Kusaka

3rdarm marcia kostick marcia mello etta arthur mullen chicago wisconsin mineral point kusaka ramen

We have never been in Mineral Point on a day when MP Dining Company (with its excellent reviews) is open: my days off are Sunday and Monday. For us, the best restaurant in town is Kusaka (open 7 days a week!) We walked over from the Saltbox, a cottage we had rented a couple streets over.

3rdarm marcia kostick marcia mello etta arthur mullen chicago wisconsin mineral point kusaka ramen

The husband and wife who own Kusaka are dedicated to serving food made from scratch. It doesn’t get any better than that! The dumplings were delicious, some of the best I ever had, and made for the perfect starter. Etta’s mom got a lychee soda (from Japan) and had fun popping the seal (it involved a glass marble.)

3rdarm marcia kostick marcia mello etta arthur mullen chicago wisconsin mineral point kusaka ramen

I got the pork belly ramen with a side of irresponsible sauce. This well balanced hot sauce had bright, tart, sweet shades of flavor and ultimately satisfying levels of spice. I used all of it, and I’m pretty much a wimp when it comes to the hot stuff.

3rdarm marcia kostick marcia mello etta arthur mullen chicago wisconsin mineral point kusaka ramen

The smoked pork belly brought a smoky, summery level of umami to the dish. The handmade wheat noodles were delicious. I found myself craving them and later that night I raided and devoured Etta’s leftovers.

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