Thanks for the report on Smokey's. We altered our plans to visit it on our recent trip to avoid the publicized 'over-crowded' arrangements and Frankly to keep within our budget for the trip.
Not exactly in town, but we enjoyed an evening at a 'steak-roadhouse' on Lake Wisconsin, north of the city a couple of weeks ago. Hooker's Resort
is not a plush, leather-padded executive Steak Serving place, for sure, But for one price-$18.95- You select your T-Bone, Ribeye, Sirloin, or Fillet from a glass case containing a bunch of possible choices, then you season it, and grill it yourself on a 10 ft or so grill (over charcoal). It offers very good Beef, large steaks, good potato and soup or salad and on weeknites, reasonable crowds at the grill. The Bar is a busy place but offers a wide selection of local and national brews too. Fridays, my family claims the Fish Fry is worth the ride, and Sunday Mornings free Bloody Mary's, and Sirloin Tips and eggs for $6.95 make a good wake-up meal in a beautiful lakeside setting. Live Music keeps the place jumpin' on the weekend evenings, but the Bar-room is seperated from the Dining room, so it is possible to enjoy your dinner without the blaring music destroying conversation.
Here's the Web-site-- http://www.explorewisconsin.com/hookersresort/index.asp