Drive-thru pasta in under four minutes
Several restaurateurs may be cooking up a new dining concept in the Milwaukee suburbs – quickly prepared Italian dishes that don't taste like fast food. Orders are placed at a counter and eaten at tables or carried out.
Portabella Bakery & Cafe officially opened in the fall in New Berlin after spending the summer gradually morphing from being an Atlanta Bread Co. franchise. It has a full bakery operation, and the owners are looking to expand to other locations.
The Dish opened in Oak Creek last month with an even greater commitment to speed. A customer can place an order for a pasta entree at a drive-thru window and have it handed to him in less than four minutes. Pizzas, available in three sizes, are delivered to a car in 12 minutes.
The restaurant also has an attractive dining room, with modern art on the walls and a soaring cathedral ceiling, that seats about 35. The first O&H Danish Bakery location outside of Racine County shares the space. O&H is legendary among kringle connoisseurs.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at The Dish, which opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. A full range of breakfast items and platters are offered, from sandwiches ($1.69 and $2.89) and french toast ($2.95 for a half order and $4.50 to full) to buttermilk biscuits and gravy ($2.50 and $4.25) and a farmer's platter ($5.99) that includes scrambles eggs, a hashbrown casserole, toast and bacon, sausage or ham. A wide assortment of bakery items from O&H are also available when the restaurant opens.
The menu for the rest of the day is eclectic and extensive. Small plate offerings include coconut shrimp served with a raspberry melba sauce ($7.99), deep fried calamari with marinara sauce ($6.99) and N'awlens crab cakes accompanied by chipotle ranch sauce ($7.99).
Among the salad selections are a steak gorgonzola featuring beef tenderloin medallions and a seafood with grilled ahi tuna and tiger shrimp, both priced at $10.99. Sandwiches run the gamut from braised chuck roast with grilled onions and mushrooms on a pretzel roll ($6.99) and cajun chicken breast with bacon, provolone cheese and red pepper mayo on ciabatta bread ($6.99) to grilled ahi tuna with lettuce, tomato and wasabi mayo on grilled flat bread ($8.99).
A range of panini ($5.99 to $7.99) is also offered. But pasta and stone hearth pizza are at the center of The Dish. Pasta selections include wild mushroom ravioli ($8.99), lasagna with spinach, sausage and pepperoni ($8.99) and shrimp, mussels, langostinos and tomatoes over angel hair noodles. ($10.99).
Beef stroganoff is served over egg noodles for $8.99. Diners can build their own pasta dishes from a broad variety of items.
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olderwiser | Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (report)
So I am curious. Is the food nuked in a microwave to be ready in four minutes? I can do that at home. Will try the bakery place for sure.
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