Before heading back to our side of Lake Superior after a recent assignment in Bayfield, News Tribune photographer Steve Kuchera and I stopped into Manypenny Bistro for lunch.
Located on Manypenny Avenue, the bistro rests near a gallery, a bookstore and a fish house with a great view of the lake.
The sun began to emerge from behind the clouds, but the restaurant wasn’t yet prepared for outdoor seating, so we walked through the bar into what felt like a full dining room.
Scanning the menu, I vacillated between the shakshuka, the evil eye burger and the French ecstasy before honing in on the fish tacos. They come with the catch of the day, whitefish or trout, and I was in for something fresh.
And they delivered.
The three tacos boasted large chunks of lightly breaded whitefish, pickled red onion, apple slaw and cilantro shards. They were so fresh and brisk. The slaw was creamy and crunchy, reminding me of jicama.
And asked about the sauce, our waitress reported: it’s a housemade cilantro sauce, “That’s all they said to me.”
The fish tacos come with a side of tri-color tortilla chips and generic-tasting salsa — an odd choice that added maybe more for the eyes than the taste buds.
The fish tacos alone are filling, and for $12, they were well worth it.
The wait staff were friendly and charming, working efficiently through the space.
One gentleman noticed our News Tribune vehicle parked outside and shared his experience delivering the paper and calling in tips.
Nearby patrons were a mix of older people before a crowd of college-age eaters joined, ordering cheese curds and fry bread.
The menu touts decadent offerings of smothered hash browns, raspberry fritter French toast, breakfast entrees and bistro pizzas.
Definitely worth another visit.
201 Manypenny Ave., Bayfield