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!
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 http://www.eatmke.com/ so you can check that out as well.