Best New Restau­rant

From pol­ished seafood plates to plant-based “pub” food.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Dining -

HIGH END: Third Coast Pro­vi­sions

In late 2016, Mer­ri­ment So­cial's own­ers made their power move, open­ing an el­e­gant Down­town seafood house. Their idea to build on our Great Lakes his­tory was brave, and de­light­ful. Fill­ing a gap in our mar­ket is some­thing these restau­ra­teurs set out to do, and with ev­ery­thing from char-grilled oys­ters and lob­ster pot pie to Lake Su­pe­rior wall­eye, Third Coast Pro­vi­sions (724 N. Mil­wau­kee St.; third­coast­pro­vi­sions.com) is do­ing it very well.

LOW END: Cloud Red

With win­dows that open breezily to the side­walk and a chalk­board menu with many plant-based choices, Cloud Red's trans­for­ma­tion from a for­mer pub is com­plete. The farm-raised fo­cus keeps some menu items fluid, but there's a good grass-fed burger, falafel pita, a crispy Brussels sprouts app and a gi­ant home­made choco­late chip cookie. The Mar­garita Mon­day and Taco Tues­day deals are the bomb. (4488 N. Oak­land Ave.; cloudredmke.com)

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