East Town Kitchen & Bar opens today in the Downtown Marriott
Change is the only constant in an active dining scene, and diners will witness yet another evolution at the new East Town Kitchen & Bar, which opens today at the Downtown Marriott, 323 E. Wisconsin Ave.
The restaurant replaces Millioke, which opened in 2013 with a focus on Midwestern staples of meat, cheese and beer. And it sports an updated floor plan and a menu showcasing regional takes on classic dishes.
The most notable changes are in the restaurant's layout, which features a relocated bar nestled along the east wall. The back bar is chic and clean, sporting subway tile and new grey metal stools. Meanwhile, the dining room features a wide variety of seating options from high four-tops to larger tables accommodating groups of six. Former booths have been replaced by open banquette-style seating.
The bar maintains a focus on local craft brews including selections from Door County Brewing, 3 Sheeps, Central Waters, Lakefront and Miller (priced $5-7) along with a short list of beer-tails like a Beer-Groni with Bombay gin, campari, dolin rouge and IPA ($12). Cocktails include seasonal takes on classics like the Pecan Pie Old Fashioned featuring pecan-infused whiskey, all spice demerara syrup and ango ($12) and an East Town Mule with Wheatley vodka, cranberry cordial, house-made ginger beer and bitters ($10).
Wines are also available by the glass, as are selections from the bar's extensive whiskey collection. During happy hour, guests will enjoy $2 off taps and wine pours (with a happy hour food menu on the way).
A breakfast menu features staples like eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, avocado toast and a brunch burger topped with egg.
Lunch and dinner options include a variety of small plates, from jumbo pretzels with beer cheese sauce and mustard, BLT deviled eggs and char-grilled chicken wings to fried Widmer's cheese curds served with chipotle ranch dressing ($8.95-11.95).
There's also a selection of soups and salads including a classic Caesar, a southwestern chopped salad and a seasonal baby greens salad ($8.95-12.95). Soups include creamy tomato soup with cheesy garlic bread ($7.95) and baked French onion soup with a topping of provolone, gruyere and parmesan ($5.95/$8.95).
Sandwich selections include burgers, grilled cheese and a chicken club along with a fried walleye sandwich topped with fennel slaw, tomato and tartar sauce ($10.95-$15.95). There's also a fried bologna sandwich featuring thinly sliced Usinger's bologna, Wisconsin queso and yellow mustard for $12.95.
Fried chicken is both a lunch staple and dinner entree. It comes with mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw and a hot honey drizzle ($12.95/$18.95).
Other dinner entrees include a double cut pork chop with Brussels sprouts, steak frites, grilled salmon, baked macaroni and cheese and a quinoa vegetable chili bowl ($14.95-$25.95).
East Town Kitchen & Bar is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m.
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