Traveain night at Milwaukee’s Public Market — a guest post by Traveain

Note: My nephew Traveain escorted his two grandmas to his favorite Wednesday night spot and we felt the super sweet evening they enjoyed deserved a post. Here is his story:

It all started because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it down to Florida to celebrate Grandma Peggy’s 80th birthday in January or to Las Vegas to celebrate Granny Thelma’s 90th birthday in June, so I came up with a plan.

I said, “Here. Let’s get the two grandmas together and take them to the Public Market on Wednesday.”

They loved it. They loved the idea. I told them I was treating, too, and they really loved that.

We go to the Public Market every Wednesday because it’s crab night. You can get crab any night at the Public Market, but you’re going to have to pay a little more. We go on Wednesdays because that’s when they have the crab special. They know me there. They know what tables I like and they treat us well. You have to put your name in when you get there, but our buzzer usually goes off before everyone else’s because they know us. We’ve been going there for more than eight years.

So, I led everybody in when we got there and they gave us two good tables put together right away. Then, I ordered for the whole table. We have a tradition. We each start with a cup of gumbo. It was very nice. Even Granny Thelma loved the gumbo and she makes a very good gumbo herself.

We had crab and lobster. It’s hard for me to do the cracking but we have a system. Granny Thelma did her own cracking. Kathy and Grandma Peggy had the shrimp.

Have you ever heard of calamari? Well, every time we go down there for dinner I tell Dad to put in an order of calamari to go so I can have some for lunch the next day.

After we got done with dinner, I took them to my other favorite spot, the bakery where all the sweets are. Normally, we each get a treat and then we bring it home to eat. I had the lemon blueberry cheesecake.

Then we took a walk around the market so we could see it all. I saw some very interesting things that I had never seen before.

It was a very nice night. Everybody had a great time.

Like I say, though, we have to get you down here.

First Traveain escorted his two ageless grandmas into the St. Paul Fish Company in Milwaukee’s Public Market. He’s a regular there on Wednesday nights, so they knew just where to seat him and his party. They serve him his root beer before he even asks for it.
They start with a cup of gumbo (though Traveain recently upped himself to a bowl) and then dig in to the crab special.
Sometimes they get the lobster, which is what first launched them on their long standing Public Market Wednesday night tradition.
After dinner, Traveain escorted his grandmas (and his dad Keith and my sister Kathy) to C Adam’s Bakery for a little post-dinner treat to take home. Our friend Joe once told me that every good salesman had to have one restaurant they could count on to give them “Duke Status”. For Traveain, that restaurant is the St. Paul Fish Company, where every Wednesday they treat him like a king.

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