Monday, September 1, 2008

Back to Earth

"The time has come the Walrus said to talk of many things"
Were back home, in Cincinnati, after a wonderful 7 weeks at Camp Nebagamon, in Northern Wisconsin, where we are the Staff Grandparents for a camp of approximately 400 different boys, ages 9 to 16 and a staff of about 120. It is fun, rejuvenating and a real change from our time at home.
Before I start on my review, or comments, of local eating establishments I'd like to mention a couple of places we ate during our summer jaunt.
A lot of Northern Wisconsin "dinning" is at "road house" places, often built around a thriving Bar business. The menus are heavy on steaks, pasta, Walleye and other local fish, mostly fried.
Three dinners of note, two in the region and one on the way home, were good enough to mention and worth a stop if you are in the vicinity.
"Wild Rice" in Bayfield, WI. can hold it's own anywhere, in ambiance, service and food. Three of us visited and had; Crab Ravioli, Wild Rice Soup, a cheese platter, Bison Fillet,Salmon and Apple Crisp with homemade Ice Cream. All delicious, beautifully prepared and presented.
"Le Bistro"- 1409 Hammond Ave. Superior, WI is a new venture in an old and somewhat run down town. They serve lunch and diner and we at there for both. Lunch is basically lite fare, salads, sandwiches, a daily Quiche etc. In the evening the menu has an extensive, imaginatively prepared, selection and a very nice, small, wine list. We sample, sauteed Walleye with fresh tomato's, capers and white wine, Ossa Buco, Roasted herbed chicken, Salmon and a nice fillet.
Interesting food in Superior WI.
"Dominic's Trattoria"- 200 South Brentwood, Clayton, MO.-314-863-4567. Dominic's run two restaurants in the St. Louis area, a region know for Italian food. The more formal is "on the Hill" with table side preparation and upscale prices. The Trattoria is in an Apartment Building in Clayton with a good sized menu covering all the Italian standards. We went, with our Granddaughter, a Senior at Washington U, and the three of us shared everything, which was nicely divided by the kitchen or server. After drinks, the only time all summer I paid more than $5 for my Bombay, we divided two excellent salad, one basically poached asparagus and fresh tomato's while the other was an Italian Salad Nicoise, heavy on excellent tiny green beans(haricots verts). The three pastas, also divided were Lobster Ravioli, Gnocchi Bolognese and an interesting Angle Hair and Calamari presentation.
It's not Jane and Michael Stern but thus ends my summer addition of "Road Food".

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