For the record, I have reviewed "Swig" before, in November 2014. My visit on Sat. April 14, 2018, was the second time I've been back since my first review 3 1/2 years ago.
Standard Disclaimer: I am an overweight, older male who likes to eat. If given the choice between quality and quantity of food, I will pick quantity every time. Especially if the choices involve meat and potatoes. If you happen to be Vegan, vegetarian, or an anti-glutite, feel free to stop reading this review now. Sorry.....I don't write for your dietary preference. Nothing personal. I just like to eat what you don't like. I do not mention that I opt to write in Trip Advisor so that I can be treated like anyone else in an establishment. I do not seek, nor would I accept, anything of value in return for writing a review, much less a positive one. My review is a matter of personal opinion, based on the quality and quantity of food at the time of visit, service, ambience, and value. My review does not necessarily represent Trip Advisor or its subsidiaries.
My wife and I have been attending plays put on at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre for a number of years now and we tend to go to dinner before each of the 5 play season. Since the weather was cold, windy, and rainy/snowy on April 14, we chose "Swig" because it was about a block from the theatre building. I had made a reservation several days prior to April 14 and did so online.
We were promptly greeted when we arrived and were seated 10 minutes before our reservation time. The restaurant looked much the same as it did 3 1/2 years ago. The restaurant front was dark with an elevated area near the front windows and a fireplace. The main dining area was better lit, with the 1930's style bare bulbs with a glowing filament. Sound was loud in the dining area as the floor is wooden and there were no wall hangings or fabric to absorb the sound. I believe "Dana" was our server and she greeted us and took our drink order., and I ordered the crab cake appetizer. The crab cakes were maybe 3 bites of food each, served with remouade and julienne veggies. The crab cake I ate was good. I believe the last time I reviewed "Swig", I may have suggested that they increase the size of the crab cakes and make that a new Entree item.
My wife opted to order a "power plate", the Portabello, with broccolini, arugula, cilantro, cabbage, sesame seeds, carrot, radish, soba noodles, sesame oil, coconut, and curry sauce. My wife elected to add shrimp to her meal, at a cost of $6.00 extra. I found her dish to be rather unusual, as some of it was warm and the rest was cold. She seemed to enjoy it. I ordered the "Cacio e Pepe", consisting of spaghetti, parmesan, sage, butter, and cracked pepper. Decided to add shrimp to my order as well. I was a bit crestfallen when my food arrived, as it looked like a small serving to me. However, with the butter used, the dish was quite rich and I did just fine with the smaller amount of food. The shrimp my wife and I had added to our entrees was on the low end of "medium" in size. Tasty, but small. Dana was quietly efficient and did her work with a minimum of intrusion. I think I found it annoying back in 2014 and it was more evident on the evening of April 14, but I find the constant smart phone use by patrons just obnoxious. We sat behind a table of 4 girls who looked to be in their mid-20's, who were non-communicative.....they were on their smart phones. Who knows if they were texting each other or communicating by mental telepathy. Their eyes were glued to their screens and they just couldn't look away or put the damn phones down. (As an irrelevant aside, using a phone of any kind is a privilege and not a right.....and I just don't understand why many places like restaurants, theaters, etc. offer Wi-Fi in the first place. I'd be happier if they just had signal jammers to prevent any and all cell phone use.)
In any event, the cost of our dinner, which included 2 glasses of wine, 1 beer, crab cakes appetizer, and 2 entrees came to around $87 excluding tip. Not a bad night out.
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