Mad Girl Eats the Swingin’ Door Exchange in Milwaukee


Swingin’ Door Exchange, 219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI.

Located just off of Water St. in downtown Milwaukee, the Swingin’ Door Exchange, Saloon and Eatery venue has a long history harkening back to Prohibition days. Pretty cool. You walk in the main door and to the left is a charming little dining room with white linen tablecloths, and to the right are a couple of high top tables that lead your way into the tavern. A long, narrow, old-fashioned, rip-roaring bar.

It was a Friday, so naturally in the Midwest (well, Wisconsin at least), yeeha…Friday Fish Fry! Typically, a fish dinner with choice of potato and salad. I always opt for batterfried fish, French fries and coleslaw…you can also get a healthier version, but why bother. I was in for a late lunch and was happy to find out they served their Friday Fish Fry all day…it is usually an evening thing. I was thrilled! I heard they serve up a swoon-worthy burger, so let’s try one of those as well.

The fish platter came, 2 pieces of cod with a nice light batter, homemade tartar sauce, plenty of fries, coleslaw, and a piece of marble rye. The fish was really good, flaky, moist, with an easy crunch. Many times fried fish has more coating than fish, but this was an awesome balance. The burger was phenomenal. A half pound of Angus beef, cooked to order (rare, of course), seasoned beautifully, with pepperjack cheese and L/T/O. Homemade potato chips on the side and a bright dill pickle. Delish! Have a brewski with your meal and do it the Milwaukee way. I will definitely return to Swingin’ Door the next time I find myself near downtown Milwaukee, it is a landmark and jewel. Cheers to ya!

Restaurant hours: Mon – Fri 11:00am to 10:00pm, Sat 10:00am to 10:00pm, Sun 10:00am to 9:00pm

4.75 out of 5 heck ya hollerback have another happiness points.





Mad Girl Eats Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion


Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant, 7760 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL. Many other locations country-wide.

Aloha! Roy’s in Orlando has always been a favorite mine. I haven’t been back for a while (so many restos, so little time…and money), so when an email appeared for a Wagyu burger, I jumped at the chance to go. I’ve never had anything but a stellar experience at Roy’s and I was sure this wasn’t going to let me down.

The burger is only available in the bar, so I sashayed my way over to seating at the bar that backs up to the open kitchen. Great seats! I arrived about halfway thru Aloha Hour (Happy Hour) so I ordered an appetizer of Crispy Pork and Steamed Buns at Happy Hour prices. Roy’s has a nice Aloha Hour menu for both food and drink. The appetizer arrived and was 2 delightful Asian buns, each with a piece crispy pork, green apple slaw and Red Dragon sauce. It was nicely done, but I’m a saucy girl and it needed more sauce for my liking. My tip is to ask for sauce on the side also….to dip 😉

I ordered my Wagyu Burger, rare of course. It comes with caramelized onion, truffle mushrooms, a sunny side up egg, and Togarashi aioli all on an awesome Brioche bun. The burger arrived and it was a perfect picture of meaty paradise. There were super crunchy fresh onion rings on the plate that I added to my burger as well. Wow, that first bite was pure pleasure and moan-worthy. Quality, moist, rich beef gently seasoned. The many layers of flavor and texture from the toppings only helped to create a fantastic experience. A little sweetness from the onions, a bit earthy from the mushrooms, oozy egg yolk and glorified aioli were an absolute amazing combination and the ending crunch from the onion rings, took it over the edge.

Roy’s, once again, leaving with a smile on my face and a happy, very satisfied tummy.

Aloha Hour is 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Dining room hours: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Fri – Sat 5:30pm – 10:30pm

5 out of 5 beautiful beefy bites of bodaciousness.


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