A Trip To Milwaukee - Part 11: Barnacle Buds

So here comes the last meal to review after this memorable trip to Milwaukee. There was definitely some good eatin' there!

Barnacle Buds is a seafood restaurant in the Bay view area that has a fantastic outdoor deck with an amazing view. I do not think I would have found this place without being invited there and a GPS is definitely necessary to find them, as it is in the middle of an industrial area, a good hour walk from downtown Milwaukee. Even with that, it was packed and, Boy!, there was some ambiance there! Especially with this singer / guitar player who was having a shot of whiskey after each song and had table participate to the show. 

Food wise, they serve different types of seafood: oysters, mussels, crab cakes... They also serve burgers, wings...I went for the crab cake benedict. The crab cake was good: you could really taste the crab. However, I was disappointed by the poached eggs: they were overcooked. How can you overcook that ! What is interesting is that I was not the only one who had an overcooked egg. So maybe they prefer doing it this way... That was a big disappointment because the beauty of an egg benedict is when you break the yolk and it falls on the other ingredients of the dish, as if it was a sauce in addition to the Hollandaise (that was very good). And then you dip the crab cakes and muffin in the yolk and sauce, bringing an explosion of flavors to your palate! The dish was served with two hash brown very crispy, but kind of greasy.

I saw some other of their dishes and they looked appetizing (mussels and fries, oysters, wings), with a very simple and rustic presentation. If you like a Bloody Mary, theirs looked good with a pickle in it!

Despite the eggs, I would go back and would go for the oysters and mussels! I would also go back for the crab cakes but not benedict...

Enjoy (I did)! 

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A Trip to Milwaukee - Part 4: Charro, A Touch Of Central and South American Cuisine!!

We went to Charro for a rehearsal dinner and it was so good that we went back! They have a large menu that gives you the choice between sharing small plates or having your own. For entrees, they propose dishes from different countries: Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Peru, etc...

In this restaurant, I got an amazing butternut squash soup! The first one I got had carrots and ginger. The second one had onions and Caribbean spices.  This was so good that I could have licked the plate! The spices gave a nice twist to what could have just been a butternut squash soup and were not overpowering.
They also make their guacamole to your taste (mild or spicy) and serve it with either plantains or tortilla chips. You could really see that it was fresh!

They have great dishes:

  • The presentation of the Ecuadorian style ceviche, made of marinated grouper, roasted red pepper, coconut, honey and shallots was beautiful (served in a coconut)!
  • The Ropa Vieja (Cuban style braised beef and pork, sweet plantains, salsa verde and four types of cheeses) was incredibly moist with so many different flavors. They put the different components in layers, so you get the plantains in the bottom with the rice, then the meat and then the cheese. It is like going for a treasure hunt!
  • The vegetarian enchiladas were the best of this kind I tried: you could really taste the veggies and they were evenly cooked!
  • For dessert, their cheesecake with cashew brittle was amazing!

In fact, the only thing I did not like is the beef empanada. The rest was very good! I forgot to mention the bread they give you at the beginning: bad idea! It is so good that you are going to stuff yourself before the meal!

Charro is definitely a good restaurant to go to if you like this type of cuisine!

Enjoy (I did)!
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