Stack’d Burger Bar
170 South First Street, Milwaukee
Date of Curd Tasting: 14FEB2015
To set the scene: Ahhhhh, Valentine’s Day. Sweet, sweet amore’. In our typical style, we shunned shmooshy blechy lovey dovey tradition, and got tickets with some pals to Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. Sniper came down with the lung herp, so HappySchnapps got to hit the town, and the curdz, with two hotties on his arm.
Menu description: Wisconsin White Cheddar Cheese Curds – Lightly breaded with panko breadcrumbs served with a spicy Siracha ranch dipping sauce.
The place was packed, so we sat at the bar. Who knew that a burger joint was such a V-Day destination? We asked the bartender if he knew which dairy the curdz came from. The answer: “Cheddar chz”. Cheezaholic gently repeated the question, at a slightly higher decibel level. The answer: “Like, whose cows? Oh, I don’t know.” The rocket scientist did go ask, and came back with this report: “It’s Anchor and they’re in Illinois but it says Wisconsin.” It was too painful to ask any additional follow up questions.
The curdz were served in a very hipster steel bucket, which was totes adorbs. The curdz themselves were decent – seemed quite fresh, a slight salt deficit.
As per menu description.
Lovely glisten remained on the fingertips.
Corn mealy, with a gummy mouth feel. Woefully underfried, resulting in a sad, pale and soggy curd. A few instances of chz bleed and conjoined curd phenomenon.
Definitely the star of the show. HappySchnapps made a stunning declaration: “I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is my favorite non-traditional condiment so far.” Toad liked the condiment more than the curd, and brought the hammer down with “They’re no Chz Days Curdz, that’s for sure.”
Price was $8.00. We always cringe at the ocho, but we were in a cool neighborhood in downtown Milwaukee, so high prices were expected. Presentation in the bucket was dang cute, and it was a decent sized order.
A formidable showing. The condiment saved the day for Schnapps and Toad, but as per usual, Cheezaholic, the curd purist, would still would rather have had plain ranch. The curdz were tasty, sure…but worth the mile walk in the 7 degree weather? Debatable. The burgers, on the other hand, were fantastic! And giant. We each could only finish half of our respective burgers! After a quick stop to warm up at Milwaukee Ale House on the long walk to the show, we donated our leftovers and gave a hungry homeless guy a V-Day feast. xoxoxox We’ll definitely be back to Stack’d, but next time probably skip the curdz and destroy the whole burger.