The Tandem is a restaurant in Milwaukee, WI that truly makes you feel at home. The food is flavored just right and uses a delicious combination of seasonings and sauces that doesn't overpower each dish's natural flavor. The Grain Salad was the standout and the best salad I've ever had (and being a Pescatarian means I've eaten many). It mixed basic salad components such as beets, carrots and lettuce with grains and a vinaigrette that you couldn't see, but when I took a bite my taste buds exploded with satisfaction. Their website says it's "down-to-earth food with fresh-from-the-earth ingredients" and that's just the tastiness I experienced.
The hushpuppies were surprising. I'm not a huge hushpuppy fan because I've eaten many overcooked ones, but these have changed my mind. They were a mix of an average hushpupy and cornbread that wasn't overly sweet. I love the twist of serving them with maple butter too! The veggie burger was flavorful and not overcooked. Service wise, The Tandem wasn't too busy for a Friday afternoon lunch so there was no line and the fresh food came out in no time. The server was also attentive and accommodating, plus since my mom frequents The Tandem she knew our server. I love local places!
The Tandem was everything I needed and more a few weeks ago. As someone who was raised around fresh food and valuing local businesses, The Tandem embodies it all. I met the owner, Caitlin, right before I went to Spain last year and while the restaurant wasn't open yet, I put it high on my list of places to eat when I returned. It's a must-eat restaurant in the city!
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