Brady Street on Milwaukee's Lower East Side is filled with restaurants that vary in terms of cuisine and beverages. On this occasion, I decided to try my luck with Hi Hat and Garage, a tidy, multi-setting restaurant located at 701 N Arlington Place.
When you first walk into Hi Hat's entrance at the street corner, it is a tad bit confusing, as they have two distinct areas-one for cocktails in a more subdued environment (Hi Hat) and a more upbeat environment that has televisions and a larger seating area, Garage, at a different entrance of restaurant. I wish I would have known the difference, as I would have opted to sit and eat in an area with a little more lighting and a little less jazz music. Nonetheless, sitting in this area was still pleasant and offered the same kind of food and good vibes. The only difference between the two areas are the types of drinks that are available, where more beer options are provided in the upstairs area, Garage.
My party and I found the ambiance of Hi Hat to be relaxing, and being able to pick which environment you want to sit in, as I noted above, is convenient and a neat addition to this restaurant. If you want to sit down and throw a couple back then the lower level bar area might be for you, while the upper area is great if you are out with friends wanting to socialize. As for my food, the reason you're probably reading this blog, I chose to go with Hi Hat's Bravacado sandwhich, consisting of avocado, greens, goat cheese, (I misspoke and said gouda in my Facebook live video.) tomato and garlic aioli on pressed sourdough. (I also said rye, ha.) This compilation of vegetables and cheese was delicious, although my first bite had me taken aback by the consistency and mixture of everything.
With every bite came more happiness as you might be able to tell in my video. I usually am uber excited and then my emotions taper off into somewhat excited, kind of excited and that's enough, I'm full excited. However, the different flavors and textures of this sandwich made for a delightful bite to eat. I should mention something else about Hi Hat--their food is very inexpensive. None of their sandwiches, appetizers or even strip steak option run past $12, averaging at around $8, a steal for young professionals, college students and anyone looking to save money. I plan to go back and get their veggie macaroni and cheese, running at only ten bucks. Some of their other veggie options sounded appetizing and were even cheaper than their meat options, something that did not come as a surprise considering meat can be expensive to produce and sell.
The service was pretty good, as our waitress did not check on us so much to the point that it became annoying, but instead, allowed us to eat and chat in peace. The music playing in the background was a nice touch, even sounding like a live piano at one point. The food was fresh and also easy on the stomach, something that tends to happen when you do not eat meat and opt for a meal with plant-based ingredients. Although the lights were set a tad bit low during my meal, Hi Hat and Garage provides cheap eats in a two-pronged setting that is light on your pocket, adapts to your mood and of course--taste buds.
This restaurant serves brunch on the weekend and over 70 beers.
Open from 4 PM to 2AM M-F and 10AM to 2AM on the wekend.
Happy hour runs from 4 to 8PM on Thursday, Friday and Monday.