Mllwaukee’s Public Market is a smaller version of Seattle’s famous Pike’s Market, offering a variety of local food vendors with a lovely upstairs seating area. It’s in the Third Ward, the former Italian section of Milwakee which has become a go-to place for restaurants these days.
We stopped for lunch at the St. Paul Fish Company which is in one corner of the market right inside the door. Even at lunchtime on a Sunday it was packed. We had a short wait for a table, but the food was worth the wait.
The place looks like it would be right at home in Pike’s Market too with its large selection of fresh ocean fish, crabs and lobsters. If I still lived in Milwaukee this would likely be a regular stop for me.
I started off with six Bluepoint oysters, the standard for oyster lovers. They were fresh and delicious, going down so smoothly I could easily have eaten a dozen.
For my main course, I had scallops served with a fruit salsa and roasted veggies. Jasmine rice also came with the meal, but I left almost all of that as I’m avoiding white rice these days.
The scallops didn’t have a great sear on them, something anyone who watches Hell’s Kitchen will know is not easy to do. But they tasted wonderfully fresh and I enjoyed the salsa. I tasted more salt on the various parts of this meal than I would have liked, even after telling the waitress to ask for no added salt in the cooking process.
I’d recommend this place. Seafood is great on a low-salt, low-fat diet, raw seafood like oysters has nothing add to spoil it.