As I continue to eat a mainly plant-based diet, there is one item on the menu that still catches my eye—burgers, especially considering the wide array of options I can eat. (soy, black bean, walnut, etc) When I heard that Colectivo, a well-known coffee joint in Milwaukee, was opening up The Ruckus, located on 4144 N Oakland Ave in Shorewood, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to satisfy my love for burgers and go try this new spot.
To be honest, I tried to eat at The Ruckus twice, and failed both times before finally getting to indulge in this new burger joint located right outside Milwaukee. I was annoyed, and even left a negative review for this restaurant on Google. (Primarily because they ran out of food and had not established their dinner hours yet) Basically, I learned to wait a month or so before trying out a new place because of the logistics and numerous items that may appear on a business' agenda.
When I did get a chance to go inside and eat, I found The Ruckus to be a colorful, hip spot with higher than usual ceilings and clean lines that speak to a modern-retro ambiance. Colectivo’s color scheme seems to have played a part in how the Ruckus was constructed and designed, but the distinct nature of the Ruckus with its open pipe ceilings and unique layout makes for an interesting place to dine compared to other burger joints.
The Ruckus offers six burger options, some ranging from pork chorizo, ground chicken, beef to my choice—soy chorizo. Their spices add a new twist to their burgers and add a point of differentiation in comparison to a place like Oscar’s or AJ Bombers. Likewise, the toppings including guacamole and slaw are somewhat unconventional and provide newfound flavors to enjoy on a burger.
Burgers (all coming in at under $8) can be paired with french fries, (coming in at $3) making this meal relatively inexpensive but still filled with quality from its locally-sourced origins. There are no combos that offer these two items and a drink together, but that does not matter very much in the grand scheme of things. You can also order a grilled cheese or hot dog if you are not feeling like a burger, and there are a gamut of drinks including beer, Jones’ soda and Berghoff root beer that can be purchased as well. I have to admit that my girlfriend's blueberry-infused drink I tasted was not that good, along with the lemon-infused soda she had after being dissatisfied with her first drink. I'd opt for other choices if I were you or just go with water.
The combination of slaw, guacamole, house sauce and spices on my soy chorizo burger were fantastic. I did not really know what to expect with this burger since I stick with black bean and walnut burgers. However, I enjoyed this soy chorizo burger and the unique flavor that was provided with these spices. Another huge point of differentiation were the churros, ice cream and other delicious treats that they offer. After having my meal, I tried my luck with dessert (opting for churros), and it turned out to be great decision. Spicy Mexican chocolate, caramel and peanut butter are three dipping sauces that are available to eat with your churros.
If you’re feeling more ice creamy, sundaes come with a churro, floats, shakes, cups and other verbs and options are available to gorge. This selection of dessert in conjunction with an already loaded burger and generous French fry portion made for money well spent and a stomach pleased with what it just ate. I was trying to sift through all the noise and 80’s music playing inside the Ruckus, but now I know it was just the restaurant living up to its own name, providing me top-quality local eats and satisfying treats all in one place.
Wolf Peach, located at 1818 N. Hubbard St. is a cozy restaurant in the heart of Brewers Hill that serves up dinner and brunch options on the weekend. The views at this restaurant are spectacular, providing restaurant goers with an added touch to an already homey ambiance.
After hearing all the amazing things about Wolf Peach’s food, I decided to take a stroll to this restaurant that sits atop Brewers Hill with my girlfriend to see what the hype was about. Wolf Peach, formerly known as Roots, is known for locally- sourced eats that are prepared by Chef Toner and his staff.
A 6,000 pound wooden oven serve up delicious options and on this particular day I decided to try my luck with their waffle smothered in strawberry jam, hazelnut butter and whipped cream, along with their vegan sausage. Although I understand the quality of ingredients makes Wolf Peach the place that it Is, I think their food is a little overpriced. I also do not like how all brunch items are listed at $13, especially when the serving sizes are not proportionate to one another. For example, my waffle was not the same size as an eggs benedict dish. I would have preferred that pricing was relative or that my waffle was just a tad larger in size. Considering everything is prepared fresh (as it should be) and is locally-sourced, I can somewhat understand why their prices for brunch might be a tad bit high. By the same token, Beans N' Barley offers similar options but at lower prices.
Nonetheless, the waffle itself was fantastic, as the sweetness of everything topping the waffle made for a satisfying brunch option along with the vegan sausage, which was seasoned like a traditional pork sausage. The servers seemed to enjoy working at Wolf Peach, as their demeanors all pointed to satisfaction and were very helpful when we asked about items on their menu. While this place was a bit overpriced to me for less than large brunch, I would love to try their dinner to see if my stomach is filled and pockets are satisfied.
Overall, Wolf Peach delivers on its environment and locally-sourced eats, making me a believer in what they serve. I'd like to think I will be back for more to discover what Wolf Peach's dinner entails and if it provides more food for my money the next time around!