mke eats 8

at blogger collab day

its monday and you know it means my weekly food blog , right? well kinda.

although i like the idea of blogging about food once a week, i desided i am going back to the once a month food blog. just like old times 🙂

now this doesnt mean that im done with food because THERE IS NO CHANGE IN HELL THAT IS HAPPENING. i love food and i love sharing it with you. i just have a lot of other blog posts i want to focus on so therefore, the foodie posts are back to once a month.

with that being said…

here is where i ate/drank this past week:

milwaukee jerky:

i have always loved beef jerky, like an embarrassing amount. like im kind of embarrassed to even say that im embarrassed. but i guess what should i be embarrassed when something is super tasty and locally made? last week, i won a contest on instagram and with that contest, i won three of their flavors they have. i got their honey bbq, spicy inferno and smoked hickory. lets just say that i have already order and eaten a lot of beef jerky within the last couple of days. their prices are fair, the jerky is made locally and the owners of the company are so nice and flexible with ordering. like i said, i ordered from them because it was just THAT good. i ended up ordering their spicy inferno because i liked the flavor and the heat. now its not overly spicy but spicy enough. i also enjoy this type of jerky because its not the chewy, hard stuff you get from the story. milwaukee jerky makes sure their jerky is soft and tender while leaving you wanting to eat the whole bag. if you’re interested in buying their product, the best way to reach them is on their facebook.

fixture pizza:

yes i have been here so many times, and im pretty sure i get the same pizza over and over agian. and i get their chips over and over too. but hey! like i said last week, if something is good, why change it up? (im kidding). when you go there, its a must to get their house chips because it comes with nacho cheese and jalapenos. again, i love heat so the jalapenos are a great touch. this time around, we got their mke brewing co, great lakes distillery and the var gallery pizza. each pizza is one of a kind but yet all so good.

vines and rushes winery:

this past weekend, a group of my blogger friends and i headed up to ripon, wi for blogger collab day. our last stop of the day was at vines and rushes. i literally had no idea that there was even a winery “up north” but there is and its so pretty! now i also didnt realize that a winery makes pizzas too. and the pizza isnt just a frozen pizza, its wood brick oven pizza and its to die for! we all shared a few of their margarita pizzas and wine of course! we did do a tasting of their different wines and my favorite was their marquette rose. it was on the sweeter side but very refreshing ( i know nothing about wine lol).

harbor house:

we wanted to go somewhere for drinks before dinner and because were at the art museum, i suggested harbor house. we got their cranbery, orange manhattan and of course, i was hungry and wanted to try their garlic parmesan fires and literally couldve had two serving because they were that good! the drink was good too 🙂

sail loft:

now this is a place that i used to really enjoy and i feel like the past couple of times that ive been here, i wasnt impressed what i had. this time around i got their lobster roll because i had been craving one and it was not good. the maine lobster roll did have a lemon parmesan peppercorn aioli and that was what i think wasnt good about it. i love all of the aspects of that aioli but dang! it was not good. and i was upset that this wasnt what i wanted because i had been craving a lobster roll for the longest time!

i kinda feel like this is goodbye but its not?

its totally not, well ill see everyone next month for my monthly food blog. thank you for sticking around all these weeks while i tested the foodie water.

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 7

monday funday, right?

this past week/weekend was a weird one for me, did anyone else feel that way? even though it was weird, i did end up trying some new food places which is always a plus! AND i even went to brunch…yes everyone, this is something that i rarely do!

here is where the food went down this past week:

tacos el charritos:

this place is always our go to when we dont feel like cooking and i blame the truck because its only a two minute drive from our house. i really only had their quesadillas but my thing is, if something is good why change it? jk! but their quesadillas are so simple, a little greasy but so good. i have had the steak before but i would have to say that their chicken is my favorite. and the salsas that comes with the meals are so authniec and spicy, i love it! (okay, the salsas arent that spicy but have a little heat to them).

meat on the street:

ugh i was so excited to finally try this anddddddddddddddddd i wasnt too impressed. although, i have never had filipino food (thats why i tried it). i got a a chicken coconut ginger bowl and i couldnt really taste the ginger and i could only taste a little of the coconut. i did like the straw mushrooms that were in it. when i was handed the bowl….its not what i thought it was going to look like. overall, the bowl was okay, just not what i thought it was going to be. i just wish it had more flavor.


all i got was a churro, and i loved every single bite.

north ave grill:

now this isnt in the neck of my woods but i was helping my friend ceci move. by the time we were done moving, we were SO hungry that we went to the closest place and that ended up being north ave grill. i have drove past this place so many times but never thought twice about stopping and trying. i got their buffalo blt wrap. and lets be honest, anything blt or buffalo is always something know you im going to get. i got their buffalo blt wrap with fries and loved it! it was just a simple wrap with everything youd want on it. there was enough buffalo and not too much of anything. it filled me right up!

simple cafe:

like i said, i never do brunch but this weekend nick suggested that we go and im not going to say not no, duh! we went to simple cafe and i got what i always get, their mashed potato omelet. see a pattern here? when i like something and i dont go there a lot, i get the same thing over and over. i love this omelet because they stuff it with potatoes, bacon and green onions and they top it with creole hollandaise sauce…SO good!

i guess the take away from this is, dont be like me and try new things? or you can totally be like me and get the same things over and over again? totally up to you, i mean, i dont know why you wouldnt want to be like me 😉

have a good week my peeps!

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 6

its monday, its monday! i know some of you are like “omg stoppppppp” and the other half of you are like “yaasssss girl, new week!”. well how ever you are, you already know what today is….MKE FOOD DAY!

lets get right into this.

here are this weeks eats & drinks:


i never knew what an arepa was until i went to boston. both nick and i were so hungry that we didnt care what we ate. well, we ended up ordering arepas and omgggg they were everything i ever wanted. who doesnt like cheese and cornbread? since that trip, i havent had an arepa since but nick discover pedros. its a south american food cart that offer arepas and tacos. well, of course i got a veggie arepa and it was AMAZING! a million times better than the one i had in boston. pedros had a good sweetness to their cornbeard, it was topped with black beans, cream, onions and so much more. oh and the inside was filled with cheese. we also got their street corn and that was just as good. street corns been my thing lately and whenever i see it, i have to get it! along with my corn and arepa, i had a few beers from good city brewing. i got the leo beer and it was really crisp with a little bit of a hoppy taste but nothing crazy. AND the whole reason why even where able to get pedros is because the urban ecology center hosted “bike and bite“. so right outside of the ecology center, they had music, food, drinks and bikes. all said and done, it was a 14 miles round trip bike ride for us!


i never was at their old site but their new site is awesome. i love all of their open space, plants and rustic/farmhouse feels. their beer is also awesome too, i had their cream city brix and loved it. it was on the lighter side but overall had great creamy flavor. and the reason why we stopped here was because… (see below)


mixconsin was having an event to try out their canned craft cocktails. i have been following mixconsin on IG for awhile now and have been really interested in what they were up too. then about a month ago, they announced they were hosting an event at enlightened to try out their crafted canned cocktails. so i knew it was a must to go! naturally, i only tried their old fashioned because hello, that is one of my fav drinks. i tired both their brandy and whiskey old fashioned and i would say that i liked the brandy over the whiskey. normally, i am not a fan of pre-made drinks but i really liked theirs! they tasted fresh for being in a can and they didnt leave me feel gross after i had tried them.


you guys, if i could i would eat here all the time. i have talked about this place here. but i always end up getting their bigger mac, which is just like a big mac but a million times better! and we did get their wings, which i LOVE but i was too busy eating them to get a picture, i mean…can you blame me? oh, you have to get their house chips too, i am sucker for chips and theirs are perfect!

have a good everyone and ill see you here next monday!!

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 5

i get it, you couldnt sleep last night because i didnt post my eats for the past week. BUT WE ARE HERE TODAY!

dont be mad at me, please 😉

since youre probs so tired from not being able to sleep, ill keep this bad boy to the point for you, soooo you dont fall alseep!

here is where i drank/ate last week:

crafty cow:

the main reason why i went here was because i was invited by epicurean chronicles. say what? ec gets local people together to eat, drink and come together a foodies. which i think is awesome. we didnt just eat at crafty cow, there was also triva buttttttt that didnt go as well as it should have. am i the only one who sucks at triva? anyways, we all shared apps which were: shishito peppers, vietnamese brussel sprouts, #poutineofthemonth ( cilantro, Pickled Red Onion, Green Onion, jalapeño, crispy Pork Belly, korean bbq) and loaded buffalo cheese curds. if i had to pick my favorite, i think it would have to be the brussel sprouts. i mean i love brussel sprouts regardless but these had chili lime sauce so they were sweet and spicy (hello, one of the best combos!) and they it was topped with cashews for a nice little crunch. for my meal, i stole a lot of arissas tots because duh. who doesnt like those. and then i ended up getting their dirty swiss burger which is just a mushroom swiss burger topped with caramelized onions. i asked for it extra dirty and the waiter didnt think i was funny…overall the burger was okay. i actually was a little disappointed in the overall flavor. it was a little boring and didnt have much flavor. but i loved being apart of this event and meeting new people along with catching up with others. also, thank you to crafty cow for hosing!

1840 brewing company:

i wish i could say that i have been here before but i havent. and the reason behind it is, nick and i thought for the longest time that it was a private company and we werent “allowed” in. but guess what? you are! we stopped at 1840 when we finished bay view gallery night (which was awesome). the inside of 1840 is awesome, it has an urban farmhouse feel and they have a window wall that opens out to the road and a lot of seating. i got their…i forgot the name of it, I KNOW!!! i suck. the reason why i go it, it because it was made with kombucha.


nick wanted to try their carry our menu for brunch, its kind of like a quick order and go style but as we were walking up, he desired he wanted to sit and stay. this was something that i wasnt upset about because i wanted to sit down and enjoy the whole time lol. i started off my brunch with their, morning blend mamosa which is: prosecco, smirnoff vodka, freshly-squeezed orange juice and frozen mango cube and omggggg i couldve had two of them. they were so refreshing and i loved the fresh frozen mango cubes. for my brunch, i had their italiano benedict and again, i couldve had two of them. it was so sosososooooooo good. sabrosa does change their menu so this was on their special for the week. the benedict had tomato focaccia bread, poached eggs with a dijon hollandaise sauce, sauteed spinach, onions and tomatoes with rosemary potatoes then topped with green onions. i ate the whole thing and didnt turn back!

hacienda beer co

i feel like im not a true foodie, i had NO idea this was coming to mke. the only way i knew was because our friends wanted to go and obvi im going to say yes to beer! first off, i want the insdie of my house to look like in the inside of this bar and two, their beer was pretty good. although i do prefer a pilsner style beer, their beer still pasted my test. i got their does anyone work around here? its a dry hopped unfiltered larger. their beers are on the hoppy side but this one was just enough for me.

egg & flour:

ive had my eye on this place for awhile now and its right across the street from hacienda so i knew this was the right time to go! mke has a new food hall called cross road collective and egg and flour is inside of that. i got their bucatini which is: cream, grana padano cheese and black pepper. and im a sucker for anything with black pepper in it, i might be a little obsessed. when we first got our pasta i thought to myself “wow this isnt a lot”. well, i was totally wrong because it was just enough. the past was fresh, heavy and cooked just right, the sauce was creamy and had just enough spice and pepper in it. we also shared their fresh baked bread. i really wish i wouldve gotten my own because it was so good. the top had garlic salt on it (no it wasnt a gross amount) and then it came with spread that was so good and kind of tasted like bacon? not 100% but SO good.

and there ya have it! another week of food for you guys.

as always, let me know if you try one of these places.

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 4

hey babes,

glass + griddle

i think that every weekend should be three days long because why not? i mean, i feel so much more relaxed and rested. plus if we had a three day weekend, that would just give me that much more opportunity to eat more food.


here is where i ate/drank this week:

glass + griddle:

we really didnt have any plans on going here BUT they did do a giveaway on their IG and i won! i mean, why wouldnt i enter a giveaway for all you can drink beer? plus the bucks were playing so we thought it was a perfect idea to obvi take advantage of the giveaway i won + watch the bucks. now, i didnt branch out this time because i got the same thing as i did last time. this time around, again, i got their g+g simple burger. its pretty good, i mean its hard to go wrong with two burgers and cheese. nick and i shared their fries and this time, their yogurt ranch was good. i remember last time i went, it wasnt good but much improvement this time!

cafe corazon:

i had the taste for the chips and salsa so i suggested to get mexi! i have also been wanting corazons mushroom quesadilla. seriously, if you love mushrooms as much as i do, you HAVE to get their mushroom quesadilla. i love that it has corn and avocado in it along with cheese. cannot forget the cheese! anyways, its always a must to get their chips and salad and you also have to get their large guacamole…because who just gets a small quac? no, i didnt a marg, i wasnt feeling one that night (yeah, i dont know whats wrong with me either) but their margs are yummy!

foxfire + hawthorne coffee roasters :

omggggg i have been waiting for the LONGEST time to get their burger. yes, they have a burger. although, they dont have their burger when theyre out in their food truck but when theyre at hawthorne, they have their burger. along with a lot of other goodies you can get from the truck. before i get into the burger, this was first time at hawthorne. this place is pretty cool because they serve coffee and alcohol. so naturally, nick and i got whiskeys and cokes. okay so now back to the burger…its probs one of the best burgers i have had! it was so simple yet so good! it had two patties, cheese, onions and pickles. AND IT COMES WITH FRIES, double sold! ugh so good. so good.

trailer park tavern:

this new bar in bayview has been open for less than a week and this place is pretty cool. we stopped in for a drink over the weekend just to check it out and i really like what they did the space. i am not 100% sure what the space was before but they made everything look nice and fresh! head over there soon 🙂


by far, one of my favorite italian restaurants in milwaukee. i feel like we go here a lot but really its once every couple of months. now, i try and get something new each time i go. this time around we got their fritta which is fresh whole milk mozzarella, marinara and romano. this is just a fancy way of saying deep fried mozzarella cheese. each dish comes with a side salad, i always stick to their house salad and i also #yolo and try their featured salad dressing/ this nights was an artichoke and giardiniera vinaigrette. and it was SO FLIPPIN GOOD. i wanted to take some home, it was that good. for my main dish, i got their parmigiana eggplant. so. good. the eggplant was thick cut, lightly breaded and when it came to the pasta sausage, it was seasoned perfectly. and no, no dessert, i was wayyyyy too full to even think of eating anymore.

okay now i am hungry,

i hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and i hope the rest of your week is awesome!

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 3

we back, we back! and um hello… GO BUCKS! FEAR THE DEER!

i can smell a championship win from here 😉

well, its monday which means you get to see where i ate. annnnd now youre picturing me eating, youre welcome.

here is a list of all the places:

south shore terrace:

i love this place but my only complaint i have about it is, its not open on monday or tuesday which means NO BEER! the beer garden/terrace is little over a mile from our house and its worth every step. i mean, duh…youre just talking off what you drink or eat so its a win win. youre full and got your steps in! this time around besides getting a beer, we also got a milwaukee pretzel company soft pretzel with their house made honey mustard & beer cheese. i probably could eat 5 of these. the outside isnt all hard and over cooked, its toasted just perfectly and the inside is so soft and airy. ugh now i want one! nick and i also got their club wrap with fries. the wrap was good, it was lightly toasted on the outside and fresh! i didnt feel like a grease ball once i was finished it.


i have eaten here before and wasnt impressed but i decided i would give it another go this weekend. the bucks were playing, we wanted to head to a sports barwith a million tvs so we ended up here. and even though i gave their food another go, i still wasnt impressed. we started off the big mozz which were mozzarella sticks wrapped in wonton wrappers. i wanted these to be melty, crunchy, light and flavorful and they were not. i mean yeah, they were okay, i ate them but i wasnt left wanting more. for my meal, i played it safe and go their blt and it was just that but with really greasy “toasted” bread. when i picture a blt, i picture the bread being toasted in a toaster and not on the greasy grill. and if we are being real honest, i did down about 6 whiskey and seltzer waters #sorrynotsorry.

even the picture is scary

taco moto:

well nick bought new tires for his bike which meant, he wanted to take it out riding (yes, i wore my helmet) so he suggested we go to boone and crockett and grab a drink. well, nick is notorious for not eating. which is fine in all, but that also means oddly timed snacks/meals which then means a late dinner. but its fine, im the queen of eating dinner at like 830-9. ANYWAYS, taco moto is the taco truck that sits outside of boone and crockett and since nick didnt eat, he suggested we get tacos to hold us over. well me being me, the two grilled chicken thigh tacos turned into a grilled corn cup and with their kwayso lol or just queso. i would have to say, their tacos didnt wow me but the corn and queso did! omg. so. good. i told nick that i would literally just go there for their queso. the seasoning on the chips was just right, and to my surprise, there was guacamole in the middle of the queso. i did not see that coming! and the queso was spiced just right and the consistency was perfect. for the corn, it super yummy too! (i was too busy enjoying the queso to remember details about the corn.

swinin’ door exchange:

i cant believe that we only had to wait 40 minutes to get into here! and i can already hear you say “really kelsey, you waited that long? and how are you about to say only..?”. its because this place is normally poppin off and by that i mean, there is normally an hour to an hour and a half wait. so of course, ill take 40 minutes. i had been itching for a reuben and i knew this place was where i should get one. what i liked about here is, for the sauce, they asked if i wanted 1000 island, horseradish or both. i took both without question because i love other of them a little too much. for my side, i subbed their house made loaded potato soup. i really appreciated that this soup didnt taste just like bacon because that tends to happen in soups like this. but this one was delish! i wish i didnt get so full because i wanted to finish my sandwich but i couldnt…i know, what problems i have!

i hope you guys enjoyed! and i hope you guys go and try one of these places too!

see ya next monday with more food!

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 2

happy monday peeps!

i feel like i should have better name for these posts. i mean “mke eats” is pretty cut and dry as to what i will be blogging about butttttttt if anyone can think of something flashier, let me know!

well the highlight of my week when it comes to food was, my FAVORITE food truck was back at burnhearts (its a bar right by my house). i love foxfire a little too much, its my favorite food truck in milwaukee!

this weeks eats and drinks:


i literally could eat their fried chicken sandwich every single day. and im not kidding. i am so happy this is the food truck that is so close to my house once its spring/summer. the owners are great and so personable. last week was the first time foxfire was back near my house. so i knew right away i needed to get dinner there. their menu does change here and there but they always have their fried chicken! although, last week , they had a new version on the fried chicken called: the baller. annnnnd it was just as amazing as their normal fried chicken. this one had their signature spicy fried chicken on it, pickles, spicy mayo, slaw and american cheese. yeah, do i need to say anymore? i would recommend following them on IG because they are always updating their IG as to where they will be next.


nick and i have been waiting to go here for the longest time. so finally, last friday, i said we were going and we went! the restaurant itself is so cute, there is so much character. we started off with getting come craft cocktails, nick got their “call it a night”, their award winning manhattan and i got their “wood dog” which was different (in a good way!!!) because it had raspberry syrup in it. i would say it was almost like an old fashioned but a little sweeter. now, since i LOVE almost all seafood now, i got their spicy crab pasta and oh my god!! the noodles were light and fresh and the overall taste was to die for! one part i really enjoyed was the dish included
soppressata (italian dry salami) which made it a little spicy and gave it just that kick of salt to finish the dish. if you want to know what nick got, he went with their berkshire pork chop and he loved it. i tried it too and it passed the test 😉


this is a local bar that weve been wanting to try ever since we moved to bayview. this bar is one of the oldest in milwaukee. nick and i stopped here for a drink after goodkind and i enjoyed it. i really liked how its not your “modern day bar”. the walls in the bar, im sure, have a lot of stories! this place is great for just grabbing a drink or to stay for a game or two of ping pong.

foxfires gas station sandwich:

okay, we did stop into mothership for a few drinks on saturday night. but i have had my eye on foxfires sandwiches they have there. i ended up going with their hot fried chicken salad sandwich(duh!) and i literally shouldve gotten two. this sandwich is as good as their hot fried chicken sandwich from their food truck. i loved how this sandwich was just like ones you would see in a gas station. it had the thick white bread and everything. ugh now i want another one just talking about it!

the vanguard:

now now, i have talked about this place before on my blog post from february. but this place is so close to our house that we end up going here a lot more than other places. this time around, i stuck with that i knew best. a hot dog, seattle style (cream cheese, onion and shredded cheddar cheese), mashed potato balls and fries. all three of those are my go tos!

i know…super flash!

all this fried chicken talk, i want fried chicken now 😉

i hope everyone has a good week of eating!

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 1:


okay, this feels weird. i feel like it should be the end of the month but we are only a week into the month. ugh! i know, i know… im dramatic.

anyway, here i am. grabbing life by the horns and doing my food blog once a week. yup, still kinda of scared like i said in my post last week.

heres whats the plate this week:

classic slice:

okay, its a must to get the awesome breadstix with cheese like its not even a question. but if youre getting take out, i suggest calling a head of time and ordering because then you arent waiting around in the restaurant for your cheese bread. when it come to their pizza by the slice, that is a lot quicker! now their pizza is kind of like NYC style but better! and no, its not milwaukee style but still delish. yes, they have actual pizza but why wouldnt you want a just a huge slice? i mean why wouldnt you want a slice with cheese bread, if you ask me…thats the best combo! i always either go with pepperoni or cheese. the slices are the size of your face so no need for more than once slice…unless you have a really big face!

brew city booch kombucha:

guys, its 2019 and everyone is drinking it! drinking what? kombucha! now if you dont know what kombucha is, go and google it. but trust me, youll love it. but i know youll love brew citys even more! i recently worked with the owners of this local milwaukee brand and i think its safe to say i LOVE their kombucha. now, they are a smaller company but their products flavor is far from small. ive tired a lot of kombucha in my time and i have to admit their kombucha is one of my favs. right now, their main flavors are: ginger turmeric, lemon thyme, jasmine, berry hibiscus and chai. when i was trying them, i told myself “okay, youre going to have to pick your favorite”. well, that wasnt easy because theyre so good, like really good. but if i had to pick one to drink of the rest of my life, i would love to choose the ginger turmeric because i loved the fresh ginger but then the slight bitterness of the turmeric root. for all my mke peeps, you can find brew city booch at: west allis cheese and sausage at both of their locations, downer sendiks, 1840 brewing company, component brewing company, g. groppi food market and celesta. they are also at the south shore farmers market, so i will be getting my fix every saturday come summer!

blue bat:

i have been waiting to go to the place for the longest time! and this past week, i finally had the opportunity to do so. i have recently partnered with SPORTea and because of our partnership, i have a TON of samples to give away (so please let me know if you want some!). BUT the reason why im telling you that is because another local foodie, julie, reached out for a sample and with the tea, i included a note saying we should get dinner. wellllllll julie, arissa (because we cant not go anywhere without one another) and myself went to blue bat. i suggested this place because its been on my list for awhile now. i started off dinner with their traditional margarita which was yummy – nothing wrong with a lime on the rocks marg with a salted rim. then ive been meaning to try street corn so that was a must for an app, lets just say, i couldve eaten the whole thing!! for my meal, i had the shanghai pork belly bowl and hello yum!!! i have had pork belly before but nothing like this style. it was bigger slabs for pork belly which were super tender. i like the sweet and sour touches to this dish too!

purple door ice cream:

i really only have been here a handful of times but each time i do, i love it and i make it a point to try a new flavor too. i saw purple door had come out with a new flavor for 414 day and i knew i had to get there and try it. what flavor you ask? i got their purple moon. ive been trying to figure out how to describe what this tastes like and i would say its kind of like blue moon but better. purple moon wasnt as sweet, had a little crunch in it and was topped with a malted milk ball – who doesnt love those? i will be having this flavor again. it looks like am a flavor repeater now lol.

the mothership:

wait, you havent heard of the mothership? well, its only the best new corner bar in bayview! and im not just saying that. we hit this stop on friday night to check it out and i will be back! why? because pull tabs. you know i love those things and i become hooked when im pullin’. i love what has been dong with the space, the drinks are good and the vibes are chill too. and for all hamm lovers, its $2 hamms all day long!

cafe centraal:

yup, back here again! but this time just for drinks. yes, my weekend did include A LOT of drinking. but hey, #wisconsin right? we stopped here for a quick early afternoon drink before we went golfing and no, im not a golfer lol. but i got a traditional mimosa which you can never go wrong with just like a traditional marg. i literally couldve had four but then i would be on the floor lol. i also had a bloody mary but i wish i wouldve gotten a different one. i ended up getting the traditional bloody and guess what? NO CHEESE OR MEAT! so next time, i will have to get the the milwaukeean. but a bloody is a bloody and even though it didnt have cheese or meat in mine, i still enjoyed it!

city lights brewing:

we thought biking around and getting beers was a great idea until nicks tire popped and we were stuck. well not really because were we steps away from city lights but still, we had to uber home and then pick up this bike. anyways, this was my first time going here and i loved it! they have a huge outside area and the inside was cute! i loved all the brick and the exposed ceilings. since this was my first time here, i was that person who had to try all their beers to figure out what i liked. for both rounds, i went with the burt wheat rose and it was soooo good. i liked it because it was light and was a little fruity. i also liked it because it wasnt sweet, it had a little tartness to it.

and we made it! i hope you enjoyed and i hope you can get out and try some of these places!

have a good week & see you next monday 🙂

xoxo kelsey

mke food : april

its not called the big boy for nothing!

alright guys, you asked and now you shall receive, on my IG i asked if youd rather see my monthly eats more than just once a month.

(im not makingthis stuff up!)

and lets be honest, your girl loves to eat!

so, for now…intend of once a month of food blog post like i was doing for january, february and march, i will be here posting once a week. i am kind of scared..why? because what if i only eat at once place during the week? what if i eat somewhere i have already been? no worries! i also plan on including local food finds that i try too.

soooooo *clears throat* heres where i ate for the month of april:

dom & phil demarinis original recipes:

literally dont think i couldve eaten this any quicker. it was such a “classic milwaukee pizza”. now i say that because when i say”classic milwaukee pizza”, i think of this style. what is the style? its crust that isnt too crispy, isnt too mushy, yet there is just enough cheese where youre not chocking on it and its cut into little squares and not triangles. oh! and the sauce is a little sweeter but seasoned just right. and from there you just pick the toppings that you want. i got peperoini on my half and trust me, i would do it over and over again. so yeah, thats a classic milwaukee pizza! lets not forget the CHEESE bread. omg, that is a meal in itself. it was so good that i was “mad” that it only came with four pieces.

good city brewing:

yes, i did get a beer, i got the pils…yes i like lighter beers and if we are being real honest, i really am not a beer person. WHAT!! YOURE FROM MKE AND YOU ARENT A BEER FAN? yeah, thats me. but a beer wasnt the only thing i got. i got their brew burger and it was just okay. i have heard really good things about their food in general but it just wasnt as good as i wanted it to be. i also wish i wouldve gotten fries as my side and not chips. i also wish chips didnt mean chips from a bag…i wish they meant house made chips. you know the ones that are so good and you cant stop eating? yeah those! i will say though, i would like to go back and try more of their food!

aj bombers:

okay. now THIS was the burger i have been dreaming of! when we went, the burger i was dying to have was said to only be there for a week so i knew i had to get there and try it! well, i got wind AFTER i got done eating that the burger will be there all summer. this life changing burger is called the big boy. its a play on the old school big boy burger and hollllllly cow (lol literally). this was probs one of the best burgers i have ever had and let me tell you, ive had a lot of burgers. i mean, theres nothing wrong with two patties, three buns, cheese, lettuce and their secret sauce. and theres really nothing wrong with getting a side of tots with it too. lets just say, i mightve had this burger twice this month.

boo boos sandwich shop:

you dont know how many times ive driven past this place or walked past it and said “yeah, im going to go there soon”. well, too many to remember. finally, one saturday, nick and i needed, lol okay more like wanted lunch so he suggested boo boos and . so. good. their set up inside is kinda wacky which is awesome, they totally have their own style. but when it came to their food, that style was even better. i got their ham and cheese and i thought it was going to be just like it said, a ham and cheese and boy was i wrong! my sandwich was to die for, the ham was real chunks, the cheese was melted just right and the onions and mustard were just right. ugh my mouth is literally watering just talking about it. if you know anything about me, i am sucker for tomato soup. and their fire roasted red pepper bisque was not what i thought it was going to be but in a good way! they topped theirs off with white rice, cream and green onion. i was not expecting that but ended up being SO good.


now i have been here many times. i even went through a phase were i didnt like it ( i couldnt tell you why) but now i love it. i love it even more because its literally a block from my house… now you know where i live 😉 jk! and surprise, surprise… i got tomato soup annnnnd grilled cheese with fries. i ate all of it too, i had more regrets on it. BUT i know youre thinking “who gets a grilled cheese when they go out? you can make that at home…” okay yeah, i get that! but honeypies grilled cheese is pretty good. i didnt feel gross eating it and obvi it was good because i ate the whole thing. soup was a little plain, i wish it was a little more creamy.

boone and crockett:

we stopped here for a happy hour on a random friday and loved it. we have been here before but im never disappointed when i come to boone. and yes, i did get a brandy old fashioned sour, well okay…i got two but that was my drink my choice for both rounds. i think they do a pretty good job when it comes to old fashioneds.

cafe centraal:

now, i never go to brunch but i did this past weekend for gals that brunch! all my local mke ladies, if you want to branch out and meet new women who are like minded and who are inspiring, you have to go to this brunch. its once a month, you follow their IG page, watch for when tickets go on sale, buy the tickets and BOOM youre in it for brunch. its such a fun time and i have met some amazing women. BUT back to food… i got their dragon fruit parfait. the waiter did warn me that its not very sweet and that was totally fine by me! i am not a sweets person so i figured this was right up my alley. i do have to say though, i really lacked flavor. i mean, there shouldnt have to be sweetness to have flavor but i think next time, i will try something a little more flavorful.

and there we have it, i will see you next week, since ya know…im doing this thannnnng once a week now 😉

as always, i hope you enjoyed and youre leaving hungry!

xoxo kelsey

mke food: march

you guys!!! you know i love twisted path distillery! & now they have their rye whiskey out and im in love!!

holy cow, what a month of food!! wayyyyyy better than last month! i blame febuary being not as good because it was a short month. makes sense, right? yeah, kind of!

lets not mess around & get right into why you are here!

here is where my mouth touched a fork this month:

bellis bistro:

i know you guys know almost everything about me but you need to know that fried chicken is my favorite food group. and when it comes to fried chicken, its all about the hot sauces too. if you ask me, which i dont know why youd ask anyone else but my favorite hot sauce is louisiana hot sauce and bellis knows whats up and uses it. i kinda felt that feeling of “did we just become friends?”. another favorite food group of mine is, mac n cheese. now, normally when i get fried chicken, i get double mac but this time i branched out. the chicken dinner came with two sides so obvi, one was mac and cheese while the other was asparagus. overall the food was tasty! just a little greasy but their breading was full of flavor & was crispy.

jacksons blue ribbon pub:

jacksons has two locations but this was my first time at this one. its located inside the historic pabst brewery which it pretty cool within itself. now you guys know that we loooooove chicken wings so nick and i try to try wings whenever we go to a place that has them. now, i have to say that jacksons werent my favorite. they were a little “plump” for me. as i explained in mke food:: feburary, im not a huge fan of wings that arent smaller in size. and yes, i am that boring person who ended up getting what i had last time i was there. and that was the buffalo chicken wrap (i bet your surprised i got buffalo, right?). oh! get your chicken crispy on that wrap, no one likes grilled chicken…well maybe your mom ;). and skip those haystack onion rings i got, they were swimming in grease.

ninos southern sides:

ommmmg the OG of fried chicken! this is my spot. now, its a little out of the way for my peeps who are south of the city. ninos is located in shorewood but i promise you, its worth the drive. now, here, i dont mess around. i get the fried chicken dinner because you get three pieces and then i get double mac, its a must! nick does get the mashed potatoes and i have to say, theyre good too. the key here is to call in your order for take out, pick it up & take it home to enjoy! the ladies will take care of you, trust me…they call you to tell you that your chicken is getting cold if you dont come quick enough.

odd duck:

all i can say is: small plates. now, if i could have small plates everyday then i would be the happiest person ever. now there are a lot of small plate places in mke but odd duck has to be my favorites. their menu does change so its rare that you would get the same thing twice. well, thats a lie. the only thing i have had more than once and would recommend over and over is their whiskey sour with egg white. so. fricken. good. another good thing to know about odd duck is, theyre always busy! so if you wanna eat in the dining room, you gotta call and make reservation at least a week ahead otherwise, you can do what nick and i do. we show up and they will take our name and number and call us when a spot at the bar becomes available. which is totally worth it! this time around we got the cheese platter with the sweet grass green hill and marieke burning melange gouda cheeses. then we had potato & apple flautas, savory potato bubble waffle and smoked spicy duck fat carbonara, yes i did eat duck hearts…i can cross that off my bucket list. now everything was good, okay? if i had to pick, the carbonara wasnt my favorite out the bunch but nothing like i would never get it again.

story hill bkc:

can we all say BRUNCHHHHH!?? i went to brunch with my blogger bestie brit! this was my first time here and i loved it. the vibe of the restaurant was relaxed but their mamosa made everything more relaxed. i got their back bacon and eggs. well silly me, i didnt realize that back bacon wasnt actually bacon BUT brit is a MPV and let me have some of her bacon and it was to die for. i will totally be back here! but next, i think i will want to try dinner.


guys, if you want bar food and want it to be amazing – camino is your answer! when nick and i arent really sure where to eat, we end up here. no, its not like “uuuuuggghhh i guess well just go to camino again”, its more along the lines of “i have no idea what im going to order this time!”. its that good. i didnt get it this time but their clam chowder on fridays is one of my favorites in the city. now, we didnt get wings (their wings are bomb thought!) we ended up getting cheddar and potato pierogis for an app and they did not disappoint. for dinner, i had the cubanski (this is like my 4th time having it but take the hint). i like both the fries as my side or the crispy brussels.

glass + griddle:

this was an accident, we didnt mean to eat here. long story short…nick graduated with his MASTERS! hello!! but we wanted to celebrate so we headed to mke brewing at their new location downtown. first off, the new brewery is SO nice on the inside and glass + griddle is on the inside too. i had no idea. i feel like this is something i shouldve known. i ended up getting their g +g simple burger and split a side a fries with nick. the burger was just as it says, simple. yet it was delicious. i would get it again! fires were good too, although the yogurt ranch they come with was a little odd.


i never go to brunch, okay yeah i went to story hill but it was a freak occurrence that i went to brunch twice in a month. because before this month, i really cannot remember the last time i went. but omggggg sabrosa is so good. like i cannot wait to go back. i had the S.B.S.B.B.S. which is a spicy brown sugar bourbon bacon sandwich with fried egg & cheese on toasted tuscan bread with avocado crema & sour cream. do i need to say anymore? go there and get it, this weekend.

crafty cow:

now this place is known for their chicken and their burgers and guess what kelsey got…mac and cheese and fried pickles…just making sure im hitting all the food groups here. but i was just so tired and wasnt too hungry so went with something “light”…lol. as simple as both of these dishes were, they were good. the pickles coating was “bubbly” and not like some places where its more of a cornmeal coating so that was nice! then the big mac bowl was super simple AND i ate over half of it (which is a lot of me because i get full quickly). you also have the option to get chicken over it and i wasnt feelin. yeah i dont get how i wasnt feel chicken either.


we didnt eat here but how awesome of a location! this was our first time going here and it was delish!! they have a lot of different beer to choose from, hence why i got their flight. i cannot wait to go here 🙂

la merenda:

ughhhhh guys, this place got me. its was SO good and was small plates. I LOVE SMALL PLATES. but already knew that. and we had betty with us (nicks mom) which only meant that we were able to get more food because we had an extra mouth! since we were there on a friday, they had a fish special and this fridays was wisconsin caught perch and it tasted just like butter and who doesnt like butter. we then got the local artisan cheese & meat which was just a plate of cheese, sausage, bread, mustard, the kitchen sink, mushrooms annnnnd olives. then we got the truffled potato skins and these were not what i thought and in a good way! i planned getting like potato skin boats and no, these were like house chips and i about died because i have never tasted something like this before. we also had risotto con funghi which was as good as it sounded, i really like the microgreens that were on top, they just added another layer to the dish. next we got, pork and shrimp dumplings. now you know i like seafood but i cannot get myself to like shrimp. i keep trying and i keep not liking it. but betty and nick really enjoyed them. lastly, me, yes only me got their creme brulee. theres was chocolate with peanut brittle on top. i cannot say no when i see that on a menu.

andddd just like that we are done for march! woof, i felt like there was a lot. i am so happy that this month was better than last. now off to aprils food ( i keep reading this as apirl fools), i cant wait to see where i end up!

happy eating 🙂

xoxo kelsey