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North Star Bisto- Shorewood and Thief Wine- Shorewood

O.K. This is a fun one. We will have dinner at North Star Bistro. Then we will make our way across the street to Thief Wine. For those new to Milwaukee Thief Wine is a great Wine Bar that allows you to sample glasses of wine in Flights (3x 2oz servings) for a reasonable rate. If you like a particular wine you can purchase it at a discounted rate.

As moves go, it wasn't far.
But North Star American Bistro's shift last fall from its home of six years to new, airy digs just across Oakland Ave. in Shorewood made miles of difference in the dynamics of the dining room.
Square rather than long, ringed with open, half-moon booths and banquette seating, it's a see-and-be-seen dining room, more conducive to the inevitable meeting and greeting that goes on when a restaurant pulls in customers from surrounding neighborhoods.
The dining room was full or nearly full when I visited for dinners, and on the weekend it was buzzing. More than buzzing, actually - it was loud with chatter. Incredibly, it was easier to talk in the bar on the other side of the dining room wall.
But with a modern, comfortable dining room and delicious food on the plates, it's worth making some noise over.
As ever, North Star - owned by Mike Stoner and Duffy O'Neil - was particularly strong on the main course during my visits. Some appetizers and desserts were more appealing to me than others. With a broad menu, sleek dining room in warm earth tones and now a spacious bar, it's easy to see why North Star is a busy place.
Among the appetizers, the goat cheese medallion ($9.50) served with toasts is worth seeking out; that cheese is warm and creamy beneath a crisp crust of pistachio.
One of North Star's pizzas is good to share as a first course, such as the fresh spinach, red pepper, rosemary and fontina ($9.95). Rather than chewy, the thin crust almost is more breadlike, with a fine, tender crumb.
Main dish after main dish at North Star both looked enticing and overwhelmingly hit the mark on flavor and preparation.
Consider one of the seasonal dishes, chicken Boursin ($16.95): a partly boneless breast filled with creamy cheese and dried apricots, then heartily browned and served with cubed roasted potatoes and, on this night, excellent green beans as the vegetable. Or a thick, grilled pork chop ($17.95), moist and flavorful with a hunter's sauce of mushrooms sparked with capers; the chop was served with perfectly seasoned creamed spinach and spiced mashed sweet potatoes - sweet indeed, but they played nicely with the chop.
Other entrées were just as compelling - the duck confit ($14.95 one leg, $19.95 two legs) with dried cherry relish, sautéed spinach and an addictive potato-bacon hash; tender, full-flavored lamb shank ($21.95) tempered with a red-wine sauce and served with creamy polenta.
A couple of sauces could be too understated, as with the lemon champagne sauce for the chicken Boursin.
Dessert - were satisfying, like the warm chocolate chip-banana bread pudding ($4.95), presented as thick, moist slices; silken crème brûlée ($4.95); and candylike flourless chocolate cake ($6.95).
Although the surroundings have changed, North Star Bistro in Shorewood is the same good restaurant underneath it all, a place to count on for a delicious dinner.

NSB Menu

Wine Thief Menu in PDF format

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it. I have a family emergency.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I just had something come up this morning and I won't be able to make it. Enjoy!

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just joined. Let me know if there's an opening for North Star. Thanks!

    March 24, 2013

    • Tina

      Paul there is an opening for this event. If you join the wait list you will be added.

      March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It seems the RSVPs are closed and there is no wait list icon.

      March 25, 2013

  • Skip

    Both Thief and North Star are my neighborhood hang-outs, especially in summer when there's outdoor seating. Here's a tip- if you bring a bottle of wine from Thief to the Bistro, the corkage is a miniscule $8, and hief has a far better wine selection.

    February 25, 2013

  • merryl m.

    Add another person.

    February 24, 2013

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