Yovani Gallardo, DUI’s, and drinking responsibly at Leff’s Lucky Town
Last week, Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested for driving under the influence. In addition to calling the hurler’s character into question and reigniting debates about Wisconsin’s comparative lenience regarding drinking and driving laws, it also brought a local watering hole into the crosshairs of a small-but-impassioned group of fans looking for an explanation to how the blood alcohol content of a local sports hero could be permitted to climb to .22 (nearly three times the legal limit). Since we’d never heard of the bar before the unfortunate event, we decided to find a designated driver to bring us to the now-infamous Leff’s Lucky Town to conduct some investigative journalism…between sips.
The space: Even without the connection to the staff ace, Leff’s immediately comes off as a Brewers bar. A ball-and-glove-logo Brewers flag flaps proudly beneath the bar’s exterior sign. Inside, the connection continues with Wisconsin sports photos and memorabilia, along with various flyers detailing Leff’s outings at Miller Park. Also affixed to every wall of the bar are massive flat panel televisions, each—of course—showing the Brewers and Cubs series finale.
The service: After a few minutes of solitude at a table at the back of the window-laden room, our seemingly swamped twentysomething server walked over and asked if we wanted anything. “Why not?” we thought, but didn’t say aloud. Instead, we placed our order. Beyond the shaky start, all other interactions went smoothly. For those wondering, no, they didn’t shove dozens of drinks down our throat before denying us a cab and personally handing us our keys.
The A.V. Club’s food and drinks: It doesn’t take a five-year, $30.1M salary to get a good meal and tie one on at Leff’s. Every day offers surprisingly great specials for both food and drinks ranging from fish fry and local beer deals, chicken wings markdowns, and taco and margarita specials (on “Mexcellent Wednesdays”), among others. We took advantage of “Bloody Sundays,” building our own bloody Mary ($4) with sauces, spices, and a small garden worth of pickled vegetables. Though plenty good, our glass of olives, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts didn’t quite fill us up. We passed up the allure of a $10 Big Ass Pretzel in favor of The Lucky Town, a delicious toasted turkey sandwich that also features bacon, tomato, mayonnaise, and Swiss cheese. On flavor alone, The Lucky Town was worth our rare drive to Tosa. The generous accompaniment of chips and pickle spear, as well as the $6.50 price made it taste even better. Besides turkey, Leff’s offers 10 house burgers, a bevy of sandwiches and melts, and an array of pork, chicken, and fish entrees.
The verdict: Some will forever know Leff’s Lucky Town as the Gallardo DUI bar, but if you find yourself in Wauwatosa, give it a try. And, of course, drink responsibly.