Blue Jacket, Milwaukee
Blue Jacket is just the type of place I've been looking for when visiting Milwaukee over the past several years: excellent regional food including lake fish.
The fried smelts satisfied a craving I've had for years. You can't get decent smelt in San Francisco. These were excellent small smelts with a great frying job. The fried orange peel was a fun and tasty touch. The dipping sauce was nice, but after so long without good smelt it was more of a distraction this time.
The whitefish was another hit, served with some awesome chanterelles, a delicious sherry squash broth, some salty guanciale, and carmelized onions. A very nice combination of flavors to complement some good lake fish.
The draft beer selection was short but very well selected. The 3 Sheeps Really Cool Waterslides IPA was a particularly nice great with a crazy name.
There were lots of other great looking local options on the menu. I'll be back to try more!