MKE - Deptolla's Top 30 of 2012
Surprisingly, she put together a better list this year than in the past. I am surprised to hear that Roots closed. That is too bad but at least I have some special memories. I have never heard of c.1880 before. Has anyone been there for food or drinks?
I had never heard of Pastiche until I read about it in this article. I went there Monday before the Brewers game. It's a French bistro in the Bay View neighborhood, about halfway between the airport and downtown. I thought Pastiche was great! The menu is mostly traditional French bistro fare. I started with the steamed mussels, which is a special every Monday. I then had a spicy corn bisque, which was a special of the day. For the main, I had the sautéed skate wing. I loved all three dishes, just fantastic. The desserts sounded great but unfortunately I was too full to continue. Highly recommended! www.pastichebistro.com
We made it to c.1880 over the weekend. I was specifically looking for something with fine dining type food, but didn't want something overly formal or long and drawn out.
We really liked our dishes and enjoyed the space/vibe very much.
We shared crab for the first course, had the lamb and scallop entrees, and ended with their signature Whachamacallit dessert. We found everything to be delicious.
However--The servers were friendly, but timing seemed off--it wasn't an overly polished experience from that standpoint. Our friends had recently been and said the same thing. The food was good, but the service seemed awkward.
Either way, I do think it is worth a try and from our experience I understand why it made it on this list.
A few tips to share. The menu doesn't give very specific descriptions. We're not picky...but I could this frustrating people who are.
They did feature a multi-course dining option (5 courses I believe) for $75 and did have a wine pairing available for that.
We were driving around Delafield last night, saw Tony and Mia's and on impulse stopped in. I know, Saturday night - Homecoming - without a reservation - yeah, what were we thinking. To our surprise, the host was so apologetic that he didn't have a table he actually gave us a 20 percent discount card for when we come back. That floored us, as we didn't ask or expect for anything. He was so gracious and nice that you can betcha we'll be there soon - and will call first for that reservation. :-)
We have been to c.1880 and were underwhelmed. It took over 10 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge us. He did and said he'd be right back to take our drink order and another 10 minutes passed. The place was not overly busy.
We had the Foie Gras appetizer with some kind of foie flan foam. I am really tired of the foam phase. The Foie Gras was good but for $20 I would think that we would have gotten more than a sliver.
My lamb was different- two medallions over some thing as described as a Mediterranean medley. I wouldn't order it again.
My husband some type of fish, he can't remember . I think it was rainbow trout. Either way he said it wasn't very good and also wouldn't order it again.
Overall we weren't impressed.
Went to C. 1880 this past week.
One cocktail was far too sweet, the other extremely watery.
Appetizers were good--crab salad with cucumber and jalapeño. Asparagus soup with melons and prosciutto.
Mains were meh. Scallops were perfectly cooked but did not belong on the same plate as yogurt, olives, dill, and tomato. Short rib was fine but a little dry. Beans and zucchini were tasty, though.
Service was very absent. Waiter would disappear for long stretches and he was clearly overworked. One server for 5-6 tables taking orders, serving bread, pouring soup table side, serving pre dessert, table side coffee, making drinks, etc.
Well, a link might help! Sorry about that. Looks like it is too late to update my original post so...
Completely agree. Meritage is a nice little gem. I have literally never had anything there that I did not like. And they manage to keep prices very modest.