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Fun on a Bun

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

There is much to be thankful for in Wisconsin. The Packers. The Badgers. Some of the greatest breweries in the world. Friends. Most, er some, well, select family members. And, of course, the holidays. Turkey and stuffing. Cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Seasonal brews that only show their tasty heads during this cold, yet very warm, time of the year. It is definitely one of the best times of the year.

That’s what the folks at Miller Time Pub inside the Hilton Milwaukee City Center think, too. So much so they’ve combined all your favorites into the ultimate sandwich - Thanksgiving on a Bun. That’s right, Thanksgiving on a Bun. This is no Easter on a Bun (AKA ham sandwich). It’s definitely not New Year’s Eve on a Bun (AKA ham sandwich with a streamer). And it’s certainly not Fourth of July on a Bun (AKA ham sandwich with a sparkler).

This is oven-roasted turkey, cranberries and stuffing stacked high between three freshly-baked buns. Think if your mom was going to make her version of a Thanksgiving Big Mac, she’d make this...and serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. Then your dad would offer you a Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown Ale and go on and on about its roasted malt character, maple aroma and pronounced chocolate, caramel and hazelnut top notes. Ahhh, select family at Thanksgiving.

But, unlike Thanksgiving, this Miller Time Pub offering is no one-time meal. It’s served through November 30, so Thanksgiving extends until the end of November. As if that’s not gift enough, it’s just $7! But, like all good things, even the ultimate sandwich must also come to an end. Luckily, the geniuses (genius status achieved via the likes of Ale Tempura Battered Chicken, the Cast Iron Tailgate Brat and offerings of Copper Top Ale and Blue Moon Winter Abbey) at Miller Time Pub have the perfect segue from one holiday to another: Ho Ho Happy Hour.

The Ho Ho Happy Hour is Miller Time Pub’s second gift to us for the holidays - every Thursday in December (some of us have a birthday on one of those Thursdays - so Ha Ha Happy will he be!). All you have to do is don holiday attire and you’ll save like Santa all month long! Here’s a list of the Ha Ha Happenings between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursdays at Miller Time Pub:

  • Bring in an entire table of friends dressed in holiday attire (4 or more): Buy one, get one cocktails and wines and half off appetizers.
  • Wear a full Santa or elf suit: $1 domestic taps, $2 craft taps, $3 import taps and half off entire menu

BONUS: Save up to $2.50 off your beer by mixing and matching holiday items:

  • Wear a Santa hat or holiday hat: $.50 off your beer
  • Wear holiday socks or shoes: $.50 off your beer
  • Wear a holiday sweater, shirt, or vest: $.50 off your beer
  • Wear holiday jewelry: $.25 off your beer for each item up to 4 items (pair of earrings count as 1)

SUPER DUPER BONUS: Miller Time Pub has tons of HD flat screens (the bathroom’s the only place you will not have a view of a football game) and a ginormous amount of seating. Plus, it’s quick and easy to get to at 4th and Wisconsin.

My holiday/birthday list definitely includes a return to Miller Time Pub. Ho Ho hopefully two or three visits. After all, I finally have a reason to wear those Christmas tree socks mom bought me. And the red holiday vest. Ahhh, family.


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509 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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Slap Yo’ Momma Cool

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Monday, November 14, 2011

By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

It’s really difficult to be cool. If you try to be cool, you're not. If you call yourself cool, you're way not. If you try not to be thinking you will be, well, you know the answer. Being cool is something that just happens because it happens. And being cool just happens to be what Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern is. Figuratively and literally.

We (me and some other very cool people) headed down to Molly Cool's on Old World Third Street Saturday night and got there early to sample their happy hour. They should seriously consider renaming it ecstatic hour. Hours (does anyone's really last 60 minutes anymore?) of bliss would fit as well. There are generous happy hours all over town, but I am hooked on Molly Cool's. Two-for-one beers and rails from 4-7 p.m. (4-6 Fridays and 12-6 on Saturdays and Sundays!) is a pre-game no-brainer on your way to the Bradley Center, especially with choices like Alaskan Amber, Left Hand Milk Stout and Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown Ale on tap.
My friend and I bit on the Alaskan Amber while our gals dove in thirst first with two glasses of Slap Yo' Mommas - Skyy Citrus, lemonade and pomegranate juice. Naming a drink Slap Yo' Momma? How cool is that? About as cool as offering $5 seafood apps. The hot crab and spinach dip is a must, as are the half pound of peel and eat shrimp and salmon sliders. The real catch is their seafood nachos, available for a mere $7 during Monday's happy hour.

The happiness continued into dinner and no one rocked the boat with a non-seafood choice. My friend went with seafood paella while his matey chose parmesan crusted tilapia. My wife ordered stuffed dover sole (my first case of sole envy) and I opted for the chef's special - the macadamia nut crusted ono was special indeed. And, their signature garlic chive mashed potatoes are so good they make your mouth overpower your brain so you keep eating them way past the "full" stage. 

Food that makes your brain go overboard? Amber on tap from Alaska? Drinks called Slap Yo' Momma, Redneck Mai Tai and The Blue Mother Shucker? Does it get any cooler than that? You had to know this wasn’t a rhetorical question. YES, it does get cooler - on November 23, in fact. Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern is hosting its 3rd Annual "Man vs Mollusk" Oyster Eating Contest to benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. One hundred percent (the coolest of any of the percents) of your $10 (that’s a minimum - you can be cool and donate more) entrance fee goes to the Hunger Task Force. 

OK, OK, slamming oysters and beer (the new Oyster Stout debuts from Abita Brewing Co. that evening) for charity is pretty darn cool, but, once again, it can't get any cooler, right? Wrong. There's also a "Championship Belt" at stake and we all know how cool championship belts are in these parts. 

For their part, the folks at Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern don't set out to be cool every day. They just do what they do and they do it very well. And that's what makes it so cool.


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Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern
1110 North Old World 3rd St. 

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