My annual article, 52 Restaurants for your Bucket List, was originally created to provide readers with an easy way to explore the wealth of restaurants in the Milwaukee scene over the course of one year (52 weeks). Today, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides a fun and equally compelling guide for folks who’d like to bring variety to their weekly meals while providing vital support to some of our finest local restaurants.
Here's the featured restaurant of the day, plus five dishes to try!
Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79 W15851 Aud Mar Dr., Muskego, (414) 377-9449
If you love the comfortable vibe of a classic Wisconsin supper club, you might just find your happy place at Bass Bay Brewhouse, a casual spot that comes complete with a picturesque lakeside view. It’s a great spot for brunch or dinner, particularly in the summer months when you can take a seat on the patio. Their fish fry is also worth your while, but get there early or expect a wait. Carry-out is also available.
Five dishes to try:
- The mushroom Swiss burger: one-third pound beef patty, roasted mushrooms, roasted garlic aioli and bacon jam ($13.95)
- The French dip with shaved prime rib, provolone, garlic mayo and au jus ($14.95)
- Pot roast with roasted root vegetables, beef jus, mashed potatoes and fresh herbs ($18.95)
- Friday fish fry: Try the rye bread crusted, pan-fried walleye with French fries, coleslaw, marble rye and tartar sauce ($19.95). Add potato pancakes for +$1; it’s worth it. (You can also get a classic cod fry with all the fixin’s any night of the week)
- Brunch: Get the Shenanigans with pulled ham, crumbled bacon, sliced Usinger’s bratwurst, sausage gravy, fried cheese curds, two eggs, toast and cheesy hashbrown casserole ($14.95)
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.