Mad Girl Eats Cafe Benelux in Milwaukee


Cafe Benelux and Market, 346 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI.

Brunch is “the thing” to do on the weekends in Milwaukee. Brunch and Bloody Mary’s specifically. Cafe’ Benelux is one of the hot spots in downtown Milwaukee, and for good reason. The food and drinks!

With a nod to European flair, the café was named after the Benelux region of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg and you can tell in the feel and the interesting menu. Beignets with Kahlua Chocolate Sauce, Monkey Bread Skillet, savory or sweet Pannenkoeken,… 7 different Bloody Marys, Mo-Mosas…ah, the list goes on.

Duck Poutine Skillet caught my eye, Cinnamon Streusel French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Frites Cone, and a Kulminator Grilled Cheese would be ordered too. Top it off with a Bier-mosa, Mimosa, coffee, and you know a serious brunch is about to ensue. The drinks and Frites Cone with your choice of 2 dipping sauces arrived first. The Bleu Cheese Buttermilk Dressing and the Sriracha Ginger BBQ sauce were a dynamic match up. The traditional frites were done perfectly. Crisp on the outside, but soft inside. The Bier-mosa was a hit! Fresh squeezed orange juice, blended high-speed with bier. Refreshing! Of course, you can’t go wrong with a Mimosa and this didn’t disappoint. They also offer a Mo-mosa which is a Flemish red sour ale and champagne. I may need to try it next visit.

Just in time, the entrees appear, and what a sight! The Duck Poutine Skillet, well, it was a dish of beauty. French fries, cheese curds, gravy, caramelized onions, duck confit, and topped with 2 fried eggs. Yes, pretty freaking extraordinary! Rich, savory, and every bite delicious. The Eggs Benedict was really good, but with so many other interesting choices, I should have tried the Pannenkoeken instead. The Cinnamon Streusel French Toast was the best French toast I’ve ever had. Wow, the orange marmalade gave the streusel encrusted challah bread a fantastic twist and needed citrus to balance out the richness. Add maple syrup and walla…amazeballz. To finish, the Kulminator Grilled Cheese is one to go back for. Gouda, dill Havarti, American, and Muenster cheeses on Nine grain bread weren’t enough…they had to add thick bacon and roasted tomatoes to make this sandwich a killer!

A memorable spot with a cool vibe, awesome staff, eclectic and excellent food and drink. Café Benelux cannot be missed, anytime of the day or night.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:00am – Midnight, Saturday 8:00am – 1:00am, Sunday 8:00am – Midnight. Metered street parking, area parking lots and ramps.  View the menu, but I warn you, it will make your mouth water.


5 out of 5 points of perfectly divine eats.



Mad Girl Tries Some Dang! That’s Good Soda



For the past few years I have lessoned my consumption of sugary drinks, opting for water and fruit and veg juice instead. On the occasion when the food I’m eating warrants a Cola to be paired with, or a lucky little find of an interesting concoction…I go all in!

When Butterscotch Root Beer screams your name from across the beverage section, I do come hither. Yes, Sucker. The Original, Dang! That’s Good brand, makes this rich flavorful drink that just makes you happy. It’s smooth, not like some root beer that bites you back in the throat. It goes down easy.

A delightful treat. Found at Woodman’s in Waukesha, WI…it is bottled is Milwaukee. This is the same grocery store and location I found my treasured childhood soda, Green River. Ahhhh, great memories. Food and drink can really take you back, can’t it?!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Cheers to ALL!

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 the BEST German Chocolate Cake. Ever.


C. Adams Bakery, 400 N. Water St, Milwaukee, WI.

Tucked into Milwaukee’s Third Ward Public Market, is C. Adams Bakery. A blissful haven for those of us addicted to sweets. C. Adam’s has an incredible size case, full of homemade delectable baked goods. Cookies, bars, pies, muffins, gooey sweet bread, cakes…I think you get it.

I was so mesmerized, I couldn’t decide which dessert to treat myself to! The smartest decision was to choose the one I rarely see available back home. In my case, it was German Chocolate Cake. In Florida, we can readily find Tres Leches, but hard pressed for German Chocolate anywhere.

Standing four gorgeous dark chocolate layers high, and separated by layers of thick luscious pecan and coconut frosting, this cake was a sight to behold. I had just finished a wonderful late lunch, so I took a slice to go. I made it 3 blocks back to my car, but I couldn’t wait another second to try just a bite. OH EM GEE. One bite, two bites, three bites, four bites…ok, needless to say, the piece of heavenly cake did not make it home.

So rich, so decadent, so freaking unbelievable. Ultra moist and dense cake with fantastic deep chocolate flavor. The frosting was divine, as you could taste all of its finest components of brown sugar, vanilla, pecans, and coconut.

I haven’t gone bonkers over cake in a long time. C. Adams Bakery’s German Chocolate Cake, is one of the best cakes I have ever had.

Stop and get a slice…or a whole cake as soon as you can, it will make you swoon….and super happy. You can thank me later.

5 out of 5   An extreme German Chocolate dream!


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