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Downtown Dining Week in Milwaukee runs from June 2 to 9. We’re checking out as many restaurants as we can. Here’s our review of The Brass Alley.

Old World Third Street is quintessentially Downtown. It’s a bustling street filled with fun new hot spots and Brew City classics. And on a nice summer day, you can catch a cool breeze coming off the river. At the open air dining area and bar at The Brass Alley, you can catch that breeze coming right into the restaurant.

The Brass Alley is one of the newest restaurants to make a splash Downtown, having opened less than a year ago. It has a great space, ample room on the patio, and an inviting atmosphere. Its N’awlins theme has you ready for a second line at any time of day.

And for Downtown Dining Week, The Brass Alley’s embrace of the Big Easy theme was evident right at the top of the menu, as a drink called “The Brass Alley Hurricane” topped the list of starters/appetizers. While I instead opted for an excellent bowl of the traditional New Orleans gumbo with andouille and shrimp, I wouldn’t have been alone in a mid-day drink order, as patrons had already filled the patio.

For my main course, the BBQ shrimp n’ grits stood out, with big gulf shrimp and smoked cheddar and bacon grits with southern barbecue sauce. The grits could have used a bit more, um, grit, but the shrimp was big and tasty.

The beignets for dessert were the real standouts, in all their sugary glory.

The Brass Alley is a welcome new spot to a fun Downtown street, and seems like it could be an even better spot to revisit in the evening hours, when you can really let the good times roll.

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