Andy Tarnoff and I sat ourselves down on the deck overlooking the Milwaukee River today for lunch at Stubby's Pub & Grub, 2060 N. Humboldt Ave.
This was my first visit to Stubby's -- owned by Brian Zarletti, who also owns Rustico and Zarletti -- which opened in July in the space that formerly housed Bayou.
Much like my first visit to Bayou, I was struck by the fact that the place was virtually empty. This can be a worrisome omen.
But, it wasn't in this case. At least not in terms of service or food.
We had two servers helping us and they were friendly and attentive without being pushy or lingering too much.
I ordered the shrimp po boy with sweet potato fries (you get a choice of side, from a list of about a half dozen, with sandwiches) and a beer (a tasty Great Lakes Elliott Ness Vienna-style lager, $5).
The shrimp po boy featured corn meal crusted shrimp with lettuce, mayo and tomatoes on a toasted garlic rubbed hoagie roll. The addition of the capers was great, although I was disappointed that the tomatoes looked fairly anemic. It is, after all, tomato season.
But the dish was satisfying and tasty and I was not disappointed, overall.
Andy had the pulled barbecue chicken with garlic mashed potatoes. He especially enjoyed the mildly tangy sauce.
There were a few more diners in the restaurant when we left than when we arrived, but not many. And that's too bad, because based on this first visit, Stubby's is a pretty good -- though not especially budget-conscious -- lunch option.
Recently dined there last Monday night. I was terrible!! Appetizers arrived cold, burgers were burnt to a crisp, service slow, not enough help, obviously no food checker on the line, bill adjusted after my complaint. I know it was Labor Day, but nobody was laboring at this place. I think the Zarletti's are spreading themselves too thin. I never have had luck at any of their restaurants. Very, very disappointed
Have been there twice. Food was great. Atmosphere was great. On a Thursday evening, it was packed. I hope patrons keep going there.
3 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published Oct. 18, 2014
It seems to always happen in a farm field. A kid sees the mother of God, a white buffalo is born, an astonishing cave full of prehistoric paintings is accidentally uncovered. That's where Wisconsin and the world stumbled upon one of the state's most stunning natural attractions, Cave of the Mounds, too, in 1939.
Published Oct. 17, 2014
This week, Karl Paloucek is one of a number of Milwaukee musicians taking part in Betty Blexrud-Strigens' Patti Smith tribute -- "Smith Uncovered" -- at Alverno College on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. He's also riding high after the release of his second record, "Sail," recorded over 20 years and issued by Brew City's Latest Flame imprint. As he preps his contribution to "Smith Uncovered," we asked Paloucek about "Sail" and what comes next.
Published Oct. 16, 2014
A locally produced book featuring the writings of local teens is certainly notable, but what's even more noteworthy about "Milwaukee: A Collection of Work by Local Teens," published in a small run by Hidden Color Press, is that it was also edited, designed and produced by an area teenager. Hidden Color Press is the work of 14-year-old Jack Hietpas, a student at St. Robert School in Shorewood. He started the press as a means to publish art and writing by area teens from all backgrounds.
Published Oct. 14, 2014
For a mere $40, you can get a silhouette of the Milwaukee skyline immortalized in wax. In PVC that is.
Published Oct. 13, 2014
Though Jack Pettey's name isn't the biggest graffiti in the attic at Maryland Avenue School, for some reason it -- and the date, 1946 -- jumps out at you. When I snapped some photographs, Pettey's distinctive scrawl made it into the frame and his name was etched in my memory. Last week, I snapped another photo of it. This time, Pettey himself was in the picture.
Published Oct. 9, 2014
Looking for a quick and easy getaway? Chicago's just a short, smooth train ride south and whether you're traveling with kids, as a couple or on your own, the possibilities are endless. So endless that it might seem a little daunting to plan. Don't you worry, sit back and let us do the work. Here are three quick and easy Windy City overnights that will make for memorable little getaways.
Published Oct. 8, 2014
In the same spirit as my post earlier this year listing my favorite Milwaukee pizzas, here are my go-to wings places in town, so far. I'm sure as I continue my (informal) quest, I'll find others. And, this month, we're off in search of the best wings on the West Side, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, in no particular order...
Published Oct. 8, 2014
A group of Milwaukee Public Schools officials appeared before the Common Council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee at City Hall Tuesday morning to offer updates on the plan to open an International Baccalaureate Middle School at the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St.
Published Oct. 7, 2014
Since March, there's a new executive chef in the kitchen at The Iron Horse Hotel. Bradford Shovlin arrives from Chicago, where he spent time at Crofton on Wells which earned a Michelin star during his tenure. Since his arrival, Shovlin has re-written all the hotel's menus and is fostering a partnership with his former boss Suzy Crofton. We caught up with him to learn more about him, his food and what makes him tick.
Published Oct. 6, 2014
Schnetzy and Liebert's four-domed classic revival masterpiece at 135 E. Wells St., is getting a new lease on life.