For Milwaukee restaurants, Downtown Dining Week is the most exciting time of the year – and the 7th annual event is coming up fast! From June 7 through 14, some of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus to showcase some of their favorite and must scrumptious meals. To get pumped for this incredible week of food, Milwaukee Magazine will be randomly selecting three participating restaurants to sample. Be sure to check back here for all the delicious details as well as scope out the menus of all of the participating restaurants!
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
740 N. Plankinton Ave., rockbottombrewery.com
Living in a city with accessibility to both a river and lake, we Milwaukeeans often seek out restaurants with waterfront real estate to enjoy our meals. On a sunny Friday afternoon, there’s no doubt that Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery fit the bill. And for $10, the prix fixe lunch menu for Downtown Dining Week won’t empty your wallet.
To start the meal, Rock Bottom offers customers a choice of Southwest Egg Rolls, Caesar Salad or Made to Order Guacamole. My companions and I started out with guacamole and were not disappointed. The chips were crackly fresh and the guacamole was satisfying and refreshing with fresh cut tomatoes as garnish. The lunch entrees were a bit heartier, but the Santa Fe Chicken Salad offers customers lighter fare that is bursting with flavor and topped with jalapeno ranch dressing.
Made to Order Guacamole
Also being offered is Rock Bottom’s Brewer’s Club. The Club was jam-packed with turkey, bacon and ham, but ultimately didn’t exceed expectations in the way of flavor. It will certainly fill you up, but if you’re looking for a lunch tour de force, you may want to reach for a classic: Mac ‘N Cheese. At first glance, it’s just like any other macaroni dish, but a helpful tip from the server clued me in to a delicious secret: dump the bowl onto the plate for a flavor explosion. Rock Bottom’s homemade sauce worked in perfect harmony with the Cavatappi pasta and parmesan breadcrumbs. Perhaps not the best option if you’re watching your waist line, but by far the best pick on the menu.
Classic Mac N' Cheese
With no room left we had to pass on dessert, but the offerings sounded tasty: carrot cake topped with cream cheese or warm donut holes with caramel sauce for dipping.
If you go…
On a warm afternoon or evening, I recommend trying to snag a spot on the patio. Rock Bottom doesn’t take patio reservations ahead of time, but if you call an hour in advance of your arrival they will try to accommodate your group. Don’t forget to wave to the passing groups of river cruisers!
Rock Bottom patio - north view