Since opening in late 2014, The Vanguard has quickly established itself as the pinnacle of tubed meat delicacies in Milwaukee. Beyond its everyday offerings that have wowed critics, lured professional athletes and visiting celebrities to dine in Bay View, and captured the hearts of both locals and Bill Burr alike, the popular bar and restaurant also likes to shake things up every now and then by changing its menu.

Two weeks ago, we issued a warning that The Vanguard would saying “last call” to nine menu items, which would be phased out by October 15. Though it’s unfortunate to see these delicacies go, a ton of new items will be taking their place. Starting today (October 16), The Vanguard will be offering seven new styled sausages (five of which have vegan alternatives—noted with a “v”), a massive meatloaf burger, a new type of poutine, kimchi fries, a pair of vegetable-based sides, and a few new brunch options. Starting at 11 a.m. today, The Vanguard will be offering the following menu items:

Styled Sausages

Furio (v)
Italian Sausage with romesco, lemon aoli, and crostini, served over garlic beans (no bun)

Milan Cevapi (v)
Coriander- and oregano-seasoned lamb/pork sausage with ajvar, tzatzitki, feta, pickled red onion, pita, and iceberg lettuce (no bun)

The Klaus (v)
Pork sausage with bacon, thyme, and white wine. Topped with kraut, house-made fig mustard, and chives

Kimchi Dog (v)
All beef hot dog with housemade kimchi, fried egg aoli, scallion, and sesame

Beef sausage with grilled scallion, garlic, and chili flake. Topped with chimichurri, roasted cherry tomato, mayo, parmesan, and served on grilled baguette

The Mandalorian (v)
Wild boar, mushroom, rosemary, and red wine sausage topped with butternut squash, orange bourbon sauce, sarvecchio

Curry Chameleon (v)
Chicken and pork sausage with tamarind and cilantro seasoning. Topped with green curry sauce, bamboo shoot, toasted cashews, and cilantro served over fries (no bun)


The Brutus Beefcake
Beef and pork meatloaf with melted gouda, horseradish sauce, beef gravy, lettuce, tomato, and onion on grilled sourdough

Poutine and Fries

Belgian Beef Poutine
Beer braised beef, smoked gouda, grimbergen gravy, and apples atop french fries

Kimchi Fries (v)
House-made kimchi, scallion, mango chili sauce, and sesame


Pan-Fried Carrots (v)
Carrots topped with honey, turmeric, chili flake, and mint

Uncle Ricky’s Green Beans
Fried potato topped with creamed green beans, mushroom gravy, and crispy fried onion


Chicken + Biscuits
Fried chicken sausage, buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy, and fried egg

Vanguard Brunch Bodega
Bacon, pork, fried egg, and Velveeta-stuffed sausage topped with fried egg aoli, Tabasco, cheddar, and chive served over fries

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.