El Mariachi's Mexican Restaurant and Muskie Capital Cantina

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El Mariachi's Mexican Restaurant and Muskie Capital CantinaEl Mariachi's Mexican Restaurant and Muskie Capital Cantina

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

15546 Highway B
Hayward, Wisconsin, 54843
United States

(715) 934-2337 | map

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Added by fantome on 05-05-2005

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by WJVII:
Photo of WJVII
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Got to check this joint out when we stayed in Hayward before our Woods to Water 80 mile relay. We were not there to drink but more to carb up. I did get a brew and we did eat so I wanted to review this place. The atmosphere was really old school. The Birkebeiner is held there so a ton of old school ski stuff is up on the walls and a lot of really cool steins are up. The bar is a little smaller but there is plenty of room to eat. The food selection is good and the pasta I had was fantastic. I had chicken last time I was there and it was great. Also, we saw people eating the deep dish pizza and it looked AWESOME but with a race the next day we could not eat that. Our server was younger and made a HUGE deal about us asking for more rolls (as if she was paying for them), to the point everyone was getting upset she kept bringing it up. I know that had at least 6 brews on tap but the menu had about 10 (the waitress told us upfront they were out of at least 4 of them). Not cool being out of so many, but maybe that is a sign of how good they are? If in the area I would recommend a stop for sure. Next year I am bringing a growler.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of arboristfish
4.25/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was up north visiting some of my girlfriends relatives and thought id also check out the beer scene. When we went to look for this place I think it has changed names. It is now a mexican restaurant. I only tried one of their beers, cause I had to drive back home, but from what I had it was good. The food wasnt overly pricey, and the bartender was very friendly. They did have I think at least 5 or 6 different taps that they brewed. The food was good as well. It would be great to go back and try everything they brew.

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Photo of incutrav
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ah Muskie Capital. Only about a 45 minute drive from my home town of Grantsburg. First stopped in about two years ago, and was blown away by their APA. Great piney/fruit aroma, and a ton of great bitterness, hands down one of the best Pales Ales, I have ever had. The Porter is solid, but the Cream Ale is ok, as is the Irish Stout. Growlers are damn near free at 7 bucks a fill, and I recently got hooked up with a 8 gal Keg from Bo..$45 bucks...ridiculous deal for that caliber of brew. This and the Angry Minnow make Hayward a top notch stop for many reasons. I prefer MC a bit over the Minnow, but both are worth your time.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Old Hayward was a dinner stop on our bus tour, and driving up to the pub you see the giant muskie of the fishing museum. Might have to come back for that some day, but the outdoorsman quality come into the restuarant with animals large and small adorning the walls of the restaurant. Clean, well lit place decorated in a Timber Lodge theme. Since we were in a large group, the locals seemed pretty interested in us. Nice family dinner sort of place. Lots of steaks and fish. I ate some appetizers, deep fried and good, from the plate of a friend. Being a vegetarian, not a lot to eat there but something. My fault for being veggie in the muskie capital.

Beer was all good, but nothing great or mindblowing. Good, solid, center of the road beer that's easy to drink a lot of, which we did. The American Pale Ale and Muskie Cream Ale were my favorites. While not a fan of cream ale, this one was a bit more assertive than I should be for style and made it fun to drink.

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Photo of Redrover
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Update August 19th 2011 - Wow, what a change for the worse. They now only have 2 South Shore beers on tap (Cream Ale & Nut Brown). The rest of the taps were Bud, Bud Light, Stella, MGD 64, Miller Lite, Leines Original, and Leines Weiss…..

The waiter told me no one really comes to drink at the bar now as they are now more of a family restaurant.

Kind of bummed as they almost share a parking lot of the hotel I stay at in Hayward.

Minor good news South Shore pints ar only $3.00!


Update July 15 2010
They are no longer brewing beer on premise and are instead getting the beer from South Shore Brewing in Ashland, WI. The room where the tanks used to be is now home to some pool tables.

According to the bartender, the brewer for South Shore also brewed at Hayward. The equipment at South Shore must be better as the beer has improved.

Original Review +++
Fantome does a great job of describing the physical appearance and layout of this restaurant/brewery. Not really much I can add.

I made my way to back bar and was immediately greeted by a very friendly bartender. He was on top of their beers and gave great service. A true professional!

Unfortunately, there were a high percentage of smokers, which hampered my enjoyment a bit. Their smoke eating machines did do a fair job of keeping the air clean, but it could be better.

Both the restaurant and bar were crowded. It was a nice, friendly crowd and I had some good conversations with the other patrons.

The food was a bit pricy, but very good. I had a more than acceptable steak here. Extensive menu should hold options for just about everyone.

The beer selection was ok. They had six options while I was there. The three I tried ran from very tasty and well done to blah.

Still, if I had to pick one brewpub in Hayward, it would be the Angry Minnow. This place had a little bit of a chain feel to it, but it is well worth a stop.

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El Mariachi's Mexican Restaurant and Muskie Capital Cantina in Hayward, WI
3.83 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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