Typically while traveling I do not stay in the nicer hotels. I go for budget hotels because I am on a budget. I do afford myself slightly higher budget hotels as I travel mostly alone and no one wants to read about how a vanished one day in a sketchy hotel… right????
Anyways while in Milwaukee I decided to splurge a little on hotel accommodations. It was between the Iron Horse Hotel, a cool old brick warehouse that has been converted into a boutique hotel or the Brewhouse Inn and Suites, which was the old Pabst brewery, also converted into a boutique hotel. If you know me, you probably can figure out which one I picked. Hell even if you don’t know me you can read the name of this blog and can probably figure out which one I picked.
The Iron Horse did not really have a chance against The Brewhouse Inn and Suites but I decided if I was not going to stay at the Iron Horse that I could make a stop for dinner. I had a few minutes before my reservation so I walked around the outside of the hotel. The hotel is clearly a re-purposed building located around several other industrial buildings. Milwaukee has been working on a restoration project of the area, beautifying this industrial looking spot. The Iron Horse building was originally built in 1907, housing a bedding factory. As the years went by the building held other businesses inclusive of a box company and cold storage. It was last purchased in 2005 and converted into a hotel where it has a “perfect fusion of industrial-era form and modern-day function” as quoted from their website.
The Iron Horse is outfitted with several options for food and spirits: Smyth the main restaurant, Branded is their bar, The Library, a breakfast room and The Yard, an outdoor patio space with a full menu of food and cocktails. As I was looking for a hearty dinner I made a reservation at Smyth.
As I was led into the restaurant, the low Edison lights created an instant ambiance. There was lots of woodwork in this building as well as a cozy restaurant atmosphere. I pursued over the menu options while throwing some caution to the wind as the prices were higher than I typically like to pay but it’s research, right?!?!
I ordered a steak with roasted yellow beats and lentil beans. To accompany my dinner I also ordered an IPA from Milwaukee Brewing, the Hop Happy. It was a tasty IPA with a good citrus balance. My meal was delightful and the steak was cooked to perfection.
If you are going to check out the Smyth restaurant I recommend making reservations. There is no official dress code, but people were dressed nicer than a tee shirt and jeans. There is also valet parking. Menu prices are higher but the food is great quality. I had two beers, a salad and a steak with my bill came out to around $72 including tip. This was also the beginning of the end of me sticking to my budget!