Editor's Note --
Rachel is on our hankr team helping with area development and marketing.
On a weekly basis, she will share her take on great food and restaurants in Milwaukee that you can find in hankr.
Here is her first installment.
In our whirlwind of photographing new dishes at dishes at Taqueria El Jefe, ABV Social, and Osgood's, I was able to stop by the shoot at ABV Social and witnessed a plethora of delicious food being captured for the hankr app.
Apparently, my witnessing became drooling and Chef Zach Espinosa did not skip a beat in asking if I wanted to try some of the dishes. Um, is the sky blue? Is grass green? My answer was a resounding yes.
Chef Zach was incredibly generous with his time and service and it is undeniable how invested and proud he is in his dishes and restaurant. Chef Zach prepared three of the most intriguing menu items: Seoul Ribs, Grilled Shrimp Salad, and the Cornish Pasty.
I started with Seoul Ribs, which is classified as an appetizer. Chef Zach detailed these Korean-style ribs that marinate for 36 hours before being grilled to tender-yet-crispy perfection. Let me tell you, the flavor is remarkable. I was impressed that this much thought and effort is put into an appetizer - and that was just the start!
The Grilled Shrimp Salad was light and fresh with the perfect tang of soy-ginger vinaigrette. The jumbo gulf shrimp were the ideal state of tenderness, juxtaposed against the crisp of the cucumber-cabbage slaw. Salad may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of pub food, but I fully support that Chef Zach made this a thing.
Initially, I was bit skeptical of the Cornish Pasty, but I was quickly hanging my head in shame that I did. I just wasn't sure what to expect with this meat-filled, pie-esque plate. However, in classic underdog fashion, the unassuming pasty stole my taste buds became a favorite. It was comfort food to the max.
Chef took the time to talk about the dish's origins in Cornwall, England. Cornwall is a county at the southern end of the country and was known for its mining industry. Because the miners' hands would often get dirty from working, they would use one "clean" hand (debatable as to how clean it really was, because coal) and grab a pasty to maintain clean and efficient eating.
The pasty, like ABV's, would be filled with everything one would need for a complete meal - meat, vegetables and a starch. Chef Zach makes his Cornish Pasty with sirloin, turnips, carrot, potato, and onions baked in the pastry with mushroom gravy. ABV Social's pastry chef hand braids the dough to give it the authentic detail of the old English meal.
Need even more comfort? You can also request to have it smothered in Beer Cheese Soup! You’re welcome.
I mean, come on! Comfort on top of comfort equals a whole lot of satisfaction. This will definitely be my "go to" at ABV!