Around this time last year, I began doing takeout reviews of local restaurants to highlight some gems that were shifting to delivery to continue service in the pandemic. Main Street Bourbon Room is one of those my husband and I ordered during that time, but it looks like I never got around to posting it. I remembered having some mixed thoughts on the delivery itself, and I wanted to be as kind as possible to restaurants when things were so hard.
Businesses have been reopened for awhile, but we never got around to visiting Main Street Bourbon Room until this weekend where my memories of our takeout meal were completely upended by a lovely dining experience. It stands to reason that this would be the case in a location built upon an extensive bourbon list. Still, I found myself surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it.
I'll start by saying I'm not a bourbon or whiskey drinker normally. The only old fashioned I drink is a brandy old fashioned, but for the sake of getting the full experience of the restaurant, my husband and I both ordered their signature old fashioned, sweet, with bourbon. It drinks smoothly, and it's a drink that I could nurse throughout the meal without ordering a second. About halfway through, I passed mine off to my husband to order the Operation SOS 2.0 beer from 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan to show some support for their mission of helping other restaurants recover from the pandemic.
We reordered the same appetizer as we did from our long ago take out experience: their fan favorite crab and shrimp dip served with ciabatta sticks for dipping. What we got in delivery was a small container filled with the dip still cold. What we got in the restaurant was this dip served in a very tiny and very hot cast iron skillet, and it made a world of difference for the flavor. We ate the whole damn thing.
I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of my chicken Bahn Mi sandwich, but like most of their sandwich offerings, its served on a ciabatta bun. The chicken is served as a full grilled breast with a spicy mayo, slaw, and a mix of asian greens. It was definitely not what I expected of my dinner, but it WAS tasty. That’s to say nothing of their lovely fries that I focused on the entire meal.
MSBR is a gem tucked away on the east side of Main Street where many people might not be looking for a good meal. Its a beautiful place to stop in, get a few drinks with friends, and enjoy a tasty menu. Visit their facebook for more information about their hours. Vaccination rates in Wisconsin are looking great, and it’s time to get back out there and support our local businesses!