Flamenco music in the air, savory bites of food on the tongue, a glass of full-bodied wine in the hand. Close your eyes and you could believe you were relaxing in a tavern in the heart of Spain. Open them again and you will find yourself in heaven, Heaven City.
Jimmy Wade's Heaven City, located in Mukwonago, just 40 minutes southwest of Milwaukee, has creatively captured the true spirit of the Spanish tradition of tapas. The restaurant offers a select menu of tapas, or small plates of food meant to be shared, every Tuesday night. Current offerings range from Roasted Pepper Salad with Olives, Parmesan & Cranberry Marsala Vinegar for $6 to Wood Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp & Grape-Tomato Skewer with Napa Slaw for $11. The eclectic tapas menu combined with a great wine list and authentic Spanish-style music creates the perfect setting for a romantic date or a unique night out with the girls. Order a few plates, sip wine and enjoy.
Within the nostalgic atmosphere of Heaven City, the simplicity behind the concept of tapas takes on a sophisticated feel. The small-portioned meals invite diners to concentrate on the drink and the company they keep, rather than a large meal. Here, the diner can also concentrate on the beauty of his surroundings as Heaven City occupies an architecturally beautiful, old home with a history rich in Indian burial mounds, bootlegging and crazy communes. The latest piece of the past to join the story of Heaven City is the National Liquor Bar lighted sign. The sign was rescued from the tavern on 26th and National, on Milwaukee's south side, when it was forced to close its doors after 66 years of operation to make room for a Walgreen's in 2005. Still on National Avenue, only in Mukwonago, the sign takes you back in time like the rest of Heaven City.
Tapas, history, ghosts...Heaven City has all the ingredients for an interesting evening. Check out the restaurant's website to view its menu, wine list and event calendar, which includes a flapper-themed Halloween party this coming weekend.