Quick note to readers: milwaukeeisnotthatbad.com is back after a short sabbatical due to matrimonial bliss and unplanned Influenza.
Here we go…last night I had an incredible dinner at Roots. The San Francisco Cioppino has been a staple on their menu for quite sometime now; I just can’t go there without ordering it. The Cioppino is served in your own personal cast iron skillet, which is piping hot from the stove. The mussels, shrimp, fish, and scallops that are flown into the restaurant are as fresh as can be, and the saffron, arborio, fennel~tomato broth is just extraordinary! It’s no wonder that Roots has been recognized as one of America’s top 20 green restaurants in Organic Style Magazine. The mussels in the dish last night were just exquisite, which got me thinking, wow I’ve had mussels at several hot spots in the city that are top-notch, (which is just one of the many reasons Milwaukee is not that bad, friends). If you love steamed mussles; the mussles themselves, the sauce, and the bread just for dipping, here are some great spots to try out!
The Rumpus Room: they come beer steamed with Italian Sausage, Fennel, Shallot, and a Grilled Baguette for $11 (just had them last week for lunch, wow!)
St. Paul Fish: they are lovely every day of the week, but on Monday’s you can’t go wrong for $5.95.
Bosley on Brady: they (Prince Edward Mussles) are steamed and served in a broth of lemon, white wine, butter, garlic, diced tomatoes, basil & chili flakes for $11 (only $6 during happy hour).
The Harbor House: they come with your choice of a white wine butter or marinara for $12.95.
Chez Jacques: they are called Moules Marinieres on the menu and are served a white wine, garlic and shallot cream sauce (delicious at two price points depending on how hungry you are $7.50/$15).
With hesitation in possibly diluting the taste for a long list, this is it for now.