Northpoint

Mitchell International Airport 5300 S Howell Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207 • (414) 747-5300 • northpointcustard.com

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My god was this bad. And I mean really, really bad. Not one thing was good. Not the burger, the shake or even onion rings. The only thing that was just okay were the cheese curds, but even those leave you feeling gross.

I honestly would’ve preferred to eat the food on the plane, that’s how bad it was.

The shake was too icy. The meat was over-cooked, dry and flavorless. The ingredients tasted like GMO’s. And their ketchup is Hunt’s, which should tell you something right there- even their condiments sucked.

Just so atrociously, all-out bad. Did I say it was bad yet? Oh, I did? Sorry for beating a dead horse, but I’m only doing that because it was BAD.

So, again, in summation… it was B-A-D.

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The Ultimate Schnitzel

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The Rumpus Room – Milwaukee, WI

Truth be told, I tend to find the high water mark for schnitzel rather low. I mean, even great schnitzel is only just “good” by comparison to so many other dishes I’d rather have. But that was until I ate at the Rumpus Room. They showed me the light. And this is how they did it.

First, they start with a pork-based schnitzel as opposed to veal, which I don’t think made the difference and if anything added to the level of difficulty, because veal usually trumps pork in my book. But I do believe it is local, hormone/antibiotic free pork, which does make a difference.

Then, they obviously bread and fry the thing, but the breading they use seems to be pretty standard as schnitzels go. What isn’t standard is how moist it turns out. And how they top it, with a mound of spicy arugula, a local aged gouda and a farm fresh, sunny-side egg, all culminating in a perfect storm of schnitzel bliss.

Edi & The Wolf – New York, NY

What makes this schnitzel sing isn’t the schnitzel itself, it’s the accoutrements that surround it. A sweet lingonberry jam, a refreshing cucumber slaw and a creamy, mustardy potato salad that when paired with a bite of the heritage pig schnitzel or any sub-combination thereof, you are met with a complexity of flavors often woefully absent from the realm of schnitzel.

The Rumpus Room

1030 N Water St. Milwaukee, WI 53202 • (414) 292-0100 • rumpusroommke.com

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I was stranded in Milwaukee on a business trip after a huge storm hit NY, shutting down the airports. So, we decided to turn lemons into lemonade and stay downtown as opposed to near the airport. And we also decided to hit the Rumpus Room… And SOOO glad we did.

This place is awesome. A hip gastro pub with excellent service (props to Emily May), cool decor and an awesome beer selection, both draught and bottled. For example, I got myself a Staropramen- one of my favorite beers on Earth, but VERY hard to find in the states as it is a Czech beer and Pilsner Urquell seems to be the more common find in the USA.

But the beer is just the beginning. For appetizers we had the Scotch Egg, which I highly recommend. And we also had the wings, which were good. Spiced with harissa and served with a creme fraiche bleu cheese dip.

And then the Schnitzel came in to my life, and all was right with the world again. I forgot all about the fact that I was stranded and basked in the glow of the best Schnitzel I’ve ever had. Made with pork, breaded to perfection, then topped with spicy arugula, a rich, local aged gouda, mushrooms, and a fired sunny side egg.

On a roll, we pushed through, even though we were full, because after such an impressive showing, we had to try dessert- And that’s when Rumpus fell short of 5 stars, because the bread pudding was unfortunately lack luster. Thankfully we quickly made up for that with a few glasses of port. 🙂

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