It’s a very good time to make a trip to Glass + Griddle, 1130 N. 9th St. That’s because beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14, you’ll find a brand new menu of beer-friendly dishes to explore (along with new hours).
The new menu, which has been in development for the past two months, was created for the restaurant under the direction of new F Street Corporate Executive Chef Tom McGinty and new Glass + Griddle Executive Chef Scott Hazelberg. McGinty comes to F Street following five years as Director of Food and Beverage Operations for Destination Kohler, and Hazelberg brings experience gleaned at a variety of Milwaukee area destinations including Lagniappe Brasserie, Black Shoe Hospitality and SURG Restaurant Group.
The resulting list of dishes showcases a collection of snacks and shareable plates, salads, griddled sandwiches and desserts which not only pair beautifully with beer, but strategically incorporate the flavors of Milwaukee Brewing Company selections into a variety of recipes.
Snacks + Shares
If you’re looking for a quick bite, or an appetizer to share, there are plenty of options on the Snacks + Shares portion of the menu, which includes items like tomato soup ($5) and Snake Oil Stout infused house chili ($7), corn crusted cod strips with remoulade ($11) or crispy chicken strips with Louie’s Demise mustard bbq sauce ($9).
Or you could opt for wings (served complete with drummie, flap and tip), ever so lightly breaded, seasoned and double fried. They’re served with a choice of sauces (Louie’s Demise mustard bbq, chipotle and chive; pickled hot pepper butter, blue cheese; G+G dry rub; or Thai peanut with lime and cilantro, pictured). The hefty (tasty) wings are $8 for three, $14 for six or $19 for nine.
I'd also recommend the tasty brandade, a French spread made from salt cod whipped with Yukon Gold potatoes and garlic and served alongside grilled bread ($11). Be sure to brighten it up with a squeeze of lemon.
If you're simply looking for a nosh to enjoy with your beer, there’s also a laundry list of snacks like house chips dusted in salt and malt dust and served with green goddess dressing for dipping ($4), crudites with hummus and green goddess dressing ($8) and Double Fisted Onion Rings served with Snake Oil Stout ketchup ($6). You can also share an order of potatchos, house chips dressed up with 2-year cheddar, thick cut bacon, jalapeno relish, scallions and horseradish cream ($13).
Looking at the salad menu might make you feel virtuous, but you won’t be missing out if you order options like the warm cauliflower "Caesar" featuring Caesar dressing coated cauliflower that’s been caramelized to a golden brown, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and served atop toasted sourdough bread with creamy garlic dressing, chopped toasted almonds and a whorl of anchovy oil to give it an extra blast of umami ($11).
You can also order the Havana Chop, essentially a salad-ized version of a classic Cuban sandwich featuring romaine lettuce topped with smoked ham, crispy pork, Swiss and Pecorino cheeses, tomatoes, pickles and garlic-mustard vinaigrette. That’s topped with ultra-crisp chicharrons ($12).
There are still delicious classics like the popular G+G Smash burger, featuring two smashed beef chuck patties and American cheese on a Kaiser roll ($10); but you can also find a double brat patty melt featuring two smashed bratwurst patties on griddled sourdough with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, housemade apple butter and whole grain mustard ($12).
Fried chicken lovers can revel in the Southern-inspired Funky Chicken, a sandwich showcasing crisp brined buttermilk fried chicken breast topped with bacon and hot honey mustard slaw served up on a pimento cheese slathered Kaiser roll with house pickles ($13).
I’d also vouch for the Milwaukee Monsieur, a take on the classic French sandwich made with smoked ham on griddled sourdough that’s been broiled with a topping of cheddar Louie’s Demise fondue on top ($12).
You can also get your beer in dessert form with sweets like a coffee stout brownie served with Scratch cherry ice cream, lacquered hazelnuts and mocha malt sauce ($8); or banana bread pudding topped with Louie’s Resurrection caramel sauce, Scratch vanilla ice cream and cinnamon beer walnuts ($8).
View the full Glass + Griddle menu here.
Happy hour at Glass + Griddle is pretty happy. It takes place Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. and includes half off a rotating selection of two or three chef-chosen snacks.
On Tuesdays, you can grab a $5 G+G Smash burger and $9 Manhattans; and Sundays are for sour brews with half-off every selection on the sour beer list.
During Bucks, Badgers or Packer games, you can enjoy the game on G+G’s big screen. But you can also score $3 shot specials, $15 pitchers of select Milwaukee Brewing Co. beer and half off pints of MKE MVP during the second half of the game.
Beginning next week, Glass + Griddle will be closed on Mondays with hours Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to close (kitchen until 10 p.m.); Friday from 11 a.m. to close (kitchen until 10 p.m.); Saturday from 10 a.m. to close (brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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