Cuisine - American, Cuisine - Seafood, Places - Massachusetts, Places - New England

Review: Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman's of Essex ExteriorBefore I went to Woodman’s of Litchfield (New Hampshire) last year, I had no idea, until doing a little followup research for a blog post, that its parent restaurant Woodman’s of Essex (Massachusetts) was the birthplace of the fried clam.

But, back in 1916 this little roadside seafood shack started the craze that goes up and down New England’s shores with a frenzy. Today, the restaurant is run by the third and fourth generations of the Woodman family. The lines are still long, the clams are still hot, juicy and oh-so-good.

So, let’s take a closer look at this Massachusetts mainstay…

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Food - General, Foodie Firsts, Places - Milwaukee

Fried beer hopping to Brew City today

A few weeks ago we reported on the latest creation to hit the Texas State Fair – deep-fried beer and pretzels.

Well, a chef in Milwaukee has now jumped on the bandwagon and created his own version of fried beer and pretzels. Starting today at The Miller Time Pub at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, they will be serving a deep-fried beer appetizer.

Fried Beer

For $5, you get three pieces of the deep-fried beer, a beer chaser and three dipping sauces including horseradish ale cream, nine-grain mustard and spicy Wisconsin cheddar. Just beware: you must be 21 to order. Even though the ravioli-like pretzel exterior and beer is fried, there’s still enough alcoholic content left behind. So the Hilton is saying, “Please chew responsibly.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about Executive Chef Brian Frakes creation:

Frakes chose New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest with a spicy bouquet and reddish color to feature inside the pretzel-dough ravioli. The beer is frozen with gelatin to create beer jewels, which are tucked inside the dough before it’s fried for about 20 seconds. The quick-frying cooks the dough and returns the beer to its liquid state. A sprinkle of rosemary fire salt is the finishing touch.

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The Miller Time Pub is located in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.