Located just off National Avenue south of Milwaukee, Blue Jacket is a cozy restaurant recently featured in the New York Times. Since then, it has garnered plenty of attention. As a result, a group of us decided to stop by for dinner over the past weekend.
The first thing that I noted was the fact that the restaurant was very busy. I am always happy to see a restaurant with a full load of customers. It creates a fun and dynamic dining experience. The only issue is the fact that the bar was packed and there was really nowhere for people arriving early for their meal to sit down and have a drink. Keep this in mind if you head to Blue Jacket on a weekend.
Luckily, we had a reservation. As a result, we were able to sit down almost immediately and we had some cocktails prior to our meal.
The cocktail list was amazing. They have about ten cocktails ranging from $6-$11.
For an appetizer we had the meat and cheese combination tray. The tray had a number of cured meats and cheeses from the great lakes area. It was also served with some very good mustard and came with a loaf of bread. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the selection and with the freshness of the plate. The roasted beets salad was also a popular dish at our table.
The only somewhat disappointing moment of the evening was when we found out that the restaurant did not have two of their menu items. One of which, was the Duck Meatballs, something that two people in our group had intended to order. It was surprising that at 7:00pm on a Saturday night a regular menu item would be sold out. Given the fact that the menu is relatively small, it is a significant deal when an item is out. That was the only issue of the evening however.
For dinner we tried the sirloin and the fish. The sirloin was cooked to perfection and served with roasted fingerling potatoes, leeks, and a great bordelaise sauce. The meat was cooked to the perfect temperature and I like the fact that the portion was not extremely overwhelming. The whitefish was also a popular choice at our table and again was cooked very well.
The service was tremendous and our waitress was extremely attentive. It was also clear that other diners were receiving the same high level of service.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable dining experience. The service was great, the food was cooked extremely well, and the pricing was appropriate. This is not a place that will break the bank, but the quality of food and service is comparable to some of the nicer restaurants in town. Definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area.