For Dale’s birthday dinner, he chose Crazy Water. This restaurant in the fifth ward area of Milwaukee was a great choice. According to the restaurant’s site, this was an old feed building. We sat outside, in the back of the restaurant. However, our walk through the intimate dining/bar area gave us a great feel of the place. It’s clearly a good place for couples to go. Also…a great place for a group of friends. Out in the back, their patio is fully covered with framing, screening and air conditioning (ceiling fans).
We started out with the goat cheese tart appetizer. (This appetizer also makes an appearance on the dessert menu) This was an absolutely delicious choice. The goat cheese enveloped a spread of mint pesto and sweet, decadent fig preserves. The dish was served with two kinds of crackers and grapes on the side. I may have to try to duplicate this at home. Dale had the glazed salmon and I had the trout amandine. Both dishes were delicious. However, I have to talk about one of the sides on my plate, the tomato tarte tatin. I could have eaten this as a standalone dish with just a small, bright salad of bitter greens (coincidentally, bitter green salad was the other side on the plate.) This tomato dish was surprisingly sweet with the delicious, bright, slightly tart flavor of a sun-dried. The catch is that these tomatoes seemed to be fresh! I may have to go back in a few weeks just to have another bite. Having been disappointed with the tomato crop in my garden this year, I feel a bit deprived of good, summer tomatoes this year. Last, we had to have dessert. This is something that we don’t often do…and typically never order if we’ve had an appetizer. Dale ordered the chocolate ganache tart. This tart is an abundance of rich, dark chocolate flavor and definitely was the right size. Any larger and Dale would have gone into a chocolate coma. I had the Door County cherry bread pudding. This was a small, individually baked round of bread pudding. It definitely capitalized on brown sides…giving each bite that great “corner piece” taste.
You can find out more on this great place with the link to their website below. They don’t take email or Open Table reservations at this time.
839 S 2nd St