Milaukee Public Market {St. Paul Fish Company}

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People who love to eat are always the best people.

~Julia Child

I couldn’t agree more, Julia.  I love food.  I guess you could call me a foodie.  I’m generally up to try new things and am constantly on the hunt for fresh and unique ingredients.  The Milwaukee Public Market is my favorite place to find an eclectic yet complimenting array of local vendors.  The far east entrance to the Milwaukee Public Market is located on the corner of Broadway and St. Paul, which is appropriated flanked by St. Paul Fish Company.

Local owners Tim and Mary Beth Collins opened St. Paul Fish Company in 2005. These original tenants have helped build much of what the Milwaukee Public Market has become today.   It took their admittedly ‘weird skill set’ to evolve into their current business model, which includes both retail and wholesale businesses along with a restaurant and oyster bar.

FullSizeRender[3]I have been buying shrimp, crab legs and lobster from St. Paul Fish company for years.  I believe I stumbled upon it on one of my weekend trips to the Milwaukee Public Market.  St. Paul Fish Company immediately became my go to destination for fresh fish.  The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and are often quick to crack a joke or offer some cooking tips.  If you haven’t bought fish directly from St. Paul Fish Company there is still a good chance you have tried their products as they supply fish to over 100 local restaurants.  When I say fresh I truly mean it.  Restaurants place their orders in the afternoon for next day delivery.  Tim relies on his past experience as a fishmonger to work with over 20 vendors a week to ensure he is getting only the best product to put into his store and restaurant.

Oh the restaurant.  It’s one of my favorite spots to grab a bite in Milwaukee.  I also need to credit the St. Paul Fish Company with my first oyster experience.  As I mentioned, I’m generally up to try new foods.  On my first trip to the restaurant, the waitress asked if she could start us with some oysters.  I thought, ‘why not?’  I admitted I was a novice and she was beyond helpful.  She explained how the taste varied by region and returned with an assortment of oysters for the table to try.  I’ve been enjoying the oysters ever since.

St Paul Fish Company Lobster DinnerIt is hard to specifically say what St. Paul Fish Company is known for as they do everything well.  It’s difficult to choose between the lobster claw bloody mary, the king crab legs, the fish fry and lobster dinner.  If I had to select one favorite it would be the Lobster Roll.  The large hunks of lobster are literally piled on top of warm texas toast.  Apparently my rave review is in good company.  241 opinions on Trip Advisor have St. Paul Fish Company ranked as #3 of over 1,300 restaurants in Milwaukee.  I will add that 62 of the 241 reviews mention the lobster roll. St Paul Fish Company Lobster Roll 2

St. Paul Fish Company along with the Milwaukee Public Market as a whole announced today record sales and visits for 2015.  Congratulations to the Milwaukee Public Market and all the local tenants for great 2015 and cheers to a successful 2016!






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