Pier 106: zooming in with a photographer's lens

The time has come again to hear from one of our favorite hankr photographers, Jeff Betz. This week we’re putting the spotlight on Pier 106, a bistro featuring a menu of seafood and regional dishes. Let's hear his point of view!

Atmosphere

Pier 106 interior

Pier 106 interior

The first thing Jeff noticed when walking into Pier 106 was the nautical theme carried throughout the restaurant. Spanning from the lights, to the bar, to the knick knacks on the walls. The dark wooded walls make you feel comfortably enclosed, mimicking the feeling of a cozy cabin in a boat. Everything seemed to fit, including the restaurant's adjacency to the Milwaukee River. 

Along with taking many of the photographs we've all come to know, love and drool over, he has the very important job of trying the food he photographs. As a self-described food novice, he simply could not forget these three dishes.

The Bluegill Melt

Beer battered bluegill, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, on marble rye

Beer battered bluegill, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, on marble rye

Jeff grew up eating his uncle John's fried Bluegill which later turned into a regular fishing hobby exclusively pursuing this tasty fish that many of us oftentimes overlook. The Bluegill Melt at Pier 106 went above and beyond his expectations, which is quite the feat considering he's used to tasting it hours after it's been caught. The crispy beer battered coating and toasted marble rye bread adds a nice crunch, while the sharp cheddar leaves you with a tasty tang.  From the way Jeff talks about the Bluegill Melt, I imagine him guarding the leftover food from the shoot with his life; carefully strapping in the precious boxes of leftovers with the seatbelt.

The Crusted Walleye

Pretzel-crusted, mustard sauce, fingerling potatoes

Pretzel-crusted, mustard sauce, fingerling potatoes

Another dish that stood out to Jeff was the Crusted Walleye. It's important that we mention the pretzel crust, because it undoubtedly sets this dish apart from a traditional crusted walleye. Each bite has a perfect crunch to it. The buttery, rich fish was complemented flawlessly by the tangy mustard sauce. 

The Oreo Cheesecake

Cheesecake with a chocolate Oreo crust

Cheesecake with a chocolate Oreo crust

It's not hard to understand why Jeff remembers this dessert so vividly. Not only is it cheesecake, it's cheesecake with a chocolate Oreo crust. Jeff describes this decadent dessert as "everything a cheesecake should be, and more". It's creamy, smooth and maybe a little slice of heaven. Did we mention it's topped with an Oreo?

You can catch these dishes at Pier 106 weekdays from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., or on the weekends from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. There's much more to try at Pier 106- let us know what your favorite dish from Pier 106 is in the comments! 


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