The Whale has landed in the neighborhood this landlocked fisherman could not be happier. The new restaurant (2427 N. Milwaukee Ave.) opened July 5 and has since been the talk of the town.
I absolutely love how this restaurant is set up to look like a gamblers paradise with train cars in the middle of the place. These cars come with two televisions that turn into art when not on. For my first visit, I started off with a Bad Apple, a nonalcoholic drink made of kiwi and lime juice, tart and sweet. I noticed these capsules at other tables and saw 100-ounce containers with mimosas, Bellinis and sangria, an impressive way to deliver whole table drinks.
For an appetizer, I ate the cinnamon muffin donuts with a vanilla dip on the side. I love donuts; my grandparents had a bakery I worked at in Ohio. For dinner, I had the crab cakes and they were delicious. Flaky pan-fried, they fell apart nicely when forked. Two crab cakes came with a little side salad but I left enough room for dessert and glad I did because it was homemade ice cream.
The second night I sat outside at the restaurant’s patio and decided to try the trout schnitzel—excellent trout with scrambled eggs on the side. The fish was actually bigger than the plate! It was crispy, pan-fried steelhead. It was well prepared and hit the satisfying spot.
I went back after the weekend brunch menu for the regular menu on a Tuesday night. This time I skipped the appetizers and went for the whale burger with onion, tomato and lettuce. It was a good quality burger, double-pattied with a nice soft bun and crispy fries on the side.
The place was packed every night and I know some of the staff from other spots around town. Hopefully, it will remain as busy throughout the year. If you are looking for somewhere new to try, The Whale is your place. It is a great addition to the community’s restaurant scene that I will be going back regularly. Pro tip: If you are in the service industry, Sunday is industry night, which could help you take advantage of cheaper prices.
Featured photo: Tom Vlodek