The St Paul’s Fish company is located at the Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward and is probably one of the better seafood places in town. However, I would predict that many people are unaware that this place even exists because it is in a public marketplace. Regardless of location, this is a great spot for seafood.
Let’s start with the set-up. The restaurant has a large fish counter similar to what you may see at most grocery stores. However on the end of this counter, there is a lively bar. This bar not only serves drinks, but it is also a great spot to have some oysters or a sandwich. There is a dining area across the main walkway if diners are looking to sit down and have a relaxed meal and the staff at St. Paul’s are very courteous and helpful.
We have stopped by multiple times for lunch, dinner, and to pick up some fresh fish to prepare at home.
My personal favorite for lunch comes from the extensive list of PO’ Boys on their menu. I went with the Shrimp Po’Boy ($10.95) and it was served on a fresh bun with some great sauce. They throw chips and a pickle to give you one of the best fish sandwiches in town. I am also a fan of the blackened tilapia Po’Boy ($10.95). The cajun seasoning packs the perfect punch and the serving size is ideal for a nice lunch or even a quick dinner. The market also has some top notch shrimp and sausage gumbo ($4.50/bowl) which packs a nice kick for those who like spice.
For those who already know about the St Paul’s fish company, it should come as no surprise that we were shocked by the price of the Lobster Dinner Special. At $13.95, it seemed like an absolute steal. Seriously, this may be the most affordable lobster in Milwaukee. And when I say affordable, I don’t mean cheap. This is well prepared fresh lobster that will satisfy even the most discerning of palettes. The lobster is served with Fries and Coleslaw and will certainly leave diners wanting to return for more.
The restaurant offers specials throughout the week. From Taco Tuesday (2 fish tacos for $5.00) to a traditional fish fri on Fridays ($12.95) this place has diners covered and for extremely reasonable prices.
One of the most unique things about this restaurant is the fact that they sell fish wholesale style. On several occasions we have bought swordfish or fresh shrimp to grill back at home. They sell a number of seasonings and sauces to accompany your fish purchase and will give recommendations on the proper way to prepare the meal as well. What they have for sale may vary from day to day, but shoppers can be assured that there will be a number of options to choose from. Anything from shrimp and scallops to mahimahi or salmon.
Finally, in my opinion, the Milwaukee Public Market is just a fun spot to have a meal. During weekends the market draws fairly large crowds, but on a weeknight, it is usually reasonable.There are other establishments that diners can visit before or after the meal, and during the holidays the Market is especially festive. We highly recommend giving St Paul’s a try. We are sure it will be a pleasant surprise.