I celebrated a birthday with family and friends on Saturday, beginning with the desire to try the stuffed cinnamon French toast at BBâ€™s Diner on Wisconsin Avenue. While Iâ€™ve become more adventurous with food since moving to Milwaukee, my breakfast is pretty standard â€“ French toast and coffee and Iâ€™m good to go.
I had tried BBâ€™s original French toast once before and saw the cinnamon option â€“ and was determined I had to try it â€“ if I could only get there.
As many know, the meters around Wisconsin Avenue are all quarter-only, and of course, I had just one.
I found a long-term meter around the corner on Lovell, but the one open space â€“ of course â€“ featured a meter that was busted.
Now, just a few weeks ago I fell victim to that area:
But I had to get that cinnamon French toast. I mean, look at it!
So I risked it â€¦
And the birthday gods were with me my friends, as I was able to enjoy my food in peace, and come out to no ticket on the windshield.
After seeing what I call a "fun bad" movie in John Wick at the iPic in Bayshore (warning: if you do convince your wife or girlfriend to come along with you, the whole "they killed my dog" thing you saw in the trailer is definitely NOT tongue-in-cheek) some friends from Chicago surprised me by coming up and joining us for dinner at Umami Moto.
Now, Iâ€™m not a "sushi guy" by any means â€“ but this place is home to the best appetizer in the city â€“ the Wagyu beef sliders.
After dinner, we then headed way southwest for a guided "ghost tour" of sorts in the woods in Burlington, thanks to Brad and Mary Sutherland of the Sciâ€™Fi CafÃ©. They typically close down their tours on Halloween, but made an exception in my case (yay birthday!). It was definitely fun, creepy, and some cool stuff happened too â€“ I would recommend it next time theyâ€™re open.
Iâ€™m not a big "birthday" guy but any chance to experience some new things in the city, eat some tried and true favorites with good friends, it makes for a heck of a day, birthday or not. Even without any quarters.
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