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Thirty dollar dinner – why splurge?
Up-scale dining at a scaled down price.

Last year, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 added a $30 dinner option to the DDW menus. This addition of a slightly more pricy meal choice has encouraged more of Milwaukee’s high-end eateries to join the DDW party, and 13 of the 42 participating restaurants this summer are taking advantage of this price point.

 
Photo courtesy ChopHouse.
And while this is great news for these businesses, it’s also great news for hungry patrons looking to experience some upscale dining at a scaled-down price. I decided to try out the $30 dinner at the Milwaukee ChopHouse, and I was not disappointed.

Their ChopHouse salad was served in a tightly packed circle of chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber, egg and bacon with the perfect amount of bleu cheese and champagne peppercorn dressing. It was a light and delicious starter. The salmon was steamy, flavorful and served in a cilantro and lime sauce with garlic green beans and potatoes on the side; the hanger steak was savory and tender, served with a thyme brown butter sauce and sweet potato fries and green beans on the side. Both entrées were fantastic. I recommend going with a date so you can get a taste of each. You can’t go wrong with any combination off the ChopHouse’s DDW menu, and the three courses were just enough food to leave you satisfied without feeling stuffed.

The ChopHouse is one of four DDW participants offering a dinner normally valued at $50 or more. Here’s a look at the other three top deals of the event.

Capital Grille, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave.
This steak house offers the best deal of DDW, so listen up, Milwaukee. Order off of Capital Grille’s $30 dinner menu, and you’ll be paying half the price of what your meal is worth. Entrées include an eight-ounce filet mignon, a 14-ounce dry aged sirloin and a seared citrus-glazed salmon. All three include Sam’s mashed potatoes and fresh creamed spinach served family style.

Carnevor, 724 N. Milwaukee St.
Another Milwaukee steak house, Carnevor comes in with the second-best deal of DDW. Its $30 dinner menu is a $57 value, so it’s definitely worth the splurge. As its name suggests, Carnevor is all about the meat. However, it does offer an organic salmon entrée, and its dessert choices of crème brulee or doughnuts bring a sweet finale to the meal.

Hinterland, 222 E. Erie St.
We’ve mentioned this restaurant a lot in this blog, but for good reason. Hinterland is not only new to DDW this year, it also uses fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and boasts a $50 value on its $30 dinner menu. The dinner features three savory entrées to pick from: pan-seared mahi-mahi, wood fire grilled Angus beef hanger steak and grilled pork tenderloin. I can’t decide which one sounds the most delicious, but I do know I’ll be ordering their peanut butter tart for dessert.





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