Get your motor running and head off into another direction from Smyth at The Iron Horse Hotel. Located in a beautifully renovated 100-year old warehouse, The Iron Horse Hotel recently opened in Milwaukee in 2008. Being one the of the newest additions to the hotel scene, I wanted to see what guests to our city would experience for a Milwaukee brunch.
Driving south on Sixth Street, the hotel is located on the far end of the rotary. The commanding red brick building contrasts with the sleek white metal bridge leading from Downtown to Walker's Point. However, the valet and doorman warmly welcomes you into the building and reminds you to "enjoy your stay." Smyth is located right off the main lobby to the left. The wood pillars, steel and glass dividers and large leather couches make the weary traveler feel welcomed in.
The bloody marys were loaded with a celery stalk, pickle, beef stick, brussel sprout, pepperoncini, olive and a lime wedge, and it ended there. The drink itself was lacking the body, spice and richness of the add-ins. Watery and with no seasoning, the drink needed the extra items to make it worth the price in my opinion. The mimosa was served in a champagne flute (not a larger traditional glass), and was loaded with pulp. For the price of $10, I made sure this drink lasted the entire meal.
After we had our drinks and ordered our entrees, our server brought us out a small assortment of mini-muffins: blueberry, poppy seed and others. For a table of four, we were served six mini muffins. Needless to say, they did not last long. We asked our server for some more while we waited, and she informed us after some time the kitchen was out, but she would look for other muffins to serve us. We never did find out if there were more.
Andres decided to try the Portobello Benedict ($16). This nice vegetarian option filled the plate better than the previous dish. The mushroom was nicely cooked and topped with roasted red peppers and two poached eggs. However, the same watery Hollandaise sauce covered the the eggs. The larger portion of the breakfast potatoes were a pleasant side to have on the plate. Once again, the high price tag seemed to promise an incrediable entree, but the reality did not live up to the hype.
Since the hotel was undoubtedly sold-out for the weekend, the staff at Smyth were busy trying to keep up with the demands of a full restaurant. In my opinion, even though there were some inconsistencies of service, presentation and food quality, I would be willing to check out this restaurant again, perhaps on a less busy weekend.
What have been your experiences at Smyth? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comment section or suggest other places for me to try around Milwaukee!
All the details you want to know: (on a five star rating)
Smyth at The Iron Horse Hotel (**)
500 West Florida Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Warm and welcoming in an nicely renovated warehouse hotel
Food: * (poor)
This visit seemed to miss it's mark.
Service: * (poor)
Seemed to be lost in the flurry of a busy morning.
Drinks: ** (ok)
Mimosa - ** (ok)
Bloody Mary - ** (ok)
Price: * (poor)
For the price, one would expect more flavor or a greater portion.