Dark, but handsome food at Smyth, Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

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SMALL BITE: When you first walk into Smyth at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you wonder who turned out the lights. Then you look around at the rustic décor, and it suddenly dawns on you: Oh! we’re supposed to feel like we’re in a blacksmithery (or whatever they used to call the barn where cowboys fashioned horseshoes). The battery-operated faux candles in the hundreds of Mason jars lining the restaurant help you find your way to a table. And once seated, that’s when it starts to feel very cozy — and romantic!

MENU HIGHLIGHTS:  Smyth has been serving up farm-fresh dishes going on six years now. Many of the ingredients used by the chefs come straight from its half-acre farm north of Milwaukee. Dishes are served like clothing sizes — small, medium and large. Like Smoked Split Pea Soup (small), Rabbit Meatballs (medium) and a 20-oz Angus Ribeye (large). Honey from the hotel’s hive is served with local cheese and meat boards.

THE DISH FROM DINERS: “The ambiance is excellent – comfortable, casual, hip. The menu is diversified with an eclectic array of small medium and large plates. Absolutely everything we tried was off the charts delicious and unique.” And: “I frequent local foodie favorites – Wolf Peach, Hinterland, Odd Duck – Smyth was one of the best dinners I’ve had in a while.”

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Smyth chefs harvest many of their ingredients from Willow Farm, owned by Tim Dixon, who also owns The Iron Horse Hotel. The half-acre farm is located about an hour north of the hotel.

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HOURS:  Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday  and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Route 66 Brunch: Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For reservations, call: 414.831.4615

BIKERS AND PETS WELCOME AT THE IRON HORSE HOTEL: The Iron Horse Hotel is formerly a 100-year-old warehouse in the heart of Milwaukee. It is the industry’s first upscale boutique hotel, with 100 loft-style rooms, geared for business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts, who will love that the Harley-Davidson Museum is a short walk over the bridge. It is also a pet-friendly hotel, so bring along your best friend anytime. Dogs get their names written on the lobby welcome board, along with a water dish and doggy treats at check-in.

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