One of the first restaurants in the Green Bay area that my husband and I visited after we moved in was Umi Sushi in Bellevue. At the time, we thought it conveniently located-- but nothing to write home about. I spent those first few weeks avoiding any writing on local restaurants to try to get my bearings with the area. My mother was in town this weekend. She accompanied us on our first trip to Umi, and we thought it only appropriate to bring her again for our first post-COVID visit.
Umi Sushi had their indoor dining closed for much of the pandemic, reopening dine in on May 1st of this year. This is part of the reason we hadn’t been back in a long time to give them another shot. We really only want sushi if we’re sitting down inside the restaurant. Ordering for takeout isn’t something appealing to my husband and I when it comes to sushi.
You’ve seen pictures on our instagram of snacks my husband and I have picked up from Plia’s Kitchen’s food stand at the Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market already. We stop almost every single week for stuffed chicken wings and crab rangoons, and yet we never stopped in to their brick and mortar location. Their indoor dining has been closed for the entire pandemic up until the end of June, so we have done takeout with them at least once in that time. I waited to give them a formal review because I really wanted to see their interior and experience it for myself the best way I could.
Plia’s is in a small storefront on Webster Avenue, and when you see it, it makes sense that they wanted to limit indoor dining until they felt comfortable with where Brown County stood in the pandemic. There is not much room for tables, and the table spacing required in early CDC guidelines for indoor dining would have limited the space to maybe two tables. We got comfortable by the wall after ordering at the counter.
Farmer’s Market Vendor Highlights return this week with a newcomer to the Green Bay Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market, Shiitake Creek Mushroom Company. As some of my readers know, I get a lot of my mushrooms now through our friends at Produce with Purpose at Revoluton Market-- but sometimes I forget to set up my build a box delivery or I don’t get to the west side. So, I’ve got to stock up at the market. Shiitake Creek is another option on the strip in the morning for mushroom eaters out there.
Just take a look at that variety. Until that morning, I had never seen a pink oyster mushroom with my own eyes. I knew they existed, but other growers that I’ve purchased from in the past never had them when I was able to make a pit stop at their booths. It was those pink oysters that made me stop that morning when I normally keep moving on past the first few booths from Walnut Street.
Every single visit since the first one I described above has introduced me to a new variety of cultivated mushroom, and here I thought I was serious in my mushroom game. Not like these great people. They've since become a weekly stop for me to learn about new mushrooms and varieties of the more common ones we see in most stores and stands. They’re a good source of chanterelles while the summer season is on as well.
You can also visit them at their farm Aurora, WI if you feel like making the drive out of town during the week. They offer so much on site that it may be worth it for the day trip for foodies like myself and my readers. You can purchase a guided wild mushroom foray on their website to take you out into the woods surrounding the farm to do your own hunting with professionals, and they keep a shop open as well.
They’re working very hard to open Northern Wisconsin’s eyes to the glorious world of mushrooms, and I’m so thankful for their addition to the Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market this year. You guys keep cooking interesting!
During the pandemic lockdown, the Depot was one of those locations that we tried for takeout. They filled the space left behind by Titletown Brewery when they moved into the new building across the street, and at the time, we enjoyed what we ate. We all know, however, that food suffers in transit, so with company in town we decided it was time to go see them in person. We looked forward to seeing the old building in its renovated condition.
The Depot, filled to the gills with patrons, still managed to get us seated at the door during a busy Friday evening on the Fox. We checked in with multiple restaurants in the area and found the wait time to be more than an hour. However, the Depot had our backs. We were hungry. We weren’t in the mood for waiting. We were sat immediately, and we sat with our beverages for a time while the waitress busied herself with her other tables.