Last Friday some of us met up at Beer Belly's on West Layton Ave. in Milwaukee. In a moment, the result of that trial.
I mentioned a visit to Antigua in a different report; after our lunch there we went and got culturized at the Milwaukee Art Museum
. Here are a couple of shots of the Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, which was added about a decade ago and is pretty neat.
On to the food! As we were the first ones there I was wedged up against the wall and didn't get any people photos, but I tried to get most of the plates.
The Chicken Family started with a cup of flavorful, mildly spicy shrimp bisque.
Mrs. Milwfoodlovers ordered the macaroni and cheese with a side of green pepper sticks and something else. The mac 'n' cheese had a nice smoky flavor from one of the cheeses used...at least, I hope that was the case and it wasn't liquid smoke.
Milwfoodlovers holds up his plate of pan-fried walleye.
Pie Diva ordered a plate of "belly sticks" (stuffed breadsticks) to share with the table. Thanks!
X1's blackened grouper; it looked really good and during the drive home Mrs. SC and I agreed that one of us should've ordered it. X1 also ordered some tasty clam strips to pass around but there's no photo.
I also had the pan-fried walleye but chose rice pilaf instead of fries or potato pancakes.
My daughter likes crab legs so that's what she chose.
Are fried smelt popular in any other states? They're definitely a Wisconsin Thing and these were pretty good...crispy, just slightly fishy, and great with a beer. This is my wife's plate and those are potato pancakes to the right. Unfortunately Beer Belly's makes them in advance and that's to their detriment, as they weren't all that great and a few more minutes in the fryer might've helped.
Buddy and Mrs. Roadhouse split cups of clam chowder and shrimp bisque.
And then they ordered a plate of pan-fried bluegill. I think Buddy was pretty well overloaded by this point so I'm not sure if he liked it or not, but generally it's a good frying fish and it seems to be becoming more widely available these days. A few minutes later that dish of mac 'n' cheese was upside down on the table...sitting next to Buddy is somewhat akin to being in the front row at a Gallagher show!
It was a good meal and a good time and I'm sure we would've lingered at least a little bit had Beer Belly's not scheduled another group of people for our table. Not too long after getting home (about a 2 hour drive) I cashed in my chips for the evening...
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