An amazing journey filled with rich Milwaukee history…
“Best Mexican Restaurant in Milwaukee”
- Weekend Cue
From the Basement to the Top!
Before Gus’ Mexican Cantina owner Gus Hosseni launched one of Milwaukee’s best Mexican Restaurants in Franklin, Wisconsin, he thrilled the eclectic crowd in downtown Milwaukee when in 1980 he opened Milwaukee’s iconic nightclub: The Unicorn.
The Unicorn was located in the basement of the historic Sydney Hih building. Gus found his calling in Milwaukee by promoting up-and-coming bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, Greenday, and Nirvana. Being the first alternative, grunge and punk rock bar in Milwaukee made The Unicorn an enormous success.
The Smashing Pumpkins re-released “Pisces Iscariot”
The re-release of Pisces Iscariot included a cover of the Steve Miller Band classic “The Joker.” The track was recorded LIVE at the Unicorn. Click on “Watch Video” to open the actual live performance posted in El Blog.
WAMI AWARD WINNER
Gus’ Mexican Restaurant and Cantina owner Gus Hosseini was presented the WAMI award for outstanding service and sincere appreciation of the commitment of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.
Gus opened his first Mexican Restaurant in 1990 just above his nightclub; The Unicorn, in the Sydney Hih building.
Business boomed and Gus’ Mexican Restaurant and Cantina quickly became synonymous with the Best Mexican Restaurants in Milwaukee serving tens of thousands locals and tourists at his Milwaukee location and Milwaukee’s major festivals including SummerFest, Irish Fest, Wisconsin State Fair and Zoo Ala Carte.
As business overflowed the original location, Gus expanded to open another Mexican Restaurant in Milwaukee when in 1995 he opened Gus’ Mexican Cantina on Historic Old World 3rd Street.
Remaining true to authentic dishes, cleanliness and friendly service, almost overnight his 2nd location appeared on many food critiques lists of “The Best Mexican Restaurants in Milwaukee.”
Gus’ enterprise grew even larger with the opening of Gus’ Deli.
The deli was a popular gathering place for rockers and punkers of a decade ago, now turned yuppies, packing in during the work week for some of Milwaukee’s best lunch selections.
Keanu Reeves frequents Gus’ Mexican Cantina when on tour with his band Dogstar.
Gus’ Mexican Cantina
“Milwaukee’s Best Mexican Restaurant”
- by the Weekend Cue
2008 Re-Grand Opening!
Gus merged and moved the now famous Gus’ Mexican Restaurant and Cantina downtown locations to Milwaukee’s south-side suburb of Franklin, Wisconsin.
Now serving all of the Milwaukee Metro Mexican Foodies, Gus, his wife Debbie, son Shaun and the servers, bartenders an chefs that make up “Team Cantina” work hard every day to offer everything a full-service restaurant should including;
Indoor Dining, Patio Dining, Carry-Outs, Rewards Program, Cantina Style Bar,
Banquet Room, Catering, Private Party’s, and Special Events.
Gus’ Mexican Cantina was again honored by the Weekend Cue when selected as “The Best Mexican Restaurant in Milwaukee.”
Bravos hit series “The Real Housewives of Orange County” was filmed on location at Gus’ Mexican Cantina. And you thought everything was filmed in Orange County, didn’t you?
Gus’ is “the place” to try Margaritas blended or on the rocks. No mixes or containers, Gus’ “Margees” are made from his own secret recipe. One customer wrote on Google Reviews; “Gus’ margaritas are worth a special trip!” Come in today, order your favorite Mexican food or appetizer and …
Banquet Hall, Wedding Receptions, Party’s and Dance Floor
The Party Destination for all of Milwaukee
The space is thoughtfully designed with a dance floor, a private bar and plenty of room for seating and dancing. Party planners can also satisfy the appetites of everyone with a beautiful spread selected from our catering menu.
Custom requests are gladly accepted as well. Just talk to our chef about your custom menu ideas! Cantina Club members can rent the Banquet Room or the Entire Restaurant for Free.
Pride in Premises Award!
Gus’ Mexican Restaurant and Cantina has been awarded the “Pride in Premises” award. Presented to Gus by the city of Franklin, Milwaukee County supervisor Steven V. Taylor, Governor Scott Walker and US Congressman Paul Ryan.
Are you ready to take the challenge?
Gus’ 6 Foot Burrito Challenge
Gus’ 6 Foot Burrito was featured on The Food Networks popular TV Show “Outrageous Food” with host Tom Pizzica.
Now you and a friend can dive into this 72″ master piece just like the one featured on TV!
Team up to devour it in 40 minutes and Gus will pick up the tab!
You and your friend will also be presented with a gift card, t-shirt and the two of you will be featured on Gus’ Burrito Challenge Wall of Fame for you to show-off to all your friends and family!
Gus’ 3 Foot Burrito Challenge
No problem, Gus will prepare a 36″ Burrito just for you. Same rules apply. Down it in 40 minutes and it’s free, plus all the goodies and your own featured spot on the Wall of Fame.
C’mon, take the challenge. We dare you!
Live shot of Owner Gus Hosseini and Tom Pizzica during the broadcast of “Outrageous Food.”
“Gracias’ Milwaukee! We love you and hope you visit again soon.”
– Mary Beth