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 July 30, 2015
There's no need to massage the statistics: men are hitting spas across the country - and right here in Milwaukee - in bigger numbers than ever before.
Published July 28, 2015
Some details of the plan for the new development in the trio of National Ace Hardware buildings on 4th and McKinley have emerged, right as plans for a new arena and entertainment district across the street have taken steps forward.
Published July 25, 2015
One of the Milwaukee area's most interesting parks is a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth making tracks to Lizard Mound County Park in Farmington, just north of West Bend in Washington County. A wooded path twists and turns through 28 Native American effigy mounds, including the one shaped like a huge lizard which gives the park its name.
Published July 24, 2015
Green Lake is a place of superlatives. Here are eight of the many reasons to fall in love with Green Lake, which is an easy 90-minute drive from Milwaukee.
Published July 24, 2015
What a long strange trip it was. While theaters like the Downer and Oriental have venerable histories as long-running cinema houses, consider, if you will, the the more varied history of the now-dilapidated State Theater, 2616 W. State St. Originally a movie theater, the State has served a number of purposes - rock venue, prudish dance hall and strip club - in its nearly 100-year history.
Published July 22, 2015
There were about 500 people on hand to watch U2 at The Palms on April 15, 1981. The show was part of the Irish band's first U.S. tour. Here's a look back...
Published July 21, 2015
Come with me to see the progress on the restoration of The Pabst Mansion's third floor and also peek into the basement and attic, and experience the view from the roof of this Milwaukee landmark.
Published July 17, 2015
Milwaukee neighborhoods were once awash in movie theaters, as hard as that may be to imagine these days when you can count the number of non-googleplex cinemas in the city limits on one hand. While many are lost, a few remain. At 3804 W. Vliet St. is a former longtime carpet store that's been closed the past few years. But, originally, the building was home to The Lyric Theater, which operated from 1917 to 1952.
Published July 14, 2015
In 2012, I toured the surviving Alexander Eschweiler-designed Agricultural College buildings on the County Grounds, when their roofs gaped open to the stars - and the elements - and weeds encircled their exteriors. Despite talk of tearing them down, and an ongoing battle to save them from demolition, four of the buildings survive, even as six new apartment buildings are rising around them.
Published July 14, 2015
The WMA managed to get an alternative teacher-licensing track included in the omnibus that allows graduates from a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, (MACTE) to apply for a Wisconsin state teaching license to teach in a public or charter Montessori school.