Having lived in Milwaukee for a decade, Iâ€™m well aware that we are very fortunate to have an abundance of amazing restaurants and bars and all within a small radius. One can enjoy any number of possibilities whether youâ€™re a meat-and-potatoes person or an ethnic dining foodie. And of course if you like alcoholic beverages, from fine wine to $3 beer, weâ€™ve got it.
Though I know I have the opportunity to indulge and enjoy in any food or beverage that strikes my fancy, I must admit, I often fall into location ruts. I have my handful of favorites that always pop into my mind, and I donâ€™t bother to think about all the possibilities waiting to be discovered. Itâ€™s not a conscious or ill-willed judgment; I just have my usual spots. However, Iâ€™ve decided the saying is true; variety is the spice of life â€¦ especially in terms of food.
For instance, I went out to dinner with one of my favorite couples last Friday and concluded it was time to branch out a little. Iâ€™ve lived on the East Side the majority of the time Iâ€™ve been in Milwaukee and yet, Iâ€™ve never been to Cempazuchi, 1205 E. Brady Street.
I KNOW! For the longest time I thought it was an Indian restaurant. I knew I was in for something good when three seconds after I tweeted that I was a Cempazuchi dining virgin I had people messaging and "mentioning" back that it was a great place. Well, that, and the wait was an hour.
Once my dinner dates arrived we went up to the bar where I was immediately instructed by someone I thought could either be the manager or just an overly-friendly regular, to try the freshly made mango-pineapple margarita. It didnâ€™t take much convincing and it was absolutely the right choice.
I love margaritas as much as the next person, but a pre-made mix margarita makes me feel like Iâ€™m at Chiliâ€™s. This was something else entirely. No syrupy sweetness or Kool-Aid artificial flavoring, just mashed up fruit and tequila â€¦ Mmm, Iâ€™ll have another, thanks!
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