the Mequon location, the original Sobelmans at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave.; a location near Marquette University at 1600 W. Wells St. and in Waukesha at 332 Williams St.

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