[:D]Yeah I’ll have to get up there someday.trying to do family history research so a good excuse to go.
We visited the Pabst Mansion but never went on any brewery tours.Heck i’ve been to Shiner,Texas and never took the Spoetel Brewery tour where they make Shiner Beer.recall my dad mentioning a place Called eith Schultz’s or Schwarz’s Spanish Garden.The guy who owned it was German and his wife was Hungarian,and they served stuff like Hungarian Goulash and that.Don’t think they served anything remotely spanish.I always got a kick out of the name.
There maybe a few places like that in San Antonio,but as far as I know most bars and taverns around here don’t sell much food,except like the sports bars or the VFW or such places.
Many taverns in my area have evolved from the neiborhood bar to full service restaraunt. The old taverns were known to have great food at a very resonable price. They caterd to the local clientel where people lived and worked in the area, walking distance so to say. As someone stated in a recent post they were popular after WW2 and Korea due to the fact that many people didn’t have cars and it was the weekend dinner out with family and friends. One of my old favorites the Mt. Vernon in Somerville Ma. 5 min north of Boston has made this transition well. They do not have a web site but if you google it many great reviews. Chow Jim
Still lots of taverns with GREAT fish fries!!!Come see us, HollyDolly…..[:D]
[:D]My dad used to talk about the neighborhood taverns in Milwaukee when he was growing up.They would go to places like McBob’s for fish frys.Still have cousins there but haven’t been to Milwaukee in years.
Welcome back Yumbo!
This past Friday I brought an out-of-town colleague over to McBob’s for a fish fry lunch and the place is as good as ever. We both had the Combo Platter (Perch and Walleye). The potato pancakes were ungodly creamy and crunchy/smooth. This ain’t diet food. You know it’s good when people stop talking when their food arrives.
– Yumbo (back from a long hiatus)
Michael, the reason they all have tavern names on thier jackets is because they either played on thier bowling, or softball teams,maybe both if they were really good customers. You know, the reason they have so many taverns on corners in Milwaukee is that the corner lots on each residential block are zoned commercial. The people in the ethnic neighborhoods didn’t have enough money to own cars, so they needed to have groceries, hardware stores, barbers, and especially taverns, within walking distance. I think it made for close nieghborhoods. Maybe too much drinking too.
Chicagodog— Yes, the Sardine Factory is good, maybe even excellent, but just a little to touristy, or trendy for me. Thier food is always good, and service exceptional however, so I shouldn’t turn up my nose at it. It’s just not my type of place. Try the Whaling Station just 1/2 block down the street for steaks, or Montery Fish House in a formerly old funky burger place for seafood. Just be prepared to wait at the fish house.
Tristan, there was a place right on the main drag in P.G. that was called El Cocadrillo with an alligater(or crocadile maybe) on thier sign. It’s now called Passionfish, one of the two best seafood res. in town, the other being Monterey Fish house. It’s excellent, reasonable wine prices, the freshest fish, and the best side dishes I’ve ever had. If you notice the sides, they must be good.
There is one thing about Milwaukee that sticks in my mind. Back in the 1980s, when each winter I had to work the sport show, I was amazed by the fact that so many show attendees wore jackets with the names of bars-taverns on them. With very few exceptions there was at least one jacket with a bar’s name and logo in every group of people strolling the aisles. [:(]
My brother lives in the Monterey area ( Pacific Grove). Have you eaten at the restaurant there that serves aligator?
Im from Milwaukee and currently live in Monterey, CA. I go back to the homeland every year and search out the best fish frys whenever possible. This year I happened on a good one at Calhoun Hall on Calhoun Rd. near where I grew up. One of the best ones I’ve ever had, plus a great selection of beers. My Mom told me we used to go to sevices there in the back room around 1960 while they were building our church about a mile away. She said all the men liked it because you had to walk out through the tavern portion in front so they all got to stop and have a quick whip on thier way out. The old bakery next door used to serve hot ham and hard rolls on Sunday, still a Wisconsin tradition.
Milwaukee is known for their nieghborhood taverns and I was in many of them in the late 1970s. You got the feeling that you were visiting someone’s living room instead of a commercial establishment, always enjoyed the experience. My favorite at the time was probably the Blue Mound Inn. I remember their blue cheese dressing came with a separate small container of blue cheese chunks that you added to the dressing, I thought at the time that it was pretty cool. I also remember their good fried fish, perch I think. I don’t know if they are still a nieghborhood tavern or not, but McBob’s looks like a good replacement.
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