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A Simple Opening
A long-awaited cafe with roots in Lake Geneva. Plus, prime rib and Al Capone's favorite drink.


Simple Day 
Adding brightness to a snowy, overcast winter day... the new Simple Cafe. Serving its first breakfast customers, as I write this. The walls and chairs are painted in Crayola primary colors; the staff is ready to wax eloquent on the cafe's commitment to locally grown, seasonal ingredients. The menu mirrors Simple's flagship location is Lake Geneva, open for breakfast and lunch. For the morning meal, that means omelets, eggs Benedict, savory Korean pancakes, corned beef hash, apple crumble French toast, pumpkin pancakes, among other things ($8.95-$9.95). Lunch plates range from carnitas tomatillo sandwich, and simple old school burger to grilled cheese and tomato soup, and smoked trout, baby spinch and beet salad ($3.95-$9.95). Hours: Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (2124 N. Farwell Ave., 414-271-2124)  

Protein Deprived?
Ward’s House of Prime has been running a monthly Friday night prime rib special – 25 bucks for a 12-ounce prime rib, salad and potato. (Consider the fact that there are names on Ward’s Wall of Fame – people who’ve consumed up to 168 ounces of prime rib. It’s almost unfathomable.) Milwaukee is a beef-loving town. Next up is 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill (17800 W. Blue Mound Rd.) This Friday, the Brookfield joint will do its first Prime Rib Special. It’ll be offered on Friday and Saturday nights. They’re smoked Allen Bros. rib roasts carved to order. You’ll have two size choices – 12 and 18 ounces ($25 and $37, respectively). They come with twice-baked smashed potatoes, house-made horseradish cream and au jus. On the first weekend of Lent (Feb. 15), the prime rib special will move to Saturday and Sunday nights. Friday night will feature seafood specials. (262-641-5600)

Beautiful Burn 
If you recognize the beauty of a Manhattan or Sazerac, you see the signficance of rye whiskey. The inspiration for Templeton Rye Whiskey, a maker of top-shelf whiskey based in Templeton, Iowa, is the Prohibition-era whiskey cookers of west-central Iowa, whose barns were used to craft whiskey destined for speakeasies. Was known to be potent stuff. This Monday, Hinterland is putting on a special dinner – a Templeton Rye Whiskey Dinner. Four courses and five cocktails featuring Templeton Rye. The cuisine, too, is whiskey inspired. Details: Jan. 28 (Monday). 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner. $75 per person plus tax and tip. Make your res now: 414-727-9300. (222 E. Erie St.)


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