A restaurant meal is incomplete without its after-dinner mint, which cleanses the palate before patrons gnaw a subterranean tunnel home. Chew the scenery with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of American fare and drinks at INdustri Cafe.
The chefs at INdustri Cafe prime appetites for satiation with a menu of unique American cuisine and locally crafted brews. Lunch-goers can quell hunger pangs or replace ineffective pillows with the vegetable lasagna's roasted red peppers, eggplant, and cream sauce ($9.50), or clasp fingers around the Monte Cristo's hand-carved mesquite turkey breast served with applewood bacon ($10.95). The half-pound Black & Bleu burger tops prime Angus beef with zesty Cajun seasoning, Wisconsin blue cheese, and a crème fraîche dollop sandwiched in a kaiser roll ($13.25), and braised Angus short ribs bathe in a cabernet-veal demi glace alongside sweet-pea risotto ($18.50).
The restaurant's décor pays homage to the industries of agriculture, artistry, and manufacturing that form Milwaukee's milieu. Local artwork lines the walls of the airy eatery, bottles of Wisconsin craft beers from New Glarus and Milwaukee Brewing Co. sate thirst, and the dining area's high ceiling gives diners an excuse to emulate Abraham Lincoln's headwear.
INdustri Cafe evokes local industry in more than its name—its New American menu prizes local ingredients , and it’s served in a rustic warehouse-style space hung with the work of local arts. The bistro brings fine dining out of the realm of diamond-encrusted waiters in order to bring the delicate flavors of lobster, pulled-duck, and truffle oil to a wider audience. The menu shifts with the seasons, but diners can expect to find American favorites graced with a gourmet touch—burgers topped with sautéed apple and poblano barbecue sauce, for instance. Serious Eats found that burger " juicy and rich and well seasoned" with toppings that "all worked together in total harmony."
Weathered wood and exposed brick surround the dining room at INdustri, which is illuminated by rows of bright globe lights. Another level of seating sits atop the bar’s canopy, while beneath it patrons sip from a beer list that only includes Wisconsin brews.