Friday, July 22, 2011

Cocktail of the Week: INdustrial Size Bloody Mary.

The weekend is here and you are probably wondering where you can get the best Bloody Mary in Milwaukee. Well, wonder no more. We found it, INdustri’s Loaded Bloody w/ Jumbo Grilled Prawn Skewer at INdustri Café in Walkers Point.

This 24 ounce behemoth starts with a roasted garlic, roasted red onion, roasted poblano, fresh basil and fresh horse radish house-INfused Rehorst vodka, then they add some tomato juice. The INfused Rehorst vodka has so much smoky flavor that there is no need to add any of the traditional Bloody Mary ingredients, it is great all on its own. (If you are feeling daring….ask them to add a little of their habenarro INfused Rehorst vodka)

Now, for maybe the best part of INdustri’s Bloody Mary (other than the vodka of course)…the fixings!!! The only thing INdustri doesn’t put in their Bloody is the kitchen sink. There is a house made spiced rim. Beef stick, a huge chunk of Wisconsin Gouda cheese, a JUMBO grilled prawn and every pickled veggie that you could ever want. You might not have room from brunch after this Bloody!

If you don’t have time to make it out for brunch this weekend be sure to check out their Happy Hour from 2-6pm Monday through Friday or for those of you who are like me and are normally working at that time, check out their S.I.N Happy Reverse Happy Hour Friday and Saturday night from 10 pm to 1 am

For those of you who want to play bartender, here is one of my Bloody Mary recipes. (I know we don’t all have infused vodka sitting around)

2 oz of your favorite vodka (please don’t waste the Goose on a bloody!)
5 oz your favorite Bloody Mary Mix (I like Mr. & Mrs. T’s)
A splash of pickle juice (try Famous Dave’s Sweet and Spicy Pickles it adds a bit of a kick)
Squeeze of lemon and lime juice
Garnish as desired (you can’t go wrong with blue cheese olives)

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cocktail of the Week: Mojita Bonita

Mojita Bonita

Created by
Maeve Pesquera
Director of Wine

Looking for a drink to sip on by the pool this summer? You could go with an 800 calorie margarita or you could be enjoying this new spin on the classic mojito. Only having 100 calories makes it bikini friendly. This drink was featured at Fleming's as part of there summer happy hour. On a scale from one to awesome, I give it an awesome.

" begin, I replaced the rum with Stoli Vanilla vodka. It has such a great silky essence. To kick up the fruit flavor, I added a little pineapple juice along with fresh lime juice. Of course, the fresh mint gives it such a refreshing quality," says Pesquera.

Here is the recipe for those of you that like to play bartender at home.
1 ounce Stoli Vanilla vodka
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce Monin sugar free vanilla syrup
1 ounce fresh lime juice
10 fresh mint leaves
2 ounces club soda

As always you can find more at Eat MKE.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

15665 W Bluemound Rd
Brookfield, WI

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hotel Metro / Chef Justin Johnson

This week we got a lesson in cooking from Chef Justin Johnson of Hotel Metro. We got to hang out in the kitchen and learn about Hotel Metro's Deconstructed Caeser Salad. Lucky for you, we were allowed to bring a camera with us.  Enjoy the video.

Hotel Metro
Metro Bar & Cafe
411 East Mason Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Motor Bar and Cafe Racer

If you had to pick a few things that define Milwaukee what would they be? Beer, Harleys, blue collar jobs, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley....  That’s what we came up with. This week we got in touch with Milwaukee’s roots and checked out the Harley Davidson Museum, home of Motor Bar and Café Racer.

Motor Bar

This place looks great! If you’re into Harley’s or motorcycles for that matter, you have to check this place out. The Harley logo is carved into the back of every chair, there are parts of bikes out on display, and there is even a wall that’s made out of bike parts separating the bar from the restaurant. The bathroom follows the theme with a pedal operated sink.

Even though it was a cold rainy day, we took a look at the patio. It over looks the river and I can’t wait to come back and enjoy an afternoon of day drinking in the sun. For a restaurant that is part of a museum, I was very impressed. Harley could have probably just contracted some lame cafeteria catering service to run a place for people to eat, but they didn’t. They got Levy restaurants to run this place and Levy is doing a fine job with it.

Big & Twisted Pretzels

Big ole pretzels, served with gobs of mustard sauce
and cheese dip.

May Burger of the Month
“Chicken Blue Cheese Burger”
Hand packed 8oz ground chicken burger with crispy blue cheese and granny smith apple slaw, sliced tomatoes, red onions on a corn dusted kaiser roll served with BBQ tater tots.

Deluxe Mini’s
Fresh ground chuck with Wisconsin cheddar, grilled onions,
lettuce, tomato, and a secret sauce.

May’s Wings of the Month

Chile de Arbol
One pound of fried chicken wings tossed in a spicy chile de arbol sauce with cilantro and lime.

We got to talk to Chef Travis for a bit and found out that they try to get locally sourced food whenever possible. In fact the pretzels come from a local Milwaukee bakery. A lot of time and effort goes into Motor Bar’s Menu. Each month Motor Bar features a new burger and wing special. This month I’m looking forward to trying the June feature, the Bloody Mary Burger!

Café Racer

Ok so you don’t have time to have a real sit down lunch? You can still drop in and get a sandwich and Starbucks coffee at Café Racer. It’s an order at the counter type place for people “looking for a quick place to refuel!” That’s the slogan, but what it means is “hey if you only have a 40 min lunch break come here instead of McDonald’s!” or maybe “Quit eating in your car at the taco bell parking lot you dummy!”  It’s fun and fast. It’s like a custard shop, artisan sandwich shop and a Starbucks all in one. Want to get on the fast track to a promotion and work nearby? Come to Café Racer get lunch, then bring the boss a Mocha Latte or a dish of ice cream. Bribes work.

How many times has this happened to you? You’re out to eat on what seems to be a normal Thursday until you remember that this particular Thursday is you and your special lady’s anniversary? You’re in trouble unless you are at lunch at Motor Bar or Café Racer because right next door is a gift shop where you can get her a… ok… if your girl doesn’t like bikes or Harley Davidson you are pretty much screwed. But if she does, you’re in luck!  

So that gift you got her from the gift shop worked out and she didn’t leave you for forgetting your special day. In fact, she falls for you hard and now you put a ring on it. Why not look into renting out Rumble for your wedding? No, your girl doesn’t have to be a hardcore biker chick to get married at the Harley museum. This room can be set up custom to your event. It seats up to 500.

Or if she dumped you because she never once said anything about liking Harley’s and you still got her a T shirt for your anniversary? Well this room can also be used for business. You are single now, might as well focus on your career.

All and all a great place to get a burger and throw back a few beers. You might even learn something about Milwaukee’s history with Harley. Go Eat!

Motor Bar and Cafe Racer
401 W Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53201

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Beans & Barley Market & Cafe

If you're into organic food, have a vegan diet, or are interested in sustainable local food sources you probably love this place. If you live on the Eastside you probably know about this place, mainly because it’s been around forever.  I don't normally seek out places like this.  I have nothing against vegans, or people trying to make the world better by buying local or organic products. I am all for saving the world. However if we could save the world and still eat steak rare by the metric ton, I'd be more likely to get on board this train.

Walking in you have a bar in front of you, a market to your right and to the left a dining room. This place is kind of like the Cracker Barrel of organic products.

The shelves are full of organic lotions, candy bars, pastas... ect.
For 5 bucks, you can own some original artwork, interesting use of an old cigarette machine.

This product still confuses me; I mean this pot holder will not keep your stash fresh. I'd stick with a plastic baggy if I were you. It also doesn't help you hide your stash, it basically announces to the world "THIS IS WHERE I KEEP MY WEED!"... Oh wait, you mean pot as in "pots and pans" my bad.

If you are hungry it is of the utmost importance that you find this sign. If you stand by the door you're in a no mans land of market/bar/restaurant. Find this sign and stand by it and you will be greeted by hipster waiters and waitresses who will take you into the dining room. You may have to wait but that’s normally a sign that the food is good.


Marinated Portobello mushroom grilled and served with roasted red peppers and a grilled sandwich bun. 

Sundried Tomato and Tofu Sandwich ... 8.50

This sandwich was a daily special, and it wasn't bad. I'm not a vegetarian and normally I wouldn't order anything like this for lunch, but when in Rome, I'll try it. On a scale from "1 to not bad", it was definitely not bad.

So let’s break it down. The dining room is nothing fancy; it’s a clean cafeteria where you can get some nice homemade organic food. The staff is very casual, but friendly. If you need something you have to speak up. It’s not the type of place where you are waited on hand and foot. You may need to wave someone over to get another drink or your sandwich might not have cheese on it even though you ordered it with cheese.  If you are looking for an awesome dining experience you might want to find some other place to eat. If you’re looking for fresh simple food with an organic, vegan, free range, Earth Day, feel good twist to it, this is your kind of restaurant.

Go Eat.


As always there are more pictures on Eat MKE's facebook page. So check us out there.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thank you Milwaukee and suburbs!


Hey Kiddies,

How are you doing? Hope everything is well and you have figured out a way to get out in between storms to enjoy the weather. If you haven't, please get out there it's beautiful! Don't get us wrong we are glad you took the time to stop past the blog, but once you're done please get out and enjoy the day!

I just wanted to let you guys in on a little information about the future plans of Eat MKE. We have had some moderate success getting the word out about Eat MKE. Our Facebook page has reached 600 "likes" in less than two months. So I'd like to take a second here and thank those of you that have "shared" one or more of our Facebook posts or told a friend about us. Thank you for being part of the Eat MKE tribe and for your support!

Eat MKE hopes to soon be bringing you a video feature weekly or bi weekly with a local chef. The idea is these chefs will be teaching a few tricks of the trade to our viewers as well as featuring their restaurants cooking style. I know we have a few people in the industry that read this blog. So if you are a chef and you are interested in being a part of this, please shoot us an email at If you aren't a chef but you know one that might be interested, feel free to tell him or her about it.

I don't want to tie us down to a specific amount of time on this next project because every time I set a deadline something always goes horribly wrong and I'm forced to eat those words. So rather then wake up tomorrow to find my car's tires have all gone flat, my house is on fire, cats and dogs, living together! I'm just saying, soon. (Knock on wood)  However we are moving the ball down the field everyday so it’s only a matter of time.

Thanks again for being part of the Eat MKE Tribe!

Go Eat!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Comet Cafe

It was 2002, I lived on Maryland Avenue and attended UWM. I use to walk down to Comet Cafe for coffee and a place to not study. It was a coffee shop where the air was mostly second hand smoke. The tables were a mix matched collection of junk. Don't knock it, most of the furniture in my old apartment was stuff I found on the street. Comet use to be packed and getting a coffee and a seat was quite a feat some nights. It was full of young people that weren't quite being called hipsters or emo yet, and our livejournal accounts weren't quite as time consuming as facebook. We smoked and drank coffee because we couldn't get into bars. Comet was there for us and It was nice to stop back in this week to find that Comet has grown up a little bit, just like me.

Gone is the smokey haze I remembered and I was surprised to see real tables and booths. Comet Cafe is still a long way from being a fancy restaurant. It's still a haven for hipsters and college students. Walking in we were greeted and told to just find a seat. Comet Cafe is a place where you can meet people and get into conversation with strangers. It has a new emphasis on "from scratch" food and of course the bar is a welcome addition to this new version of Comet.

I'm not sure I even remember Comet serving food back then; if it did I sure didn't have the money to buy any. Looking over their menu I was impressed with what they were offering. I was also glad to see that the prices were more than affordable. This time around they definitely had food, and I could definitely afford it.

Creamy Artichoke Dip... $7

Chunks of artichokes and jalapenos topped with parmasion cheese. Served with huge ciabatta crustinis.  This appetizer is a pretty common menu item. Lots of restaurants have it, people like it and it's kind of hard to mess up. This artichoke dip was one of the better versions I've tried. I liked that it wasn't just a soupy paste and had nice big chunks of artichoke throughout it.

Comet Cuban ... $9

Wilson Farms pork shoulder, ham, house made pickles, swiss cheese, whole grain mustard on grilled ciabatta bread. Yes, it’s good.

Ahi Tuna Sandwich ... $11

This sandwich is GENUIS! I've had Ahi tuna wraps with chunks of tuna, I have had Ahi Tuna served as small slices with fancy sauces drizzled over it, but I've never seen anyone take a whole Ahi Tuna steak and say "this should eat like a burger". It has a kick to it thanks to the wasabi sauce. Over all the Ahi Tuna Sandwich is a winner! In fact... I've started making them at home.

Comet is said to have one hell of a Bloody Mary. I hear it comes with bacon. I know some people think that bacon was just a food fad that was cool two years ago but let me just say this... Bacon can't possibly go out of style, it's always going to be awesome.  So I think another visit is in order very soon.  I can't wait to check out their brunch menu.

Comet isn't an upscale fine dining restaurant. If you're looking for that kind of experience you won't find it here. What you will find is a warm staff, great food, and the laid back culture of Eastside Milwaukee. Ok now, Go EAT!

Comet Cafe'
1947 N. Farwell Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53202
(414) 273-7677

As always you can find more pictures on the Eat MKE facebook page. So go check us out there, or you can go to our very own website. Yes, we have a website. 

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

INdustri Cafe

We showed up to INdustri Cafe in Walker's Point at 1pm on a Thursday right after the lunch rush and were seated immediately. There was still a crowd of 20 to 30 somethings finishing up their meals and a few people at the bar working on a good mid day buzz. This cafe has received a bit of a buzz in the service industry ( INdustri : In the industry, savvy? ) I would not be surprised if the people at the bar were servers or bartenders from the area enjoying a drink between or after shifts.

INdustri Cafe a "Shelter from the Ordinary". The owners, Robert Kelmm and Christopher Miller must take this slogan seriously, the logo is the symbol for a nuclear fallout shelter. It's not a logo you would think to find in a nice restaurant. However this is no normal restaurant.  You normally don't get this high level of food in a place where you would also feel comfortable doing several rounds of jager bombs. So let’s take a look at the food.

Scallops Rockefeller ... $12

Pan seared scallops, some sautéed spinach, touch of applewood smoked bacon, and a garlic aioli. A menu item you could find in some cozy bistro, not your everyday bar food. The dish was pulled off very well. There was barely any of that sandy grit that can ruin some scallops.

Clubhouse Sandwich... $10

My waiter, Smitty, (if I screwed up your name let me know, you rocked) recommended this beast of a sandwich to me for lunch. Of course, being in the industry, I know if a waiter recommends something that isn't the highest priced item on the menu, they probably aren’t BSing you.  Check this out, mesquite turkey breast, applewood smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, on toast. To finish it off, there was a sauce for the fries that Smitty suggested I use on the sandwich. Smitty knows his F$#%ing sandwiches.  As a surprise ending, it came with a cookie. They don't tell you it comes with a cookie, but it does in fact come with a cookie. Way to screw your dessert sale guys, but thank you!

Braised Angus Short Ribs ... $16

I had to ask myself, am I in a French bistro or am I in a bar with a nuclear fallout symbol on their welcome mat? Again let me emphasize, this is not your ordinary bar food.  Let’s break this one down shall we? Roasted poblano veal demi glaze, scotch barley, Door County cherry risotto, and gremolata. That’s fancy for a beef short rib that doesn't have that sweet taste to it you might get other places, it has more of a salty meaty flavor and the cherry risotto is where you find your sweet contrast. Well done!

So of course I have looked online, seems like some people have had some really long wait times for food and they ended up posting about it. What do you expect when you go to a buzzing new restaurant during their peak hours? All I can say is at 1pm on a Thursday afternoon, INdustri Cafe rocked it out and the food was great. So what are you waiting for? Go Eat!

INdustri Cafe
524 South 2nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

As always you can find more pictures on Eat MKE's facebook site. Also a little unknown fact, we have a website so you can check that out as well. 

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