Sunday, August 19, 2012

Zoo a la carte

Craig and I went to the Milwaukee County Zoo for their Zoo a la carte last night. I had always wanted to go to the event, so I was excited when we got free tickets.

We had to buy our food tickets and we spent $20 total in the end. Each ticket was worth 50 cents and most bigger options ranged from 6 to 11 tickets.


The first item I tried was a slider from Burke's Lakeside. I eat mostly vegetarian, but I had been craving eating a bit of meat all week, so a slider was the perfect amount of beef for me.

me eating a slider

slider from Burke's Lakeside

We had a little company nearby.



Next, Craig and I shared pasta nachos from Joey Buona's. I was interested in trying this because it sounded unique and not something we would normally get or make.



Craig got a burger from Charcoal Grill and I grabbed us a strawberry lemonade from Alladin.


We let our stomachs settle by taking the sky glider ride above the crowds and animals.

glider view

view of Milwaukee County Zoo from glider


The tiger in this photo was roaring constantly. We felt so bad for him being stuck in such a small pen.


We visited some of the animals, like the big cats, which were adorable.

This giraffe was staring right at me. So cute!


The funniest thing we saw was this elephant who was attempting to eat a bush across the moat. Naughty! At one point, I thought he was going to fling poop at us too, so I stayed back.


I ended the night with a Simma's bakery chocolate cupcake with cream cheese filling and chocolate chips. It satisfied my sweet tooth!


The a la carte was packed and a very popular event overall. The negative aspects (in my opinion) would include the fact that they had a few chain restaurants (Applebee's, Wongs Wok) and most of the food featured wasn't that healthy overall. It was also hard for me to find vegetarian options. If I hadn't just eaten at a Middle Eastern restaurant last weekend, I probably would have eaten a falafel from Alladin. Whole Foods was there and they had some of the healthiest options, but I didn't feel like getting anything from the menu they featured.


  1. LOVE Zoo a la Carte! Such a fun event, although I haven't been in years. Glad you had a good time!

  2. That's such a great photo of the giraffe. They need to take some tips from the Feasting for Fido folks. Loved the food options there!

  3. I'm ashamed to admit how long it has been since I've been to the zoo, considering they do host so many events it seems. Was great to meet you yesterday and I look forward to reading your blog now!

  4. Wish we had one in NYC! That elephant looks like he's doing a yoga pose :)