August 29, 2012

August 25: Things to Do in Milwaukee

As I mentioned yesterday, Chris' sisters from Colorado visited this past weekend. Here's a look at the second day of our adventures in Milwaukee.

After visiting the Eat Local Resource Fair in the morning at the Urban Ecology Center, we headed to Brady Street for lunch. Having just recently visited Cempazuchi on a Brady Street food tour, I was anxious to return for a full meal.

We all enjoyed margaritas and great food. I ordered Tinga Tacos (spicy chicken and pork), which everyone liked. I should point out that I typically don't like the taste of meat, but these tacos are really good.

After filling our bellies with delicious Mexican food we headed to SPiN Milwaukee to play ping pong. I visited SPiN for the first time on a Third Ward food tour, and have since been back many times.

This was my first time going in the early afternoon on a weekend, and I was surprised by how many children were there. It felt a bit like Chuck E Cheese, and made me wish we had come later.

Later that night, we headed to Barnacle Bud's for dinner. Multiple people recommended it, talking up it's location on the Kinnickinnic River. After dining there, I'm wishing I had asked for more specific advice, such as do you recommend their food or only drinking at their waterfront location?

I would definitely go back to enjoy a cocktail, but won't be eating there again due to bad food and terrible service. Only the atmosphere of the place made it worth the visit. Love that my sister-in-laws were both sporting souvenir t-shirts on day two of their visit :)

Our final stop for the night was the Horny Goat Hideaway, which is just down the road from Barnacle Bud's. It was crazy busy there, as usual. Chris' sisters commented that it felt like concert parking as we were guided by multiple people directing traffic in the parking lot.

All of the tables were reserved for food service, so we went down to the far end, found some tables not set up and dragged one over to the water. It was the perfect place to relax away from the crowd and live music. This was only my second time at the Hideaway, but both times I've loved their live bands.

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