Hospitality Democracy dons well-known restaurants that you may know. Smoke Shack, Holey Moley, Swig, AJ Bombers, to name a few. As you might have figured given the mention, Blue Bat is the newest addition to Hospitality Democracy's already stacked superteam. Come to think of it, this spot is a perfect addition, because tacos and tequila were not really in this restaurant group's arsenal. But now it is. This spot located on 249 N Water St in the Historic Third Ward is here to stay and is primed to make a lot of noise in the restaurant game around Milwaukee.
Kristin and I surveyed the menu and the fried brussel sprouts caught my eye as she discussed it. I don't even eat brussel sprouts but I'm usually game for anything fried. It also came with pecans, a spicy aioli and a few other toppings. Per usual, the cheese was eliminated from this dish and was an easy change. These brussel sprouts, more on the salty side, paired PERFECTLY with the aioli. I almost fell out as I ate these veggies. Yes, they were fried but who cares. they were crisp to a perfection and an easy starter dish. We also ordered their bag o' chips with seasonal salsa. You can also get guacamole with the homemade, in-house tortilla chips that legit come in a brown paper bag. I thought it was funny how literal the menu listing was for these chips. This salsa combination (comes in two giants bowls) was also top notch. The chips were hot and fresh, and the salsas were plentiful for two people. This is important because salsa goes fast, and some places like to skimp on this foodie favorite. These two dishes exceeded my expectations that had been somewhat influenced by Kristin's prior review on Blue Bat. I was happy and ready for the cauliflower dish, especially since I make it a ton.
Huge side note: They have over 160 tequila flavors to choose from and can come as a hawaiian ice or another kind popular option. As you all know, I don't drink much but wanted to mention that since their name includes tequila and is somewhat of a calling card for them.
The toasted almonds, raisins, spices, onions, jasmine rice with this cauliflower changed me. There was so much flavor, a lot of ingredients to enjoy and it was just such a different experience unlike I have had before. That dish could have easily been a mexican-inspired cauliflower dish, but it was not in the slightest. The cauliflower was just tender enough where you can bite into it without it being too tough. Perfect. Kristin chose the mushroom bowl that came with rice, peppers, onions and similar fixings as my bowl. She admitted that the cauliflower bowl was better and would get that again next time. All of this food came to $46 total, and this kind of steal should be illegal. I had dinner that night too. I was so full, but not to a point where I felt sick. It was more so, I got my money's worth through the portion sizes which are not small whatsoever, taste was pheneonal and variety of options to try in the run long. Alex, our server, seemed to juggle our table with others as it began to pick up during the busy afternoon lunch shift. He was very attentive, and was well informed about all of the drinks and food options and questions.
I will be back soon with my fan boy hat on looking to chown down on some eats in Blue Bat and Tequila. An encore performance is on the horizon, and I hope you get a chance to experience a fresh, fun spot in Milwaukee's Third Ward like I did. Hats off to Blue Bat!